Google+ chief leaving Google


Nine days after launching a one-day Google Glass promotion for the general public, Google (GOOG -0.4%) has once more made its display glasses available to all, albeit without announcing the move. Glass microdisplay supplier Himax (HIMX -2%) must be pleased.

The Explorer Edition of Glass still costs a steep $1,500. Glass' full commercial launch - no ETA has been given, but an FT report suggested it'll happen in 2H14 - will almost certainly involve a much lower price tag. Public attitudes towards Glass still remain very mixed, but businesses and institutions are dreaming up plenty of use cases.

Meanwhile, Google+ chief Vic Gundotra has announced he's leaving following an 8-year stint at Google. Gundotra spearheaded the integration of Google+ - now has 300M+ MAUs, but engagement is still light - with a vast array of Google services, thereby turning it into an identity layer for the company's Web empire (and sometimes triggering backlashes).

A Quora question about how Gundotra is perceived at Google yielded a positive response from an ex-engineering director - "Vic is a great communicator." - and a less charitable anonymous response. "Internally, the Google culture is very open with people speaking their mind honestly. In contrast to that, Vic comes across as a used car salesman."

Update: Google has denied reports stating Glass is publicly available. The company attributes the misunderstanding to a failure to edit an order page for the April 15 sale.

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  • rsbduff@gmail.com
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    Google Glass could be great:

     

    Imagine if Google glass users could just tap their fingers up and down on the desk (without a keyboard) and Google glass would be able to know what they were saying. Or, swipe their fingers to the left, or right....it moves on screen. Or, imagine if you could do all this and no one would know you were doing it.

     

    Now that would be something. Finger control of texting and pointing....without a keyboard. Unless I'm wrong, there is a patent pending to let Google Glass do that.
    But, I'm sure Google already knows that. They must monitor all patents that are published. I think it's called "touch Alphabet....something."

     

    Can't wait for that development.

     

    RSBDuff
    24 Apr 2014, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    An Illusion a distraction.
    24 Apr 2014, 03:44 PM Reply Like
  • duhaus
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    I'm with you on this one RSBDuff. I'm excited to see where any new tech goes and especially this one since I'm a recent Google investor. Hopin for the best.
    24 Apr 2014, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • samuel.kirz
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    Google glass is not available to everyone. Check the link. The report is wrong.
    24 Apr 2014, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • Prashanth Mannar
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    It appears to be 'Sold out' now..!
    24 Apr 2014, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • Yesterdays_news
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    Explorer Edition is the beta edition! What type of guarantee do you get on a dying prototype for the 1500 bucks???

     

    And when is the full supported retail version going to hit the market if ever? They are far WORSE than Apple with their iPhone releases.

     

    A never ending customer tease! More than four years and counting for this release.
    24 Apr 2014, 07:03 PM Reply Like
  • Cristiano Sarti
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    Google forgot to edit the webpage after the one day only sale. Glass are not available to general public yet (anyone interested?)
    24 Apr 2014, 08:24 PM Reply Like
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