Google is still not near the release date for their experimental augmented reality headset Google Glass, but they are preparing a second hardware version for Explorers who put down $1,500 for the fancy new piece of tech.
On Google Glass’ Plus page, they showed two photos of the version two of Google Glass, still the same futuristic and funky design that now comes with a plugin mono earbud for improved call quality and the ability to listen to videos and chats without everyone hearing on the speaker.
The design of Google Glass has not changed a peep and the team has went into detail about the radical design choice they went for and why they won’t change it, at least in the Explorer stages. If a full release does come out, perhaps Google will look towards a more consumer friendly design.
The earbud has the signature Google Glass logo and connects onto the back of the headset, plugging in from the bottom. The earbud has a very small wire making it only suitable for the right ear, we wonder if Google will allow third party developers to make earbuds and earphones for Google Glass.
This is exciting news for Explorers, especially considering the new updated hardware version will ship out for free to all those with version one Google Glass. Google will offer a swap program, where the user exchanges the first version for the updated version for free, if only this happened with smartphones.
Google is gaining a lot of information and feedback from the Google Glass project and it may benefit them in the long run. They have held a few events for Google Glass users and have been expanding the feature-list with the XE updates at the start of every month, taking feedback and adding features.
The Google Glass v2.0 should be coming to users by the end of the year.