Unfortunately for tech-inclined fashionistas (or fashion-inclined techies), Google released some pictures of the second-generation Google Glass announced by the Mountain View, Calif.-based company Tuesday, and the new Google glasses are even dorkier looking than ever. Does the earbud in Google Glass 2 make the smart glasses even less fashionable? Google
Google hoped to improve the sound quality from Glass’s
bone-conduction speaker, but took a big step back in design by adding a
mono earbud. The Glass 2 earbud looks like a large earplug that appears
to fill an entire user’s ear hole. Not even a pretty cool logo, which
appears to be the new official logo of Google Glass, makes the earbud
The earbud show what appears to be the official logo of Google Glass. Google
The good news is that the piece plugs into the Glass’s charging port
and is completely removable. The problem with that is that users will
have to remove the thing every time they want to charge their Glass 2
(which is often) and risk losing it. It also means an exposed wire
which, for a product that celebrates being hands-free and wireless,
looks pretty unsightly.
The rest of Glass seems unchanged, though Google did announce that Glass 2 will support an upcoming line of prescription glasses.
The frames, however, won’t be ready for the release of Google Glass 2.
Glass still won’t be able to attach to prescription frames that they
It is also worth pointing out that the community on Google Plus
didn’t seem to mind the earbud much. Though there were some negative
comments, the post showing the images has received 1,709 “+1’s” at the
time of writing. Most comments ask about compatibility with
prescription frames and express excitement about finally being able to
hear music on Google Glass.
What do you think about the look of Google Glass 2? Let us know in the comments.