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This article was published on April 16, 2014

Google says all Glass units allocated to the public sold out, but doesn’t reveal how many were bought

Google says all Glass units allocated to the public sold out, but doesn’t reveal how many were bought
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Google ditched its invite-only approach to Google Glass for a single day when it made its wearable device available to the general public in the US on Tuesday, and the company has revealed that its allocation of devices is now sold out.

Google isn’t saying exactly how many devices and spots on the Google Explorer program have been claimed today — we’ve reached out to the company to try to get that figure — but, since it is not yet midnight in California, the allotment did technically sell out before the end of the day.

There’s hope for anyone who wanted to part with $1,500 for Glass but didn’t get round to it today, as Google says it will “be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future.” That’s rather cryptic — it could just say it will open the Explorer program to all again in the future — and it makes us wonder what else Google might have planned.

If you picked up a device today, let us know what motivated you to do so and what you expect from Glass in the comments below.

Update: Google has issued the following statement:

We were getting through our stock faster than we expected, so we decided to shut the store down. While you can still access the site, Glass will be marked as sold out. We are leaving the site open so Explorers can still get any accessories they need.