CEO, Evan Spiegel reveals that the company will release a new version of its Spectacles this week. The latest update that made a mess of the UI, for example, went over about as well as mixing skittles and M&M's at a party, and that's just one of many odd ideas the company has had. This new 2.0 design also comes after a report suggesting that the company is working on 3-D video capable glasses that may release in 2019.
Earlier this year, Snapchat rolled out a redesigned app, which caused a massive user backlash. It also has lighter lenses and options for those with prescriptions.
Snap added a second microphone to the camera to help make conversations captured through the glasses easier to understand. Just long press to take a picture and then tap to take a 10-second video and extra taps will let you take a longer 30-second video. If they have the potential to be something more than a dead-end, they should keep the brand alive in a lower-priced existence while forgetting about incremental upgrades and focusing on a more exciting (and expensive) future for smart glasses. The process seems to work a bit better now, but it still requires photos to first go through Snapchat, as reported by TechCrunch. The US, Canada, UK and France will be the first countries to be able to buy the new Spectacles starting today. Moreover, Wi-Fi transfer speeds are four times faster, according to the company. Snap claimed the battery can last up to a week with regular usage.
If you already own a pair of Spectacles, will you be upgrading to the new version? And since they're water-resistant, Snap is encouraging owners to wear and use them around shallow water.
Compared with Snap's previous glasses, the hardware and capability of these glasses are a simpler iteration. Snap found themselves in financial trouble rather than seeing the success they had anticipated with the initial Spectacles, and it remains to be seen whether this new generation will be a repeat of that occurrence or if we'll see the widespread adoption of wearable cameras moving forward. Forget Amazon and other places as this time V2 Spectacles are only available through Snapchat's app and website.
The original version met lackluster reviews partially due to the basic look of the Spectacles.