It looks like Google is adding another device to its Nexus lineup, though the company has been having a hard time keeping it under wraps, with the most recent outing of the smartphone appearing on the company's own social networking site, Google+.
Dubbed the Nexus 4, the smartphone was apparently used by Jason Parks, a Google employee, and Bae Sang-Hoon of LG's Pyeongtaek Learning Center, to take pictures, which were then posted on the workers' respective Google+ accounts. While the images on both pages have since been taken down, screenshots of the photos, including EXIF data, reveal that they were taken with the speculated handset.
According to the EXIF data, listed under "Camera" is the "Nexus 4". While it's not definite that the device will sell with this moniker or if it is just a codename, one thing is for certain: the upcoming Nexus phone is apparently already manufactured and is being tested currently.
Here, There, and Everwhere
This is not the first rumbling of the next-generation Nexus, as the phone showed up on the inventory system of U.K. mobile retailer Carphone Warhouse a few days ago, shedding light on what colors the device will be offered in, which will allegedly be white and black.
Although no other details were given, it was the first sighting of the phone with the LG Nexus 4 name, sparking rumors that the "4" is an indication of the screen size, like that of the Nexus 7. Previous reports tipped the smartphone to sport a similar design to that of the last Nexus smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Rumored to feature a smooth and glossy back, the Nexus 4 could be made of scratch-resistant glass, while the phone is said to feature a plastic design rather than one made of glass or metal. Said to be 9.2mm thin, the handset will apparently check in at 4.7-inches in size and house a 1280 x 768 resolution.
The smartphone is looking like it will take on the Samsung Galaxy III and the Apple iPhone 5 as a high-end device, with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. Assuming the phone follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Nexus 4 will likely support HSPA+, and quite possible 4G LTE.
Yet that's not all, soon after the inventory leak a report from a French publication surfaced pegging the handset with an Oct. 29 reveal date and a December release for France specifically.
More Nexus Models
An unconfirmed report from earlier this year indicated that Google is greatly expanding the Nexus program. Under the new system, Google is supposedly going to allow any company that wishes to to introduce a smartphone with the Nexus name, as long as that device runs the current version of the Android operating system.
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