Google reconfirms 2013 release plans (or hopes) for Glass

Summary:The outlook for when Google Glass is going to drop has been a bit cloudy, to say the least.

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There's still a good chance that we could see Google Glass released to both consumers and developers at some point in 2013, according to a Google representative.

See also: Beyond Google Glass: 2034

Reports have been mixed about when Glass could land on the market, hitting a breaking point when Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt recently told the BBC that a consumer edition wouldn't be available until at least 2014.

That's following up some expected changes based on feedback from the Glass Explorer program . The first wave of those prototypes have already started shipping.

Nevertheless, Susan Cadrecha, a communications associate for the product team at Google, replied to my inquiry on Monday, hinting that we could still see Glass drop this year, as previously announced at Google I/O last June.

"We hope to ambitiously have a consumer version out before end of year," Cadrecha wrote.

This confirmation might only make consumers' heads more dizzy, given that Google has previously indicated both 2013 and 2014 consumer launch times.

With Google I/O 2014 just around the corner in San Francisco this May, we'll likely hear much more about the Google Glass roadmap then.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Mobile OS, Tech Industry

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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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