Rumor central – what surprises to expect at Google’s hastily arranged October 29 New York City event

// October 21st, 2012 // Hardware


Google - the playground is open event in New York CityThere are lots of rumors flying around regarding Google’s hastily arranged October 29, 2012 event in New York City (six days after Apple reveals its iPad mini and the same day as Microsoft’s event in San Francisco). Filtering out all the fluff and sorting out what makes the most sense, here’s what Geek Slop thinks will be revealed.

Firstly, expect to see a 32GB variant of the Nexus 7. No surprise there. But also expect to see a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 with HSPA+ (3G) support. This 1.3 GHz quad-core Jelly Bean beast could have set the world on fire had it not been introduced with such limited memory and low density display.  More memory, at the right price, might push this one forward a bit.

There’s also a good chance we see a 10” version announced (hopefully introduced too, but not as likely). Rumors have circulated that Google is working with Samsung on a 10” tablet running Android 4.2. Specs are expected to be 2560 x 1600 resolution (yes, that’s a 16:10 aspect ratio) and somewhere around 299 ppi (compared to the new iPad’s 264 ppi). If they can get this bad boy to market for under $400, include a quad-core processor and expandable storage, we may have a hit on our hands.

A new LG Nexus 4 Smartphone is expected to be announced too. This one looks pretty good sporting a 4.7 inch 1280 x 768 display , 2 GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB storage, 8-megapixel camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 2100mAh battery, driven by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor running Android 4.2.  No expandable storage and non-removable battery could blow the deal though.  Why can’t anyone nail down the “perfect” phone?

Speaking of Android 4.2, expect to see multi-user logins (“Tablet Sharing”) and a new widget that lets you quickly pull down content from the Google Play store. Look for pull-down menu and notification changes including a pull-down for quick access to connection settings (fingers crossed).  Panoramic shooting gets an improvement by allowing both horizontal and vertical shooting and of course performance and security improvements are expected too.

The big event comes on the heels of Apple’s iPad Mini announcement and was probably put together to squash any excitement Apple generates from their event.  As such, we may see lots of announcements but not as many new product introductions.  Let’s hope for the later.



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One Response to “Rumor central – what surprises to expect at Google’s hastily arranged October 29 New York City event”

  1. daniel109 says:

    I’ll bet they mention Google Maps a few times too.

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