Google is planning to open an app store focused solely on Google Glass, the computerized eyeglasses expected to launch in 2014. The stand-alone app store for Glass apps will help Google create a community of Glass users. About 8,000 people are now testing Google Glass, which is expected to become publicly available next year.
Having a large population of developers writing and selling a rich and deep range of applications is what drives device sales, so the hardware doesn’t matter nearly as much as the ecosystem that develops around the hardware. Apps are especially important for fledgling technologies like Glass.
The company confirmed to Marketing Land that the dedicated Glass app store will launch next year.
The report confirmed a statement in a The New York Times review of the technology, in which author Clive Thompson said: “The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public.”
Some see Glass as, best case, an invasion of privacy, or, worst case, a stalker’s best friend. Google needs to showcase apps that are helpful, like improving safety, or providing some sort of critical information. The useful and cool applications need to be useful and cool enough to overshadow the creepy apps.
Glass has already has raised serious privacy concerns, with fears that users can surreptitiously take pictures or shoot video in restaurants, business meetings or even public restrooms.