While Google Glass deliveries have recently begun on a limited basis, it looks like regular consumers still have a bit of waiting. In fact, recent comments coming from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggest average consumers will not be able to get their hands on Google Glass until sometime in 2014. The catch here is we have yet to see a specific date, or even a narrowed down timeframe for release.
Previously, it was believed that Google Glass would be available for consumers before the end of 2013. As of now, Eric Schmidt has said Google Glass for consumers is “probably a year-ish away.” Granted, that could still mean they will come available for pre-order in 2013, however based on the year-ish comment — it is looking like they will not be shipping this year. These comments come by way of a recent interview that Schmidt did with BBC Radio 4.
During that interview he talked about how there will be “thousands of [Google Glass] in use by developers over the next months.” Google plans to take feedback from these earlier users to refine and make any necessary product changes. Basically, those thousands of developers will be the ones doing the testing and putting up with the issues and quirks. Well, one can hope those initial issues and quirks are worked out before Glass becomes available for the regular public.
Otherwise, the BBC talk also touch on the topic of privacy. Specifically, the privacy of others. On the topic of privacy Schmidt mentioned that “the fact of the matter is that we’ll have to develop some new social etiquette” going on to say that “it’s obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct.” If nothing else, those planning to make a purchase may now have some additional time to set aside the necessary funds.