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Glassholes rejoice! Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Developer Edition reaches retail channels

The Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is showing signs of life as it makes its way into retail channels. (Source: Google)
The Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is showing signs of life as it makes its way into retail channels. (Source: Google)
Google has announced that its Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is headed to regular retail channels for developers. Although failed as a consumer product, at least in the immediate future, the company has found legs for it in enterprise so much so that demand has warranted its wider availability.

Google’s Glass smart glasses project still has life left in it if the Mountain View company’s latest blog post is any indication. Although it is no longer a project with a regular consumer facing element, the Enterprise Edition 2 which was released in May last year is now available through retail channels for developers. At the very least, this is suggestive that the Glass has gained some traction in enterprise and that interest in its potential warrants making it more widely available to developers to tap into its potential.

Since Glass Enterprise Edition 2 launched last May, we’ve seen strong demand from developers and businesses who are interested in building new, helpful enterprise solutions for Glass. In order to make it easier for them to start working with Glass, they can now purchase devices directly from one of our hardware resellers, such as CDW, Mobile Advance or SHI.  

The platform continues to offer appeal from a developer perspective as Glass is built on Android making it easy for developers and businesses to integrate Glass and its applets into existing services and APIs. First released as an Explorer edition prototype in 2013, Google eventually discontinued the product as a potential consumer wearable. Early adopters were famously dubbed “Glassholes” for wearing the device in public places helping to knock some shine off the product. However, wearing it in the safety of an office environment for specific tasks appears to be a viable pathway for its continued existence.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-02- 5 (Update: 2020-02- 5)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.