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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 BRB29 on 9/6/2013 12:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
I've never heard any announcer say He's down at the 12 yard and 3 inches line either.

Our system is only fine because we are used to it. That doesn't make it good by any stretch.


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