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Last month, Microsoft officially announced the new HoloLens 2 that comes with an improved Field of View, much better comfort, eye-tracking support and more. With HoloLens 2, Microsoft made its messaging very clear it is an enterprise device and not for general consumers. Few years ago, Google also made a similar change in strategy for its AR product. Initially, Google Glass was positioned as a consumer device, later Google repositioned it as an enterprise device. Today, some photos of Google’s next generation Glass (model A4R-GG2) was published by 9to5Google.
The Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 features the same design as its predecessor, but comes with upgraded internals. Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with an integrated LTE modem and 3GB RAM is now powering this device. This wearable comes with a 32MP sensor that can capture 4K video at 30FPS or 1080p at 120FPS. It will also support Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Google has also replaced the magnetic pin-based charging port with a regular USB-C port.
It will be interesting to see the competition between HoloLens 2 and Google Glass 2 as both the devices are targeting the first line workers in enterprises around the world. For simple use cases like accessing training videos, images annotated with instructions, or quality assurance checklists, Google Glass 2 may turn out to be a better choice because of its compact and simple design. For complex scenarios involving 3D holograms, HoloLens 2 is an obvious choice. Do you think Google Glass 2 can compete with HoloLens 2 in the enterprise?