Could there be a new, improved version of the much-maligned Google Glass coming soon to the market?
These rumors resurfaced after the Californian tech giant sought permission from the United States Federal Communications Commission for a device that was only called “GG1.”
While there have been no firm details on the device thanks to Google’s confidentiality award from FCC, Droid Life did manage to find out that the so-called GG1 will have 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth, will be powered by a non-user replaceable battery and will have a display of sorts.
9to5Google.com said that, in fact, there are many different Google Glass prototypes that are being worked on by Glass for Work startup companies. In the same article, the website said however that there is still no sign of a consumer-ready Google Glass in the works. Instead, Google is focusing on bringing Google Glass to the enterprise sector, where the wearable has seen moderate success.
While people have taken to calling the new Glass “2.0,” 9to5Google.com maintained that “GG1” is possibly a new hardware project that is part of the strategy that was outlined by former Chief Financial Officer for Google Patrick Pichette in the company’s Q4 2014 earnings call.
According to USA Today, Pichette had referred to a “pause” in the development of Glass during that earnings call.
“When teams aren’t able to hit hurdles, but we think there is still a lot of promise, we might ask them to take a pause and take the time [to] reset their strategy as we recently did in the case of Glass,” the ex-CFO had said in December.
Reports have been pointing to Google conceptualizing new versions of Google Glass. The Wall Street Journal had reported in April that Google has signed a deal with Italian eyewear maker Luxottica to build a new version of Google Glass.