October is sure to become a highly prolific month for tech product announcements. Following Apple’s anticipated iPad Mini unveiling (October 23) and Microsoft’s official Surface event (October 26), Google is scheduled to follow with an announcement of its own during October 29. An interesting observation that has been spotted is that there are no known “brand logos” on the software company’s invitation. This can be reasonably interpreted to mean that more than one Nexus device will be introduced, possibly from a variety of different manufacturing brands.
At the moment, the word on the street is that we can expect to see the following products or platforms unveiled during the event:
- LG Nexus 4: A while ago, CNET called this one of the “worst kept tech secrets in history,” and with good reason. Long before Google’s invitation sprung out, reviews and leaked pictures of what appears to be Google’s next major Nexus handset have essentially been circulating around the web. It is expected that the device will include a 4.7-inch screen, 1280x760p display, 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB capacity, 8 Mega Pixel rear camera, 1.3 Mega Pixel front camera, and a new Android 4.2 platform (AndoridOS). A recent report from CNET makes the additional claim that the Nexus 4 will not be a 4G LTE device.
- HTC’s “Nexus 5” handset: The 5-inch Nexus handset, rumored alongside the Nexus 4, is believed to be based on the HTC J Butterfly, revealed last week by the Taiwanese company. The handset features 1080×1920 resolution, 2GB RAM, the S4 Snapdragon CPU, and 16GB of storage (Automobile).
- Samsung’s Nexus 10 tablet: Not much appears to have been revealed on Google’s high-end tablet from Samsung in terms of its specs, although many are saying that the device will sport a higher resolution than the New iPad. AndroidOS stated that the product will likely feature a 2560x1600p display and feature the new Android 4.2.
- Sony’s “Nexus X”: A wave of mystery continues to shroud the so-called “Nexus X” device from Sony. In a recent report from UDN, it is indicated that the supposed leaked “pictures” many saw earlier are fake. While this doesn’t mean that the real thing won’t show up on October 29, the chances of that happening appear to be rather slim.
- The updated Android platform (4.2): Alleged new features include “contents in the center,” a novelty that allows widget users to access the Google store, and “tablet sharing,” a user-switching function (TWN and AndroidOS).
- The 32GB version of Nexus 7: The speculation is that the device may come in both the Wifi and 3G variety. The price, on the other hand, is said to be at around $249 USD, although some are saying that it could also be as low as $99 USD (UDN and redOrbit)).
The Android Playground, as the invite states, will “open” in New York at 10:00AM ET. Coincidentally, Microsoft will be hosting its own event in San Francisco, where exciting “Windows 8 news,” and possibly Nokia’s 920 and 820 handsets, will be announced.