Published August 21, 2013
Those hoping to find a Google Glass headset under their Christmas tree this holiday season will be sadly disappointed.While earlier projections suggested the heads-up display could launch by the end of 2013, sources within Google are reportedly pushing this date back to 2014.
An unnamed Google source that tipped ComputerWorld back in May has now told the website that Google Glass won’t ship until 2014.
“We’re always adjusting and readjusting our timelines,” a Google spokesperson said to ComputerWorld. “The most important thing that we do is focus on building a great product for users whenever that might be launched.”
This delay echoes comments made by Google’s Eric Schmidt earlier this year. Back in April, the Google executive chairman told the BBC that Google Glass was about one year away from its commercial launch. Google began shipping $1,500 Explorer Edition developer units of Glass in April, but hasn’t specified when the headset will see widespread availability or how much it will cost for consumers.
A slew of Google Glass competitors have popped up in recent months to give Google some competition in the wearable tech space, including the Vuzix M100 heads-up display and the Oculon Smart Glasses. These gadgets, however, aren't as polished and developed as Google Glass.
Although Google’s headset may not launch until the second half of next year, that hasn't stopped privacy concerns from sparking attention. Businesses such as Caesar’s Palace and the 5 Points Cafe and Bar in Seattle have already banned patrons from wearing the device.