Google Glass goes on sale in the U.K.


Google has today opened up its Glass Explorer Program to those in the United Kingdom. The device is available in five colors with free frames or shades, and it ships in 1-2 business days… if you can afford its hefty price tag.

Whether you’d wear one or not, Glass is arguably the most interesting and indeed most peculiar wearable we’ve seen to date. It has been surprisingly popular in the U.S., with thousands of Glass Explorers willing to spend $1,500 for their chance to own the next-generation wearable.

In the U.K., Glass costs £1,000, which is roughly $1,700. To put that price into perspective, Glass costs £101 more than Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac, £550 more than the Galaxy S5, and £750 more than the Gear 2 smartwatch. My first car only cost me £800.

But despite its price tag, I know there are plenty of Brits who have been waiting a long time for Glass to go on sale in the U.K. And there couldn’t be a better time for it.

Google I/O is right around the corner, and Google is expected to announce new Glass features at the event alongside its next version of Android. The U.K. launch likely means, however, that we won’t be seeing new Glass hardware at the event.

Each Glass comes with a free share or frame in the U.K., but if you want more than one they’re priced at £120 and $175 respectively. You can also purchase Glass earbuds; the stereo option is priced at £65, and the mono option is £40. Other accessories included a padded case for £40, and a Clear Shield visor for £60.