Earlier today, the Google Glass team announced that Glass is “graduating” from Google X labs – the experimental unit of Google – as it is, presumably, further along on track for an actual consumer launch. The Explorer program will officially end on January 19, and the group that was responsible for developing Glass will now report to Tony Fadell, the man in charge of Nest.
Additionally, Android Police is reporting that an email went out to Explorers, stating that further development will cease for existing versions of Glass while the team continues working on the next version. Support will still exist for those who need it, though.
It is certainly exciting to see progress being made in this area, and it’s possible that – given the timing of this announcement – Google will have something concrete to announce at Google I/O later this year. While I did see fewer “Glassholes” at CES this year than I did in 2014, there is still a lot of momentum and excitement surrounding the product. Once it is more accessible – and cheaper – it will surely make waves among the more “mainstream” population.