Google Launches New $999 Glass 2 for Enterprise Customers

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.

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  • JCerna

    Premium Member
    20 May, 2019 - 2:13 pm

    <p>Looks promising I don't get why start only on the Enterprise. Yes this tech is expensive but if you develop it and get it to consumers, those consumers will learn to use it and be more open to usage at work. Look at the iPhone, there were better enterprise solutions around like black berry and windows mobile. But iPhone users demanded IT to allow their iPhones for work because it was better and familiar to them.</p>

    • AnOldAmigaUser

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      20 May, 2019 - 3:34 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#429411">In reply to JCerna:</a></em></blockquote><p>Because people are idiots and it would take no time for them to find all sorts of creepy uses for these out in the world?</p><p>There is a reason that the people that used the originals were referred to as glassholes. The enterprise is definitely the appropriate place for this type of device.</p>

      • wright_is

        Premium Member
        21 May, 2019 - 7:56 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#429448">In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>Exactly. There are some legitimate business uses for such devices (just look at Hololens), but using them in public is just asking for trouble (and illegal in many places).</p>

  • nicholas_kathrein

    Premium Member
    20 May, 2019 - 4:48 pm

    <p>I just love how many people on podcasts say Glass is dead. It's too bad they can't hear me screaming at them through my smart speaker. There is the killer app! </p>

  • Brazbit

    20 May, 2019 - 4:54 pm

    <p>I was very excited by the first generation of devices. Not by what they were but for what they could be. And then I had a chance to try them and found that my particular vision issues rendered the display completely useless and the inability to reposition the display prevented me from seeing if there was any position that would allow me to benefit from them.</p><p>So while I like the idea of a minimally intrusive display that can provide contextually relevant data with minimal interaction required, unless the basic design becomes more flexible it will remain useless for myself and others like me. </p><p>Being restricted to Enterprise users means a smaller user base, and thus issues like this could be overlooked where a wider dispersal would see them reach more people. However, being an Enterprise tool and not a consumer toy, means that if issues like this do come up they will be required to address them and make reasonable accommodations such as adjustable viewing depth or being able to switch to the left eye. </p>

  • dontbe evil

    21 May, 2019 - 2:22 am

    <p>Is it 1st of April?</p><p><br></p><p>compare this toy to HoloLens, is a joke</p>


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