Last January, we revealed that Google was also working on an AR headset — “Project Iris” would be the company’s bet on a then-unannounced headset from Meta and Apple. But now, its competitor has come to light, and Google is reportedly killing glasses-shaped AR: Insider Google has shelved its Project Iris plans, reports three people familiar with the matter Say: For this matter.
Remember those fancy translation glasses (we called them Vaporware) that Google introduced at Google I/O last year? If this report is true, it means that these glasses will no longer exist. It may also mean that a version with transcription and navigation features (which Google said would begin public beta testing last July) will also no longer be in development.
According to the publication, Google is now focusing on software rather than hardware. It is building a “micro XR” platform that can be licensed to other headset makers in the same way Google provides Android for the broad phone ecosystem.