Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass will be re-launching next year with new components, but it’s not quite clear if this version of the device will be available for retail sale.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Google will be launching a refreshed version of the Google Glass next year with an Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) chip, better battery life and more memory. It’s not entirely clear what chip will be powering the next-generation Google Glass but in all likelihood it will be the Intel Quark.
While many have speculated about when Google will release Glass to the public, after this report it still isn’t entirely clear when the wearable headset will make its public debut. The report notes that Google is targeting “hospital networks and manufacturers, while developing new workplace uses for the device.”
Google Glass, introduced in 2012, has been met with sharp criticism from privacy advocates. Many commercial establishments have banned the use of Google Glass on the premises and the term “Glasshole” has entered the lexicon of many.
However, re-launching the device as something to enhance workplace productivity rather than a consumer electronics device might be the ticket Google needs to reboot the device.