Google: The Playground is Open

Fresh in our inbox: An invite to an Oct. 29 event in New York City. "The playground is open," Google says.

The general consensus is that we'll see some sort of new Nexus device. Maybe several. At the very least, that LG guy that's been floating around. Maybe something from Sony. Me? I think Google's got something up its sleeve.

We'll see you there at 10 a.m. Eastern on Oct. 29. And you're coming with us. Google's streaming the event at


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Google: Oct. 29 in NYC, the playground is open


Oh yeah. Official announcement. Has to be Nexus related, right? Right!? Andy Rubin will already be in New York for Dive into Mobile so we're definitely getting Nexus news. I'm excited now, since it's a formal event/announcement.

Although if I don't hear some sort of Nexus announcement between this event and Dive into Mobile, I'm flying to New York and kicking Andy Rubin right in his gentleman's luggage with a steel-toed boot. ;-)

Nexus 4 phone
Nexus 7 32GB for $249 (This is probably a reaction to the upcoming iPad Mini)

Low low end Nexus 7 for $99 (I don't really see a point for such a device but it may happen)

HTC, Sony, Motorola Nexus phones (This old rumor will probably be proven wrong unfortunately)

Absolute uncertainty:
The return of Nexus Q (I would love to see the Q back but I don't know what's happening on that front)

I say all of the above with an addition...possibly the Nexus Q re-imagined as a new and improved Google TV with Voice Search?

I got a logitech gtv for the parents last year when its price dropped. While they like being able to use Netflix, YouTube, and Chrome on the TV, the hardware is aging. I'd like to get them a Q++, but if the Google TV situation doesn't improve soon it's going to be a Roku instead.

Why no LTE Nexus 7? Is the implication that your Nexus 7 always should be right next to your shiny Nexus phone (with tethering ready and waiting)?

no, the implication is that your Nexus 7 should be carrier-free, and surfing lte spectrum without carrier support is highly unlikely at this point.

lol playground.. either its a pun at apple as a open bully invitation to come to a fight, 4 o'clock, playground.. or they got themselves a basket of devices and a new os to announce to thorn apple with.. hmmmmm

You must have been hiding under a rock when the Nexus 7 was announced… because you don't get it at all.

...are better than on screen buttons because they don't eat up screen real estate. But in any event, we've seen any number of other phones appear on either side of the ocean in different versions, some with capacitive some with onscreen.

Why do people repeatedly say this. Having on screen buttons allows for a bigger screen to be put onto a phone. Also for any media that matters like movies and video games those buttons disappear and you get the full screen.

Plus onscreen buttons are way cooler. No gargantuan home button nipple can compete.

The tagline leads me to think they'll be talking a lot about the Play Store and their other Play-stuff. Or maybe they're extending their Play branding /to/ the "Nexus" line? Nah... >.>

You got 2 out of 4 right...

lol $99 8gb Nexus 7.. You do realize the N7 came out just over 3 months ago.. They will not be dropping the price $100..

The playground is open? Hmm, is that a sign that they're letting other kids into the Nexus foray, that is, letting other manufacturers make their own Nexus devices which in turn leads to multiple Nexus devices? Yes, riddle solved, do I win the internet?

I was thinking about getting the Note 2 on launch day for Sprint.

Now I think I'm going to wait a bit and see what other surprises Google has in store for us.

Guessing they'll "unveil" the 32GB Nexus 7, among other things?

I'm curious as to whether they're retiring the 16GB, or if it'll just be a few bucks cheaper. I can't think of many people who would pay $225 for a 16GB, but wouldn't spend the extra $25 for a 32GB.

So, 1 week until Note 2 announcement, and 5 days later, this? I am so glad to have an upgrade in November. (hums "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year")

I hope it's a certain HTC device with a 1080p screen and LTE under that sleeve. Man what a hot ticket item that would be...

Watch, at the end of the event, Google is going to give away free HTC J Butterflies to all the attendees. :P

I wish I had an invitation,I live 5 minutes away from Manhattan (Brooklyn woot!) and would love to attend just to see the announcement!

Probably to announce that Google is buying Palm from HP.

High five?! No? Okay. But that would be straight up tech hilarity.

I'll be following as I typically do for the the major tech presentations. Hopefully Google figures out that since they are an American company they should be selling the unlocked version of the nexus here during the initial release. So people who want a unlocked version can purchase one with a US warranty.

Maybe Google Now will become an app in the play store that enable devices with ICS able to use. Highly unlikely but never know.

To me, looks like multiple Nexus devices upcoming. When have you seen just one kid playing in a "playground"?

Nexus 4 by LG
32GB Nexus 7
Nexus 7 cellular.
Nexus 10 in wifi and cellular variants
Android 4.2 still called jellybean
Some sort of Google Play enhancements and probably some new markets.

If Google wanted you to attend, you wouldn't need to ask. Sharpen those networking skills! :)

My wishful guess given the Google Now screen in the invite is that they're opening GN into the full voice assistant rumored with Majel, as a part of 4.2.

If I had to venture a guess, judging from the background pic and the way this graphic is laid out, the world is the "playground". LG Nexus seems really plausible, considering all the recent leaks, but I'd guess between the "world" metaphor and the Google search bar this will have something to do with Google Now. Maybe we will see Key Lime Pie with some crazy new updates to Google Now?

Yeah, I'll be watching that. Here's hoping for a slow day at work. I'm itching to see what Nexus and other devices they announce. Apple, enjoy your week in the sun. Come the 29th, I get the feeling Google will be taking taking all of the oxygen on all the tech blogs.

They will announce the Sammy Nexus 10, LG Nexus 4, AND the HTC Nexus 5 exclusively on VZW!! haha. If HTC makes a Nexus based on the Butterfly J I hope VZW would get one.