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Damn that easy-to-use grid of apps. Photo: Apple

Damn that easy-to-use grid of apps! Photo: Apple

The arrival of the original iPhone may have fundamentally changed Google’s plans for its Android smartphone platform, but according to Google’s Vice President of Design, Matias Duarte, Apple’s iOS layout — consisting of grids of apps icons — is disappointingly stagnant.

“[The iPhone] crystallised a lot of other things that were kind of stayed even by that point,” Duarte told Wired in an interview, “like the rows of icons, which don’t scale very well. This idea of a tiny grid that you manually curate starts to feel very heavy and burdensome.”

This is the new Google Glass.

This is the new Google Glass.


The FCC has given us our first glimpse at Google’s next-generation Glass headset today, thanks to a public filing that includes detailed photos of the new glasses aimed at enterprise.

Tony Fadell was put in charge of redesigning Google Glass into something non-nerds would actually want to wear, and based on the FCC’s images, it looks like his team has done just that. Not only is the new Google Glass slimmer and durable, it also touts a bigger display prism while packing a hinge that will allow wearers to fold it up during travel.

We still don’t know when or if Google will officially announce the headset, but based on the FCC documents, it appears that the device is nearly ready to launch.

Take a look at its internals:

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Just when you thought you were safe from the Glassholes …

Google Glass has returned to keep looking like a really lame version of the future, according to reports. The company is rolling out a new, office-ready version of its augmented-reality wearable to businesses that aims to correct some of the problems of the earlier model.

The new hardware features a smaller form factor, prolonged battery life, and a faster processor.

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Tony Fadell wants to do with Google Glass what Apple did with the iPhone. Photo: LeWeb

When Tony Fadell was put in charge of Google Glass earlier this year, we wrote that the father of the iPod had been “tasked with saving Google Glass from extinction.”

According to a new interview with the Nest co-founder, that’s not entirely accurate, though. Fadell says that rather than being saddled with the project by Google, he actively asked for it.

“It wasn’t handed to me and said, ‘Tony clean it up,'” he explained. “I offered. I remember what it was like when we did the iPod and the iPhone [at Apple]. I think this can be that important, but it’s going to take time to get it right.”

No Google Glass 2 for you. Photo: Google

No Google Glass 2 for you. Photo: Google

If you’re already excited about the second-generation Google Glass, it may be time to tone it down a little. A new report claims the upcoming “Enterprise Edition” won’t be available to general consumers, but exclusively to those certified as Glass for Work partners.

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