This is our first look at the next-generation Google Glass


We’ve been hearing tons of rumors about the next Google Glass ever since the first one was more or less killed off at the beginning of the year, but this is the first time we’ve actually gotten a glimpse of the device. As expected, the Google Glass 2 appears to be geared towards enterprise customers, rather than the average consumer, but doesn’t differ much from its predecessor in terms of design, aside from some work environment-friendly tweaks. Most of the changes are expected to be with the internal hardware and the software features, with multiple reports claiming that it’ll come with an Intel Atom processor that’ll improve heat management and performance. There are also going to be multiple versions of the device, and these leaked images only show us the Enterprise Edition of the Google Glass 2.

Earlier this year, we told you across several exclusive reports that new Google Glass hardware was on the way, namely a device Google has been working on for more than a year aimed at the workplace. Now, several months later (and with many interesting reports about Google’s mysterious Project Aura having surfaced since), we have our first look at the device in the flesh. Google’s next move for Glass is clearly into the enterprise, and the device that Google is using to make this move, appropriately dubbed “Enterprise Edition,” has improved internal hardware, and a new look built around a button-and-hinge system made for working environments. As you can tell, the device doesn’t look all too different than the previous Google Glass: Explorer Edition, but foldability was one of the previous version’s most-requested features — and now it’s part of the design. All of the details we previously reported about the device’s internals have been corroborated by The Wall Street Journal, including its Intel Atom processor, improved battery life, and improved “wireless connectivity” (which includes the addition of a 5 GHz WiFi band for video streaming applications). We also mentioned better heat management which is a result of the new chip, and its improved performance. There’s also a yet-to-be-seen Google-made external battery pack, which attaches to the device magnetically.

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