By Todd Bernhard
For years, Google tried to push Augmented Reality, using Google Glass as its gateway. It was, by most accounts, a failure. The glasses were expensive, clumsy, geeky, short on battery life, and not full featured. Most importantly, there was not a "killer app" that made people set aside those drawbacks because they just had to have it. Google even had a business that built AR apps called Niantic. It took Google morphing in to Alphabet and holding Niantic as an independent entity to finally make augmented reality popular.