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Google Glass: Enterprise Edition leaks out in pictures

Google Glass: Enterprise

Google Glass: Enterprise

Production and development of #GoogleGlass saw a drastic change earlier this year when Tony Fadell of Nest took over the helm. It was recently brought to our notice that Glass would now be an Enterprise only offering with emphasis on Glass For Work startups. Today, we’re getting a glimpse of early prototype units of the Enterprise Edition Glass, which reveals the foldable nature of the device.

Google Glass : Enterprise

The rest of the design is largely similar to Glass Explorer Edition, although there are some worthwhile upgrades on board here. In addition to the foldable panel, the Glass Enterprise Edition also comes with a larger prism, a relocated power button on the back as well as a LED indicator on the front that goes on when taking a video.

Google Glass : Enterprise 3

The device also comes with a more robust design and is said to be waterproof as well. To improve connectivity, the Glass Enterprise Edition will support 5 GHz WiFi band which will in turn aid video streaming apps within Glass. These images have leaked from the FCC and Google is yet to confirm the device’s existence, although it is said that Glass For Work partners are already getting access to the device.

What do you make of this?

Source: FCC

Via: 9to5Google

Google’s updated version of Glass could leave out the display

Google Glass

Google Glass

According to a new report, the new version of #GoogleGlass could ditch the onboard display and rely solely on audio. It is being said that Google is still testing a business model of Glass that comes with a display on board, while two other variants with no display are also said to be in testing. As for the audio support, Google will supposedly use the bone induction tech that we saw on the first gen Glass.

Google Glass was originally supposed to go mainstream sometime next year, so we should have an update on that very soon. All things considered, we won’t be surprised if the release of Glass is further delayed, so don’t get your hopes up.

The Glass division is now run by Nest’s Tony Fadell and is expected to take a completely different direction compared to the previous versions of Glass, as is apparent from this new report. Would you be willing to try out Google Glass if it didn’t have a display on board? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Information

Via: Techno Buffalo

Google Glass getting an all new design under new leadership

Google Glass

Google Glass

Ever since Tony Fadell took reins of Google Glass, big things have been expected of the wearable. And it seems like one of the major changes could be coming in the form of design. According to a new report, the Google Glass that we’ve gotten used to seeing around us will get a complete design revamp. This comes as development on the platform has been halted with only a handful of apps making their way to the wearable.

The Glass Explorer program came to an end recently, so something like this was always on the cards. It is said that under Fadell’s leadership, there will be no Explorer program for Glass and it will only be made available to customers when the final product is ready.

The Explorer program was started by Google as a means of getting feedback on its product. But Fadell seems to be taking a slightly different approach towards Glass. So if you own Glass currently, consider yourself lucky as Google won’t be offering the device unless the product is ready for mass production.

Source: The New York Times

Via: Android Police

Fessenger is a Facebook Messenger app for Google Glass

Facebook Messenger - Fessenger

Facebook Messenger - Fessenger

Google Glass has been around for quite some time now with a myriad of apps written specifically for the device. However, one glaring exception was a dedicated Facebook Messenger app. That changes today with the arrival of the Fessenger application on the wearable.

The functionality here is pretty fundamental as it allows users to receive and send messages, just like on other chat or IM applications. But considering that it’s not coming directly from Facebook, we’re a little concerned that it might go off the grid soon. But if you own Glass and have been looking for a viable Facebook Messenger alternative, this is the best option available.

Here’s an excerpt from the app’s description – “Finally, you can send, receive and reply to Facebook messages on Glass with Fessenger. No more hassle to pull your phone out of your pocket. Use this Glasware when you are out and about, or when you are multi-tasking: cooking, jogging, shopping, doing laundry, and more. Start using Fessenger today and experience it for yourself! Just say “ok glass, post an update.”

You can find the app in Google’s Glassware directory from the link below.

Source: Glassware

Via: 9to5Google

Tony Fadell Now Heading Google Glass, Sales Ending January 19

Google Glass

Google Glass

Google Glass has been selling Glass to “Explorers” April of 2013, so it’s been almost two years since it has been available for any kind of public use. Google Glass has been involved in many things, from proposals to controversy and more. Now, as Google looks to go further with Glass, they’re putting the head of Nest, Tony Fadell, in charge of the product.

The current leader of Glass, Ivy Ross, will not be leaving the project and will still be running day-to-day operations of the product. Tony Fadell will not be leaving Nest and Glass will remain separate from Nest.

The current version of Google Glass will also no longer be available for sale starting January 19th, with no immediate replacement product. If you want this model of Google Glass, you have until then to buy it.

