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Google sends out invites for October 29 launch event - new Nexus smartphone?

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Google has sent out invites for a mysterious event to be held on October 29. Could this be for the launch of a new Nexus phone?

The invites themselves sport the phrase “The playground is open,” seemingly in an Android search bar with the little microphone symbol to the right.

This might sound like a fairly cryptic phrase, until you realise that Google has used it before. As pointed out by Phandroid, it used the expression on its official Android blog (pictured below) during Google I/O on June 27. Its purpose: to announce Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

That’s not the only time Google used the expression “The playground is open” either. The company used it as a tagline for an ad pushing the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

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So, a new version of Android and a new Google Nexus device. What on earth could Google be announcing a year after it’s last Google Nexus smartphone?

Oh yes - its next Google Nexus smartphone. There have been numerous leaks over the past few weeks for the so-called LG Nexus 4 - a rather sleek new smartphone that can clearly trace its lineage to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

It’s said to have a 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 CPU, a 1280 x 768 True-HD IPS screen and an 8 megapixel camera.

In fact, the new Nexus device was tipped for an October 29 launch well before these invites were sent out. It’s looking like a dead cert.

One potential twist in the tale surrounds those persistent rumours earlier in the years that Google was going to allow multiple manufacturers to contribute Nexus handsets. This had seemed less likely with all the LG Nexus 4 leaks (and none from other companies), but take a look at that invite and you’ll see no mention of LG.

Last year’s launch invite contained Samsung branding. Hmm, mysterious.

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