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Google video (accidentally?) outs upcoming device

Google Inc. (GOOG) pulled a video it had posted to YouTube of the KitKat launch, where it was installing the new KitKat-shaped Android statue on the lawn of it campus in Mountain View, Calif.

Employees are seen in the video taking pictures -- which seems like a recipe for leaks given Google's policy of "dogfooding" its upcoming Android products to its employees.  Sure enough, about 38 seconds in -- shows a mystery device emblazened with Nexus and LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570) logos.  The device is believed to be the upcoming/rumored Nexus 5, which Google has reportedly handed to a few lucky team members for testing.

Copies of the video (see below) have since landed on Vimeo and other hosting sites.

It appears that the device a slightly larger screen that the 4.7-inch Nexus 4 (also manufactured by LG Electronics), which launched last November, making a 5-inch display seem probable.  The device has a slightly larger camera glass inset and has no back buttons (contradicting one rumor).

Nexus 5
Is this the Nexus 5? [Image Source: The Verge]

The device is rumored to have a hologram, so that landscape logo may "rotate" visually to be in portrait mode... when in portrait mode.  The phone appears to have the same matte finish as the new Nexus 7 tablet.

The new Nexus (5?) device could be the LG Megalodon device, which was rumored in leaks earlier this year.

So far Google's Nexus line has included the Nexus One (March 2010) by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), the Nexus S (Dec. 2010) by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), the Galaxy Nexus (Nov. 2011) (also Samsung), and the aforementioned Nexus 4 (Nov. 2012).

The device's appearance makes sense timing-wise as Google has launched a new Nexus device every holiday season since 2010.  Google also has timed some of these launches to coincide with operating system releases.

Don't expect the Nexus 5 to land immediately.  First, Google's subsidiary Motorola Mobility just launched its new flagship Moto X device.  Second, past launches in the holiday window have typically come in November or December (the last two were both in November).

Sources: Google via Vimeo, The Verge

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RE: Revolt
By Solandri on 9/6/2013 4:16:33 AM , Rating: 3
It is, but the english system is just retarded. Zero sense to it. 12 inches = 1 foot. 3 feet = 1 yard, 5280 feet = 1 mile. WTF?

Divide a kilometer into thirds. 333.33333333333 meters.
Divide it into 1/12. 83.3333333 meters.
Divide it into 1/15. 66.6666666 meters.

Divide a mile into thirds. 1760 feet.
Divide it into 1/12. 440 feet.
Divide it into 1/15. 352 feet.

Metric is good if you've got precise measuring tools, a calculator, and are only going to subdivide things in base 2, 5, and 10.

Imperial is good if you need to measure things against each other, are writing down measurements on paper, and might subdivide in base 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, (sometimes 11), 12, 15, and many more. They're actually more practical than metric, it's just their unit conversions which are difficult.

An exception is that the Imperial volume measures are all base 2. The reason is, again, practicality. Say it's the 1700s and you run a tavern. You've bought a barrel of mead. Your only calibrated measuring tool is a gallon, and you need to serve your customers pints or cups. How do you do it?

You take the gallon and split it into two identical containers until their levels are equal. Each now contains 2 quarts. Take one container and repeat the split and each now contains a quart. Split it again and each contains a pint. And if you split it again, you have two cups.

Metric is better today because calibrated scales, rulers, and beakers are easy to get. In old days when you couldn't just drive to the nearest hardware store to get these things, Imperial units were better.

RE: Revolt
By BRB29 on 9/6/2013 12:30:09 PM , Rating: 2
Divide a kilometer by 1/4 and you get 250 meters
Divide a mile by 1/4 and most people would need a calculator.

Come on, get real. Most people can't even remember how many ounces is in a pint or gallon.

Don't nitpick specific situation where Imperial is better. Of course there are but in general metric is much better overall. There's a reason why pretty much all scientific measurements are done in metric now. There's really only 2 countries that use Imperial and one of them is moving away from it.

RE: Revolt
By Solandri on 9/6/2013 3:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
Don't be daft. 1/4th of a mile is a quarter mile. Imperial units are the result of centuries of cultural pressure towards intuitive organic measures. e.g. A field worker could till about an acre a day. A Roman legion could march 10 miles in a day.

It's only easy access to calibrated measuring tools and calculators which has made metric superior. The original assertion that Imperial units make no sense comes from having everything pre-measured for you. They make perfect sense - if you don't have measuring tools and need to "eyeball" measurements.

Here's a simple challenge. I give you a piece of string and tell you it's a decimeter long. If you have no measuring tools, figure out how to easily and accurately cut it into ten 1-cm segments. With Imperial measurements, it's easy. Fold a foot-long string into thirds (like you fold paper to put into an envelope) and cut. You now have three 4-inch segments. Fold each of those segments in half, then half again, and cut. And you have 12 inches.

RE: Revolt
By xdrol on 9/8/2013 7:36:42 AM , Rating: 2
1/4 of a km is a quarter kilometer as well..

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