Smartphones are ‘emasculating’ unlike Google Glass, Sergey Brin says

February 28, 2013
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Sergey Brin demonstrates Google Glass

Sergey Brin demonstrates Google Glass

You know that little emergency switch inside your had that tells you not to say out loud everything you’re thinking about? Google’s co-founder and fervent Google Glass fan Sergey Brin doesn’t have one.

Speaking on Wednesday at a TED event in California, he must have gotten carried away with the excitment around Google Glass and forgot that Android and Android smartphones help Google bring in a small fortune from mobile ads each year, estimated to have topped $8 billion for 2012 alone and expected to continue its growth as long as Android is the king of mobile devices when it comes to market share.

During his speech, while obviously trying to explain why Google Glass is a cool project and to convince people that it’s worth investing in such a device, he went on and called smartphones “emasculating.” All of them, without making any differences between Android and others at the time, not that it would have been any better to call everyone else’s phone’s emasculating than those running Google’s OS:

“You’re standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass.”

I’m sure plenty of smartphone makers and users would disagree with such affirmations, not to mention some of Google’s own employees working hard to deliver new Android features.

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Not to mention that Google Glass hardware, while minimal, isn’t exactly that better looking either.

Sure, it’s understandable that Google wants to sell lots of Google Glass units in the coming years, but that’s not exactly the right way to do it, especially when the price of said smart glasses is around $1,500. Brin did say it’s going to be lower than that when the device is available to consumers, but didn’t actually say how much it will cost.

And sure, he may have wanted to explain that smartphone usage is unacceptable in certain social instances and that we may be too absorbed by our phones’ screens instead of actually interacting with the people in front of us, but that’s not what came out when.

How do you feel about your handset, Android fans? Is it emasculating?

Comments

  • galaxy S4

    i dont like Google glass concept, google can see what we see and hear what we hear and say… no privacy anymore!

    • Fred K

      Really? Because they can’t do that on ANY phone (if they want)…

      It must be nice to have such a healthy ego that feels that their actions are so important that a multi-billion, multi-national company wants to know every detail of your incredibly exciting & secretive life.

      Please don’t take offense to this or start any conspiracy theory stuff, it was meant only to make a couple of points.

    • http://www.facebook.com/amadeus.klein Amadeus Klein

      In all honesty there is no privacy now, Apps turn on your phone mic and camera and record your inputs without your knowledge all the time. Google, apple, any hardware manufacturer, or any app maker can easily spy on everything you do, Google glass is not going to alter that paradigm. In Reality if you have your phone with you now there is no true privacy now, so Google glass is nothing different.

  • CJ (actual)

    Google Glass PR is winning right now, however he’s about to ‘Charlie Sheen’ the situation. Google, shut him up.

  • Josh York

    I don’t know why he’s being so mean. I had a good long cry after I read this. It’s not even what he said, it’s how he said it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.cottrell.92 Jamie Cottrell

    “smartphone usage is unacceptable in certain social instances and that we may be too absorbed by our phones’ screens instead of actually interacting with the people in front of us, but that’s not what came out when.”

    and he thinks we will be less absorbed if we have our smartphone screen in front of our face ALL the time?

  • dakuten

    That’s not a nice feminist statement you said, sir :(

  • Oh please!

    I’ll translate, “Buy our $1500 piece of shit.”