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Monday, August 20, 2012

Google to Developers: Glass is the Next Major Platform

Google’s newest attempt to introduce wearable computers in the future, the Google Glass, is most likely to replace iOS App Store and Facebook Platform to become the next major frontier for developers around the world.

Glass Versus Facebook Platform

In 2007, the Facebook Platform became the first ever major platform for social apps. While other companies such as Friendster, MySpace and Bebo followed Facebook in their platform launch, Facebook Platform still became the number one platform used by developers to connect to millions of Facebook users.

The iPhone App Store that was launched in 2008, became a rival to Facebook Platform. But with the demonstration of Google Glass, Facebook Platform for developers is now threatened more than before.

Google intends to provide opportunities for selected developers to buy the early edition of Glass, also called as the Explorer version, in the first quarter of 2013. Consumers will be able to get their hands on Glass the following year, 2014.

Developers on Glass

Developers who attended the I/O Developer Conference of Google held in San Francisco became excited with the potential benefits of Glass in their individual aims to boost personal computing technologies.

The Glass was presented in a breathtaking stunt by skydivers who jumped from an airship and went down on Moscone Center’s roof while wearing the Google Glass. The video of the stunt that was captured by Google Glass was streamed in front of the crowd.

Google Glass has a visual display that is located above the eye, enabling the user to interact both in the virtual world and in the physical world. Aesthetically, this small electronic screen is strategically placed the left portion of the eyeglass frames, providing enough room for the user to see people and things in the real world, too.

Developers lauded the features of Glass such as its processor, memory, gyroscope, compass, accelerometer, speaker, camera and microphone. Glass’ battery is smaller compared to a smartphone’s battery, but Google is currently doing all means for Glass to last for 24 hours.

Consumers and Glass

Streaming of audio and images will be live using Glass, and computing tasks are similar to tablets and smartphones using this electronic eyewear. This wearable mobile device is expected to take data gathering and information uploading to the next level with its portability and availability anytime, anywhere.

Google Glass will also be suitable for people who already wear eyeglasses, as the company is currently implementing various experiments regarding the design of Glass.


The consumer version of Google Glass is said to be less than 1500 US dollars or around 500UK pounds according to company co-founder Sergey Brin, who was the one that demonstrate Glass in front of thousands of developers. The price, however, is expected to go downhill faster as other companies are on their way to introduce wearable devices similar to Glass and join the competition.

Meanwhile, consumers need to wait until 2014 to purchase Glass, further increasing the excitement of Google users on this latest project by the search giant.

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