Just ask our own Ron Amadeo and he'll tell you there are a myriad of reasons Google Glass isn't like other computing devices. It changes the way you interact with data and contextual information, but it's also not a true consumer product just yet. The Google Glass Explorer Edition was released with a number of caveats, including the stipulation that owners were forbidden from selling or loaning the device to someone else. Well, Google has lightened up a little on that last count. The FAQ has been tweaked to allow sharing your Explorer Edition.


Google's original FAQ clearly stated that users were not permitted to "resell, loan, transfer or give [Google Glass] to any other person." That's a little totalitarian, even for what is essentially a developer device. The new document says sharing is cool with Mountain View:

Can I loan Glass to someone else?

A: Yes. The philosophy of the Explorer Edition is "one device for one person," but we understand that there are situations where you might want to loan the device to a family member, friend, or colleague. Please don't sell, rent, or otherwise make a profit off the device. That's not allowed, nor is it in the Explorer spirit.

So handing Glass over to a buddy for an afternoon is cool, but selling it on eBay is still a major no-no. A relaxed take on this policy could possibly allow you to permanently "loan" Glass to someone else, but you're probably risking the ire of the Google doing that.

[Google Glass FAQ, NBC]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • http://twitter.com/Just_Reboot It Sometimes Works

    Well, let me explore with my own set, then.

  • buurrp

    No thank you google.

  • Asphyx

    One Glass to rule them all, One Glass to find them,
    One Glass to bring them all and in the Google Bind them!

    I wonder if a majority of the planet gets one will they trigger some OTA update and cause a red light to glow from our chest as we go around maiming and killing anyone not under complete Google Control? LOL

  • Henry

    AP we all get it, you adore Google even it came home drunk night after night and beat you blue.
    But an updated FAQ is "news"?
    What will be considered news worthy next?
    "[UPDATE] Ron finds a typo in the user manual, we call a staff meeting to decipher what this means to the tech world"

    • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

      This is ANDROID news. If you're not happy with it, go to another "news" site?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You say an updated FAQ. I say an updated policy that clarifies a previously explicitly forbidden clause that could render your $1500 device useless. Yeah, it's news.

  • A

    Remember when people used to get their early gen iPods stolen because of how distinctive the white earbuds were? Methinks I'll be waiting a LONG time until I get the Google Specs. ;)