Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel on why they built an app for a smartwatch but not Google Glass


Snapchat announced a Samsung Galaxy Gear app this morning — one of 70 that will be available when the smartwatch launches September 25. Snapchat has not released an app for Google Glass(s goog), so why the Galaxy Gear?

Because Glass is invasive, according to co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel. Spiegel appeared on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF conference today, where he said that playing with Galaxy Gear prototypes convinced Snapchat that smartwatches are an ideal platform for quickly snapping, sending and viewing fast-disappearing photos.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel

“One of the key parts of our service is reducing that amount of time between seeing something you want to share and sharing it,” Spiegel said. A watch allows the wearer to take a photo within two seconds, instead of the seven seconds a mobile phone requires.

While Glass offers the same experience, Spiegel said it “doesn’t make Snapchatters comfortable.” It’s easier to take…

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