Google Expands Glass Program, This Time to More Developers
Google Glass devices are now being offered to more developers who want to buy them so they can use the coveted product to create new apps.Google is again expanding its sales of Google Glass to waiting developers who want to buy early units so they can use them and create innovative new apps that could help expand the future Glass marketplace. The expanded Glass availability to select developers apparently began toward the end of November and became publicized by recipients of the invitations, who then posted news of their windfalls on the Google+ Glass page and other Web pages. Under the program, an as-yet-unknown number of additional developers will be able to purchase their own Glass devices for $1,500, plus shipping. The invites to developers who have not yet been able to get their hands on early Glass devices were very straightforward, according to one celebratory Google+ post. "Hi there," read the note from Google. "The Glass Explorer Program brings together bold, creative individuals who want to shape the future of Glass. When you asked us how to get Glass on this site, we told you there would be more chances to join the Explorer Program. Well, here's your chance. Click on the purchase code below to begin your adventures with Glass." Other developers received a message with slightly different wording, according to a Nov. 26 story by Engadget. "When you asked us how to get Glass on this site, we told you there would be more chances to join the Explorer Program ... someday. Well, today's the day," the alternate message stated. "The sneak peek of the Glass Developer Kit (GDK) is available now, making it possible to build new and innovative kinds of Glassware. We're now inviting you, as a developer, to purchase Glass, become an Explorer and join us in taking the next step in developing for Glass."
Little other information was forthcoming from Google about the expansion, based on a Nov. 27 email inquiry from eWEEK. "We previously issued a statement on the expansion of the Explorer program, which is still true," according to a reply from a Google spokesperson who asked to remain anonymous. "As we've said for several months, our goal is to continue to expand our Explorer program ahead of a wider consumer launch down the road in 2014."