There’s less than a week until Google’s Playground event on October 29th. As you’d expect, the rumours have been coming thick and fast, but we’ve sorted through the various PR to give you round-up of everything we expect to see on October 29th.
Likely announcements at Google’s Playground event
LG Nexus 4: The newest Nexus phone is almost guaranteed to be the LG Nexus 4, with several images of the device already circulating on the web. As well as a wide range of images, we can also confirm some of the specifications of the device. As well as a 4.7-inch screen, the Nexus 4 will also include a quad-core 1.5GHz processor. There’s also potential for two Nexus 4 devices to be announced, one with an 8-megapixel camera, and the other with a 13-megapixel camera.
Samsung/Google Nexus 10: Alongside the launch of the Nexus 4, Google are set to announce a 10″ tablet made by either Samsung, or Google themselves. Specifications have been kept under wraps, but the main talking point has to be the potential 300PPI display which the tablet is set to ship with, substantially better than the 264PPI on the new iPad.
Android 4.2: We aren’t expecting any massive changes in Android 4.2, but with both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 shipping with the latest OS, Google will almost definitely announce their latest OS update on the 29th. There are a ridiculous amount of rumours circulating what will be, and won’t be, featured in the new update, but there are a few things that we reckon we’re likely to see. Multi-user accounts will be one of the main additions to the OS, allowing your device to be used by the entire family. Stricter parental controls are likely, as well as new icons for the Gallery and Camera apps.
32GB Nexus 7: With several retailers already slashing the price of the 16Gb Nexus 7, a 32GB Nexus 7 seems to be a safe bet, and would certainly cater for the media-friendly amongst us.
Unlikely announcements at Google’s Playground event
$99 Nexus 7: Although it would certainly send shockwaves through the tablet market, we can’t help but think the rumours of a $99 Nexus 7 are complete rubbish. Not only would Google have to compromise on the quality of the tablet itself, is there any competition in that area for them to actually need to release one? (If there’s one announced, however, we’ll be first in line to get one)
Android 5.0: With Android 4.2 being announced, we’d expect Google to organise an entirely separate event for the next big Android OS update.
Motorola Nexus: Even though Google are opening up the Nexus brand for other manufacturers, having two competing phones announced at the same event would be a strange move. A Motorola Nexus is plausible in the future, however.
Google Wallet update: One of the rumours that seems to be flying under the radar is the supposed ‘major’ update to the Google Wallet. The payment system has yet to really take off, and we don’t expect Google to be ready to announce any major changes to it by October 29th.
Rumours you definitely won’t see at Google’s Playground event
iOS/Android hybrid phone: Do we really need to go in to any detail on this? Although it would be an interesting device to own, there’s literally no chance of Google and Apple coinciding to announce a hybrid phone on the 29th. Maybe someday, maybe.
Whatever is announced on the 29th, it’s sure to be a fantastic event. What are you hoping will be announced?