Google Glass Version 2 Headed Our Way?
Two months ago, shortly after Google (GOOG) shuttered its Glass Explorer program ostensibly to head back to the drawing board, word surfaced that a new version of the Internet-facing eyewear device would soon be upon us.
Without offering any details, dates, pricing or availability, Massimo Vian, Luxottica chief executive, with whom Google struck a partnership last year to help design, manufacturer and distribute frames for Glass, said at the time that a new version of Glass is on the way.
“In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear],” Vian told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting. “What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.”
Vian’s remarks followed signals from Ivy Ross, who heads the Glass team under Tony Fadell’s direction, that the updated Glass version will feature a longer battery life, better sound and a sharper display, and will cost less than the $1,500 Google tagged onto the original model.
Okay, keeping all that in mind, fast forward to now. New clues are emerging that Google’s Glass version 2 might soon appear.
DroidLife turned up an FCC filing from July 1 in which Google lists a new, unidentified product under FCC ID A4R-GG1. What’s the “GG1” possibly stand for? Google Glass is as good a guess as anything, according to DroidLife.
“If you read through the various documents in this filing, it could also be some sort of wearable,” a DroidLife blogger wrote. “In fact, it might just be a new Google Glass. The device isn’t categorized like most devices we see go through the FCC. Most are labeled as a smartphone or wearable, etc. This one is labeled as “BLUETOOTH & DTS/UNII a/b/g/n/ac” with model name ‘GG1.’ Forget the random category name, but is it foolish of me to think that ‘GG1’ could mean Google Glass?”
After some extended document cruising, DroidLife further uncovered that the mystery device supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi in 2.4GHz and 5GHz speeds and has Bluetooth LE and rechargeable, non-removable batteries. It comes with an AC charger and USB cable for PC connected charging and data transfer.
There’s no certainty that it’s the new Google Glass but the GG1 notation certainly is compelling and the specs could match, to one degree or another, Ross’ earlier reference.