Google Glass For All? Well, Not Exactly

Google Glass For All? Well, Not Exactly
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Yesterday there were reports that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Glass is available to all on the company’s online shopping page for $1500. However, the device is not for sale to everyone and is open only for those who got stuck in the middle on the April 15th sale.

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Google Glass fans will have to wait

In an email statement to Yahoo Tech, a Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) spokesperson said, “This link was created to accommodate potential Explorers who were still in the pipeline from last week’s sale. We’re shutting it down shortly.”

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The email further said that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) will keep on testing different ways to expand the Explorer program in the coming weeks and months. Others will have to wait by the end of this year to get their hands on Google Glass. Previously, major websites reported that Google has made its product available to the masses for the first time and that anyone can make a purchase online. Earlier the product was available only to Explorers who had the right to buy Glass first by attending a Google conference or those who won the contest on Twitter or Google+.

Cost and privacy concerns

The cost of Google Glass is $1,500, as shown on the search engine giant’s official website. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has attached the word “Explorer” to its product to indicate that neither Glass nor the software is completed. Users can wear the Glass like a normal pair of glasses and can connect it with a smartphone to show notifications on a small display in front of the right eye. Also users will be able to check their emails, surf Twitter and send text messages with phones still in their pocket. Glass is compatible with both Android and iPhone.

Some believed that Google Glass is loose on privacy because of a small camera attached to the Glass that faces outwards. One of the company’s executive recently acknowledged the fact that he was expecting some sort of issues to be raised over the camera feature. He said that backlash was a “necessary symptom of a company that’s trying to be disruptive.”

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at
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