Once again we have "news" stories about the death of Glass. Although these rather pitiful excuses for "journalism" are probably best simply ignored I do have a couple thoughts on the subject. If you continue reading you'll be subjected to opinions with no basis whatsoever in inside knowledge - you know, just like a real main stream media "report" on "hard news".
Fundamentally a lot of the angst about Glass seems caused by a number of developers leaping in at startup. They were hoping to be on the ground floor. But it has taken significantly longer than we'd all hoped for the elevator to start moving. It has also taken longer than they had capital to support.
I believe Google made several missteps here. The biggest was going with a weirdo Klingon CPU. Whatever they hopped to accomplish, this horribly laggy battery hog has been an abject failure. Regardless if TI quit making the chip or not, the OMAP 4403 would never deliver a satisfactory consumer experience.
Another huge hurdle was that Google didn't know what they really wanted the device to do at first. Much of the smoothness and rich function of #androidwear
is a direct benefit of #googleglass
defining the interface by what it was not e.g. "Well, that didn't work, let's try THIS". The net effect is a lot of people look at Android Wear and say: yeah that's what glass should have been. But in a very real sense it is an architectural descendant, not a new evolution.
Regardless of how we got here, there is now legitimate competition in augmented reality glasses. Google created this market almost single handedly but they cannot dally much longer. Glass has no meaningful momentum right now, which is a shame. But it also has no major handicaps. So, 2015 is the year Google will have to release a viable consumer product or in 2016 they will be old news trying to break into a market that they themselves defined.
This is really a classic example of Capitalism in action. Obviously Google has the capability to produce the industry leading device. But for the last 2 years there was no competition and there just wasn't any urgency to deliver on the potential. They would unquestionably "get around to it", but that might have taken another 5 years.
Now big players with deep pockets have their sights on this market. They are preparing to deliver quality products with great functionality. Therefore Google is now out of time. They now have to Step Up or Step Off.