The first edition Google Glass was originally designed for developers and for early adopters who were OK with a $1,500 piece of technology that was far from perfect. Google only offered it to a select bunch of developers at first, though it’s opening up its program with the second iteration of Google Glass, and it’s changing at least one big policy: what happens if you decide to sell Glass.
Originally, Google said it was against its terms of service (ToS) for anyone to sell Glass. As a result, the company reserved the right to deactivate any units that ended up outside the hands of the original group of buyers (though loans were OK in Google’s eyes). Now, the company says it doesn’t exactly suggest anyone sells their units, but that it won’t go chasing anyone down for selling units.
Google’s new Glass FAQ, as noticed by AndroidPolice, now reads:
Q. Is it OK for Explorers to try and sell their devices online? Will you disable the devices if they do this?
A: The Explorer program is about taking Glass out in the world and seeing what’s possible with the technology. We hope our Explorers are excited to do just that. While it’s against our terms of service to sell your device, we don’t plan on disabling any Explorer’s device.
It’s a pretty drastic change for Google, and we’re willing to bet that we’re going to start to see a lot of first edition Google Glass units starts to hit eBay. Us? We’d probably hold on to a pair as a collector item. Either way, we hope the more relaxed attitude means that Google’s providing a wider, more consumer friendly launch in the coming months.