on 24 January 17
1. Google Glass is powered by Android OS
Android was the answer given to the techizens for the much awaited deviceâs Operating System indeed the worldâs most used operating system.
Other specs released reveal that the Glass comes with a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p videos. Using Google speech input the user just have to say the word and without touching the hardware Google glass will take a picture or record a video. The resolution of the display inside will be equivalent to that of a 25 HD screen from eight feet away. It will also be compatible with any Bluetooth compatible phone and offer 16GB internal storage space. However, the MyGlass companion app is needed for using GPS and SMS and it is only available for smartphones running Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. Android application development will reach new heights as more developers will be inclined to showcase their work on this new gadget.
2. The Glasses cannot be sold or given on loan:
The new Google Glass is just for developers currently. Google has decided that the initial version will go in the hands of the experts which was decided through a lottery to shell out $1,500 for their own pair of spectacles.
This new technology comes with a price. These glasses which are sent to them, cannot be sold or given on loan. Each device is registered to an individualâs Google account, allowing the Big G to track the misuse of the new device or if they are sold, transferred. The terms of sale specifically states: You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Googleâs authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.
3. Reactions around the world:
Many places around the world have declared they are banning it, even before the Glass hits the streets. The main reason for this prohibition is touted as the âloss of privacyâ, âstop the cyborgsâ and âno carryhome mementosâ. The strip clubs too have been cited as causes of concern. Keep this up, and soon people will have to wear the product just within the confines of their homes.
4. Ad free for now
Developers have been told to stay off advertising within the deviceâs display. But the keywords that are must to be remembered are âfor nowâ. Developers have also been told that they cannot charge for apps, as of now. But if you are investing in the technology, then be incensed at the betrayal. Do remember that Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter started the same way.
5. Officially released by the end of the year:
Despite the mixed reactions you cannot the product looks promising and futuristic no wonder it will sell wildly with Google under the hood. While developers and Glass Explorers have already managed to get their hands on the tinted frames, the device is under mass production and the average user should be able to buy it by the end of the year. And while the device might be a little steep right now ($1,500), the prices are expected to be more competitive when it actually begins to make its way on to the streets.