Google to host Android event on October 29;New nexus phone, Android 4.2 launch on the cards
Since the past couple of months, speculations have been high about Google getting ready to showcase the next Nexus device, in partnership with LG. In addition to the new smartphone, it was also speculated that Google will release the next version of it's smartphone OS, Android 4.2, dubbed as Key Lime Pie.
Now, Google has started sending out official invitations for it's Android event this month, on October 29 and the tagline on the invite reads: "The playground is open". The event is scheduled to take place in New York City.
The "almost-confirmed" LG's Nexus device is being dubbed as the LG Nexus 4 and the rumored specifications include a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. That should make the LG Nexus 4 pretty speedy. The device is rumored to have an 8 megapixel primary camera with full HD video recording capabilities and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. Housing a 2100 mAh battery, the LG Nexus 4 is speculated to come in two variants, 8GB and 16GB.
Interestingly, the Google event on October 29 clashes with Microsoft's event in San Francisco, which plans to launch it's new smartphone OS, Windows Phone 8 on the same day.
Another hot rumor that has been doing the rounds is that Google may release a bunch of Nexus devices being made by different manufacturers. A few days ago, some leaked photos showed a Nexus device with Sony branding.
Even the tagline of the event strongly suggests this possibility, that Google might allow up-to five manufacturers to release their own Nexus devices. It is to be noted that Google's Nexus devices run the pure form of Android without any customizations. That way, the software updates become quite easy and can be applied, as soon as Google releases them.
Wait! The rumors don't end here! There is a strong possibility of a 32 GB variant of Goggle's tablet, the Nexus 7 and an ultra-cheap, $99 tablet from Google as well. If the tablet from Google is really coming, it should mean doom for other low cost tablets.
Amongst all these speculations, we'll just have to wait till October 29 to see how much of these actually turn out to be true. If you want to want to catch the event live, it'll be streamed at Youtube.com/Android.