Google Holding Android Event For October 29th In New York – Nexus 4 Unveiling?

Here we go, folks. The hype officially begins. We’ve just received an invite (above) from Google asking us to attend an Android event set for October 29th. We have a good idea what they have in store for the world, or at least a piece of the puzzle. The LG Nexus 4 has been Google’s worst kept secret, showing up in more leaked images than a Kardashian. But could that really be all Google has up their sleeves?

It’s interesting to note that there was no mention of a specific manufacturer. Last year’s invite (below) had a Google/Samsung logos branded on it. In fact, there’s not even a hint that this will be a device. Maybe this is Google’s way of announcing a change to the Nexus program, no way to be sure. We’ll keep racking our brains looking for clues. In the meantime, what do you guys think will be announced? What do you hope will be announced?

UPDATE: Google first used the term “The playground is open” in their post announcing Android 4.2 Jellybean from Google IO with a “play” on words regarding the wide world of wonders in the Google Play Store. It was later seen by a (much) wider audience when they slapped it as the tagline for an ad on (seen below) promoting the $199 Nexus 7 Tablet. Does this change your opinion at all on what the event could unveil?

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TAGS: announcements , Nexus , Nexus 10 , Nexus 4 , Nexus 7 2012

  • Glenn Patrick

    The playground is open alludes to the nexus program being opened, maybe? Android is already open, and maybe they really will be announcing more than one nexus. Can’t wait either way.

  • Nathan Bryant

    here we go :-)

  • Josh W
    • Chris Chavez


  • Tommy Thompson

    With the phrase, “The playground is open” it does make me think multiple devices.

    • Zach B

      Exactly what I was thinking. Perhaps the Nexus “playground” is open for multiple manufacturers to jump into, providing they follow specific guidelines set forth by the almighty Google

  • J.C. Diaz

    What do I hope for? I think it’s generally accepted that HTC did a magnificent job with the Nexus One, and people that owned that phone have been craving for something more with each subsequent Nexus phone release. A Nexus 2, or Nexus X, with a beautiful unibody using the materials HTC uses, with bleeding edge processing, 2 gigs of RAM, great camera, and maybe one of those new 1080p displays may be too much for me to handle. I can only hope that the multiple manufacturer rumors are true.

    • Damon Lewis

      HTC make good hardware and then DESTROY it with HTC Sense.

      • J.C. Diaz

        My post was based on the assumption that we’re talking Nexus devices. Much like the uhh…Nexus One.

      • BLADESMAN1889

        will there be a 3rd series of Homeland ?

        • MITM

          I hope so buddy

        • Ted Raymundo

          Series? Like a spinoff? You must mean season.

          • BLADESMAN1889

            I’m from UK – you from USA ! We say Series – You say Season :–)

      • Zach B

        No no no, HTC makes good hardware then destroys it with Small capacity batteries that last us power users 2 hours till it’s dead…

        …but of course you’re right, sense is dreadful too

        • NYCHitman1

          As awful as many may believe Sense to be, I would take Sense over any of the other OEM UI’s.

      • Larizard

        I think I can muster Sense. It’s the sub-standard battery life that’s killing it for most people.

      • akong702

        You got it all wrong. HTC makes AWESOME hardware, they just destroy it with HORRIBLE battery.

        • barondebxl

          I couldnt agree more.

    • Larizard

      HTC Nexus J.

  • nick olaguez

    4 high rises = nexus 4?!

  • cGmC11

    No…its the HTC Butterfly Nexus!

    • Chris Chavez

      Sweet, geebus.. I wish. xD

      • HalfwayCrook

        Me too :(. I’ll be getting this nexus they announce regardless though. Hopefully that sony was real.

        • Chris Chavez

          Yeah, I would opt for a Sony Nexus over LG. Not liking the front of the LG leaked Nexus =/

          • Zach B

            Too much bezel…

          • scoter man1

            Its the same as the G’nex. Too much bezel. Thats why I always thought it was ugly.

    • Guest

      HTC Nexus J.

    • kBye.

