Google Glass won’t be available for purchase until 2014, according to a new report, Mashable said.
Although Google began seeding early versions of Glass to developers in April, it kept the release date of the real product vague. Initial reports claimed Glass could be ready for the public as early as the end of 2013.
Now, it looks like that date has either been pushed back — or perhaps it was never real to begin with. Citing correspondence with a Google spokesperson, Computerworld states the “new” ship date for Glass will come in 2014.
This is actually more of a re-affirmation of the release date already cited by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Chairman Eric Schmidt on separate occasions.
For Glass fans, this means there will be no connected headgear under any Christmas trees this holiday season, as others claimed. It also means competitors like the Recon Jet and Telepathy will have chances to hit the market first — not to mention current players such as Vuzix.
However, it also means Google will have a few extra months to perfect the Glass user experience. We’ve been using Glass here at Mashable since May, and although it shows much promise, there is still room for improvement. For example, it doesn’t have a lock screen, and the wireless connection can be very unreliable with certain phones.
One thing that likely will not change substantially is the form factor. Sources at Google told Mashable at the company’s I/O developer conference in May that the current design for the head-mounted display/computer is most likely final, but that alternative frames — some perhaps designed by Warby Parker — may be an option.