No doubt in response to a barrage of emails from me, and probably countless other media outlets, Google has posted a pair of photos of the new Google Glass. And, as Google promised, it looks just like the existing Google Glass.
What’s new is that mono ear bud that you can see in both photos. It attaches to the existing power port beneath the Glass touch pad. The ear bud is removable, so Glass wearers can choose to continue using the bone conduction audio if they/we prefer.
Better audio has been a longstanding request from Glass Explorers (see my 14 Things Google Glass Needs from this summer for background), and it appears the earbud could help at least in loud environments where the bone conducting audio isn’t loud enough.
Not visible in the photos above are some minor tweaks that will make the new Glass a fit for prescription lenses/frames and allow it work work with new shades. In other words, as a Google spokesperson promised us yesterday, the new Glass doesn’t look much different than the current device.
The device looks pretty much the same. Small tweaks were made that will make it easier for the prescription glasses and new shades, but that’s about it.