Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke posted a tweet about what could become Niantic’s first-party AR or XR glasses.
The mysterious image is partially cropped but clearly show speakers and lenses on the device.
It’s no secret in the AR community that Niantic has been looking into other platforms to host their games. Niantic showed a demo version of Pokemon Go on Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 and Microsoft Mesh platform. The clear idea being that AR games like Pokemon Go would be far more fun and immersive without holding a phone.
Niantic would join other big name companies like Apple and Facebook who are also looking into AR glasses nearly a decade after Google tried to create a successful AR glasses product.
This leaves open the question of whether or not Niantic will continue to focus on using third-party platforms if they have their own hardware.