Phandroid gets Google Glass


I’m in New York City with our Android Developer, Steve Albright, and we just had a very exciting appointment with Google at their headquarters in Manhattan. We went in blind, but now we see the light: we’ve got Google Glass.

Google Glass Boss

Or… at least Steve does. Steve, Chris Chavez, and myself all signed up as Glass Explorers. Steve got his today, Chris is scheduled for Saturday, and I, well, am still eagerly awaiting my invite. Let’s take a quick walk through our experience at Google HQ getting fitted for glass.

The first thing we saw when walking into the main room of their 8th floor office was a huge, open layout room with gorgeous industrial design elements. It really gave the room a lot of character and personality while still feeling comfortable and relaxed.

Google Glass Room

Each of the tables you see is a differt “fitting room” where a Google employee will work with you one on one to get your Glass perfectly fitted, familiarize you with the product, and answer any questions you have. We had many friendly Googlers stop by, get involved in our conversations and questions, and they seemed genuinely interested in our thoughts and questions. It was really fun and enlightening to hear about their experiences over a few months of wearing glass.

Google Glass Colors

The first thing you do is pick a color. A conveniently organized wall, with a mirror on top, allows you to try on each color before making a decision: Sky Blue, Charcoal Black, Orange, Slate Grey, or Cotton White. I think the blue version will be popular with the ladies. It’s a really bright, fun color and I can see it looking great on a lot of people.

Sky Blue Google Glass

They didn’t have the more colorful options available, but Steve was going to pick Slate Grey anyways. How does he look?

Google Glass Headset

After a couple hours of talking with our friends at Google, we got a boat load of information, had plenty of time to have our questions answered, talk about the potential of Glass, and we even had a few beers to boot (thanks, Google)!

Google Glass Headquarters

Before we left, we asked a few of the Googlers assisting us (and coincidentally beautiful women!) if they would model all 5 colors side-by-side-by-side-by-side-by-side. And so here they are.

Google Glass Girls

Then Steve jumped in for a quick picture with them- as if I needed another reason to be jealous!

Google Glass Girls

Stay tuned over the next few days, weeks, and months as we explore Google Glass, bring you hands-on impressions, an in depth review, random tips/tricks/thoughts, and all kinds of content related to the newest tech that everybody’s talking about.



Rob Jackson
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  1. OMG. The one on the left. She single? O_o

    1. Go forth young Chris and impress her with your mighty hair!

      1. Chris’s hair reminds me of Logan’s beard:

        1. He’s like me… but upside down :O

      2. I heard Johnny Bravo is even jealous of Chris’s hair

        1. Mercy!

    2. Way to go, Phandroid writer, in assisting the degradation of this technology rich discourse into unrelated banter about the beauty of the women in one of the pics.

      But yes,beautiful I agree, and also incredibly smart, fun, and sweet. Take me back to that oasis!

      1. I would have never left….

      2. Where do I submit my application? They need a RESTful web services developer at Google right? :P

    3. You like girls?

        1. But….but, what about us :)

        2. You should really come out of the closet already.

    4. Ya need the hair here can’t impress her with gadgets she already has Glass lol

    5. goodluck young chris, she looks adventurous

    6. what about the one one the far right? you like big women?

    7. Fourth from the left is prettier. And no, none of them are single, not that it would make any difference. ;)

  2. ill take the one on the left as well. Chris you got a girlfriend let me have this one.

  3. Wow only beautiful women work at Google, NY?

      1. What does this response mean?

        1. He means Beautiful women work for Google everywhere, not just Google New York.

  4. Male pig here. What’s with the baggy clothes Googlettes? You should be showing off your curves more. To, um, add emphasis to the curves of Glass. *wink*

  5. Man those look ridiculous..

  6. So Steve is the one that made the Phandroid app? If so then please congratulate him on an awesome app, this is how apps should be done. Just had to throw that in.

    1. Yup! He’s our resident app developer. Been working on a nice update for the app too. (Shhhhh! Currently in testing)

      1. Look forward to it, thanks for the heads up

      2. Awesome – hope it fixes my only two big gripes with the app:
        1) No tablet love
        2) After a couple weeks/months of use, the comments stop loading, and I have to clear cache to get ’em back.

      3. Is this what you were tweeting about getting in trouble for? :D

  7. Who are all these lovely young glasses?

  8. I’ll take the one far right O_x

    1. I think they’re all beautiful.

      1. Hhahahahaa god bless u Chavez

  9. I sure do like the looks of Google Ass….. I mean Glass. :-)

  10. I agree with chris

  11. I wish those great looking gals would take those silly looking things off their heads….

  12. Second from the right is HOT, i will take her and the glass. LOL

  13. Bet all those google girls have iPhones.

  14. bottom photo, that girl with the beard isn’t very attractive imo…

    1. I should have shaved. Sigh.

  15. This makes a million articles about Glass, and I’ve yet to read one that mentions what they’d actually be useful for. It’s telling that this entire discussion is about the girls in the picture, rather than the product.

    1. Google glasses are for looking hip and trendy, is about all I can gather… kind of like the Bluetooth fad of sticking ear sets on all the time… I don’t get it either.

  16. You have to love how Google refines this product before full release. Not a bunch of engineers and marketing teams, but utilizing real people. Like so much else, and in a way so much the antithesis of Apple, Google puts a good product out to the people and customers who refine it beyond what any company man ever could. Were it not for Android, we would be experiencing these new dimensions of life so vividly brought to us through our smartphones on Apple and Microsoft products limited by lack of competition and vision. It would be nice to see other companies mimic this approach to product development.

  17. PLEASE do an actual review of these Glasses and show & tell us how things like turn by turn navigation and Google Now work. The last review I read the all the guy wearing the glasses did was take video of him riding a motorcycle..he didn’t even use the navigation or Maps!!! Please do your review justice and actually REVIEW the functions of Google Glass. Thank you

  18. I ‘ll take the cool ORANGE GLASS and the pretty girl #2.

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