The search engine giant Google has made a very big announcement today. It has decided to shut down the Google Glass explore program. The company will stop selling its internet-connected eyewear to consumers until it can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device.
The sales expedition on the nearly 2-year-old Explorer edition of Google Glass goes into action from January 19. The decision taken by Google on Thursday coincides with Glass's spin-off from the secretive Google X lab where it was invented.
Glass will now be tested and operated in a division headed by veteran marketing executive Ivy Ross who will report to Tony Fadell, who played an major role in the design of Apple's iPod and now runs the smart-appliance maker Nest Labs that Google bought for $3.2 billion last year.
Google will still sell a version of Glass to companies that have found uses for the device in their offices, stores and factories. The Mountain View, California, company still plans to come back with a new consumer model of Glass, but hasn't set the dates for the next release.
By the time Glass returns to the consumer market, it will face more competition from other wearable computing devices, including a line of smart watches that Apple plans to begin selling this spring.
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