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New Google Glass unveiled as Explorer program is expanded

Google are a pretty busy company these days. What with the upcoming launches of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4/KitKat, they still have the time and money to announce news about Google Glass. The Glass Explorer programme is being expanded – the first group of ‘Explorers’ will be able to invite 3 friends to join the programme, although it is still only available to US residents at present.

There is also a new version of Google Glass coming soon, which will be usable with prescription glasses. The new unit is slightly bulkier and also features a detachable earpiece.

New Google Glass hardware

Hopefully Glass will be made available to non-US users soon – although the price will no doubt put a lot of potential users off.

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Plants vs Zombies 2 finally available for Android devices

At long last, the sequel to the massively popular Plants vs Zombies is now available on the Google Play store. The game is free, but users can make in-app purchases to get an advantage.

The game has many new features and improvements, such as

  • New zombies
  • The ability to supercharge your plants with Plant Food
  • Finger powers to flick zombies off the screen
  • Collect keys, coins and stars to unlock special features, power-ups and levels

The game has had great reviews and for the bargain price of free is well worth a download!

 

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Humble Bundle with Android 7 now available

The latest Humble Bundle package of games is another Android-flavoured version – all of the games featured in this bundle have Android versions (or near equivalents). As usual, the bundle is pay-what-you-want, but if you beat the average you’ll get an extra two games. The bundled games are:

  • Ticket to Ride (+USA 1910 DLC)
  • Greed Corp
  • Incredipede
  • Anodyne
  • Worms Reloaded (beat the average)
  • The Bard’s Tale (beat the average)

All games are playable on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android, although rather than Worms Reloaded Android users will get Worms 2: Armageddon. The current average is $6.20 so better jump on this now before extra games get added (they always do) and the price goes up! Check out the video below for more information.

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Nexus 5 specifications all but confirmed

The companies behind the Nexus 5 are doing a really bad job of keeping the details secret. A service manual has been leaked, as have screenshots showing the system specifications, which pretty much confirm what had already been guessed at. The Nexus 5 is essentially the same as the LG G2, and will feature the following:

  • A 4.97″ screen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels – 442 pixels per inch
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 or 32 GB of storage
  • A 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • Adreno 300 GPU
  • 8 megapixel camera, most likely with optical image stabilisation

The Nexus 5 will launch with Android 4.4, also known as KitKat – the release date is rumoured to be 14th November. Prices will probably be similar to those of the Nexus 4 – $299 for the 16 GB option and $399 for the 32 GB option.

I look forward to seeing the confirmed device – I’m very tempted to get one!

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New Nexus 10 to be made by Asus?

An image leaked on Twitter by user @evleaks seems to suggest that the next Nexus 10 tablet will be manufactured by Asus rather than Samsung. Asus already manufacture the Nexus 7, and rumours suggest the device will be sold for £349 in the UK when eventually released.

Leaked image of Asus Nexus 10?

There is currently no other information about the new Nexus 10, but we should obviously expect a spec bump similar to how the Nexus 7 has been refreshed. Presumably the new device will appear before Christmas to make the most of the sales rush.