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Google Glass could be in Best Buy stores next year


Avid technologist Robert Scoble has reported that Google may work with Best Buy and rent out 6,000 square feet in every store in the US to try and grab buyers attention on Google Glass sometime next year.

This would not be the first time Google and Best Buy have partnered up for an in-store retail service, with Google working outside the brick and mortar service and completely online through the Google Play store, it is hard for them to get traction offline.

Recently, Google announced they wouldn’t start shipping actual public units of Google Glass unit 2014. This has made many believe Google will officially launch Google Glass at Google I/O in May 2014.

The price of the consumer edition may be a lot cheaper than the Explorer Edition, some have pegged it at $299, although other analysts believe this is an unrealistic number and Google may sell the augmented reality glasses for the same price as a high-end smartphone.

Best Buy could be a helping hand with the move to get Google Glass popular, the device is quite controversial, with some clubs already banning the device and governments preparing to implement laws making sure people don’t drive with Google Glass.

Even with the controversy, analysts are in flusters about how well Google Glass will do in the US and worldwide, with some saying it could be as big if not bigger than the release of the first iPhone.


Google investment in chipmaker Himax shows close public launch of Google Glass


Google is getting the guns ready for a big launch of Google Glass, the augmented glasses currently being tested by ‘Explorers’ who were lucky enough to receive a pair. The latest hint at a public launch could be the investment in Himax, the Asian manufacturer who develops the display driver chips for Google Glass.

Mountain View bought a small 6.3% stake in the company, which will apparently fund Himax to continue making the chips. The funds will help the production of liquid crystal on silicon chips and modules, head-up displays and pico-projectors, all are big parts of the Google Glass headset.

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While Google Glass is a big risk and the price factor needs to be dropped down hugely for it to be affordable for everyone, we can see this being the new way to navigate and read notifications. Some analysts have bet big on Google Glass, others believe the idea of having futuristic glasses will not pay off to the majority of people in the world.

Google does tout the innovation as the next step in mobile, however some say it is merely a benefactor to mobile, like the smartwatch. Even though Google Glass does not need a mobile to work, most will still want to type out a text reply, instead of answering it through voice recognition on a crowded bus.

Source: 9to5Google