Did A Source Leak All The Happenings At Google’s Playground Event?

It goes without saying that we’re eager to find out exactly what Google has in store for their upcoming “Playground” event taking place next week. We can thank the boys at TheNextWeb who think they’ve got a source that can nail down everything that Google has planned for next week.

In no particular order we should see the official unveiling of a 32GB Nexus 7 variant, along with a second 32GB variant that offers HSPA+/3G connectivity.

Moving along is word that Google will unveil the rumored 10″ tablet they’ve got cooking up with Samsung. Dubbed “Codename Manta,” the new tablet is said to run Android 4.2 and offer a 2560 x 1600 pixel display. Such a display would offer 300 pixels per inch (ppi) which would exceed the new iPad’s 264ppi. It’s believed that Google and Samsung will offer the new tablet up simply as the “Nexus 10,” but the name remains unconfirmed.

The third bit of news is the reveal of the LG Nexus 4, featuring a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, 4.7″ 1280 x 768 display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2100mAh battery. Powered by Android 4.2, the Nexus 4 by LG marks the manufacturers first foray into the Nexus line and is said to be based loosely on LG’s recently unveiled Optimus G.

Speaking of Android 4.2, it’s been confirmed that Google will show off some new features including “Content in the center,” which will allow users access to Play Store content from a widget and “Tablet Sharing” which will suit families and enterprise users, offering up a simple and easy way to switch between separate users on a tablet, each with their own email and apps. Additionally, Google will add new panoramic camera settings that will update to both horizontal and vertical movements automatically.

For the moment, we have to take all of this as grains of salt rumor but it’s starting to line up with everything else we’ve heard out of Mountain View.

So what do you think? Did you want more?

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  • eanfoso

    I have to admit, the nexus, while being 3G have been sure to exceed my 4G phone in terms of browsing/smoothness of the os, hopefully the next nexus is hspa+42 compatible, if it is man lucky product nexus owners, I’ll besticking to the galaxy note 2 ;) btw my phone is the blaze 4G

  • If we could have a 5 inch screen ‘Nexus’ device, I would pass on the Galaxy Note II.

    • stevegavrilles

      I think that’s what they’re going for with the LG…though, it’d be nice to see something more like the galaxy nexus as the ‘phablet’ for google.

      I don’t exactly trust LG in the smartphone market. Anyone who’s owned a g2x knows what I’m talking about…

      • Tim Moore

        People keep saying that but a lot of that was software issues which shouldn’t be an issue this time. I will wait and see though for that reason just to make sure.

        • Troy

          It SHOULDN’T be an issue but it shouldn’t have been an issue with the G2X but it sure was. I have always been a big fan of LG products, but I have to admit that the G2X debacle has me more than a little bit gunshy about buying another LG phone. Paying 400 bucks for a paperweight want exactly what I had in mind when I bought it on release day. And to make bad even worse, it took about 5 months before LG bothered to even release an update to make the G2X usable. I had no choice but to root the thing and put Cyanogenmod on it

      • Yep, I have so I know lol.

      • Trevnerdio

        Or a G-Slate. Those noobs screwed us over good on that one.

    • od312

      You should just get a tablet

  • peharri

    So… have any Google engineers posted an LOL post on Google+ about this yet?

  • i’m still holding onto the rumor about various Nexus devices from different manufacturers .. i don’t want a Nexus tablet .. just interested in the next Nexus phone.

  • Tim Moore

    So it’s now 16gb for the Nexus 4? The first rumors were only 8. At 8 I won’t consider it but at 16gb I would. I’ll only go with Nexus for Android. I went with a non-Nexus phone for 8 months or so and it was such a pain in the ass with the software. The phone was awesome the constant crashes were not. I of course will let this phone be in the wild for a while before I’d run out and buy it. Gotta make sure it’s ok.

    • I imagine that the rumors are true about a 8gb and a 16gb. I see them selling the 8gb for $299 and the 16gb for 349. Regardless, this will be my next phone as long as the initial feedback is positive. I was considering a Note II, however with an entry price the same as the Nexus, I don’t think I can. I’d rather spend that money on the nexus and not sign a new contract.

      • NotQuite

        Keep dreaming with those prices! $299???!!! I’ll have whatever you’re smoking!

        • Tim Moore

          I’m guessing 350-400 for 8gb sadly probably and if there is a 16gb 450-500. We’ll see next week I guess.

        • john

          i do not believe their will be a 8gb as the are going to consider the 8gb nexus 7 as end of life after this event. i think they know consumers want more than just 8gb. the leaked nexus from lg most likely had 8gb because it was a prototype. to keep cost low they used only 8gb. i really don’t think we will see any nexus branded devices anymore with 8gb of storage. UNLESS google tries to attract they money conscious consumer that wants the best of the best for the low price.

        • All I’m saying is that I think they realize they found the sweet spot at 349 for the galaxy nexus. I believe that google wants to realize their initial vision for the mobile industry. When the Nexus One was launching, they wanted phones to be FREE or close to it. They planned for the phone subsidy to be paid, or mostly paid for by mobile advertising. Much the same theory behind the kindle fire, and EXACTLY what they did with the Nexus 7. Things have changed to the point that I think they realize they can succeed with their vision to change the way the wireless industry works. Remember original plans were to sell the N1 for $99, they couldn’t get carriers to play ball, plus the internet only sales method wasn’t as viable as they hoped. Guess what, both of those have changed.

          It will be unlocked, pentaband GSM only. Two price levels. I also believe that this is where to multiple manufactures comes in, They will have different price points. I imagine that LG was the lowest bidder and the most in need of the positive reaction from a successful Nexus, thus becoming the budget Nexus. To me it makes perfect sense, Between money from apps, mobile advertising, and further proliferation of google products, I think the price points I said are possible.

        • WHAT NOW? BOOOOOOOOOM. Called it!

    • od312

      That rumor doesn’t make much sense. My nexus s had 16 gigs and that’s it. No other option. Why would google go backwards and make it an option for such a small amount of space?

  • stevegavrilles

    If there’s a 32gb nexus 7 with 3g(or faux-g, or whatever), I’m sold! I love my nexus 7, and the only thing missing is anywhere access.

  • Iucidium

    Still no word on the UA ‘Occam’

  • Dakota

    Is 4.2 coming to the “old” galaxy nexus or are they mostly tablet features. I’d like to see 5.0 before I give up on my buggy Android couple of years with 2 different models now

    • peharri

      Given most of the older Galaxy models are still being updated, I’d be enormously surprised if they didn’t give the GN the next few versions of Android.

  • D Velasquez

    yes . i was hoping for a Xperia Nexus.

  • Hamster

    Hm. I’m hoping to hear about a Motorola Nexus phone as well with the ‘occam’ codename showing up in user agents as well…

  • od312

    Really excited about this new tablet, disapointedc with nexus going with LG. That’s why I gave in and got the S3. Couldn’t be happier.

  • hurlamaina

    I’m ready for some keylime pie

  • so i’m a fan of LG TVs but from what i gather … i should steer clear of an LG Nexus phone ?? hopefully other manufacturers make one then.

  • steven

    man. i’ve BEEN ready to push the purchase button on the nexus 10. i just want to know if it’s 3g or not! i would hope so.

  • steveb944

    I wanted another Nexus phone. I’ll have to take a good look at that LG then