June 28, 2012 in Business

Google eyes future

Michael Liedtke Associated Press
 
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin demonstrates Google’s new wearable Internet glasses at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.
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New tablet will challenge Kindle

SAN FRANCISCO – Google will sell a small tablet computer bearing its brand in a challenge to Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

The Nexus 7 is designed specifically for Google Play, the online store that sells movies, music, books, apps and other content – the things Amazon.com Inc. also sells for its tablet computer. The Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire have screens that measure 7 inches diagonally, smaller than the nearly 10 inches on Apple Inc.’s popular iPad. The Nexus 7 will also be light – at about 0.75 pound, compared with the Kindle Fire’s 0.9 pound. The iPad weighs 1.44 pounds.

The Nexus 7 will ship in mid-July starting at $199 – the same price as the Kindle Fire. Customers can start ordering it through Google on Wednesday.

SAN FRANCISCO – Google is making prototypes of its futuristic, Internet-connected glasses available for people to test out.

Google announced “Project Glass” in April. Now the company is selling the device for $1,500 to people attending its annual conference in San Francisco for computer programmers. It will ship early next year and won’t be available for sale outside the three-day conference, Google I/O, which started Wednesday.

“This is new technology and we really want you to shape it,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin told about 6,000 attendees.

Brin told reporters that Google intends to sell the glasses for significantly less once the product is released to the mass market. He said Google hopes to start selling the device to consumers in early 2014.

With the glasses, directions to your destination or a text message from a friend can appear literally before your eyes. You can converse with friends in a video chat, take a photo or even buy a few things online as you walk around.

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