Revealed: Everything that Google will unveil at its Android event on October 29


Diverting some of the attention away from Apple’s ‘iPad mini’ unveiling on October 23 and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 event on October 29, Google is to unveil a number new devices and software improvements on the same day as Microsoft – and we have all the details.

A source with knowledge of Google’s plans has told TNW that the search giant has been distributing a video recorded at one of its weekly all-hands “TGIF” meetings on its internal network, which details the devices that will be unveiled at its hastily arranged October 29 event (which we will also be attending).

Confirming leaks from various inventory systems and advertisements in both the US and the UK, Google will release a 32GB variant of the Nexus 7. However, our source also tells us that there will be a second 32GB variant that will offer HSPA+ (3G) support, allowing users to take the tablet on their travels.

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Google has also been working with Samsung to launch a 10-inch tablet, confirming leaks which suggested Google had teamed up with the Korean manufacturer for another device. Our source tells us that internally the tablet goes under the name “Codename Manta”, runs Google’s new Android 4.2 operating system (previously referred to as Key Lime Pie, but is set to retain the Jelly Bean branding), and will offer a 2560×1600 pixel (10:16) resolution, which we believe will offer around 300 pixels per inch (PPI) compared to the new iPad’s 264 PPI.

The Manta codename also ties up with Android Police’s sleuthing, where it was suggested the launch of a 10-inch tablet device. We believe the Samsung tablet will be called the ‘Nexus 10′ but we were unable to confirm at the time of publishing.

Earlier this week, we posted details on the next Nexus smartphone, which will be manufactured by LG. We have been informed that earlier leaks have been 100 percent correct.

This means that Google will launch the LG Nexus 4, featuring a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (and 1.3-megapixel front-facing snapper) and a 2100mAh battery.

The LG Nexus 4 will also be powered by Google’s new Android 4.2 software.

Speaking of the OS itself, we have some details on that too. It has been confirmed that as part of Android 4.2, Google will introduce ‘Content in the center,’ which will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget and ‘Tablet Sharing’ which will suit families and enterprise users, providing them with a simple and easy to switch between several users on a tablet, each with their own email and apps.

Think Windows user switching, but now on Android.

Our source says that Android 4.2 will compete with Apple’s iOS 6, in that the panoramic camera settings will be updated to support both horizontal and vertical movement by default.

While Microsoft is holding its event in San Francisco on October 29, Google has chosen to hold its own event in New York.

Google’s event tagline of “The playground is open” suggests there will be quite a lot to experience and play with at the event. From what we have seen (and confirmed with Google sources), this is certainly the case.

Apple to update existing iPad at next week’s event

Apple has scheduled an event next week on October 23, which for all intents and purposes is for the upcoming iPad mini. However, it is now being rumored that Apple will be making changes to the existing iPad as well.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple will be releasing a slightly updated version of the existing iPad, which was released back in March. Although they don’t have the details on the things that will be changed, the presence of the new Lightning connector is said to be the most likely new addition.

9to5Mac also says that other aspects of the product such as the capacity and the prices will remain the same as they are right now.

In my opinion, Apple would probably shift the iPad launch date from around March to October, the same time as the new iPad mini. It makes sense to have both products being updated at the same time and shortly after the new iPhone. It also makes sense to have the iPad event after the launch of the new iOS, which usually takes place at the same time as the new iPhone, so that the new iPads would ship with a fresh version of the OS, rather than something that came out several months ago.

It’s not clear what other changes the new iPad would have other than the Lightning port but if there are any, it would most likely be a new processor. Lastly, it’s also likely that Apple might drop the current iPad 2 altogether and just sell the iPad and the iPad mini. That would also explain why Apple did not call the new iPad the iPad 3.

Apple announces ‘Special Event’ for October 23rd

Apple announces iPad mini launch event for October 23rd  we'll be there live!

Apple has just invited members of the press to attend a product launch on October 23rd, where we assume the long-rumored iPad mini will be unveiled. The event will go down merely weeks after Apple took the wraps off of the iPhone 5 (and strangely enough, the Foo Fighters played their last show for the foreseeable future).

It’s quite unlike Apple to throw two product parties in the fall, but if an entirely new iPad is being revealed, it may be a scenario that becomes more familiar in years to come. At this point, we’re left with far more questions than answers: will the iPad mini really ship with a Lightning port, while the Retina iPad — which was only introduced in March — continues to ship with the “old” Dock Connector? Will Apple really continue to refresh its two iPad products at different intervals? Will the (presumed) AT&T iPad mini actually include mobile hotspot functionality?

And while we’re at it, is Apple really going to throw a “one more thing” into the mix by bumping its 13-inch MacBook Pro into Retina territory? After all, tossing “little” into the invite could allude to a smaller iPad and an update to an already-small laptop. We’ll be there to bring you the blow-by-blow as it happens ( LIVE Blog on ECb ), so feel free to go ahead and take next Tuesday off.

Apple preparing for September 12th event.. What do we know so far?

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It has become an annual event since 2007 with thousands of hours spent trying to guess what the next Apple iPhone will look like. With the size of the display expected to jump from 3.5 inches to 4 inches, and a thinner build with a two-tone backcover, this is the first time since the introduction of the Apple iPhone 3GS that a prototype model wasn’t left in a bar. This year, our clues to the design of the new Apple iPhone 5 didn’t come from the beer-soaked floor of a watering hole and instead came from mockup models used by case manufacturers to see how snug their rubber bumpers are fitting on the new model.

If the mockups are correct, what we will see inside  on Wednesday is a taller, thinner Apple iPhone with a 4 inch screen and a metal, two-tone backcover. The pin dock-connector will be smaller and the earphone jack is now on the bottom. We should see LTE connectivity, which may be greeted with a lawsuit from Samsung, and possibly support for NFC.

Meanwhile, you can see Apple’s colors going up on the front of the building, reminding everyone that it is almost that time of the year for the introduction of the new iPhone.

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