Rumors Swirl Around Google's October 29 Event

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 23, 2010 file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. On Tuesday
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 23, 2010 file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. On Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 the European Commission said it is launching a formal investigation into whether Google has abused its dominant market position in online searches. The EU's competition watchdog says Tuesday that the probe follows complaints from other online search providers that Google put them at a disadvantage in both its paid and unpaid search results. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

It's nearly impossible for companies to keep soon-to-be launched products a secret anymore.

Swirling around the web are a host of predictions about what new gadgets Google will debut at its upcoming press event, scheduled for Monday, October 29. (The event will take place on the same day Microsoft is set to launch its Windows Phone 8 software. Drama!)

The blogosphere is speculating on everything from operating systems to new product designs. Here are some of the most exciting predictions.

According to The Next Web's sources, Google will not only debut a 32GB version of its Nexus 7 tablet, but it will also unveil a variant with 3G connectivity. The same source tipped off TNW to a possible 10-inch tablet manufactured by Samsung as well, which would run on the Android 4.2 operating system. (CNET says that Android 4.2 will be a slight upgrade to the recent Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" release.) The Next Web's source revealed this gadget is codenamed "Manta” -- not, as has been previously reported, "Nexus 10" -- and could offer 300 pixels per inch (PPI), verses the new iPad's 264 PPI.

We might also see a new smartphone at the event. Rumors about an LG-made "Nexus 4" have already been circulating around the web for several weeks. The device will reportedly have a "quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 4.7-in. display with 1280 x 768 resolution," according to Computerworld. TechRadar published leaked photos of the supposedly "sparkly" phone and reported the device will have a 8MP rear camera, as well as 2GB of RAM.

(CNET has also suggested that Google may release a $99 Nexus tablet by the end of 2012, in partnership with Quanta Computer. This new device is expected to have a single core processor, and to be separate from the Nexus 7 lineup. Could we also see this at Google's event next week? Anything's possible, right?)

It sounds like Google is expected to launch two updated versions of the Nexus 7 (one 32GB device, and one 3G-enabled device), the LG Nexus 4 phone and Android 4.2 OS. We might see all of these, none of these or even more. The anticipated event is scheduled for 10 p.m. EST on October 29 and will be streamed live on YouTube.

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