Oct. 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM ET
Google's got an Android event scheduled for Oct. 29, about a year following the announcement of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Android 4.0 (better known as Ice Cream Sandwich). As with every event of this magnitude, there's a host of rumors about what might be announced. Here are the best ones:
Based on photos posted to Google+ by LG and Google employees, the next Google Nexus smartphone will be made by LG and called the Nexus 4. Given that the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet, we could assume that the Nexus 4 will be a 4-inch device.
The Next Web's Matt Brian says that a "source with knowledge of Google's plans" claims that the Nexus 4 will have a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera). According to this individual, the device will have a a 4.7-inch display with a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution. (If that's the case, we wonder why Google didn't round up and dub the device the Nexus 5.)
Like prior Nexus devices, the Nexus 4 is expected to be among the first to run Google's latest and greatest mobile operating system, Android 4.2.
The Nexus 7 has been around since late June, after being announced during Google I/O, and Google's giving it extra attention nonetheless. According to multiple reports, the tablet will now come in two 32GB versions, one of which will offer HSPA+ connectivity.
Google and Samsung have been working together on a 10-inch tablet, writes the Next Web's Matt Brian. This tablet will supposedly be dubbed the Nexus 10 and offer a higher resolution display than the third-generation iPad, as previously suggested by analysts.
Google is expected to show off Android 4.2 during the Oct. 29 event and, according to the Next Web's Matt Brian, this latest version of Google's mobile operating system is expected to compete directly with Apple's iOS 6 (though that's pretty much a given). Brian's mystery source says that Android 4.2 will offer new panoramic camera features, a way to access Play Store content from a widget, and multi-user support for tablets.
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