Windows 8 isn’t the only big thing to hit us next week as Google sends out invitation for an event which will be held in New York City. So mark your calendars folks because we’ll surely be in for a treat.
So what can we expect from these events? Well, we know for a fact that Microsoft will be showcasing their latest PC operating system as well as its mobile counterpart. Along with Windows 8 launch, we can also expect the Redmond-based company to formally launch the Microsoft Surface along with the other devices which will carry the upcoming OS.
Unlike Microsoft, nobody really has a definitive say on what Google has in store for us on their impending event despite of numerous leaked images of the LG Nexus 4, 32GB Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and rumors of Key Lime Pie.
Based on early reports, Android 4.2 will not have significant difference with Jelly bean. Also, we feel like it’s too early for Google to release a successor to Jelly bean at this point in time. But even if Google did decide to showcase it during the event, it will take more than an improved OS to impress their tech-savvy audience. This thought leads us to think that the highlight of the event may most likely be a new hardware rather than the OS it’ll come with.
As far as the hardware is concerned, we think that it’s about time that Google announce a new flagship handset to replace the 1-year old Galaxy Nexus. There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the next Nexus smartphone, but the most convincing thus far is the LG Nexus 4. You can read more about this alleged device on our previous post here.
Speaking of hardware, we also believe that the search giant will be showcasing the revamped version of Nexus 7 on the said event. Rumor suggests that the latest iteration will feature a bigger storage capacity and maybe even have 3G/4G connectivity, although we’re a bit skeptical about the latter. In line with this, Google may also update their pricing scheme for the 7-inch tablet, to pave the way for the 32GB variant. The company may also shed some light on their plans for the 8GB model.
It’s also speculated that Google may unveil their first 10-inch tablet on the same event along with the beefed up Nexus 7. Based on the details that were leaked via Picasa, the slate is called Nexus 10 and is said to boast the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual 5250 SoC along with a 5MP snapper. This is a bit of a long shot if you ask me, but we’re not totally disregarding the possibility that it may show up during the event.
This is turning out to be a busy week for tech as two giants slug it out to wow the crowd with their latest offerings. Oh and in case you forgot, Apple is also holding an event this week (October 23) which is rumored to be the launch date of the iPad Mini. We’ll try our best to give you all the scoops, so be sure to catch our coverage of these events.