Google making Glass available to the masses for one day only

Google making Glass available to the masses for one day only

Summary: The timing for the Google Glass flash sale couldn't be better for those looking to blow their tax refunds.


There are countless reviews and critiques arguing that Google Glass is far from ready for the consumer mass market yet. But the Internet giant is going ahead with the digitized headset anyway -- at least for one day only.

After being scooped earlier on Thursday, Google came clean that it would be making Glass available for purchase to anyone (but not quite everyone) on Tuesday, April 15. The timing couldn't be better for those looking to blow their tax refunds.

Up until now, Glass has only been available to developers and other industry insiders via the Google Glass Explorer Program, which started taking applicants as far back as Google I/O in 2012 when Glass was first unveiled.

Since then, the program has slowly opened up by allowing existing members to invite colleagues and friends to throw down $1,500 (plus tax) for prototypes of their own. The Android maker also let in another pool of interested beta testers through promotions on Google+. (See: #ifihadglass.)

Google is still keeping the lid on the Glass Explorer program, albeit slightly ajar. Anyone interested in joining the Explorer program (and willing to pay the aforementioned hefty fee) can sign up starting at 6AM PDT on April 15.

Without offering a specific figure, Google warned that there are only a "limited" number of spots available.

Another catch: The program continues to remain only available in the United States.

Topics: Mobility, Android, E-Commerce, Google, Hardware

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  • Google making Glass available to the masses for one day only

    Google is getting desperate to get rid of their inventory of glass. At $1500 a pop there is no wonder they aren't selling and this "flash" sale isn't going to help them out with that. When glass starts doing things people actually want to do instead of being an imitation smart phone on the eyes then they might start selling more units.
    • You're obviously way way wrong

      I would say 90% of what you write here is non sense or completely irrelevant (I know 90 it's very optimistic, but I'm feeling nice today ;-) ). But this time the silliness of your comment is beyond measuring.
      Google has not reached the sell to the masses phase, they are way far behind the "desperate phase to get rid"...
    • The ones getting glass are specialized users

      Not mainstream costumers.
      I don't see glass being ready for consumers in less than 3 years - optimistic.
      Like all new products, first iterations are appealing to a small number of persons, that because of the specificity of their use are willing to pay a premium price for an unfinished device - like developers in this case.
    • lovecrocks usual anti google speal..

      Google have moved tons of the things.. as many as they want to. If you have evidence otherwise, lets hear it.. Otherwise I'll just chalk it up to your microsoft lackey anti google rubbish like normal.
  • Nobody needs this privacy invasion device

    • You should be more confident about creativity

      Trust me, there will be plenty of uses for glass or similar devices.
      If you can't see beyond the tip of your nose, well maybe you need... glasses :-)
      • We are the Gorg

        Resistance is futile. Your life, as it has been, is over. From this time forward you will service, us.
        • cell phones in general?

          cell phones in General give me this Borg vibe. though I can't say much, I can't stop looking at reddit...
        • My life is not futile

          Don't transport your frustrations to others please
        • wow.. 3 for 3.. who'd have thought.

          The three folks who are always anti google and pro microsoft (and who always seem to forget that Microsoft are a twice convicted predatory monopolist with a list of privacy issues as long as your arm) have all posted in the first 10 posts of a google glass story.. big surprise there.
    • right owlnet..until Microsoft make one yes?

      I'm gussing that when Microsoft release theirs you'll be all "wow this is the best thing ever, how innovative is Microsoft?"

      At least try t appear unbiased, you can't shill properly if it's obvious that's what you are doing.
  • Futurama episode

    Eye phone... glass has a long way to go