More Indication That Google Glass Will Ship to Consumers by End of 2013
Citing an inside, unnamed Google source, eWeek says that in fact there will most likely be a retail version of Google Glass sometime this year. "Our goal is to launch Glass later this year," says the source.
It’s not clear why Google is shortening its launch timeline. The reasoning could be simply that the company has completed enough research and testing to feel confident about putting Google Glass into production early, or perhaps Google has cut out some features that were originally slated for the device.
It’s also not entirely out of the question that Google sees an onslaught of litigation and legislation headed it way, as individuals, businesses, and lawmakers call into question the many potential privacy issues that Google Glass will bring, and has decided to just get the spectacles into the marketplace before anything happens on that front.
The logic is that once people are wearing the things all over the place, others will get used to them, and most of the anti-Google Glass camps will lose momentum. We’re speculating here, of course, but it wouldn’t be a terrible strategy in any case.