Google Now Allowing Public To Get Early Access To Glass

Last summer Google announced at their Google I/O conference their “Explorer” edition of its Google Glass project allowing early buyers an opportunity to pre-order one for $1500. For those who think they are, “...creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass,” Google is now taking open applications to allow the public to purchase their bold new headset. For those unfamiliar with the Glass project, it is an augmented reality head-set display that would display smartphone like information. Examples of what it could do include: taking a photo or video, allowing others to see what you see in real-time, give directions or even translate text for you. To apply, you’ll need to submit an application via Google+ or Twitter being 50 words or less describing what you would do if you had Glass and begin it with hashtag #ifihadglass. You can include up to 5 photos and a short 15 second max video also. If you get accepted you’ll still need the $1500 but you will be able to attend a, “special pick-up experience,” in Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco. Good luck because the deadline is February 27th.

The Nexus 7 Tablet Announced At Google I/O

Seems like everyone is hopping on the tablet train before it's too late. Google announced their latest entry into the tablet market today at their developers conference, Google I/O. The new 7-inch Google Nexus 7 tablet will run the freshly released version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Priced at a mere $199, identical to that of Amazon's own tablet, the Kindle Fire, we should expect promising results from Google's latest release. 

Featuring a 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with quad-core CPU and a 12-core GPU, the Google Nexus 7 plans to pack a punch when it comes to its functionality. To display all of that will be a 1280-by-800 IPS display with scratch-resistant Corning glass. To top everything off is 1 GB of RAM, a micro-USB port, and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera. This potential "Kindle Fire killer" weighs in at 0.7 pounds and measures out to be 10.45mm thick. As for connectivity you can come to expect the usual GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and NFC capabilities. Google promises up to 8 hours of content consumption from a 4325 mAh battery. 

Alongside with Google's latest and greatest hardware, they announced enormous updates to their software features as well. Google Play will now become the central hub for all of your entertainment content, ranging from music, movies, games, books, and much more. Using your Google account, Google Play will be able to store everything in one place, similar to an Apple ID account. By taking advantage of the cloud, all of your purchases and data can synced wirelessly throughout all of your devices as well. 

You can preorder your Nexus 7 today on Google's website for $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB version. While this tablet does not plan to challenge what Apple has created with the iPad, the Nexus 7 looks to take a grab at what the Kindle Fire has started. Catch the video after the jump!

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Google Holding Mobile Event Today

Google is going to be holding an event today in their San Francisco offices at 12PM PST (9PM British Time), where they are going to be “unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features”. The last time they held an event similar to this, they unveiled Google Navigation, which was a great addition to Android. So hopefully they will announce something on par with Google Nav.

The event could be the unveiling of the Google music service which we’ve been expecting since Google I/O. And if this is indeed what is being announced today, it will be the first step for Google to take a bite out of Apple’s music business, (No pun intended!) and could convert iPhone users locked in the iTunes universe to Android. However, I do not think that it will be the launch of Android 3.0. Mainly because it is to soon after 2.2 was announced at Google I/O.

There are some rumours floating around of them releasing the Nexus Two with Gingerbread 3.0, but again, this is probably not going to happen as we would of seen some sort of leak by now.

Source AllThingsD