A clip to commemorate the announcement of the new KitKat version of Android might just have given us a sneak peek at Google’s next Nexus smartphone, ahead of its expected due date in the run-up to Christmas.
As is Google’s wont, yesterday's big reveal for Android 4.4 was marked by the unveiling of a new statue of its Android mascot. Cue scenes of rapturous staff seizing the moment for some japes and others capturing the moment for posterity on their smartphones. So far, so familiar, right?
But what Google hadn’t reckoned on was the keen-eyed chaps at The Verge, who noticed that one shot (it's around 0.38 seconds into the clip) contains a Google employee sporting an unfamiliar-looking Nexus-branded device that could well be the Nexus 5.
Intriguingly, the handset in question sports a horizontal Nexus logo, suggesting it’ll likely sport phablet-style dimensions. Also in evidence is an LG logo, which could mean that the South Korean phone-maker has again been chosen to manufacture a Nexus kit on Google’s behalf.
And in a departure from earlier Nexus efforts, the phone in the clip appears to pack a hefty-looking lens, sparking renewed chatter that advanced camera capabilities could will be front and centre on the Nexus 5.
One thing we can surmise is that The Verge is definitely on to something. Any doubt about that was removed when Google took down the clip and made it ‘private’ in YouTube. But, luckily for us, the site has since managed to secure a copy, which is what you're looking at here.
The Nexus 5 was initially expected to tip up earlier this year at Google’s I/O event.