Date
18 December 2017
Google is going back to the drawing board to make its smartglasses more useful. Photo: Bloomberg
Google is going back to the drawing board to make its smartglasses more useful. Photo: Bloomberg

Google suspends sale of smartglasses; reshuffles team

Google has suspended sales of the test version of its smartglasses and reshuffled the group behind the project to put it under different management, Financial Times reported.

The Glass project will be taken out of the tech giant’s X laboratory and put under the control of Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who runs Google’s Nest smarthome division, the report said.

The action follows a troubled trial period during which the Google Glass has been widely criticized as a threat to privacy, it noted.

Google’s X laboratory was set up under co-founder Sergey Brin to make big bets on projects such as driverless cars. None of these has yet resulted in new products for Google, despite attracting great interest with their technology breakthroughs.

Putting Fadell in charge of the Glass project suggests that Google will do more work on design while also looking for ways to make the product more useful by integrating the technology with other connected home and car products, an analyst was quoted as saying.

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