It has been almost a year since Google I/O, when the Google stuff jumped out of an airship wearing Google Glass. Google has finally released its Explorer edition Google Glass. The Explorer Edition could be first tasted by winners of the Google Glass competition who had to pay $1,500 for their sample.
Google is keeping a tight rein on Glass developers with a clear list of do's and don'ts for the product's Explorer Edition. And the rules are outlined in the Google Mirror API terms of service released on Tuesday.
Advertisement built within an app might be a common way to monetize products in the smartphone software industry, but on Google Glass there will be no such advertisement. Developers are also forbidden from collecting user data from a Mirror API client and selling or transmitting that via third-party ad-networks and data brokers, which is clearly stated in the Glass terms and conditions
Google Glass will have 12 GB of usable memory synched to Google cloud storage, with 16 GB of Flash memory in total. It will also have a camera capable of capturing five megapixel photos and 720p videos.
The Glass has a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting pictures and capturing video in 720p. Storage on the device will be directly synced with Google cloud and it will feature 16GB internal memory out of the box.
It also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and can connect to any phone that has Bluetooth and the right requirements or profile for it to work. Other features are also present on the product including GPS and messaging and can be connected to an Android phone with the use of the MyGlass app.
Battery life on Google Glass is expected to last for at least one day with normal usage.
"You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google's authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty."
Google knows who is using the device because each Glass must be used with a Google account. So if the device switches accounts, Google could deactivate it.
It seems that we couldn't even lend it to a friend if they want to have a try, let alone resell the Glass.
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