Google Invites Press to Android Event in New York Oct. 29

Google sent out invitations to the press Wednesday for an Android event in New York on Oct. 29– less than two weeks from now.

The colorful invite claims that “The playground is open,” with no further details revealed. Photo: Google

The searching giant invited press to an Android event that will be held in New York on Monday, October 29, the same day that Microsoft will be in San Francisco for the official launch of Windows Phone 8 on devices from Nokia, HTC and Samsung.

The upcoming event will likely be dedicated to Google’s new Nexus phone, which is rumored to be made by the searching giant in cooperation with LG.

There are also speculations that the company will team up with other hardware manufacturers to make Nexus devices this year. The LG Nexus is said to be a variant of the LG Optimus G, which has been recently launched.

According to The Business Insider, Google will offer a new Nexus 7 model with 32 GB. The entry-level 16 GB Nexus 7 could also drop to $99 from $199.

Android Boss Andy Rubin is also reported to deliver a speech at AllThingsD’s mobile conference following Google’s press conference. There’s a nice opportunity to demonstrate the new Android hardware.

By the way, the news comes the next day after Apple Inc. invited mass media to its highly anticipated event which is to take place at the California Theatre in San Jose.

The Cupertino tech giant has already sent out invitations that did not reveal details of the event, but hinted at something small with the words: “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

Analysts have predicted for months that the company is planning to unveil a smaller, less expensive version of its popular iPad to take on cheaper competing devices.

iPad Mini is believed to challenge Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablet and Google’s Nexus 7, both of which feature 7-inch screens and re sold at $199. The first Kindle Fire, released last year, went on to grab about a fifth of the US tablet market, reports IBN Live.

Earlier this year a survey was conducted which showed that 52 percent of interviewees suggesting the tablet would go on sale at a price of $250-$300, but 3G wireless network connectivity was among the most-anticipated features.

This week also saw reports that Microsoft has set price for its Surface tablet.

The device will go on sale at a price tag from $499 for a 32GB version in the US and it will come out on 26 October in eight countries including the UK, the company said on Tuesday.

The Surface is based on ARM chips and runs a new touch-based version of Windows written for ARM called Windows RT. Unfortunately, existing Windows apps will not work.

The tablet will also include a copy of Microsoft’s Office suite specially written to run on the RT platform. The tablet comes with a version of Office installed that includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.

Another version of the Surface tablet, Surface with Windows 8 Pro, is expected to appear in about three months. Microsoft executives have said that the Surface Pro will run on x86 processors produced by the likes of Intel and AMD and will be priced higher, comparable to ultrabooks.

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