Amidst all the rumours that Google Glass is dead, Google has confirmed it is working on Google Glass 2, and the company is looking for 20 new people to work on the new smartglasses. Here's what we know about it's UK release date, price and specs.
Google Glass 2 UK release date: Google hiring new smartglasses team members
Google Glass 2 is no longer just a rumour. Despite Google's confirmation on 16 January that the Explorer programme was closing and the original Google Glass was being taken off sale on 19 January, the company also confirmed that this is not the end for Google Glass.
In a Google+ post it wrote: "Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it's one of the most exciting areas in technology. Glass at Work has been growing and we're seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace. As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we've outgrown the lab and so we're officially "graduating" from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We're thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.
"As part of this transition, we're closing the Explorer Program so we can focus on what's coming next. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. In the meantime, we're continuing to build for the future, and you'll start to see future versions of Glass when they're ready. (For now, no peeking.)"
According to The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news about Google Glass 2, the next generation of the wearable gadget will arrive in 2015.
We had thought that Google Glass 2 would be unveiled at Google's I/O conference on 28 May, but the event came and went with no mention of the device. It was a bit of a disappointment, because it was at Google I/O 2012 where a team of skydivers streamed their journey from a plane to the Moscone Center in San Francisco using Glass. Google made the Explorer Edition available to I/O developers for $1500. There was no mention of Glass at I/O 2014, but this year's developer event seemed like the perfect time for Google to reveal Glass 2.
Hope is far from lost for a 2015 appearance for Google Glass in 2015. Since April, Google has posted 16 different job positions for the Glass division to its jobs site. All told, Google has more than 20 job listings posted between January and May specifically for the Glass division.
There's been no rumours on price but we expect the price to be more affordable than the original which was always going to be a beta product. You can buy the Google Glass Explorer Edition in the UK for £1000 (at least until 19 January), but that price will have to be lower for Google Glass 2 if the firm is going to make it a mass market success.
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