Google Glass hackathon event scheduled for later this month, devs to receive working units on site


It’s been awhile since we heard from ‘ol Googs regarding their plans for “Project Glass” but it turns out they haven’t forgotten about the project. Emails have gone out to “Glass Explorers,” developers who paid the exorbitant $1,500 entry fee for a chance to develop on the new hardware before anyone else.

Devs have until Friday, January 18th to pre-register for a 2-day hack-a-thon that will take place on either January 28th and 29th in San Francisco, or February 1st and 2nd in New York. During the first day, developers will be given working Glass hardware, learning the ins and outs of developing for the futuristic eyewear, with the second day dealing mostly with demos and even special guests.

Sounds like a lot of fun and since Phandroid’s own in-house developer will be attending the event, we’ll be bringing you the latest as it goes down (and most likely an early hands-on if you’re really good). Exciting stuff!

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Phandroid’s in-house developer needs to go back to developers school, because your guys’ app blows…

    1. haters gonna hate.

      1. I don’t want to be a hater. I want the app to work well so I don’t have to access the online site and dodge pop-up ads, but it lacks some major functionality that the full site has. Down-vote all you want; just sayin’…

        1. There are two apps: Phandroid, and Phandroid News. Make sure you’ve got Phandroid News installed. Pretty soon we’ll be relaunching the Phandroid app and the Android Forums app with some improvements.

    2. I’m using the app right now to type this. Works great?

      1. Are you asking me if it works great? Because I thought I made my opinion clear…

        1. You made the fact that you’re just a troll perfectly clear

      2. The PHANDROID NEWS APP works great,however,the original PHANDROID/ANDROID FORUMS app could use a refresh & optimization for tablets.

        Sooooooooooo….are these glasses going to be up for grabs via PHANDROID contest/giveaway after the developer is done w/them? Or,are there conditions restricting such use?

        1. The conditions of pre-ordering Glass do state that they are not to be sold or given away to a third party. Sorry, KOLIO. I want it to come out soon just like I’m sure you do. :)

          Source: I read the agreement.

          1. THX,that’s what I expected, only half-joking on the giveaways, as you guys always give away the freebies from CES, MWC, etc…..

      3. the newer app works “OK”. Deff doesn’t “blow”. if it blew it would FC all the time and push ads to my notification bar. The app is functional, and I mean it gets the job done. I however, just put Phandroid into Pulse along with all my other RSS Feeds and click if i like the article…no reason to have another app on my phone hogging up resources.

      4. My only complaint is that from the time of the new app’s release I had to uninstall about 5 times because the comments stop loading. Other people on Google Play are having this issue too.

        1. This is a known bug that happens when your token expires. Just go into settings and refresh your expired token. Soon an update is coming which this will be fixed.

          1. Thanks for the info. I await the update :)

      5. Not that I want to feed the trolls, if there be any here, but the app (the new one) does indeed have some bugs. But none of them are major… I still keep it on my home screen.

        Im sure Steve will turn his attention back to it after he is done winning the football pick em. ;-P

        1. Actually, Steve has bigger fish to fry. Homeboy just had TRIPLETS :O

          1. Woah. Dude must be sore!


            Congrats Steve!

    3. And you need to go back to the troll house

    4. The app is great! The commenting is a bit different from the desktop experience, but it always works just fine for me.

    5. …said nobody ever…

    6. What’s developers school?

  2. I think phandroid should get me a pair of these glasses. ;-)

  3. Nobody has paid a nickel yet. I’ll bet when all is said and done there won’t be anyone paying $1500 for the Explorer program. It’s just a way of separating the men from the boys.

      1. Jason’s theory and still my favorite one. :)

    1. I’m really liking the idea of free. I think that having enough interest to be willing to pay $1,500 should earn me a pair of Glass. :p

      1. So merely wanting something that happens to be expensive warrants getting that something for free? You’re retarded.

        1. Two things: 1.) Did you not see the “:p” face? That, on the internet, indicates a joke. 2.) Just because you probably didn’t get to order a pair doesn’t mean you have to be rude about it. This is an open community where everyone is entitled to his (or her) own opinion, and comments like yours are not appreciated by anyone.

          1. I think he just got told :P (reference to the :P = joke)

          2. Shut up and take my money!

          3. You forgot to end with:


  4. Who said devs would be receiving glass at the events? You are the only one claiming that…

  5. with $1500, i can setup a new saltwater tank…

    1. I’d rather move outa my home state for that kinda money

  6. Why does every website keep saying “people paid $1,500 to preorder Google Glass?” Did I miss something because I was there and I preordered and I have not paid $1,500 yet. Not only that but as far as I know I don’t know anyone who has paid any money for them yet. Phandroid should know.

  7. Why does every website keep saying “people paid $1,500 to preorder Google Glass?” Did I miss something because I was there and I preordered and I have not paid $1,500 yet. Not only that but as far as I know I don’t know anyone who has paid any money for them yet. Phandroid should know.

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