Google plans to launch app store for Google Glass next year

Web giant confirms that users and developers of the high-tech specs will get an app store but declines to give additional information.

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Google will launch an app store serving Google Glass users and developer next year.

The Web giant on Tuesday confirmed to Marketing Land information published Friday in a lengthy New York Times Magazine first-person article. Describing how the lack of an app store initially limited the high-tech specs' capabilities, author Clive Thomas indicated in a parenthetical sentence: "The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public."

The company did not give a time frame for an expected launch nor did it say whether the Google Glass store would be a component of the Google Play online marketplace or a separate store.

A redesign of Google Play launched in July showed that one of the titles available in the marketplace included support for Google Glass. Upon choosing Google Glass in the dropdown, however, users found that it could not be chosen because they "have not opened the Google Play Store app recently on this device."