Google Glass Gets New Retail ETA, Bad News Arrives for Its App Potential
Google Glass finally seems more real than ever, with early adopters now getting their hands on the headset. Even with that milestone reached, our enthusiasm for the product just took a little hit, after getting news of long waits and an uncertain future for apps on the platform.
As of just a couple month ago, we were hearing that the idea was to get Google Glass ready for its commercial launch sometime near the end of the year. Instead, Google’s Eric Schmidt now has us thinking that it could be even farther out. He explained in a recent interview that Google will tweak Glass based on feedback from these early adopters, and the final version will be “probably a year-ish away.”
Last week, we got word that Glass runs Android, rather than some wholly new software stack. While that had us optimistic for what kinds of innovative apps might be possible, we’ve got to put a damper on our expectations. As it turns out, Glass won’t allow any apps to run natively, and instead everything will rely on web-based apps. Without a built-in cellular radio, that could be a real problem. We’ve also learned that apps won’t have access to video input in a way that could allow for augmented reality-type behavior, which seemed like a perfect fit the platform. Suffice it to say, we’re disappointed, though Google could always expand what’s possible in future releases.