Google Joins Microsoft in Announcing 29 October Event

If you thought September was busy, then October is shaping up to be equally insane when it comes to new and exciting mobile products.

For a while, Microsoft looked like it had the end of the month all to itself for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, but then Apple muscled in with an 23 October event, and now Google has announced its own media conference on 29 October.

That’s the same day as Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco, but Google has chosen New York as its venue. The content is still a secret, with the invitation showing only a cartoonish rendition of the New York skyline along with the words “The playground is open”.

We’ve been seeing plenty of leaks regarding new Nexus hardware recently, and it has been suggested that instead of a single phone, we’ll see a collection of new Nexus devices this time around. This fits in neatly with the concept of a “playground”, a place where there are multiple toys with which to play, so this could be the day they’re revealed.

LG’s Nexus 4 has been covered extensively already, plus we’ve heard about a Sony Nexus X and talk of the HTC One X5/Nexus 5 – a tablet/smartphone hybrid that may closely resemble the HTC J Butterfly announced yesterday for Japan.

A 32GB version of the Nexus 7 could also arrive, along with a larger 10-inch model – the Nexus 10 – possibly made by Samsung. An interim update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean could also be announced, as Android 4.2 has been spotted on server lists for a while.

The event will be live streamed on YouTube and it begins at 10am in New York, or 3pm UK time.

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