Google shows off newly revised Google Glass 2.0, complete with optional earbud


Google Glass version 2.0 earbud

When Google announced that they’d be soon giving Glass Explorers a free, 1-time upgrade to the Glass 2.0 hardware revision, we were ecstatic. The optional earbud attachment sounded like a godsend when using Glass in noisy environments (something that’s almost impossible now).

If you were expecting major revisions to the Glass aesthetic, sorry to disappoint. It looks like not very much is changing other than a port for the earbud making its way to the bottom of the headset. Google mentioned previously that this new version of Glass would support both shades and prescription lenses, but after examining these pictures, it’s hard to pin point those changes in hardware.

Still, the Glass team was able to confirm that yes, this version of Glass will support prescription frames and sunglasses, forwarding Google+ users to their early prototype shown here. It’s possible you’ll be able to detach the main head unit, but we’re having trouble wrapping our heads around exactly how that will work.

If Glass wasn’t already “nerdy” enough, what do you guys make of the new earbud attachment?

[Google Glass on Google+]

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. I’m sure there was a more elegant way than this of implementing the earbud.

    1. I’m not sure what else you could do really.

      1. Perhaps coming in from behind the ear? It would be similar in design as over-the-ear headphones

  2. no upgrades to battery, internals or camera?

    1. I’m crossing my fingers for 1080p video recording, but then there’s that tiny battery to consider :(

      1. yeah, when thinking of internals i was more thinking about more power efficient processors for more processing power, longer battery life or even both

  3. Wow, already? I wonder what all the people who bought the first-gen model think now?

    1. Given that they’ve all been offered a free upgrade to this new model, I’d say they’re pretty happy about it :)

  4. I don’t like the earbud. I guess I’ll put it on case by case. i.e. I want to listen to music or I want to talk on the phone while driving in my car.

    1. It’s only mono, so I don’t think it will be well suited for music :/

      1. aww :( could have replaced those equally ridiculous looking lg bluetooth headset that everyones been wearing lately.

  5. Who needs to get laid anyway?

    1. People who are already getting some probably aren’t that concerned ;)

    2. You don’t understand what people will be able to record while wearing these things!

  6. Keep telling yourself you look cool in these!! HAHAHA!

    1. ssshhhhhhhhhh.

  7. Could you imagine if Google designed, “Google Pillow”? You could literally be connected EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY from when you wake up to when you go to bed.

    1. ssshhhhhhh

  8. Earbud? Nice to have the option, I guess, whatever. Prescription lenses? That’s what I care about!

  9. Will next additional “feature” be… a 5″ screen ?


  10. Design went from okay to terrible. I’ll never be attaching the earbud as it looks way too clunky. It’s not even the same color!

  11. Looks bulky. Wonder how heavy the feel specially in nose bridge.

    Ian B

    1. They used to give me pretty bad headaches, and I assumed it was the weight on my nose bridge. Could also be that my head is extremely wide, and it frames were pinching my temples.

    1. IT has begun, resistance is futile

  12. Google Glass won’t go anywhere until Google Glass is the exact shape as normal glasses. Or clip on to normal glasses without looking Star Trekish.

  13. Fugly!

    Bluetooth monstrosity.

  14. looks like those things kids with braces wore in the 80s

  15. Amateur sex videos will finally have some decent POV recording.

  16. I’ll probably pick this over Samsung’s smart watch, but that’s if it’s priced competitively.

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