Google Glass is one of those products that’s so unlike what we’re used to dealing with that it’s really difficult to get a solid read on how it will fare. It’s undeniably interesting, but will consumers really flock to it, embracing its “always on” connection to their lives and steep price tag? As we wait to see how it will do when it finally goes up for sale to the public, Microsoft may already be making its own plans for a Google Glass competitor, one that could arrive sometime next year.
At least, that’s the theory one analyst is putting forth, who reported in a letter to investors today that he believes Microsoft is readying just such a volley. By his reasoning, wearable gadgets in general are about to start getting big, and Microsoft wouldn’t want to be left behind. Certainly, its delays in bringing Windows Phone and the Surface to market gave its competition plenty of time to amass solid followings for their own smartphones and tablets.
If this idea is on the money, Microsoft might have its own internet-connected glasses come out by mid next year.