      HTC Butterfly Nexus… Maxx. >:D

  • DavidVarghese

    I think they’ll be introducing Android 4.2 and the LG Nexus… Maybe that rumor about there being 5 Nexus phones is fake… cause usually, there will be AT LEAST SOME info leaked about the device, the only thing other than LG’s Nexus is Sony’s proposed Nexus, which I am sure is a fake..
    If Google does announce all 5 phones, then I’ll be damn… That would be the best kept secret in phone releases so far in Android history!

    • bmg314

      The rumor originally said 5 nexus devices, not necessarily phones…we’ve already seen some of those come out (nexus 7, nexusq)…although I do hope you are correct and we will see many Nexus phones…all sold through the Play store at good prices :)

  • Guest

    The invitation you posted mentions the 19th, not the 29th.

    For the sake of my sanity I hope it’s correct and the headline is wrong :]

    • Jeremy Dela Cruz

      That’s an invite for last year’s event.

      • robjackson81

        Jeremy is right: we included last year’s invitation to illustrate the combined Samsung/Google branding. Look at the top pic for this year’s event invite.

    • peanutsrevenge

      Yes, Google got the year wrong or want attendees to travel back in time to the event.

      • Marsg

        O.o what they are announcing a time machine ?

  • Jeremy Dela Cruz

    Haven’t they already been using the tagline “The playground is open”? I swear I’ve seen it at the end of that Nexus 7 commercial with the little girl.

  • Edward Lewis

    At a minimum:
    Probably a ton of new content, New Nexus 4 and updated Nexus 7

  • DCLozano

    32 GB Nexus 7?

  • Max

    Hopefully also a Motorola and a Sony Nexus phone

  • peanutsrevenge

    4.2 Jelly Bean?
    My hope is that they’re gonna announce several OEMs for the nexus program and it’s up to them whether to include SD slots and removable batteries, with no pressure either way from Google.
    I’m sure I’ll disappointed though.

    • Jei Arc

      i like the optimism :D

  • Droid_Junky

    For what it is worth…. I know a Chrome Rep that works in a Best Buy store. You should notice very soon that the Chrome displays are being reworked as simply a Google display. They will still support Chrome sales but also Android devices. From the sound of it, we should see a few new devices very soon!

  • Dominique Spanos

    why does it have a picture of ice cream sandwhich and not jelly bean?

    • aiden9

      Note the date. October 19th, 2011

      Probably just a stock picture they(phandroid) had around.

    • Chris Chavez

      That was last year’s invite, as a refresher/comparison (read post). :p

    • BLADESMAN1889

      It says that was last years invite.

    • Aslan Bollin

      Was wondering the same…..
      Nvm, that’s last years invite.

  • Saif

    4 Blue: 4 Nexus Devices
    2 Red: 3G / 32 GB Nexus 7 & Refreshed Nexus Q?

  • Ethan Bailey

    it could be multiple nexus devices… like at i/o they launched the 7 and the Q… maybe they will launch a tv a phone maybe a new project glass design or whatever under the nexus name


    I think it will be to announce the official support / backing of ……Mitt Romney
    haha someone voted this comment down – it was a joke – I’m English I so don’t know who M R is :–)

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      lucky you.

    • lynyrd65

      He’s going to save america from the anti-colonialist!

  • Eli Teichman

    I dont have 4.1, but someone who does- try saying “the playground is open” in Google Now. I wonder if there are any teasers (look at the invite)

    • peanutsrevenge

      Pretty much just the blog that’s linked in the article.
      Other stuff is mostly news hits, including this page :D
      Nice thought though.

      • Eli Teichman

        Oh well. I guess it was worth a try!

    • jfelts

      It does nothing but a google browser search for “the playground is open”.

  • RavenFox

    Will purchase the Q if announced.

  • Daniel Flanigan

    32gb Nexus 7 and a new Nexus phone probably….

    Hopefully something more surprising.

  • pr1nyc1

    That sucks that we cant know where it is taking place.

    • Chris Chavez

      We know.. O_o

      • pr1nyc1

        Ill be knocking on all auditorium, theaters, and halls all over Manhattan.

