The first images of the Google Nexus 5 in action may have just been leaked from a rather unlikely source – Google itself.
As we reported yesterday, Google recently unveiled the official code name of the next iteration of its Android OS – Android 4.4 KitKat. As part of that reveal, the company wheeled a large model of a KitKat-infused android (as is its wont) out to the front of its Mountain View, California HQ.
The company videoed the process, which involved capturing plenty of Google staff standing around smiling and taking pictures of the process on their own Nexus devices.
But one mysterious Nexus device held by a Google staffer stands out from the rest. It looks a bit like the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, complete with matte finish, large camera lens and landscape-aligned Nexus engraving on the back of the device. But it’s too small for that, being closer to the Google Nexus 4 in size.
This mysterious devices also appears to feature an LG logo on the back. The Nexus 7 was manufactured by Asus, whereas LG was responsible for the current Google smartphone, the Nexus 4.
If there was any lingering doubt that this was a glimpse at an exciting new Nexus phone, it appears to have been dented by the fact that Google has since removed the video from public viewing. Hmm.
All of which points to a brand new Nexus smartphone – essentially the Google Nexus 5.
With recent reports suggesting that the Google Nexus 4 is running short on stock following large price cuts, a new Nexus smartphone appears imminent. Sure enough, one recent tip supplies a date of October 31 as a likely Nexus 5 launch date.
Rumour has it that the Google Nexus 5 will feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and the option of 16GB and 32GB storage capacities. It’ll also, of course, be the first device to run on Android 4.4 KitKat.