Google Glass trade-in program includes a new earbud accessory

Summary:At least the sound should be better on the next generation of Glass.

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If there was one thing you thought was missing from the Google Glass prototype that launched earlier this year , what would it be?

If an earbud was your answer, then not only might you be alone, but you'll also be delighted to know that your dreams are coming true.

Just yesterday , the Internet giant announced that it would be opening up the Google Glass Explorer program to referrals as well as offer a "one-time" trade-in program soon.

The latter of which is starting to take precedence now that the Google Glass team has published what looks to be the first images of the next version of the smart spectacles.

Other than the promised hardware update, there aren't any other details about the upgraded version of Glass -- except for the additional "mono earbud" unveiled today, which will be offered to Glass Explorers when they can swap in their current prototypes at an unknown date later this year.

It's questionable how much this adds to the fashion statement spoken by Glass -- not to mention if this opens the flood gates for attachments to smart glasses. (Isn't one of the ideas with wearables to reduce and simplify how much tech we have to carry around?)

Otherwise, the exterior design doesn't look any different yet.

Either way, hopefully this means that the audio quality on the next iteration of Glass will be better...right?

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Images via Google

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Hardware

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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