Technology is surely progressing at a faster pace and it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of all the great leaps it’s taking our once complicated lives to! At one time sunglasses were an elitist hit… then they became a common thing. Now Google has released an interesting product set to bring the limelight back to the eyes, Google Glass.
Over two years ago, Google Explorer had launched in the US only, and last Monday it finally came to the UK, readying the product for the consumer market.
The Android-powered eyewear began testing in April of 2012 with Google demonstrating for the first time how Google Glass could be used to shoot video a month later. A touchpad on the side of the Glass lets users control it by swiping through a timeline-like interface display on the screen.
Behold, some of the specs of this £1,000-priced “stunner-package”:
- Comes along with a Micro USB cable, ear buds and pouch
- Colours include black, red, white, shale grey and blue
- The Explorer Edition features Android 4.4 KitKat
- Captures 5MP pictures and 720p videos
- Weighs around 43g
- Allows for Wi-Fi connectivity
- Glass is available with prescription lenses
- Comes equipped with 12GB of usable storage, and a micro USB port
- One day of “typical use” battery life, though functions, like video recording, will drain the power pack faster than others.
Glass is only compatible with a smartphone or tablet that runs at least Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich or an iPhone or iPad with iOS 7 or later.
It is aimed at developers, rather than consumers, and those purchasing the device must be over the age of 18.
Meanwhile, last week I wrote about Jeff Bezos’ new Amazon phone and its release on the 18th.
The Fire Phone was indeed released and preorders started on the said day. However, shipping for the gadget will be available from today (25th) to its many expectant customers. The full price of the Fire Phone is $650 for a 32GB unit or $750 for a 64GB unit.
Here’s a list of the specs, some of which we highlighted last time around:
- 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 pixel LCD screen
- 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
- Graphics – Adreno 330 GPU
- 2GB RAM with 32 or 64GB of storage
- 5GB of extra free space via the Amazon Cloud Drive
- Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Data – 4G LTE
- 2,400mAh battery (up to 11 hours during video playback and 22 hours of talk time).
If the Fire Phone will truly change the rules of the smartphone game, then we’re eager to see how the big players out there such as LG and Samsung are going to respond..