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Let's Get Physical: Google's Move Into Hardware


Phones, laptops, glass, and now credit cards?

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is primarily known for search; according to Search Engine Land, "94% of teachers say students equate 'research' with using Google." However, the tech giant has also been establishing a presence in hardware. Here's a quick round-up of what's going on with Google's physical products. For an update on its lawsuits, see Google Lawsuits Update: What the Rosetta Stone Settlement Means for Google's Revenue.

Google Unveils Another Phone, Larger Nexus Tablet
"The Nexus 4 smartphone is being made by LG Electronics Inc. (NYSE:LPL) and features a minor update to Google's Android operating system. A more comprehensive makeover, known as Key Lime Pie, is expected next year....The larger Nexus tablet is being made by Samsung Electronics Co. (KRX:005930) and features a display screen that measures about 10 inches diagonally, about the same size as Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) top-selling iPad."

Google Wallet May Get Physical... With a Real Card, Rumors Say
"Android Police says an anonymous tipster sent in screenshots from the new app showing the option to request a credit card from Google that syncs with any accounts you've connected to the Wallet service. Designed to be used when NFC-enabled tap and pay features aren't available, the card can be used wherever credit cards are accepted, according to screenshots of the app. The app even suggests users leave their wallets at home and bring the single Google Wallet card."

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Review: Google's New $249 Laptop, the Chromebook
"The new Chromebook is incredibly cheap at just $249. It runs on the same low-cost processors many Android tablets and the iPad use....But the Chromebook doesn't function like a laptop. It feels more like a $249 Web browser. If you're OK with dishing out that much to compute only within Google's Chrome ecosystem, then the Chromebook makes a great secondary device. However, it's not going to replace your primary machine."

Google Glass - The Way of the Future or the Next Apple Newton?
"Time Tech recently announced their Best Inventions of 2012 list and included in the list is Google Glass, Google's augmented reality eyewear project. This almost cliché looking piece of futuristic hardware has the potential to become as ubiquitous as cell phones or laptops. At least that's the plan...."

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