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Going, going, gone! Photo: Google

Going, going, gone! Photo: Google

If you’re looking for something to do with today’s public holiday, here’s an idea: why not seize the opportunity to buy a Google Glass headset, knowing that this could be your last chance to ever do so?

That’s right — from tomorrow, Google’s $1,500 Glass Explorer augmented reality goggles will no longer be available through Google’s Play Store. Headsets will continue to work, although users shouldn’t expect any official software updates for them.

Photo: LeWeb

Photo: LeWeb

After failing to garner consumer interest for nearly two years, the fate of Google Glass is now in the hands of former Apple executive Tony Fadell. The Glass Explorer program is also being shut down on January 19th, which means it will be impossible to buy the $1,500 headset commercially.

Fadell, whose claim to fame at Apple was leading the development of the original iPod, joined Google last February when Nest was acquired for $3.2 billion. Now Google Glass is being moved out of the experimental Google X division and placed under Fadell’s leadership.

The development of Glass hasn’t been halted, but the move signals the trouble Google has had gaining momentum with the project.

Android Wear support could be coming to your iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android Wear support could be coming to your iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

One of the easiest ways Google could compete with Apple Watch is to make its Android Wear devices compatible with iOS. Some say it’ll never happen, but according to Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang, support for other platforms is something the search giant is “very interested in.”

You cannot receive notifications on Google Glass and Android Wear. Photo: Google

You cannot receive notifications on Google Glass and Android Wear. Photo: Google

Google Glass users can finally view Android notifications as they arrive on their smartphone — but only if they’ll give them up on Android Wear. Notifications cannot be delivered to both devices simultaneously, so unfortunately for wearable junkies, it’s one or the other.

Pandora is compatible with the Google Glass earbuds. Photo: Google.

Pandora is compatible with the Google Glass earbuds. Photo: Google.

An official Pandora app is now available for Google Glass, allowing you to enjoy and control Internet radio on your eyewear using only your voice (and your ears, obviously). Initially built only as a hack-a-thon project and never really intended for public use, Google liked the app so much it made it an official Glass add-on.

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