Google Reportedly Killed Its AR Glasses Challenge

Google reportedly killed its glasses {hardware} mission.

Enterprise Insider’s Hugh Langley cites “three folks acquainted with the matter” as saying the {hardware}, which resembled customary glasses, was canceled earlier this 12 months amid the mass layoffs at Google and the departure of Google’s AR/VR chief Clay Bavor.

The report suggests the canceled glasses emerged from Google’s 2020 acquisition of North. An early model reportedly “intently resembled” North’s product Focals, and the glasses Google publicly confirmed final 12 months for dwell translation had been apparently a more moderen model.

These glasses did not seem to have any sort of monitoring cameras although, and the “simulated perspective” confirmed a head-locked overlay. So it is unclear whether or not Google’s canceled glasses had been truly full AR, or simply good HUD glasses of the sort Meta reportedly plans to ship with Luxottica in 2025.

Apple reportedly postponed its full AR glasses “indefinitely” earlier this 12 months, however Meta reportedly plans to ship full AR glasses in 2027 and seed an early prototype to builders as quickly as subsequent 12 months.

Google’s glasses-based translation showcase from final 12 months.

Langley experiences Google is now centered on offering the software program platform for different corporations’ {hardware} merchandise as an alternative: Android “XR” for headsets and Android “micro XR” for glasses. XR is a catch-all time period for digital, augmented, and blended actuality.

In February Samsung formally introduced it was engaged on an XR headset, with Google dealing with “the software program”.

Langley’s report cites “Google staff” as saying the Samsung partnership was “a direct response to fears of what Apple was engaged on”, and cites “an individual acquainted with the plan” as saying Google hopes to work with different producers too. This is able to mirror Google’s present major technique with smartphones, tablets, good watches, and laptops.

from Google I/O 2023

At its I/O convention in Could Google stated it would share extra concerning the XR mission with Samsung later this 12 months.