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Google crashes Microsoft party with Android event

Sends invitations to event on same day as Windows Phone 8 launch
Thu Oct 18 2012, 09:40
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INTERNET GIANT Google is sending out invitations to an Android event on 29 October that will take place just hours before Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8.

"The playground is open", says the Google invitation. "Join us for an Android event." The colourful invitation asks guests to attend Basketball City in New York at around 9:00am.

It is not known what Google will announce so we can speculate that it could be anything from a new Android handset to a new Nexus tablet and as far away as a Google basketball team. More simply it could just be the opening of a playground, though that is particularly unlikely. Naturally we have asked Google and are waiting to see what, if anything, it reveals.

Microsoft could be smarting from the event. If the technology world has its eye turned on New York on that day it might be less interested in the news from Redmond, particularly given that Windows Phone has not to date ignited as much interest as Android.

Earlier this week Apple kicked sand on its picnic when hours after Microsoft revealed details about its Surface tablets it started sending out invitations to an event that might just be the launch of the Ipad Mini.

These firms other than Microsoft are keeping their cards close to their chests. If nothing else, we can definitely say that the last week of October will be an interesting. µ


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