Google's Nexus 5 Gets Early Reveal
September 4, 2013 2:04 PM
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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