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Meta Intentionally Delays Its First Smart Glasses Launch While Firm Takes A Step Back From It's Portal Line Of Consumer Products

There was once plenty of hype surrounding Meta’s decision to launch its smart glasses by the year 2014 but it now seems that it’s intentionally delaying that too, according to a new report.

The news comes during a time when we heard through a leak from The Information that Meta has even gone about bidding farewell to its smartwatch.

And just in case those shockers weren’t enough, we’re hearing more reports about Meta making its consumer-themed Portal products go business first.

After seeing the statistics unveiled in the recent past, it wasn’t hard to see how this new Portal line was getting plenty of fame with its much-talked-about smart displays. This is especially true during the unpredictable pandemic stages when remote learning and videos were booming.

As the company has boldly declared through a public statement that it’s not keen on producing any other consumer-based devices of the Portal line.

Now, more than ever, it seems like the Portal is being hailed as the firm’s new business good which makes use of hybrid technology. And that’s even if the product experienced a tough period of sales during the previous year. Yes, the increase was 30% but it didn’t come easily.

Meanwhile, new estimates from the IDC have gone ahead to claim that this product makes about 1% of the world’s share in the market, with leading positions going to Amazon’s Echo, closely followed up by Google’s Home Products.

But why the sudden decision to delay Meta’s smart glasses? Well, we’ve been hearing how keen the tech giant has been for the launch. After all, it is the first of its kind for Meta.

The device that was named Project Nazare comprised of black-toned frames but weighed around four times as much. This was connected to devices that resembled a phone and were wireless in nature. The base part, it’s made of Android.

Rumors from The Information claim Nazare won’t be launched commercially. However, it would be seen as a simple product for demonstration purposes.

With the delay comes a greater emphasis on Meta’s 2nd Generation AR glasses. While according to the schedule announced by the Verge, we thought this project titled Artemis would come years afterward.

It was called out for having a much more lightweight and modern design.

Now, if rumors are actually true, we’ll be seeing the launch of Google’s Iris headset in the year 2024. But by that time, we should have the Cambria from Meta released along with Apple’s version too.

For now, there is no news on glasses by Google so we need to keep a lookout for that.


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