Google is certainly dragging its heels when it comes to the public release of Google Glass, but some good news has come to light – well if you can call it good. According to a recent report, Google is to expand its Explorer Program for a 24-hour period, making Google Glass available to all.
However, before you get too excited you need to know a few things. The first, is that the public release of Google Glass is for one day only, and only applies to US residents. The second, is that this might not be the good news that you think, as this could be seen as a way to shift old inventory ahead of the official Google Glass release.
The Verge, who obtained this information were unable to establish when this one-day event will take place, but it could be as soon as next week, with April 15th, which is next Tuesday, being one possible date.
Maybe we are being too negative and Google would like to see how popular Google Glass will be, and so putting them in the hands of as many consumers as possible in a 24-hour period is a great way to do this? This will also mean the public release version will benefit from those extra testers.
There is one other negative about this program, and that is the Google Explorer Edition costs $1,500, while the Google Consumer Edition could be priced at $999. We have no way of knowing the price of Google Glass when finally released later this year to the public, but its current price would mean not many people will be buying them. And, let’s say that the Consumer Edition is cheaper, then those who bought the Explorer Edition were ripped off, unless Google gave them credit for the Play Store?