"Google, by doing this, confirms that Glass isn't dead," said Kyle Samani, CEO of Pristine, which develops Glass apps for health care, education, and other areas.
He praised Google for handing oversight of Glass to Fadell, a former Apple executive who helped develop the iPod. He could help turn Glass into a product that more everyday folk want to use, and in that sense its future as a consumer device might not be over.
A spokesman for Strava, which makes fitness apps for cyclists and runners, said Strava is "still just as excited to work with Google as we were last month or when we first started developing apps for Glass."
Still, developers are crucial to the life of computing platforms, and some will think twice about Glass if it becomes a niche product, Campbell said. "They may do the mental math and realize the economics don't make sense."
It's unclear if future versions of Glass will be offered to consumers, or what support its existing Explorer users will continue to receive. The company didn't respond to questions about those topics.
For Ansinn of the apps company BrickSimple, however, Thursday's news reaffirmed Google's commitment to Glass, after the low attendance at September's Glass developer conference had some concerned about its future.
"I'm excited as much as I have some trepidation," he said. "I'm happy that Google is seeing Glass through."
(Tim Hornyak in Tokyo contributed to this report.)
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