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'iPod Father' Tony Fadell to Take Charge of Google Glass

Following some leadership changes that Google has implemented, Tony Fadell, creator of the Nest thermostat and "iPod Father," will oversee Google's Glass division, reports The Wall Street Journal. Google is planning on splitting out Glass, its wearable headset computer, from the Google X research lab into its own unit, led by Ivy Ross, who will report to Tony Fadell. Fadell will be in charge of Glass, and will provide "strategic guidance" on the product.

Largely seen as a failure at this point, Google Glass failed to drum up enough developer interest to truly establish itself in the wearable market and Google has continually pushed back the product's mass market release.

Google has opted to cease selling Glass to consumers through the Explorer program, but the company will continue to sell the product to companies and developers. In November, Glass Head of Business Operations Chris O'Neill said the company remained "completely energized and as energized as ever" about Glass and that Google remained "committed as ever" to an eventual consumer launch.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google still has plans to release a new version of Glass in 2015, but details on the upcoming product and its potential launch date are unclear. With the shift, it appears that Google is shying away from public testing in favor of internal testing, a strategy used by Apple.

Under Tony Fadell, Glass could see some significant changes. In addition to creating the Nest thermostat, which was acquired by Google in early 2014, Fadell has been credited as one of the original creators of the iPod. Widely known as the "iPod Father," Fadell was the SVP of Apple's iPod division from 2006 to 2008 and helped to produce early versions of the popular music player.

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28 months ago

Can we please stop calling him iPod Father

Okay. How about The Podfather?
Rating: 77 Votes
28 months ago
Most would not go for a product that labels them an instant douche.
Rating: 32 Votes
28 months ago
Glass has a huge market amongst pervs and hipsters.
Rating: 25 Votes
28 months ago
Can we please stop calling him iPod Father
Rating: 20 Votes
28 months ago
Look for a great design coming out of this. Apple was a fool for not acquiring Nest.
Rating: 18 Votes
28 months ago
I'm still shocked that apple dropped the ball and failed to snag Nest when they had the chance.

I think with Fadell heading up google glass, it can only improve things.
Rating: 15 Votes
28 months ago
Not sure why folks are criticizing Apple for not acquiring Nest? Fadell was not needed and there are plenty of creative minds still at Apple that can produce new and amazing products.

Fadell on the other hand is about to get marginalized at Google and has been stuck in a dead end position. Basically, they now put him in charge of a failed product that he did not create and gave him a task to revive it. That's a pretty tough task and he could be made to be the fall guy when he fails to deliver.

Someone like Fadell needs to have complete creative freedom to come up with something new and unique. That is where he excels.
Rating: 11 Votes
28 months ago
Google soon to announce google glass with a click wheel.
Rating: 10 Votes
28 months ago
Agreed. Letting Google acquire Nest was a strategic mistake that'll have long term repercussions. Nest could've been the centre hub for HomeKit. I understand that Apple doesn't want to grow to having a large product matrix but they could've kept Nest running as an independent company making homekit devices.

Google not only got the product, they got Fadell.
Rating: 9 Votes
28 months ago

I'm still shocked that apple dropped the ball and failed to snag Nest when they had the chance.

I'm still struggling to understand the appeal of the "smart thermostat". I have a programmable thermostat but I don't even use that. I turn the heat up when I get up, I turn it down when I go to bed. Is there really any more to it than that?
Rating: 6 Votes

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