Today's Tech: Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 begin shipping, Google Play catches up to App Store, Nexus 7 32GB and 3G pricing confirmed

You get the feeling Nokia has been chomping at the bit to get its new Lumia smartphones into the wild, having unveiled them nearly two months ago. The Finnish firm has had to sit tight and wait for the Windows Phone 8 launch, which finally took place last night, allowing shipments of the WP8-running Lumia 920 and 820 to begin across Europe. The UK is lucky enough to be one of the first recipients of the devices, with the high-end Lumia 920 set to take on the likes of the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3.

Google Play has now caught up with Apple’s illustrious App Store. The search giant's digital store has 700,000 apps ready to download, the same amount as Apple according to a quote given during last week’s iPad mini launch. Google can now boast a comparable breadth of applications to its main competitor, as it seeks to acquire greater market share in the mobile sector.

The photo-sharing app Instagram has seen a flood of pictures of tropical storm Hurricane Sandy, which is currently sweeping across the Atlantic and devastating America’s largest metropolis New York. The app's developers reported that users are now uploading 10 pictures per second, with some ranging from scary to downright silly. Users have even lifted hoax pictures from apocalyptic films like “The Day After Tomorrow”. Website Instacane is showcasing all storm-related pictures that it has collected from social media sites.

Apple is getting rid of Scott Forstall and John Browett, two of its top executives. Forstall, Apple's iOS chief, will leave next year, after reportedly refusing to sign his name to Tim Cook's letter of apology for iOS 6's maps disaster. His relationship with colleagues is also said to have become increasingly strained and volatile since the death of Steve Jobs. Forstall will serve as Cook's adviser until his departure, and his former duties will be taken on by a selection of the other executives. Head of retail Browett, on the other hand, appears to have left already, as Apple's search for a replacement is under way. Forstall has been at Apple since 1997, and is one of the original architects of Mac OS X and Aqua UI, while Browett has spent less than a year at the firm.

Despite Hurricane/super storm Sandy derailing its plans for a blockbuster launch event yesterday, Google went ahead announcing its refreshed partner hardware line-up, and today saw UK pricing of the Nexus 7 confirmed. The reduced form factor tablet, which was initially released to considerable fanfare this summer and has been a best-seller ever since, will now come in three editions: a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, a 32GB Wi-Fi-only version, and a 32GB 3G model.The original entry-level 8GB Nexus 7 has been scrapped, likely leaving some early adopters to question their purchases, so to find out exactly how much a new Google mini tablet will cost, check out the full article.

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