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Google signals end of Glass gadget

  • Four years
    after unveiling its wearable glass headset, Alphabet’s Google shut down several
    social media accounts linked to the Glass gadget, ending its push to popularize
    the pricey eyeglasses with consumers,
    Reuters
    reported.
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  • On Tuesday,
    Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for Google Glass were no longer

    • Four years
      after unveiling its wearable glass headset, Alphabet’s Google shut down several
      social media accounts linked to the Glass gadget, ending its push to popularize
      the pricey eyeglasses with consumers,
      Reuters
      reported.
    •  
    • On Tuesday,
      Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for Google Glass were no longer
      active, a development first reported on the website
      9to5Google.
    •  
    • A statement
      on the Google Plus page said: “Hi Explorers, we’ve had a blast hanging out with
      you on G+ throughout the Explorer Program.” It went on to instruct users to get
      in touch with questions on the support page for Glass.
    •  
    • The company
      declined to comment on the decision.
    •  
    • Google
      stopped selling Glass to consumers last year noting that it was time for a strategy
      reset, and the head of the Google X research lab has since then said that the
      hype surrounding the $1,500 device became overblown considering it was merely a
      prototype and not a finished product.
    •  
    • Glass was
      greeted with enthusiasm among tech aficionados when it was first unveiled in
      2012. But the device, which allows users to access e-mail messages on its
      eye-level screen and to record video with a tiny camera, quickly ran into
      problems. Some mocked its awkward appearance, while others expressed concern it
      could be used to make video recordings surreptitiously.
    •  
    • On Twitter,
      many interpreted the disappearance of Glass’s social accounts on Tuesday to
      mean a final end to efforts to market the product to consumers.
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