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Rumor: Google Event Will Reveal Nexus 7 3G, Nexus 10

The Next Web reports that during Google's press event on October 29, the company will unveil a number of new devices, stealing some of the spotlight away from Apple (iPad Mini, new iPad 3) and Microsoft (Surface, Windows 8). Looking back, it was probably a good idea for lightweights Amazon and Barnes & Noble to avoid this Big Three boxing match. They each revealed their new tablets in September.

Nevertheless, unnamed sources have released new details regarding the upcoming event based on an internal video taken at one of Google's weekly all-hands "TGIF" meetings. This last meeting outlined what the company planned to showcase next Monday.

Some of the information isn't all that new: Google will introduce Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" and a 32 GB version of the Nexus 7 (which is already sitting on store shelves). The report also seemingly confirms rumors that a second 32 GB Nexus 7 tablet will be released featuring HSPA+ (3G) connectivity.

Also slated to be revealed next Monday is the much-rumored Samsung Nexus 10, Google's next Google Experience tablet in a 10-inch tablet form factor. Internally the tablet goes by the name of "Codename Manta," and will sport the new Android build and a screen capable of a 2560×1600 pixel (16:10) resolution (around 300 ppi). Sources claim Google is keeping the Jelly Bean name for this build instead of moving on to "Key Lime Pie".

Sources also confirmed talk of a Nexus smartphone manufactured by LG, and said it will make its appearance at the event as rumored. Dubbed the LG Nexus 4, it will come packed with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon SoC, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera on the back, a 1.3MP camera on the front, and a 2100mAh battery. Indeed, this Jelly Bean phone sounds quite tasty.

As for Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" itself, it's poised to compete directly with Apple's iOS 6. The panoramic camera settings will now support both horizontal and vertical movement by default. The updated OS will also introduce two new features including "Content in the center," which allows the user to access Play Store content from a widget, and "Tablet Sharing," which allows multiple accounts, great for families and businesses.

This will be quite a busy week for the Big Three. Apple is scheduled to reveal its two tablets on Tuesday, followed by Microsoft's Windows 8 launch on Friday, and Google's Android 4.2 launch and Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 event on the following Monday. Throw in the recently announced devices from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and consumers will have plenty of choices for their wish list this holiday season.

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  • dyc4ha
    Disappointed really if no other Nexus phones are announced apart from LG... Was hoping for a samsung/HTC/Sony nexus
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  • house70
    "As for Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" itself, it's poised to compete directly with Apple's iOS 6"

    LOL. iOS didn't even "invent" widgets yet. Not to mention the included Maps application, among other debacles. Hell, they barely done stealing the notification bar...
    I know people that have avoided the "upgrade" to iOS 6 just because they think it's a failure.
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  • cumi2k4
    how about adding sdcard slot?
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  • PudgyChicken
    Uhhh am I missing something? Last time I checked, Android 4.1.x is Jelly Bean; 4.0.x is ICS; 4.2.x would logically therefore be Key Lime Pie. And Google already said the next version would be Key Lime Pie. So why do you say Jelly Bean?
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  • ikyung
    Was about to grab an S3 last week, but decided to wait for the Nexus 4 unveil. I was loving the S3, but many of their devices especially in NA are still stuck at 4.0, and I know 4.1 is silky smooth compare to 4.0. Since Nexus 4 is launching with 4.2 and they always get their software updates on time, I'm probably going to go with the LG Nexus 4.
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  • olaf
    thank god not another Samsung shit phone, I will never ever buy another Samsung device. Anything I have ever had from Samsung only caused me grief. So all you Samsung sheep can just vote me down, I'll stick to HTC, Sony ,LG. at least there products work as intended.
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  • Prince_Porter
    ikyungI was loving the S3, but many of their devices especially in NA are still stuck at 4.0, and I know 4.1 is silky smooth compare to 4.0.
    I've always been confused as to how each new phone, or OS makes something silky smooth in comparison to the last. You can only get so smooth, and I'd be quite disappointed if the S3 and 4.0 aren't as smooth as is noticeable; interface lag and basic performance issues should be a thing of the past.
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  • mihaimm
    I was thrilled when Google acquired Motorola thinking "now we finally have a company that makes the software and the hardware they want to sell, with no constraints from 3rd parties, with no difficulties due to conflicts with other products, that will be integrated with everything it does on the web, mobile and desktop and it's without the constraints Apple artificially imposes".
    But now... after all this time, I do have a question... What did they bought Motorola for?!?! Aren't Moto supposed to be phone, tablet, devices manufacturers? Is Google so afraid of what would happen if they piss off Samsung, LG, Asus, etc. that they just can't use Motorola?
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  • mrAB
    mihaimm
    For its patents. moto owns a lot of them, and Google needs that stuff to protect itself/fight back in the event of a lawsuit
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  • rebel1280
    ikyungWas about to grab an S3 last week, but decided to wait for the Nexus 4 unveil. I was loving the S3, but many of their devices especially in NA are still stuck at 4.0, and I know 4.1 is silky smooth compare to 4.0. Since Nexus 4 is launching with 4.2 and they always get their software updates on time, I'm probably going to go with the LG Nexus 4.I had just posted about getting an S3 myself instead of the new WP8, now it seems we are like minded. Those specs sound really nice!
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