The Google Glass Explorer program will also be ending come January 19th, so it’s unclear if Google will be providing more software updates to the device after that date.

While the Explorer program may be ending, Glass will no longer be under the Google X umbrella, meaning Google no longer considers it an experiment. Hopefully this means a new version on the way, even though we might not see one until the next Google I/O or even further out. Will you be getting this version of Glass before it disappears from sale?

Source: Google Glass

Sony shows off new Google Glass like wearable

Sony Google Glass

Sony Google Glass

With Google Glass yet to go mainstream, Sony has decided to show something of its own. Known as the Single Lens Display Module, the device looks pretty identical to Glass in terms of design. The hardware underneath isn’t too different from Google’s offering either, so there are barely any surprises here.

One crucial difference with the device however is its ability to fit into just about any pair of lenses or shades, meaning that it can be used over your current set of lenses rather than being used as a standalone device.

It is still some distance away from going official, but Sony expects to give users a brief glimpse of the device at next month’s CES 2015 event. The mass produced version of this device should be out in the market by later next year. Naturally, Sony has been relatively quiet about other features of the device and the pricing. But we expect to get more information on that as we head toward 2015.

Source: Sony

Via: Android Police

Google Glass Is Going To The International Space Station

International Space Station

While the next version of Google Glass might be coming soon, that hasn’t stopped many companies from picking up the existing model for use. And now, Glass will be used in space.

Kentucky Space, a research company, will be launching a mission with Google Glass next week, on December 16th. A team from Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology (in partnership with Kentucky Space), will be using Google Glass to “analyze the regeneration mechanisms of planarian flatworms in the microgravity environment of space.”

They are also working with Interapt for this project as well. Interapt is one of Google’s “Glass At Work” partners and joined the program this past October. Besides studying flatworms, Glass will also be used for other purposes.

“In addition, as part of this mission Kentucky Space will be testing Google Glass as an augmented reality tool in the preflight integration and post-flight operations. This is part of a process leading to the of utilization Google Glass as a human interface with KS technology and experiments on the ISS in 2015.”

Based on the wording, it sounds like Google Glass will be more of an augmented reality assistant, rather than being used specifically to study the flatworms. This particular project is set to wrap up in mid-January, but Kentucky Space hopes to continue using Glass next year.

Source: Kentucky Space via 9to5Google

Next-gen Google Glass launching in 2015 with better battery life

Google Glass

Google Glass

A report suggests that Google and Intel have joined forces to develop a new low energy chipset made specifically for the next generation Google Glass wearable. This new chip would reportedly allow for better battery backup from the wearable, which is one of the primary concern for Glass wearers. Google only recently upgraded Glass with 2GB of RAM for better handling of apps which would in turn provide decent battery backup.

Intel has a wearable of its own known as Mica, which uses its custom made chipset. The current iteration of Glass uses a Texas Instruments chipset, which has almost reached end of life status, so it’s only natural for Google to look elsewhere. Intel is reportedly looking to build new apps using the Glass at Work protocol, although Google has made it very clear that Glass is going to be a consumer oriented product.

We’re hoping Google will have some sort of an upgrade program for those using the current iteration of Glass. We’re still some distance from this idea coming to fruition, but we’ll be eager to learn more about this new upgrade in the coming months.

Source: WSJ

Via: 9to5Google

Google Glass now available for purchase through the Play Store

Google Glass Play Store

Google Glass Play Store

The Google Glass wearable was recently made available to all by Google, although the $1500 price tag didn’t change. However, Glass was only available through a standalone website, which didn’t quite make sense given that Google sells hardware through the Play Store. But it seems like Google has finally decided to change its mind as Glass has made its way to the Play Store along with the shades, frames as well as the earbuds.

The wearable can be purchased directly from the devices section in the Play Store, where you can find the Nexus and GPE devices. The frames will cost $225, the shades will set you back by $150 while the earbuds have been priced at $85. Glass still costs $1500 though, so there’s no reduction for the device if you’re looking to get one. But it’s good to know that one of Google’s most innovative products has been listed alongside the rest of its device lineup.

While the Glass program was accessible only to the developers, it was gradually made available to the commoners as well. The company is expected to launch a mass produced version of Glass sometime soon.

Source: Play Store

Via: Android and Me

Here’s a look at Lenovo’s Google Glass rival

Lenovo Glass

Lenovo Glass

With the Explorer Edition Google Glass already available in the market, it is only natural for others to follow suit. What we’re seeing now is coming from Chinese manufacturer Lenovo with the finished product expected to hit the markets by October. The company is also expecting to team up with hardware partners who are interested in offering help with wearables like these. So in that sense, Lenovo’s approach to the wearables segment is quite different from Google’s.