      • Scotsman of Loch Ness

        Could you share the Time Zone?

  • TechGuy22

    god i want that HTC butterfly nexus too guys.
    damn you HTC. make it happen now !

  • domatau

    32gb n7 and multiple nexus phones!

  • Marsg

    Did it have to be on a Monday >.> Mondays suck

    • Cassidy James

      Then this should make that Monday less-sucky!

      • Marsg

        partially, i have a Calc 2 exam at the exact time this event will start


    Google TV

  • jstew182

    4 prominent buildings 2 peaks of the bridge…Android 4.2

    • Abhilash Raj

      Interesting observation sir

    • phinn

      Well done. Highlighting 4 iconic buildings and the Bk bridge is perfect for this. 4.2 it is.

      • Joe Lukes

        Pretty sure that is the Golden Gate bridge

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant

          Nope — absolutely not the Golden Gate bridge (the supports on GG bridge look like 4 stacked squares) — google Brooklyn Bridge and be amazed :p

        • phinn

          It’s definitely the Brooklyn Bridge… it’s clear from the arch shape, not to mention the event is held in NYC.

    • veccster

      Excellent observation!
      4 blue buildings and 2 red bridge supports.

  • peanutsrevenge

    It’s gonna have Sergey bouncing onto the stage screaming:
    While wearing Google glasses to catch the looks of hysterics mixed with shock on the audience faces :D

  • bmg314

    I think the tagline, as the post says, is just used in reference to the Play store…sooooo, let’s hope that means they are announcing new Nexii available from the Play store on that date! :-P

  • bfjdsn

    Finally I have been waiting for them to announce this. Can’t wait to see what’s next



  • phinn

    Can’t wait! Hoping for Nexus 4 (including and Android 4.2. If Google is consistent with the last couple years most of this should be no problem.

    Now that I live in NYC, I wish I could attend this…

  • Don_SoLow

    All Ready to poop on the iPad Mini event :)

  • oneillperson

    I see a Chrysler building and Brooklyn Bridge. Don’t recognize the other buildings.

  • Mark Lunney

    Can anyone say which time zone this is? I need to plan my UK livestream!

    • Jörn Thesen

      It should be 3 pm for you, if it’s 10 am NYC time.

      • Mark Lunney

        Thanks, wouldn’t NYC be +4 though (so 2pm)? Our clocks go back the day before.

        • Jörn Thesen

          Sorry, you’re right. Didn’t take that into consideration. So, it’s 3 pm for me in Germany.

  • FurBy SastrÉe

    I was gonna post this somewhere else but phandroid is my favorite android website.
    Call me idiot or genius but! They said they will update Google now adding more features later and by looking at the invitation that’s like a hint I guess? I think one of the things that they’re showing in the event is an updated Google now…

  • FurBy SastrÉe

    They said they would improve Google now right? And by looking at the invitation it looks like they’re gonna announce an improved google now during the event, I don’t know if no1 said this already because it was obvious or no1 thought about this but I hope this helps :)

  • Alu Zeros

    Nexus 7 3g

  • Joe Lukes

    Nexus 10 (fingers crossed)

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Too soon… but I wish!

  • xmichaelx

    I hope they’re announcing ICS on Bionic. ~

  • Jörn Thesen

    So, the Google+ page of the galaxy nexus posted: “Happy birthday +Galaxy Nexus, you were born one year ago, on October 19th. Soon you are going to meet your younger brother(s) ;)”
    …to me this means more than one device. But just the LG and the 32gb Nexus 7?

  • Larry Garfield

    Oh, an announcement on my birthday! I’m hoping for at least one non-crap keyboard Nexus phone. I mean they own Motorola now. Droid Nexus anyone? Please? With sugar and Jellybeans on top?

  • phil

    This is great, I wonder if The Missing Sync for Android that I use will be updated for this new device – usually they are pretty good about getting the updates ASAP and their Android sync (plus backup, store, transfer, copy features) I think is the best of all Android sync programs, esp. since it works with PC and Mac.