Google Glass is currently sold as an Explorer edition beta device. Although anybody in the U.S. can now purchase the device, it’s still not quite ready for consumer use yet. Google’s Sergey Brin recently mentioned that commercial version of Glass would go public starting later this year, although he refrained from mentioning a specific date. And now, Evleaks is claiming that the wearable will be offered exclusively through AT&T retail outlets in the U.S.
While the word exclusive isn’t mentioned, the renowned leakster claims that AT&T retail outlets will be the first place to get the Google wearable. We’re guessing this is the much awaited consumer release model which Brin was hinting at. There’s no confirmation of course as it’s still too early in the day, but it seems plausible given AT&T’s wide reach in the U.S. and a penchant for “exclusives”.
So what’s the reasoning behind picking AT&T? Is it possible that Glass could get 4G LTE connectivity via a SIM card slot? The currently available Explorer version of Glass relies on WiFi networks to gather data in addition to Bluetooth, but things could be different with the commercial version. Battery life would be one of the major concerns for Google before implementing a feature like this on the wearable.
Update: A Google spokesperson has reportedly told Phandroid that they do not intend to sell Glass via AT&T stores.