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Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:28

Google eyes off retail stores for Glass


Google is planning retail stores to sell its internet-connected glasses, Google Glass, with the stores to be "specifically" for its new wearable technology.

The news comes from Australia's Business Insider, who have "heard second-hand from a source" who "knows someone working at Google."

The source said Google was in the process of setting up stores specifically for Glass, as opposed to 'one-stop shops' like those of Apple or Samsung.

And that makes sense, while Google does have a lot of cool stuff to offer (Maps, Drive, YouTube), the tech giant doesn't have a whole heap of consumer hardware actually for sale, apart from select smartphones and tablets.

These Glass stores however could show people what Glass has to offer, presumably also selling add-ons like the much-rumoured upcoming Google Glass watch.

"We trust the person we talked to," Business Insider wrote.

"And the more you look at how Google is rolling out Glass, the more it makes sense."

The stores certainly would make sense, with such a visual and eye-catching (literally) technology only truly coming into its own under real life testing. 

Looking at videos on YouTube is one thing but being able to try the futuristic device for yourself would surely be the most effective sales technique.

When asked about the story, Google said, “we don’t plan to comment on rumour or speculation."

Google Glass specs (pardon the pun):

Fit: Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face; Extra nosepads in two sizes.
Display: High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
Camera: Photos – 5 MP; Videos – 720p
Audio: Bone Conduction Transducer
Connectivity: Wifi – 802.11b/g; Bluetooth
Storage: 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
Battery: One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
Charger: Included Micro USB cable and charger. While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.
Compatibility: Any Bluetooth-capable phone; The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.


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