On 16 January, Google confirmed it was closing its Explorer programme (launched in the United States in 2013. It was then opened up to anyone and was launched in the UK last summer.)It will be taking down the original Google Glass off sale from 19 January. But it also confirmed that this is not the end for Google Glass and it will remain committed to the development of the product.
A report from The Wall Street Journal claims that a new revised version of Google Glass is on the way, and it has totally overhauled internals including processor built by Intel and a full hardware refresh.
The original unit used a Texas Instruments chip, but shortly after the launch of Glass, TI quit the smart phone business and ended support for many of its products.
The official line from Google is that the team learned what it could from the Explorer Program and is now working on the next version of Glass, which will launch whenever it’s ready. There are plenty of reasons to be doubtful about this, but so far, Google’s
The new version of Glass would be the second Google device with an Intel processor—the Nexus Player is also powered by an Intel chip .Glass will again use a silicon vendor for updates. Intel with its x86 processors is making rounds in the android market. The new SoC should be much faster than the TI chip from 2011.
In a Google+ post it wrote: “Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology. Glass at Work has been growing and we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace. As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.
“As part of this transition, we’re closing the Explorer Program so we can focus on what’s coming next. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. In the meantime, we’re continuing to build for the future, and you’ll start to see future versions of Glass when they’re ready. (For now, no peeking.)”
There have been no rumors on price but we expect the price to be more affordable than the original. Let’s just hope that Google proves the word