Google has just set an Oct. 29 event in New York centered on its Android mobile software. “The playground is open” is all it says, so we are left to figure out what might land on that playground.
The most likely products to come out at the event are the new Nexus phone rumored to be manufacturing by LG. Also possible is a Nexus 7 tablet with more storage, 32 MB vs. the top-end 16 model currently available. Some folks are speculating that Google might drop the price of its low-end 8 MB Nexus 7 to just $99, which would really shake up the 7-inch tablet business–especially since Apple is expected to weigh in with the similarly sized iPad Mini on Oct. 23.
Then again, the invitation for the event, which will be streamed at YouTube.com/Android, singles out Android itself. So while Google already has a relatively new version of the operating system, maybe there will be some new features updates announced.
“Playground” seems likely to refer to Google Play, the Android apps and content marketplace, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see updates or new content deals announced. One interesting note, which may mean absolutely nothing: The artwork on the invitation closely resembles the drawings associated with its Google Now automated personal assistant on Android.
Or the announcements could be some combination of any of those. More to come as it develops.