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Google will reportedly surprise us with several big Android announcements on Wednesday

Published Oct 14th, 2014 1:05PM EDT
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Apple has another big media event in just a couple of days, but that won’t stop Google from trying to sneak in some big news of its own. Forbes contributor Jay McGregor’s sources say that Google plans to unleash its huge Android L update alongside both the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone and the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet on Wednesday, right before Apple’s big Thursday iPad announcements.

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Unlike Apple, Google will apparently forgo having a big press event and will instead announce the new platform and the new devices via an official blog post. The company is apparently still fine tuning Android L and it doesn’t want to have a major event for a platform that still needs some refining before its release.

McGregor’s sources say that the Nexus 9 will be available for preorder starting on October 17th and that it will officially release on November 3rd. He also confirms earlier reports we’ve heard about the Nexus 9’s killer specs and says the device will feature “an 8.9-inch 2048×1440 display, weigh 480 grams, have a 64-bit dual-core processor, an Nvidia Kepler GPU and a 8MP rear-facing camera and 3MP front-facing camera.”

McGregor doesn’t give us any word on when the Nexus 6 will release but based on earlier leaks we expect the device will feature a QHD display with a resolution of 560 x 1440 pixels (498 pixels per inch), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,200mAh battery and Android L.

Brad Reed
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Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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