Google Glass release date delayed until 2015

Reports of Google Glass' falling reputation and popularity have plagued the device since its launch, but now reports that the consumer version of the headset won't be released before 2015 have thrown Google's position on the technology even further into doubt.

Reuters reports that the consumer release date has been pushed back, though Google has publicly stated that it is still backing the device despite ongoing troubles.

Many app developers have put projects for Google Glass on hold in favour of other ventures or, like Twitter, pulled out altogether. Some have switched to working on apps for the enterprise market, where it is thought Google Glass has more potential.

"If there was 200 million Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective," Tom Frencel, the CEO of Little Guy Games told the publication. "There's no market at this point."

Matthew Milan, founder of software firm Normative Design, added: "It's not a big enough platform to play on seriously."

Despite a 2014 release date previously being touted, it is now likely to hit consumers at some point next year. It is thought this lack of definite release date has caused developers to lose faith in the technology.

However, Chris O'Neill, Glass Head of Business Operations, assured doubters: "We are completely energised and as energised as ever about the opportunity that wearables and Glass in particular represent.

"We are as committed as ever to a consumer launch. That is going to take time and we are not going to launch this product until it's absolutely ready."

Google Glass recently came under fire when it was reported that wearing the device would restrict the peripheral vision of the wearer, increasing the chance of accidents while driving.

Caroline Preece

Caroline has been writing about technology for more than a decade, switching between consumer smart home news and reviews and in-depth B2B industry coverage. In addition to her work for IT Pro and Cloud Pro, she has contributed to a number of titles including Expert Reviews, TechRadar, The Week and many more. She is currently the smart home editor across Future Publishing's homes titles.

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