Google Glass could be back from the dead; receives firmware update after three years

For the first time since 2014, Google mysteriously released an update for the Google Glass, the augmented reality device which Google stopped selling way back in January 2015.


For the first time since 2014, Google mysteriously released an update for Google Glass, the augmented reality device which Google stopped selling way back in January 2015.

The device which never saw the light of day in terms of mass production received a firmware update which adds Bluetooth support and smaller bug fixes to the device, according to Google's support site. While very few people had the device, those who did, must have stopped using it. The sudden arrival of a new update could signal towards a comeback for a device, which was still in its nascent stage of development before Google pulled the plug.

 Google Glass could be back from the dead; receives firmware update after three years

(Image credit: AFP) Explorer Edition

Google began distributing the $1,500 device, modelled the 'Explorer Edition', to computer programmers and about 10,000 randomly selected people in 2013 with the hope that the test group would come up with new ideas for using Glass and drum up enthusiasm for a hands-free way to remain connected to the Internet. While the smart glasses did intrigue most enthusiasts, it received a lot of criticism in terms of the weird design as well as breach of privacy as it allowed people to secretly film and take pictures.

The website was more or less shut down in 2015 and its Facebook and Twitter handles deleted, pointing towards a shutdown of the program. The new update, however, does fuel some hope as to where Google could go with a new Glass in 2017.

Google Glass: It isn't the end of the journey. Image: Google

Unlike 2015, Google does face competition now with the introduction of the Snap spectacles and a report which suggest Andy Rubin's company, Essential could be designing a pair of smart glasses with a built-in camera.


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