Rumor Roundup: Google's Oct. 29 Android event

A primer on what Google's expected to announce and demonstrate at its Oct. 29 event

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Nexus 7 and other up-to-date Android tablets get “Content in the Center,” allowing for direct access to Play Store content from a home screen widget, and a feature that allows for switching between Google/user accounts on one device. That’s a nice advantage over iPad for a lot of households.

Likelihood: Aspects of Android updates are often leaked, as coders on open source projects tend to talk to one another. And none of the guesses are that wild, and each has a name sounding like it went through Marketing once or twice, so it’s an 80 percent guess.

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10-inch Samsung tablet

Details: As Android Police previously reported, their server logs show devices running Android 4.2 as visitors, and one of them has hardware named “Manta.” Back when Google was helping develop the Motorola XOOM software, it had code names of “Stingray” and “Wingray,” and the 7 was dubbed “Grouper.” So Manta makes sense as a carnivorous fish moniker for a new tablet. Combined with leaks pointing to a 10-inch tablet from Google and Samsung. The Next Web’s source further suggests said tablet offers a 16:10 display with 300 pixels per inch (PPI), surpassing the current iPad’s 264 PPI “Retina” display.

Likelihood: Less so for this particular Oct. 29 event. Google could unveil a new 10-inch tablet at the event, and it would make sense as a showcase for Android 4.2. But four things is a lot to fit into one event. Maybe Google shows the 10-inch tablet and actually announces availability for the Nexus 7 (made by a different hardware partner, Asus)? Something like 70 percent certainty. Unlike a certain other Nexus device:

Nexus phone from LG



Nexus 4 phone leaked shot

Details: LG’s work on what might be the “Nexus 4” has been very, very leaky. Just look at the tag page on Android Central—inside, outside, everything about this phone is out there. There’s even a reported confirmation from the head of LG India. There’s an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, and a 4.7-inch display.

Likelihood: 100 percent. This is the next Nexus phone, and it’s coming on Oct. 29.

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