New Google Glass
Google Glass seemed to arrive with a bang and then disappear with a whimper. The smart eyewear was a hot news topic and offered iconic tech gadget design. For many it embodied the essence of new and exciting wearable technology. However its limited distribution and high pricing caused public interest to wane before the Explorer Program was shuttered in January this year.
The closing of the Explorer program wasn't about the end of Glass but it graduating from a Google X product to a fully fledged Google product development. Now we are hearing some information about a new version of Google Glass, we'll call it Glass 2 for short.
Glass 2 is being worked on and will be released soon, reports the Wall Street Journal technology blog. On Friday the CEO of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica, Massimo Vian, talked about his firm's partnership with Google on the project. He told company shareholders in Italy that "We're now working on version 2, which is in preparation." Meanwhile a Google spokesperson confirmed "the team is heads down building the future of the product".
With Glass 2 a number of improvements are being implemented. Key enhancements will be; a longer battery life, improved sound, better display and a cheaper price tag. By pairing the smart eyewear with more traditional designs it is hoped that Glass wearers won't be as stigmatised, as was previously the case in some places or situations.
Nexus 7 departs
Google's Nexus 7 tablet has been retired. The compact and affordable Nexus device, first launched in July 2013, will no longer be sold by the official Google Store. There's no official statement or blog post about the removal of the ASUS made Nexus 7 from availability, just a red subheading which says it is "no longer available for purchase."
Right now the only Nexus tablet on sale via Google's Store is the HTC made Nexus 9. This admittedly offers a good step up in specifications but you really do pay for it. In the UK, this 9-inch screened tablet is priced from £319, but prices go all the way up to £459 with 32GB storage and LTE connectivity options selected.