Google’s Android October 29th Event – What to Expect!

With a few days to go till Google’s annual Android event, what can we expect to be shown? Read on to find out.

 

 

 

 

 

As is the case with everything in the world of technology, information about the Google event in terms of products and some of the features in the new Android version has been leaked, of course nothing is confirmed till Google themselves show it so take these rumours with a pinch of salt but there is strong evidence behind some of them.

8 GB Nexus 7 Out, 32 GB Nexus 7 In

Google Nexus 7 8 GB "Coming Soon"

Google Nexus 7 8 GB “Coming Soon”

At Google I/O earlier this year, Google finally unveiled it’s highly anticipated Google Nexus 7 tablet in two flavours, 8 GB and 16 GB. As we exclusively reported a week or so ago, details of the 32 GB Nexus 7 surfaced in the Argos Gift guide and since then Google has changed the status of the 8 GB model from “In Stock” to “Coming Soon” and a leaked internal document from Staples reveals that the Nexus 7 8 GB model is to be discontinued so the two models available will be 16 GB and 32 GB. As if that wasn’t evidence enough, The Verge reported that someone managed to call their local Staples store and actually buy the 32 GB Nexus 7. I’m quite surprised how Google managed to let this happen and this pretty much guarantees that on Monday, Google will officially announce a 32 GB Variant of the Nexus 7 tablet. No word/confirmation on the 3G Nexus 7, maybe that is in their pipeline, who knows.

 LG Nexus 4

LG Nexus 4 (Image credit: evleaks)

LG Nexus 4 (Image credit: evleaks)

Google always partners with a third party manufacturer on a Nexus device, starting with HTC for the OG Nexus One, and then Samsung for both Nexus S and then the following year, the Galaxy Nexus. As you can see from the image above, the design does look quite similar to the Galaxy Nexus. This year, there are strong rumours circulating about Google partnering with LG, in fact LG’s Head of Mobile Product Planning did let the information slip that Google will indeed announce the Nexus 4 device on Monday’s event. Most recently, Carphone Warehouse pre-released the official product and preorder page for the Nexus 4 (which has since been taken down and brings you to an error page). Fortunately, this is the internet and thanks to the power of screenshots, you can see the image below.

Carphone Warehouse - Nexus 4 (Image Credit: Gizmodo.com)

Carphone Warehouse – Nexus 4 (Image Credit: Gizmodo.com)

Again, I’m surprised Google let this happen and I personally would have preferred not to know this before the event as it takes away the element of surprise. Alas, the LG Nexus 4 as you can see from the image above will have a 4.7 inch display. According to reddit, the full specifications will be 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM, 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 LCD display, 8-megapixel camera (recording 1080p video at 30fps) , 8GB of internal storage, NFC and will run Google’s Android 4.2.

Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie

Neither is the name or the version number confirmed for this. Android 4.2 could still be codenamed under Jellybean if it’s just a minor release; if it’s a major release, it could be numbered 4.5 or even 5.0, nothing is confirmed on this but we should find that out on Monday. In terms of the new features, similar to how Google introduced Project Butter ensuring a smooth 60 fps unified Android experience, this time there’s Project RoadRunner which is expected to vastly improve battery life. In this day and age, phones are getting far more sophisticated but manufacturers generally don’t put enough thought and care into giving us good battery life, after all who wants an extremely powerful phone that only lasts 6 hours? Let me stop before I go off on a tangent but we’ll just have to wait till Monday to see how successful this new project is.

Matt Brian from The Next Web reported that Android 4.2 will introduce “Content in the center”; allowing you to not only access play store content from a widget on your homescreen but also for the first time, multiple user accounts, each with their own unique customizations like homescreen layout and applications.  He also revealed that as an attempt to compete with Apple’s iOS 6 Operating System, the panoramic feature will support both landscape and portrait orientations!

Google Nexus 10

This was inevitable. Google is expected to launch a 10 inch version of it’s Nexus tablet at the event on Monday, now rumours for this started a few weeks after the Nexus 7 was unveiled but nothing concrete came till a few days ago when the manual for this as of yet “unannounced” tablet was leaked and you can see the leaked shot below.

Google Nexus 10 Manual Shot Leaked (Image Credit: Seeko)

Google Nexus 10 Manual Shot Leaked (Image Credit: Seeko)

As you can see, Samsung is the manufacturer Google has chosen for the Nexus 10 and it looks remarkably similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1 due to the round, bevelled edges.. Before we get onto the specs, let’s look at the design. As I said the design does match the Galaxy Note 10.1 somewhat, this has a positive in that the speakers are facing outwards so it should allow for much better media consumption (although it might be a bit awkward in portrait mode) but a negative in that, it’s not going to be some brand new, revolutionary design, depends how you look at it. Moving on the rumoured specs, the standout feature is the display. The rumoured resolution is 2,560 x 1,920, and at the 10 inch form factor, this means a Pixel Per Inch (PPI) of 300, thus completely blowing the New iPad’s 264 PPI retina display out of the water! Other specifications include a 2 GHz Exynos 5250 dual-core Cortex-A15 processor, Wifi and will of course be running Google’s new Android operating system, let’s just call it 4.2 to make things simpler but as I said above, neither the version number or the name are confirmed.

If you prefer your news in video form then my two friends Ben and Dalvin have done a rumour roundup video each which I have embedded below, be sure to check those out as well.

Video above from: BTechTalk

Video above from: LibertyForGeeks

So that pretty much wraps up what we can expect to be shown at Google’s Android event next Monday, what do you guys think of the rumours? Are you looking forward to the Nexus 10 tablet? Your thoughts and feedback is welcome in the comments section below.

Be sure to check with teckcomesfirst.com after the event for our initial thoughts and reactions.

Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

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  • Ben

    Amazing job on the article Purav!

  • Nice, very detailed description of what we can expect!
    Really hoping for the Nexus 7 to be an even better deal than it already is, and for the Nexus 10 to surprise us all!

  • Great article!

  • One of the best article’s I’ve read. Keep up the good work Purav.

  • Nice article, lot’s of detail! 🙂

  • NaijaMan

    Great article dude. Like you mentioned, with this many spoilers, the element of surprise has flow out the window, then again you mentioned that they may have a trick up their sleeves, I wouldn’t be surprised, probably a last-minute backup plan if everything else slips.

  • great article 😀 , loled at the wheres3gnexus7@gmail.com , cant wait until that come out 😀 october is a awesome month , so much stuff happened 😀 hopefully there is a big suprise at the event.

  • Athul Nair

    Amazing article man! Got everything I needed for the event! Keep them articles rolling! 🙂