Is Google Glass dead?
That's the question bouncing around online after a report from Reuters that out of 16 Glass app developers contacted, nine had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them completely.
It didn't help that Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who is known for wearing Google Glass to major events and even the beach, showed up at a recent red carpet event without his computerized eyeglasses. Bad timing there.
And so a meme was born: Google's throwing in the towel on its wearable computer, which couldn't possibly make it out of the prototype stage.
For the more than 10,000 people who shelled out $1,500 to become early testers? Money down the drain.
Not so fast. It's too early to expect Google to declare defeat. The company may need more time to work out some kinks or Glass may be morphing into something that's quite a bit different. But whatever happens, Google is unlikely to give up on augmented reality.
"We're as committed to Glass as we have ever been," Anna Richardson White, a Google spokeswoman told Computerworld, adding that the company's not letting off the gas of developing Glass. "We're very happy with it."
White noted that the company just today announced that the 100th app is being added to the Glass ecosystem.
"Shout-out to all the amazing developers building for Glass: from running from zombies to finding your car, we've officially climbed into the triple digits, with 100 approved Glassware and counting," the Google Glass team wrote in a blog post Monday.
White did not have information on how many developers who already have built for Glass are still actively developing or updating their apps. But "this 100th app shows momentum and we've very excited about it," she said.
White declined to say when Glass will be officially released, though company PR people and executives stopped referring to a 2014 release date this summer, saying only that it would be released when it's ready.
It's not the first time Google has pushed back a release date. The company had initially said it would come out of beta and be officially released in 2013. BY late summer of that year, Google seamlessly began referring to a 2014 release date.
The lack of a firm release date is part of the problem.
After creating so much hype around the device -- remember the Glass-wearing skydivers dropping out of a plane at a 2012 Google I/O developers convention? -- Google company has been fairly quiet about Glass in recent months. Executives didn't even mention the project at this past summer's I/O convention.
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