After offering its Google Glass wearable to just about anyone in the U.S. for one day only last month, Google seems ready to sell the $1,500 gadget to more people in the region. However, the Google Glass product is still in beta, and it’s still as expensive as before. Furthermore, while Google is extending the Google Glass purchase program, the device will still be available only to U.S. buyers.
“Last week we told you we’d be trying out new ways to find Explorers,” Google wrote on the Google Glass Google+ page. “Well, we weren’t kidding. We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta. We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand: google.com/glass.”
“We’re ready to keep meeting new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear all your experiences and feedback to continue to make Glass even better, ahead of our wider consumer release,” the company added.
However, it’s not clear when Google will finally release a commercial version of its smart glasses or how much they’ll cost once they become widely available.
In addition to Google, other companies are working on similar devices, with Samsung being one potential manufacturer of smart glasses.
Existing Glass explorers should know that Google is rolling a new update to Google Glass, XE 17.1, which should bring several performance and fixes for the device.