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

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said at a TED event that smartphones are "emasculating," suggesting Google Glass as a better solution to the smartphone problem.
February 28, 2013
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.


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?