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With No Additional Clarity on Its Future, Google Glass "Graduates" From Google X

The division will report to Nest head Tony Fadell.

Asa Mathat

Google Glass is being internally shuffled, the company said on Thursday.

The current version of the wearable computer will no longer be sold to testers (and in fact the early access and feedback “Explorer Program” is shutting down). Glass will move out of the Google X division and will come under the leadership of Nest head Tony Fadell.

Google has backed away from saying when its controversial product will be broadly available, but it cast today’s move in a positive light by calling it a “graduation.”

“Explorers, we asked you to be pioneers, and you took what we started and went further than we ever could have dreamed. … Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk,” the company said in its post. “Well, we still have some work to do, but now we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.

“Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology. … As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially ‘graduating’ from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.”

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