nexus5leak100052453large500
Handheld Devices

Google posts, and pulls, video that may have revealed the Nexus 5

It's not totally out-of-character for Google to build hype around a forthcoming product with carefully planned marketing shennanigans, and today's "give me a break!" Kit Kat reveal was a perfect example. This time, the sneak peek of what might be a Nexus 5 in a video promoting the Android 4.4 Kit Kat announcement may have been an honest mistake.

The YouTube video was quickly pulled after eagle-eyed users at The Verge's reader forums caught a glimpse of an employee holding up a black smartphone with the word "Nexus" on the back. It would have been easy to pass it off as the current Nexus device, but since the employee is holding it up next to the recently price-dropped Nexus 4, it's obvious that one is a bit bigger than the other, with the Nexus brand etched in a different direction. The camera module looks larger than we've seen on a Nexus device, too.

Rumor mongers are calling it the first coming of the Nexus 5. It seemed like the leak was intentional, meant to drum up buzz for the unannounced device, until Google quickly made the video private.

The cheap $200 8GB version of the Nexus 4 just sold out, and the fact that it won't be restocked has driven speculation that a new Nexus phone is one the way. Today's video slip-up adds fuel to the fire.

PREVIOUS ARTICLE

« Will Nokia help Microsoft regain relevance with businesses?

NEXT ARTICLE

Q&A: Preservation and migration »
author_image
IDG News Service

The IDG News Service is the world's leading daily source of global IT news, commentary and editorial resources. The News Service distributes content to IDG's more than 300 IT publications in more than 60 countries.

  • Mail

Poll

Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?