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If you've been anxiously awaiting your opportunity to get your very own Google Glass, and somehow you've missed every other invite or code giveaway, your time is coming up in just a few days. The Glass team has confirmed documents leaked to The Verge that indicate Google will be giving a one-day pass to all residents of the United States to join the Explorer Program and purchase their very own head-mounted unit. The event will occur on April 15th at 6am PDT. The price remains faithfully locked in at $1500, but buyers will also have an option to choose between free frames (suitable for prescription lenses) or tinted shades.

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Google has been progressively opening up the Explorer Program since it began taking pre-orders at Google I/O 2012. Since that time, invites have been given out as part of the #ifihadglass promotion, multiple "Invite a Friend" campaigns, Google's own waitlist, and even for many Play Music All Access subscribers. This will be the first time that there was no prerequisite or limit to the number of potential buyers. Of course, invites haven't been all that hard to come by since the start of 2014, so it's hard to expect this event to bolster unit sales by all that much.

Interested shoppers should probably start brown-bagging it to work and digging through the couch cushions for loose change. If you're concerned that you might forget, sign up here for a quick reminder email before the event begins. Hey, you never know, there may never be another round of invites until the consumer version launches.

And we'll leave you with the latest promo video from the Glass team.

Source: The Verge, Google Glass Team

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • firesoul453

    It was easy enough to get an invite to buy them but now way I could justify the price. I was expecting like $300 or so. Oh well.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      This is still the Explorer Edition, not the consumer edition. I'm sure the price will drop when this thing goes on store shelves (whenever that may be), but I seriously doubt it's going to happen before then.

      • firesoul453

        I know. Not saying they shouldn't be able to sell it for that price. I was just disappointed myself after getting in and not buying them.

      • double1

        Really hoping they announce a consumer version at I/O.

        • Brendan

          It's probably nowhere near consumer level of functionality right now.

          • Brendan Dillon

            It's closer than the Galaxy Gear is... Being able to bring the price down is probably the bigger issue.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        @CodyToombs:disqus Realistically, what additional features, abilities, or capabilities do you think Glass still needs before it's released publicly? Does the tech just need to be refined still? The wearability? Better or more advanced Android and Google frameworks/services? An upgrade to the next Android OS?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          Well, we already know the original list of hardware complaints: Bad battery life, fairly crumby performance, mediocre camera, the bone conduction is poorly tuned (not bad, but could be better). These will probably be (mostly) solved with the first consumer version.

          Software complaints are a bit more more challenging. The app selection is still really limited (which is by design, right now) and the stuff being featured is generally not good enough. In some ways the basic interface feels half-baked and inconsistent, especially where voice commands are concerned.

          The transition to KK and a new processor in the consumer version should do a lot to improve battery life and performance (and maybe reduce the heat). The developer story will get better with KK, but I imagine Android Wear will play a bigger role in improving that situation. The fundamental weakness is that the UX still needs to be finished, then it needs to be polished.

          • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

            Wow, thanks for the very honest analysis Cody! It seems like most of the things you mention, though, are fixable :)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          Well, we already know the original list of hardware complaints: Bad battery life, fairly crumby performance, mediocre camera, the bone conduction is poorly tuned (not bad, but could be better). These will probably be (mostly) solved with the first consumer version.

          Software complaints are a bit more more challenging. The app selection is still really limited (which is by design, right now) and the stuff being featured is generally not good enough. In some ways the basic interface feels half-baked and inconsistent, especially where voice commands are concerned.

          The transition to KK and a new processor in the consumer version should do a lot to improve battery life and performance (and maybe reduce the heat). The developer story will get better with KK, but I imagine Android Wear will play a bigger role in improving that situation. The fundamental weakness is that the UX still needs to be finished, then it needs to be polished.

  • Derek Traini
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      grr, of course they do that right after I check their feed =/

  • Brandon Miller

    I know this still isn't the consumer edition, but it is all about price at this point for me. I'm intrigued enough by Glass that I'd love to have it, but I can't convince myself that dropping anywhere near $1500 would be a good deal for me.

    • Sorian

      $1500 is enough to pay off most of my debt... Hard to justify a (what I consider right now) nice toy.

      • brrrrrrrrt

        You don't owe enough money. Dear Leader Obama is ashamed of you.

  • robert26101

    Well they won't be selling that many at 1500 dollars.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    Google came clean, the post has been updated.

  • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

    Does that mean XE13/14 is coming? *hope rainbow*

    • Xploder

      *double hope rainbow* ^^

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    I find it hilarious that some people still:
    1. Don't realize that this a prototype product
    2. Don't understand the Explorer program is pay-to-enter beta program
    3. Complain about the price

    I mean, sure, I want a set of Glass too, but if you can't understand that a premium device comes at a premium price (the premium in this case being early access/cutting edge tech), you should probably be questioning why you want one in the first place.

    Slight rant aside, it's great to see how the Glass project has matured. Two years ago the idea of Google Glass was pretty rough around the edges, but with the time and information it's had so far in it's beta, the practicality of the device is really coming to light.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I agree with this so damn much... except... It's still very rough around the edges ;)

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        True, but with every new day and explorer, the edges look like they're starting to smooth out nicely :)

        • Pengwn

          Wouldn't that make the edges a circle? I don't want it to start from the beginning again!

          • Bloop

            Not a circle, a square with round edges.

          • Brandon Price

            Square with round edges? Apple is gonna sue!

      • Brendan Dillon

        Which might explain why it's still in beta and not broadly available to the public.

    • QD

      Yes, frames and a stick to hold it with. A weak computer and camera, by today's standards. Plus, manufactured by (more or less) slave labour in China. Certainly worth $1500.

  • Lorbas

    Stop whining everybody about the price. I bet the iPhone disciples won't cry when Apple releases their iWatch for (supposedly) $1000! (Even though they could have a better one from Samsung for just $300)
    A real fan/nerd DOES NOT CARE what the price is! :-)

  • Creepy

    I just cut a hole in my headband (Yes! They still sell them) then walk around with my GoPro strapped to my forehead. Great quality views, same eff you looks from people. Score!!!!

  • supremekizzle

    Dude! It's a sign! April 15th is my birthday and there's also a blood moon that morning! The universe is aligning for me to purchase glass!!!

    • MistiXF

      That, or you will get your first period.

  • Sir Perro

    Google needs to:
    - Create a halo of exclusivity around it well before launch, which makes the retail pricing look like a bargain once cut
    - Keep hordes of freaks away for the time being and have a beta tester program made for the average Joe, there'll be time in the future for the freaks to whine over that bug in the api

    Thus the 1500. End of story. No worries, it'll be cheaper and better.

  • Me Who

    How could anyone possibly trust Google, let alone PAY THEM TO HAVE TOTAL ACCESS TO SPY ON YOU EVEN MORE THAN THEY already HAVE WITH ANDROID! ?! visit wikileaks

    • Brendan Dillon

      As opposed to trusting... whom?
      Paranoid nutcase...

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Great another thing that is usa only.

  • James

    $1500? This should be called Apple Glass.

  • pdqgp

    The only thing I would use something like this for would be photos or videos in place of a go pro system. Using the net, navigation, etc. or anything further is IMO better accomplished on handheld device like my phone.

  • pdqgp

    The only thing I would use something like this for would be photos or videos in place of a go pro system. Using the net, navigation, etc. or anything further is IMO better accomplished on handheld device like my phone.

  • MistiXF

    Ahahaha, Android Community, double standards much? Man, I just ROTFL.

  • Mahesh Walatara
  • Epic Tea

    years ago this seemed dumb to me, but now I want one.

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