Analyst predicts Google Glass could be the next iPhone

Chris Chavez Google Glass watermark

Love it or hate it, there is no denying the impact the iPhone has had on both mobile technology and society as a whole. While Android has the numbers to back its popularity, the iPhone has become a cultural icon. So it’s no small potatoes when we hear things like Sarah Rotman Epps, senior analyst at Forrester, saying that Google Glass could be the next iPhone.

Epps believes that the world is ready for Glass, even if Glass isn’t quite ready for the world. With some refinement and greater backing by apps developers, she believes Glass will be the next big thing in mobile.

It’s a promising outlook for Google. The company is taking a bit of a gamble on Glass. It’s a neat concept that offers some intriguing possibilities, but getting the mainstream on board is seen to be a bit of a hurdle. Epps doesn’t see that as much of an issue, citing 21.6 million US consumers interested in wearable computing tech.

But the outlook of one analyst does not a reality make, so it’s still up in the air as to how far Glass will go in the real world. The future looks promising, however.

[via CNET]

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  • Thomas

    Major man crush on Chavez & I’m not afraid to admit it ;)

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    I predict that it will do WELL, but it wont be a mainstream success like the iPhone. I think because it’s so new an interesting right now, that’s why everyone wants it.

    Yes, it’s cool. Yes, it’s convenient. But there’s not a NEED for it like there was the iPhone back in the day. It doesn’t replace your phone, or anything really. Just makes life a little more convenient.

    Of course, the future of Glass as it becomes more refined, higher-powered and advanced is definitely promising. This is only the beginning.

    • servo36

      people still look like dorks wearing them though.

      • RussianDroid

        If half the people wearing Glass look at least 1% as good as Mr. Chavez over there then it will undoubtedly succeed :D

        Looking pretty cool there Chris ala modern Fonzie ;)

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          Ayyyyyyyyye *thumbs up*

      • ArmageddonX

        The people who walked around with Palm & HP “PDAs” were called dorks too. Turns out they were just ahead of the curve =)

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Assimilate or die, right?

      • Larkhillv

        The aesthetics have been a point of contention from day one–I personally like the way they look. Of course, within the second or third generation of Glass, they will change what the form factor looks like. The point is almost moot since it’s relatively easy to change what it looks like once you get the ball rolling. What people should really focus on are the potential applications for Glass. Aesthetics are secondary and will evolve as Glass ages.

    • rick slick

      I’m a huge android fan but I have zero desire for this thing. So no, not everyone wants it.

      • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

        I’m with you.

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        and as much as i want to love
        google glass as i love all things google…i dunno man…if it doesnt do
        augmented reality whast really the point…to get alerts and stuff in
        your face that having to look at your phone? eh i dunno

    • ant-roid

      Unless apple makes their own…

      • TwinkieFingers

        2X the price and half the functionality, all the patents.

  • DethBySnooSnoo

    I predict that 100% of the so called men wearing these will see a increase in children with downs as a result of them looking so retarded wearing them :)

  • pr0xidian

    I don’t care how it looks. I’m a tech nerd anyways. I look the part and don’t care what other people think.

  • chris420o

    need to put a lil light on the front so people know when its recording…so people dont always think its recording them

    • louched1

      It’ll still be easy enough to root and remove the red light from turning on. People will always assume they’re being recorded around these at first. The question is, will people eventually become comfortable around them? Much like CCTV in the UK.

  • TimTheK

    Integrated into actual glasses and more people would certainly consider it. Put it into some RayBan’s and maybe I’d wear it. Its just too odd to wear sort-of half-glasses for no reason.

  • chris420o

    and as much as i want to love google glass as i love all things google…i dunno man…if it doesnt do augmented reality whast really the point…to get alerts and stuff in your face that having to look at your phone? eh i dunno

  • Maximillion82

    Agreed this is the next form factor that actually is useful.

  • Cory Skelton

    I kinda want Google Glass. It’s definitely an awesome concept, but I think I would rather wait until it’s been out a little over a year, because I imagine by that point it would be much more worth the money.

  • Christopher Robert

    Until they put these in a normal looking pair of sun glasses i’m not interested.

    • Larkhillv

      They will definitely look more “normal” within the second generation. The first consumer editions will probably look more or less like the Explorer edition, but as Google has more time to refine everything, these babies will look like normal glasses very soon, I think.

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    You look like an idiot wearing these. This is ‘innovation’ for the sake of ‘innovation.’ It’s solving a problem that doesn’t exist. I wish that Google would put as much resources into sustainable energy and stop wasting their time.

    • Anthony McKay

      Jealous of the glass much?..I feel like you can apply that business strategy to any company in the world if you’re going to compare it to sustainable energy there Tony Stark.

  • scoter man1

    Personally, I’d have to disagree. I can’t see myself wearing these glasses and using them as my main device. Therefore it would end up being another table for me — something I only have just because I’m a geek. That doesn’t that mean everyone else wouldn’t love them, but I think there has to be a few people out there that wouldn’t like them.

  • Jordan Pfingsten

    Oh really? I don’t think i want one anymore.

    /s

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    I’m a huge Android fan and tech nerd, but my pockets are shallow. no way i could have forked over $1500 for these. but i would scrape the bottom of the barrel if they were around $600.

  • paxmos

    Google glass will take you Where No Man Has Gone Before.

  • guitarist5122

    Lower the price to a reasonable amount and it certainly will be a success! I know I want one, but my wife would lose her mind if I spent $1500 on Glass

  • TwinkieFingers

    Great…now every granny, ditsy soccer mom and tween will be using them for attention.

  • Max

    I’m guessing 3rd generation before they are really practical for anything. one of my biggest questions is battery life, they need to go all day, but not only that they need the connected phone to also go all day with bluetooth running. They also need another input method, something like the laser projection keyboards, or something we haven’t even thought of yet. How often do you use voice to text really?

  • http://none Cosmo UK

    I think that Glass is outstanding, but for some sort of government application such as Ambulance crews, the fire services, police, possibly some military uses and some of the private sectors only after something like that I could see the general public getting in on it in a big way.
    By the way I think that CCTV is one of the best things to happen to the streets of UK towns and cities. You get to see some funny c£@p on police, camera, action (UK TV show)

  • phinn

    First, if they are predicting it “might” be the next iPhone, not it “will” be then it’s not a prediction and the statement is meaningless. Second, I doubt it, I really look it them as the kinda person who keeps their bluetooth in their ear all the time would wear them. Maybe these will be the next bluetooth headset.

  • nick

    Are you sure they said it would be the next iPhone and not the next eye-phone?

  • rustygh

    Is this a joke? Glass is an accessory , a weak one at that

  • White Pride America

    The next iPhone? Go home you’re drunk. Nothing will ever beat the success of iPhone.