As you can see, Lenovo hasn’t really put too much thought into the design and it’s exactly the same as Google Glass. The key difference however is that the battery of the unit is located right at the bottom which wraps around the neck. So it’s certainly not going to be as compact as Glass.

Lenovo has also partnered with American manufacturer Vuzix to bring its MX100 smartglasses to China. This will be available starting August-September for a price of $1,291 (8,000 CNY). This is of course separate from the offering just announced by Lenovo, which means we’ll have multiple wearables to look forward to in the coming days.

The Lenovo smartglass should be exclusive to China during its early days, but we expect it to be available on a global level as the months pass, maybe in time for the commercial release of Google Glass.

Source: PC World

Via: Talk Android

Google Glass’ first destination outside North America could be the UK

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Google Glass' first destination outside North America could be the UK

As cool and drool-worthy as Google Glass is, it has remained extremely exclusive to the general consumer, either because of it closed testing program or due to its high asking price. For those outside the US, Glass is not available at all, making it a device that people can only dream of having in their hands (well, or on their heads) but without any option to buy one. However, for UK residents, that might not be the case for too long.  (more…)

AT&T retail outlets could be the first to offer Google Glass in the U.S. [Update]

Google Glass

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.

Source: Evleaks

Dutch Police To Use Samsung Galaxy S5, Dubai Cops To Use Google Glass

The numerous advancements made in mobile technology have made it an indispensable tool for everyone.  People are finding it easier to connect with their friends and family while checking out various forms of information can be done by a tap of a finger. Now it looks like law enforcement officials are also going to take advantage of mobile devices as new reports indicate that the Dutch police plans to use the Samsung Galaxy S5 primarily for its fingerprint scanner feature while the Dubai police plans to use Google Glass in their daily rounds.

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A report made by Android Planet claims that the Dutch police plans to order a total of 35,000 Samsung Galaxy S5 units to replace its current BlackBerry smartphones. The main purpose of getting this model is for its fingerprint scanner. Regular consumers use this feature to unlock the device however for the Dutch police a special app will be developed that allows it to scan the prints of people and identify them. The device will also be used to scan documents or badges and will help in serving fines to people who have committed offences.

Samsung and the Dutch police however did not confirm or deny the validity of this report. According to police spokesman Niels Nijman, “There are ongoing discussions and negotiations, but with whom and which I cannot say. The police in turn, is planning more mobile apps, but I can not elaborate on that.”

If this plan pushes through then the Galaxy S5 will probably be in the hands of police officers as early as 2015.

In other related news, the Dubai police will also use cutting edge technology in their daily work. The Gulf News reports that the police force will soon use Google Glass to issue fines on erring motorists and identify wanted vehicles. Right now the smart glass made by Google is being tested by the Dubai Police Smart Services Department to determine if it is suitable for police use.

Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of Smart Services at Dubai Police, explains how Google Glass will be used by the police force. “One will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass, which will go instantly into our system, and the other application helps identify wanted cars.”

Police officers will simply tap the side of the glass to take a photo of a vehicle. Aside from the photo itself, the time, date, and exact location will be sent to the servers. As for checking if whether a vehicle is wanted or not the police officer will just need to look at its plate number and this will be cross referenced with the vehicle database. If it is wanted then an alert will be made.

Col. Al Razooqi further added that “We at Dubai Police always try to adopt what is new in the market and we like to stay up-to-date.”

via androidplanet gulfnews

Samsung trademarks Gear Blink, a possible face mounted wearable

Samsung Gear Blink

Samsung Gear Blink

A trademark filing in South Korea has revealed a new Samsung device called the ‘Gear Blink‘. As the name indicates, this could probably be a head mounted wearable, something similar to Google Glass, although there’s no confirmation of that yet.

Samsung recently filed a trademark for something know as the Gear Glass, so this is nothing new to us. It is possible that the company is looking at multiple names for its upcoming Google Glass competitor, with a launch expected to commence in late 2014 or early next year.

Hints like these are certainly giving us a better idea of what the future holds for head/face mounted displays. And it’s only logical for Samsung to swoop in with its offering, given all the hype generated by the expensive yet revolutionary Google Glass. We are yet to hear anything from Samsung on its plans for face mounted wearables, but we expect to know a lot more in the coming days.

Source: The Guardian

Via: Android Central