Google Glass was still an early prototype when the Internet giant made it available to fans, journalists and developers in 2013, according to a report by The New York Times’ Nick Bilton.
The product was taken off the Google Play store in January.
Despite the Google X team knowing this fact, company co-founder and X leader Sergey Brin wanted Glass to be released to the public so that Google could improve it with their feedback.
That strategy backfired when journalists reviewed Glass as if it was a fully-developed consumer product.
Some people were also put off by fears that Glass invaded their privacy and could be used to steal their personal information.
The product isn’t officially dead, however. Google simply isn’t selling any more Glass Explorer units. The Internet giant took it out of the X Lab and handed responsibility to Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive that’s credited as being the father of the iPod and head of Google’s Nest unit.