Why you should develop for Glass

With Google releasing the documentation for the Mirror API, developers will begin exploring a brand new platform to create apps on. If PCs took the power of computing into the house and smartphones took it on the go, Glass represents the first mainstream introduction into the world of constant computing. By providing a device that is wearable and accessible in an instant, Google has brought the first major paradigm shift since the iPhone’s introduction in 2007 on how we will interact with computers and information.

Along with the announcement, Google announced that developers aren’t allowed to serve ads within the Glass experience or charge for their apps. This is a major departure from the app store models for both iOS and Android. At first blush, the reaction is, “Why would anyone want to create an app for Glass if you can’t get paid for it?” While it is true that many indie developers create either a “Freemium” or paid app, consider that some of the most popular and widely adopted apps are indeed free: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare come to mind.

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