Google's Nexus 5 Gets Early Reveal
September 4, 2013 2:04 PM
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Google video (accidentally?) outs upcoming device
Google Inc. (
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. (
) 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).
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
(March 2010) by HTC Corp. (
(Dec. 2010) by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
(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).
Google via Vimeo
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9/6/2013 12:30:09 PM
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.
9/6/2013 3:03:01 PM
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.
9/8/2013 7:36:42 AM
1/4 of a km is a quarter kilometer as well..
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