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April 24, 2015

Next version of Google Glass will be out soon, says Italian eyewear maker Luxottica

by John_A

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Massimo Vian, CEO of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica, spoke earlier on Friday at a general meeting in Milan, Italy regarding Luxottica’s relationship with Google, and how the Google Glass project is moving along. While Mr. Vian didn’t mention a specific timeframe for the launch of the next-gen Glass headset, he did comment that a 2nd generation product is in the works and that it will be out sometime soon.

Here’s what Mr. Vian had to say, according to The Wall Street Journal:

In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear]. What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.

Luxottica became a partner of the Glass project back in March 2014, among a long list of other partners.

Before we heard this news, we already knew a few details regarding the next generation of Google Glass. For starters, Nest co-founder Tony Fadell took over Glass shortly after the project graduated from Google’s X labs. Fadell had reportedly said that the next generation headset wouldn’t be available to the general public until he achieves perfection, and that he plans to completely redesign the product. Also, Google will supposedly not bring back the Glass Explorer program this time around, so the product likely won’t launch until it’s ready for everyone to use.

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