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LG Nexus 4 likely to be star at Google event on 29 October

Google's inviting folks to an Android-themed bash, where it's expected to unveil the latest Nexus device.

Google has issued invites to a shindig at the end of the month, where the search giant is expected to reveal the latest Nexus phone -- the hotly tipped LG Nexus 4.

The New York-based event, which kicks off at 10am (2pm UK time), on 29 October, has an invite that shows a colourful Big Apple skyline and the text, "The playground is open" enclosed within a Google search box.

The event will take place mere hours ahead of the Windows Phone 8 launch, in what's likely a brazen attempt to purloin Microsoft's thunder, or a ploy to kill off technology journalists by forcing them to type themselves to death.

While Google could be revealing anything in theory, it's reckoned that the bash will centre on Android, including news on updates to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and -- possibly -- a glimpse at one or more new devices.

A bevy of smart phone leaks in recent weeks puts LG's rumoured Nexus phone at the top of the likely-list for Google's hoe-down, not least because it's already been tipped to arrive on the exact date of Google's event.

Pictured extensively in leaked snaps, the so-called Nexus 4 is all but certain to pack a quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch 768x1,280-pixel display and 2GB of RAM.

An 8-megapixel camera is also tipped, but it doesn't look like this mobile will feature a microSD card slot, which would be bad news.

It's expected to run Android 4.2 which, as leaked software suggests, will have at least one intriguing new feature -- a double-swipe notification bar that will play host to something called 'Quick Settings'.

Myself and my CNET UK colleagues will naturally be rattling furiously away at our keyboards to bring you news and analysis of whatever Google has to say. If you also want to keep up with the action live, the big G will be streaming the event via