Google today announced that it will no longer be selling its Glass Enterprise Edition 2 headsets, with support ending later this year.
After the commercial failure of the original Google Glass headsets, the company has turned the augmented reality product into a solution for businesses and industrial customers to help workers stay connected hands-free. This line, called the Glass Enterprise Edition, received a second generation update in 2019, built on the Snapdragon XR1 hardware platform.
Google has updated many of the Google Glass Enterprise Edition related pages to announce that the headset will be discontinued as of March 15th. However, for existing Glass Enterprise Edition customers, the company will continue to support the headset until September 15, 2023. Google stated that “no software updates from Google are planned”. Instead, “support” here means that customers will be able to receive replacement devices before the deadline.
After the deprecation date, all existing headsets will continue to function as normal, and third-party developers will still be able to update their apps. However, Google itself says that the Meet on Glass app, which launched less than a year ago, is only guaranteed to work until the September 15 deadline, after which the app could break.
The end of production comes at an interesting moment as the platform recently launched an early access program to test deeper integration with Google Pixel phones through a new companion app. This preview provided integration with popular Google apps and services, including Google Tasks, Google Translate, and Google Camera. In addition, last May at its annual I/O conference, the company even showed off a live transcription and translation feature under development on smart glasses.