How Google Is Revamping Google Glass for the Enterprise

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-07-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Google Is Revamping Google Glass for the Enterprise

    by Don Reisinger
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    2 - The Next Google Glass Is About the Enterprise First and Foremost
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    The Next Google Glass Is About the Enterprise First and Foremost

    The new Google Glass will appeal first to the enterprise, according to reports. In fact, the device currently in development is labeled with an "EE" tag, meaning Enterprise Edition. Several recent analyst reports have suggested that the enterprise could be a profoundly appealing home for smart eyewear, and it appears Google believes the same.
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    3 - All Google Apps, All the Time
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    All Google Apps, All the Time

    The second version of Google Glass won't shed one important feature from the past: its deep integration with Google applications. Chances are, everything from Google Now to Google Maps and Google Search will be bundled with Glass to ensure people who are wearing the device are actively using the company's online services.
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    4 - A Surprisingly Long List of Enterprise Apps
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    A Surprisingly Long List of Enterprise Apps

    The list of enterprise apps available to Google Glass could be quite long. According to reports, Google has secretly kept its app-development program for Glass in place, despite taking the device off store shelves. The search giant has been specifically focusing on attracting enterprise developers. So, there's a significant chance that Google Glass 2.0 will support several enterprise apps out of the box.
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    5 - A Modified Design
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    A Modified Design

    The Google Glass design has been a subject of much debate over the years. Some found the device's monocle-like design to work fine, while others found it overly "geeky." Either way, Google reportedly is working on a refined design that will make it not only more comfortable, but also more appealing to people who want the tech features without feeling too "techy."
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    6 - A Simple but Important Addition: External Battery Pack
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    A Simple but Important Addition: External Battery Pack

    This may sound like a small feature, but it's actually a huge one: Google is reportedly planning to include support for an external battery pack with Glass 2.0. One of the big issues with the first Google Glass was that it didn't have all-day battery life, making it rather unusable for many companies. While Glass 2.0 still won't have all-day battery life, it will be able to get juice from an external pack that will give it the extra time it needs to last the workday. For enterprise customers, especially, that's a huge plus.
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    7 - Larger Display Prism for Viewability
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    Larger Display Prism for Viewability

    According to reports, Google Glass will come with a broader "display prism." What that means is people will be able to look up and around Glass more easily. The previous model required more eye movements, causing some to complain of eyestrain. A larger display prism is a critical component in getting Glass accepted more broadly.
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    8 - Full WiFi Support and Bluetooth
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    Full WiFi Support and Bluetooth

    The FCC may have accidentally leaked details on Glass 2.0 recently after approving a Google device that would include support for 802.11n wireless networking, as well as Bluetooth. That means Glass will work autonomously (unlike most other wearables) and will be a fully wireless experience out of the box. It's a bit expected from eyewear, but an important note, nonetheless.
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    9 - Intel Will Be Inside
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    Intel Will Be Inside

    So, what will power Glass 2.0? The latest rumors say that Google has decided to go with an Intel Atom processor because of its solid power capabilities and battery handling. While the Intel Atom won't save enough power for Glass' battery to last all day, it will at least improve it. If Glass takes off, Intel's mobile chipset division will get a much-needed boost, thanks to Google's wearable.
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    Don't Forget About the Consumers

    All of this talk has centered on the enterprise, but Glass 2.0 won't just appeal to the corporate world. Consumers are expected to have an option that comes with all the bells and whistles mentioned here, but perhaps with some other important specs. Rumors on a consumer edition are a little thin, but expect Google to hit both markets—the enterprise and consumer space—with Glass 2.0.
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    A Late-2015 Launch, Perhaps?

    Speculation abounds over when the new version of Google Glass will actually launch, but the latest reports say it'll happen at some point in late 2015. Those claims may carry some weight when one considers that Google is actively wooing developers and may have already received FCC approval. A late-2015 relaunch for Google Glass seems like a plausible timeframe for what could be an important product from Google.
 

Google Glass was supposed to be a groundbreaking product that would usher in a new era in the wearables market. The device was essentially eyewear that provided relevant information to people as they walked around town. Since it was built by Google, much of that information was shared through the company's services. Although Google Glass was recently shelved, new reports suggest that the wearable will soon re-emerge as a version 2.0. Perhaps the most surprising thing about those reports is that the next version of the search giant's wearable will appeal to enterprise customers first and foremost. Google has decided that the future of Glass is in the corporate world, and its features and software will be firstly geared for that market. It's an interesting move and something that could send a ripple effect through the marketplace. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at what to expect from the next Google Glass and why it may just end up being a product that appeals to both consumers and enterprise customers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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