Alphabet’s X moonshot factory has been working on the second-generation of the Glass Enterprise Edition for the past 2 years. Today, the team is joining Google, launching the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2.
The team’s new Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 (I’ll just refer to it as Google Glass from now) comes at $999 and is strictly meant for enterprise customers. Much like Microsoft’s HoloLens, Google isn’t making this for regular consumers and it’s more fit for businesses.
The new Glass runs on Android and comes with Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management support, which will make it easier for businesses to manage their Glass 2 devices. And since it’s based on Android, companies will also be able to integrate their services much quicker than before.
On the surface, the new Glass device doesn’t look much different from the original Enterprise Edition. The design of the device is almost identical, but Google has swapped out the chip on the inside and the new Glass 2 is now build on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 platform. That means the new device packs a “significantly more powerful” multi-core CPU, as well as an integrated AI engine, that allows for power savings, improved performance, support for computer vision, and advanced machine learning capabilities.
The new Glass 2 features improved camera performance and quality as well, and a USB-C port with fast charging support. The device also comes with increased overall battery life, according to Google.
Google is also partnering with Smith Optics to make compatible safety frames for different types of demanding work environments that work with the new Glass 2.
Enterprise customers will be able to buy the new Glass Enterprise Edition 2 from Google directly.