The Nexus 5 is now available!

Finally, Google’s Nexus 5 is available to purchase directly from the Google Play store. The phone is available in black or white, and can be bought in either 16GB or 32GB variations (£299 and £339 respectively). There is currently a 2-3 week wait for the black phone, but only a 3 day wait for the white phone.

Amongst the features of the new phone are:

  • Android 4.4, KitKat
  • An advanced new camera lens for brighter night shots and sharper action shots
  • A 4.95″ display offering 445 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • A 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU

It’s obviously fast and sporting the latest gadgetry, and is cheaper than it’s competitors, but for me it seems to lack the ‘wow’ factor – more evolution than revolution. Here is a video about the new phone:

Google Keep launched

Google Keep, the search giant’s rival to Evernote, has finally launched. An announcement about the service was announced on Google’s blog yesterday. The service will allow users to make notes, start checklists, and transcribe voice memos.

There is an Android app for Keep, and users will also be able to view/update notes at https://drive.google.com/keep/. A facility to view/update notes directly in Google Drive will also be launched shortly.

This service has been coming for a while, you wonder what took Google so long. But I’m a bit wary of using it – after all, what happens if Google pull the plug on it a la Reader?