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After holding a one day sale, running out of inventory, and accidentally leaving the store open, the team behind Google Glass promised to find more ways to expand the Explorer Program to those who wanted in.

This evening, Google Glass announced - through Google+ - that Glass is now available to everyone in the US, "as long as we have it on hand."

Last week we told you we'd be trying out new ways to find Explorers. Well, we weren’t kidding. We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta. We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand:google.com/glass
We’re ready to keep meeting new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear all your experiences and feedback to continue to make Glass even better, ahead of our wider consumer release.

The Glass team's vague language leaves the possibility open that this sale will also close eventually ahead of an actual public release, so if you're someone who's been itching to get a hold of Glass (and you've got the spare cash on hand), hit the link below and get it while it's hot.

Get Glass

Source: Google+

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • AbbyZFresh

    The better question is, when is the actual public release?

    No, what's even better is how about improving the geeky design before releasing it to the masses. And don't make it $1500.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I'd say they will address your last two concerns before deciding on your first question. Hopefully this will all happen pretty soon, though.

  • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

    Remember folks, this is BETA HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE.

    Don't start bitching about the price.

    • ScottDooley

      $1500?????? These things defiantly aren't worth that much! I'll just wait until Apple's rumored iGlasses come out, along with the rumored iWatch and the iTV that will be superior to a fragmented Android experience, controlled by a company that doesn't want to do anything but sell my information. /s

      • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

        *Sign* broken record time:

        Google sets the price that high so only people serious about contributing to the project (feedback, find scenarios to use glass in, being creative, making apps) will buy it. It that expensive to deter the average consumer.

        I guarantee it won't be that price at launch.

        • joser116

          Did you not read the /s?

          • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

            :P

      • sy

        You're right it's a rumor and has been for a couple of years now.

    • Brandon Smith

      Blech, as someone who was invited and purchased Glass back in September, I hate this viewpoint. Companies like Microsoft lack developers and even _pay_ 3rd party developers to make apps for their platforms yet here we have Google who's acting like developing for their product is a privilege we should pay thousands for. Overcharging your developers 10-fold in the name of "beta" is insulting and its effects can be seen by looking at the current Glass app situation. Not to mention the price tag should have fallen greatly by now but it's artificially kept high to make a profit off of people who actually want to improve Glass.

      Don't treat devs like shit if you want a good ecosystem, it's as simple as that.

      • symbolset

        The nice thing is that if you don't think it is worth it, you don't have to pay. It's not like they aren't going to run out of them without your sale anyway.

        • Brandon Smith

          "Blech, as someone who was invited and purchased Glass back in September..."

          ...I'm an actual Glass developer talking about my experience and frustration with the program.

        • BS

          "The nice thing is that if you don't think it is worth it, you don't have to pay."

          Yes, that is how money works. Thanks for explaining that.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      I do wonder if they will reward the explorers at the end, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they did. People bitched and moaned about the cost of the Nexus Q, they gave it away for free to those who preordered and called it a day.

    • BS

      $1500? BITCH!

    • Retard

      Exactly, why cant everyone just pay whatever corporations demand that they? Stupid consumers thinking that they have any rights. Ha!

  • remister

    I think Oculus Rift Dev kit is calling my name.

  • MartyMBreckenridge

    After holding a one day sale, running out of inventory, and accidentally leaving the store open, the team behind Google Glass promised to find more ways to expand the Explorer Program to those who wanted in. http://goo.gl/ZK1QFx

  • Zach Mauch

    I REALLY want to, but not at $1500. If it was $500 or less I'd be in. I know the hardware isn't the thing pushing the price up. Considering it's google and they make money when we use their product (not when we buy them), I'm really curious what is keeping the price from dropping.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      The price is still at 1500 because the Explorer Program is technically still in effect. The hardware and software are both pretty far from finished, and Google A) has to pay for the ongoing R&D, and B) likely wants only those serious enough to drop $1500 on Glass to pick it up right now.

      I am convinced the price will drop by the time everything's ready for a real release.

