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It's Time to Start Developing on the +Google Glass Mirror API
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+Abraham Williams That's not a valid reason to keep glass hardware US only. They even started geo fencing some features (myglass site). And we are talking about developers, we can deal with beta software that is not correctly localized. 
 
+Florian Westreicher yes it is, shipping and supporting multiple countries is a huge logistical nightmare and is expensive. Jutt like how Nexus devices slowly get rolled out to additional countries, expect Glass to do the same when Google is ready.
 
+Abraham Williams i'm not talking about consumer hardware or distribution. I can't see why a developer in Europe would be more work for Google than a developer in the USA. The main difference is shipping, that's correct. And it's still no reason to geofence features.
 
+Florian Westreicher it's not just shipping, it's accepting financing from other countries, translating UIs, making sure warranties and privacy policies are valid in each country, etc. In your mind it's simply extra stamps, but if Google cuts corners, there's multi-million dollar lawsuits.
 
UI is no issue and warrantie stuff is already done. Privacy policies for Europe are also nothing new for google. Also, in Europe it's not that easy to launch multi million dollar lawsuits - our legal system works totally different.
 
+Abraham Williams You make it sound like growing a market into other countries has never been done before. It's been done for over a hundred years, with millions of products. The fact is Google has always been quite slow to get products and services overseas for one reason or another. I could write you a list of current products that either don't exist abroad, took 2 more years to emerge or are severely crippled compared to the US counterpart.
 
+John Stock don't put words in my mouth, I never said it hadn't been done. It's just very hard and takes a lot of time, effort, and money.
 
+Luis Garcia why would anybody create different products for all over Europe? It's not like the Nexus 4 is different in Germany and England or Austria. Also, launching a product in the EU is not as complicated as you think, that's why the EU exists in the first place.
 
+Abraham Williams No one is suggesting it's easy. The point that is being made is that it's taking longer than competing products from other companies. 
 
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This is a great tool for our war on terrorism. What other information can be as good as instant recognition.
 
wishing glass will be available soon in my country.

just can't resist to play with this toy and build some funny app
 
I would have thought this stuff would have been integrated into the android development stuff.
 
+Luis Garcia Except that Glass is not really that different to a smartphone.  Users can record audio and video discreetly using a smartphone, probably more discreetly than Glass.  Privacy policies are not defined around specific device types so that is not a valid excuse.  There is nothing Glass will do that other already available devices cannot do currently and the EU is fine with it. The general, non technical public may have a view that is different, but from a legal point of view, public paranoia is not a factor, that's just politics.  Localization also does not hold water either, since Google must address that at some stage anyway.  Nor is cost a real reason, not for a company with Google's wealth - the logistics costs and regulatory and legal framework management can all be managed out of Google's European HQ.

The real reason, I suspect, is that Google wouldn't be able to cope with all the feedback from global developers and testers.  I suspect a secondary reason might also be that the US government would prefer Google to market it first in the US.
 
+Luis Garcia I understand your point of view, I don't agree with it, but I get it.  I also don't see the link between the electorate and what politicians ultimately legislate, in the real world the two things really don't matter once the elections are over.  

I agree with many around the world that it would serve Google better if the beta/development programme were to be extended globally, or at least to the major economic states.  In the long run it would help Google to get the product into consumer space sooner and with less general public resistance.  The other danger for Google is that by focusing on the US, Glass is seen as US centric elsewhere and that could slow early adoption. It's local developers that best know the kinds of services to develop to serve local users.  

Having said that, while I personally would consider using a Glass unit in some circumstances, I have doubts about demand from  non geeky/techie consumers.  If Google were basing its decision to limit it on that basis, that would make more sense to me.
 
+Mosh Jahan This: The other danger for Google is that by focusing on the US, Glass is seen as US centric elsewhere and that could slow early adoption. is exactly how I perceive glass right now. The mentality is "forget about Europe, US is way cooler". This happens with so many things, especially in the tech industry, it makes me sick. And 99% of all times it has nothing to do with regulations, just companies not bothering with Europe. I can understand that launching services can take a lot longer in Europe but this is certainly not the case here. And even if it is, there is still no reason to geofence already existing glass units to the US.
 
+Luis Garcia I don't think it has anything to do with "sneaking it in".  The privacy concerns will always be there and will be raised with louder voices when the product goes to market.  In Europe it will almost certainly be illegal to operate a motor vehicle on public roads and be using Glass at the same time, even for navigation purposes because one eye will be distracted.  On this I actually agree that Glass should be banned while operating vehicles or other similar situations.

It's one of the other reasons.  As big as Google is, I don't believe even Google would be able to cope with developer feedback from around the globe.  Google just doesn't have the resources to cope with that level of feedback - think about it, that's a huge amount of feedback to stay on top of.  Patriotism toward the US is I think another reason, but on this point it may not be Google's decision, the US government may have some influence over Google.
 
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