Google prepping a new version of its much-maligned Google Glass

Next-gen eyeware will fix its technological shortcomings, and hopefully make it better looking.


Despite the unmitigated flop that was Google Glass, the search engine giant is working on a new version with a technological upgrade and a more business focus.

Google is reportedly internally referring to its next version of Google Glass as "Enterprise Edition," or "EE" for short. So does this mean it will be called "G2EE?"

Anyway, 9to5Google cites several sources familiar with advanced prototypes of the device. They claim EE comes with a larger prism display, an Intel Atom processor that brings better performance and moderately improved battery life and a "better" display, although details on that are short.

The Wall Street Journal reported last December on a new version of Glass that would have a new low-power Intel Atom chip designed to increase battery life, and 9to5Google repeats that claim, although it doesn't know which chip is being used.

The larger prism extends further in all directions, allowing the user to more comfortably look directly up. The original version was notorious for causing eye strain after prolonged use.

In addition to a low-power Atom, battery life is also improved on its own, according to sources, but it’s only a modest improvement over the previous generation of the product. 9to5Google says it has seen an EE device with a Google-made external battery pack that may be for certain use cases or clients.

Last week, a device from Google with the registration name "A4R-GG1" was spotted by the blog Droid Life. They noted the device was not identified as a smartphone or Chrome device but simply as "BLUETOOTH & DTS/UNII a/b/g/n/ac." However, it could also just be a new version of Chromestick.

GG1 could certainly mean Google Glass, but the DTS acronym makes me think Chromestick. The term DTS means Digital Theater Systems, a high-end audio surround sound used by home theater equipment. Putting DTS in Google Glass would be an atrocious waste of high-end audio, especially if this new product is geared for enterprise users.

Still, it looks like Google returned to the drawing board and came up with a product for business users and not one to get tech hipsters a punch in the nose.

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