      • Brandon Smith

        The price will definitely drop but I take issue with your reasoning. Offloading the costs of R&D onto people who are helping move the device from "beta" to release is a pretty lame thing to do. There's absolutely no reason Glass needs to cost 10x its components especially when devices like the Nexus 5 are sold at (or near) cost. To offset the R&D costs for Glass, they could sell it at cost and raise the Nexus 5's price by $10.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          I don't see the Glass team getting the kind of special treatment necessary to raise the price of another device, which itself launched months ago. As I said, the price serves two purposes, and no one in the explorer program was at any real obligation to join.

          • Brandon Smith

            True, but I also don't see Google shafting the Glass team by saying "go pay your own way." Google is a company and I can't imagine their teams are so siloed that one Android hardware team is utterly disconnected from another Android hardware team. I understand the second purpose (which largely makes no sense with today's news) but the R&D reasoning stopped making sense a year ago. The "lets have devs pay for our engineers" mentality is literally found nowhere else in Google's "everything's cheap because of ads" budget plan. The price point is just to make an immense amount of profit off those who want to improve Glass and that's pretty crummy.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            It's important to remember Glass started off in Google X, which is very much siloed from the rest of the company. Since then it's probably come closer to the rest of the company but we can't be sure one way or the other.
            There are also no ads on Glass as yet, no content store for Google to scrape revenue from, and any data gathered from Glass is likely already coming from your phone, since it's a companion device.
            Whether Google has been able to compensate all the hours spent working on Glass with explorer sales, no one here can know, but I don't think they're out to gouge developers just for the heck of it. But I will agree they have some things to work on in terms of developer relations.

          • Brandon Smith

            Not to belabor the point, but Glass is a future headlining product. I doubt Android Wear was scrounging for money because its current form lacks apps, ads, etc. Either way, let's just agree to disagree on the price and agree on the developer relations. :P

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            I can agree to that!

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            They made $4.3 billion in PROFIT in Q1 2014. I don't think they need the money so much as only want those who are dedicated to it to join the beta. The $150 mil they made off selling 10k units is not a big deal for them. I'd be shocked if there wasn't some kind of a reward for being part of the explorer program when it ends.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      This is a beta test where you can opt into the program by paying a high cost. If you're not serious about it, don't buy it and wait for the commercial release.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    I agree with some of the comments posted here. Google did good in making Glass as expensive as it is. This prevents the majority of people from buying it for a few good reasons. Not only is Google filtering the SERIOUS people for developing, but for good publicity too. If just anyone would be able to purchase these devices, who knows what kind of stupid shit they would do with them. Sure, there are dumb assholes who can afford Glass, but there's way less of them than there is dumb assholes who can't.

    • mildmanneredjanitor

      Well said. But mine is a slightly different perspective - you couldn't give me a pair. In fact you couldn't pay me to wear them at ANY price. That sounds like a superlative, but honestly I mean it.

      I don't know why, but they make me wince every time I see them. Like some kind of incredibly ugly and sad prosthetic (which technically I guess they are).

      The other bizarre thing is that they make me want to punch the wearer. Obviously one shouldn't punch someone wearing glasses, but since I started thinking about that I can't get it out of my head. I really hope to never see someone wearing them 'cos, I'm scared its gonna happen.

      • mildmanneredmyass

        Man, you got issues....

        • mildmanneredjanitor

          Ha. Probably! Thanks for the shout out in your username. Hopefully the start of a beautiful relationship. 😊

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    I just might buy it..... I know I probably have better uses for 1500 but as a person who already wear a glass this might just help me...also be nice to record some lectures... though is that legal?

    • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

      Don't plan on making it through a full lecture without plugging in to charge. Glass battery life is about 45-50minutes of constant recording. It's just not meant for that.

      Do note that I get through 10-12 hour days just fine with regular use. It's just video recording that is a particular strain on the battery since the screen stays on the whole time.

  • frafri

    I Heard is coming out this year for $700 ..
    dont quote me though ;)

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