The Google Glass were going to be revolutionary, they’d change the world of smartphones, making these devices be something of past times. However, smart watches have managed to capture that title, and the developers are no longer interested in the Google Glass. What is the future of smart glasses?
According to Reuters, from 16 companies that were working on apps for the Google Glass, nine have already stopped. This is for two particular and very clear reasons: First of all, intelligent glasses have obvious limitations. They’re still not as smart as smartphones, and even Google’s gotten smartwatches already better than the smart glasses. So, you see a disinterest of Google in Google Glass, which may perhaps be only temporary, but still it’s what developers see. To this we must add that the glasses haven’t come to market. Currently they can only be purchased in the US and UK for a price of $1’500, but it was expected that this year Google’d launch a worldwide version for all users, with improvements, with a lower price, and available in more languages. That version hasn’t arrived in 2014, and seems that, if launched, it’ll be in 2015. Meanwhile you can already buy half price Google Glass, since some users are selling them.
All this has made developers lose interest in a product that users buy in small quantities -and even though they sell them- compared to smartwatches, which are being increasingly released, much cheaper and competence shows how successful they’re: Samsung, Google and Apple compete in this software market, and Samsung, Apple, Motorola, Sony, LG and Asus as manufacturers. What’s the future of Google Glass? If we consider the future of a smart device depends on developers, in this case we don’t see a bright future… Hopefully we’re wrong.