In case you hadn't heard, there's a new version of Google Glass coming, and all current Glass Explorers are invited for a free upgrade. In addition to presumably boosted specs and support for prescription lenses, the new model will have an audio-out port for an included and optional mono earbud. Google posted the following photos of the hardware in action on the Glass Google+ page.

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Don't worry, Glass fans: the bone conduction audio from the original model of Glass will still be included, according to a response from the account administrator. The single-side earbud is completely removable, and should be a major help for when you're using Glass in a noisy environment. As cool as the speaker-free conduction technology is, it just isn't practical for a lot of situations... which is exactly the kind of usability issue that the Glass Explorer program was intended to find and solve. Oh, and note the Glass logo hanging out on the earbud, which I think looks pretty fetching in a sci-fi way.

Aside from the audio port near the charging port, the updated hardware seems largely unchanged from the exterior. Google still hasn't stated what other hardware changes will come in the updated model, but more advanced silicon (and hopefully better battery life) is a good guess. We'll be sure to let you know when the upgrade period begins. 

Source: Google+

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Marco Pérez

    Glad to hear it's an optional ear piece..cause that thing is not very aesthetically pleasing...

  • Captain Canada

    I stopped wearing these types of glasses with wired nose rests years ago, they bend and warp and look like shit very quickly, its a good thing glass will attach to everyday frames.

  • David Hart

    I might be the only one, but Glass looks pretty atrocious.

    I'll dig it When it's not much bulkier than the frame of a regular set of glasses.

  • twaddington

    I don't think they added an audio jack, looks like the mono earbud plugs straight into the micro usb charging port.

  • FunkyMonkey

    People in Glass promos are always so sirius, like emotionless machines


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    • RC

      but they're aesthetic mid-20's hipster types. It's okay.

  • Wilhelm Vain

    Those ear buds look like they were designed by Moshi. Kind-of like a more circular version of the moonrocks.

  • Matthew Fry

    Still right side heavy I see.

  • Josh C

    We're almost Cybermen, people. Just a little further.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      Google Glass will be upgraded.

  • Itchy_Robot

    I may actually consider one when they can put all the guts of the unit (except the optical part) in just the back piece being the ear.

  • David Spivey

    I can only imagine how many people will be saying this when glass is finally available everywhere.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    How well does the bone conduction actually work? That's always been the most interesting thing to me about Google Glass.