App developers ditch Google Glass as Explorer scheme drags on

Disgruntled code builders abandon wearable tech, citing hardware limitations, meagre market

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App developers ditch Google Glass as Explorer scheme drags on Glass is currently still in a so-called Explorer programme and costs between $1,700 and $2,700 in the UAE. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 16, 2014

Google Glass app makers are axing projects and turning to alternative devices because of limitations of the Glass hardware and the lack of an established market while the product's Explorer programme remains in effect, Reuters reported.

Although many major developers are still working on Glass projects, with almost 100 apps on its website, including Facebook, many others are turning from the connected eyewear. Reuters surveyed 16 Glass app makers and found that 9 had discontinued their efforts, citing problems with the device and a meagre consumer pool.

One such company is microblogging business, Twitter.

Three other companies said they had stopped working on consumer-based ventures and were instead looking at enterprise projects.

"If there [were] 200m Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective," said Tom Frencel, CEO of Little Guy Games, which this year switched from development of a Glass game to examining other platforms, including VR goggles from Facebook-owned Oculus.

"There's no market at this point," Frencel said.

Glass, which is currently still in a so-called Explorer programme with users in the tens of thousands, costs between $1,700 and $2,700 in the UAE and has been used by app developers at Dubai Police headquarters to build tools that allow officers to check the status of motor vehicles by glancing at their license plates.

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