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Googler Posts Picture to Picasa From His LG “Nexus 4”

The LG Nexus device that we have been covering so intensely over the last couple of weeks is not much of a secret anymore, especially after a prototype of the device was put through a variety of tests. Well, there may be one thing that we aren’t 100% certain of – the name. Some are referring to it as the Optimus Nexus, while others have moved onto “Nexus 4.” If the EXIF data attached to a picture taken with an LG device by a Google employee is to be taken as gospel, then maybe the official name will be Nexus 4 after all. 

As you can see in the beautiful coffee art picture above that was taken this week, we have a camera made by LGE (LG Electronics) and a model “Nexus 4.” Does it get any more official? Now, EXIF data is easily faked or tweaked, so there is always a chance that this name could change over the next couple of weeks. I’m not sure I believe that it will, though. As the Galaxy Nexus launch neared last year, these same clues all appeared.

We have heard October 29 as a potential launch date.

Via:  Blog of Mobile

  • Just like other camera shots from the N4, the color balance is way off.

  • matt

    I DO NOT TRUST THAT I HAVE MY TOSHIBA THRIVE COMING UP AS A NEXUS 7 after editing the build.prop file.

    • ddevito

      then you shouldn’t have edited the file

  • I was really excited about the iPhone 5 when it was just a mystery, but after the release I am really considering going for android again instead of getting my first apple cellphone, specially being a brazilian, and right now maps on IOS6 is something really bad in USA and not fully supported in Brazil (no turn by turn function here among others) and for me the gps function is not something I use everyday but when I need to the app must work perfectly or I can get really lost haha.

    In the end the only feature I envy about iPhone is the “long upgrade” support and since having a Nexus phone covers this area more than other Android based products, I think that getting myself a Nexus phone would make me a really happy android user, or am I wrong?

  • Zelig

    So someone from google uploads a picture of his coffee by mistake. Sure thing. I think they are intentionally teasing us.

  • Cedrik Portugues

    Hows about a carousel of apps instead of five rows. The OS displays your 5 main apps but allows you to scroll through all apps instead of jumping into a menu to pick and choose apps. I think this is more efficient and pleasing than a bunch of rows chalked filled with apps. As for the can it just has to be on par with the top dogs in the industry I will welcome better but to me the g nexus has a pretty good 5mp can. I sometimes find myself on days taken a pic looking at it after and thinking damn it really isn’t as bad as people portray it not the best but it surely gets the job done.

  • jaybar

    that’s a good picture actually


    I believe that the Nexus Phone Program is on a 2 year cycle.
    Nexus One, huge new, best phone ever made at the time of its release truly revolutionary hardware and software. First phone with 1Ghz processor, First Superphone. First Nexus. Froyo came to the Nexus One first of course in May of 2010.

    Nexus S, a very nice phone of course, but if you already owned a Nexus One, it wasn’t really worth the upgrade. The Nexus One recieved Gingerbread shortly after the Nexus S, and Gingerbread wasn’t really that much of an upgrade over Froyo. Never the less, the Nexus S was a nice phone, better than the Nexus One, but not as revolutionary as the Nexus One, not even close.

    Then comes the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. Huge Software overhaul of Android at the stock level. Gone are the Hardware buttons, Android’s UI is given a major styling overhaul. It’s fast, large and powerful. Galaxy Nexus is Running JellyBean, Even the Verizon Nexus in July if you can flash a ROM. Verizon even upgrade its Nexus to Jelly Bean not tooooo long after it’s released to the unlocked Galaxy Nexus. Anyway, there is no doubt that the GAlaxy Nexus was a huge release. Major.

    Now comes the Nexus 4 by LG. Sure it has a huge spec bump over the Galaxy Nexus, but nothing that the world hasn’t seen. You can buy the LG OPtimus G already without the Nexus support. And by all predictions it’s going to be running another 4. version of Android. Again it’s a nice phone, and it’s going to kick the Galaxy Nexus’s ass in performance, but the software will be the same and it’s not worth the upgrade from the GNex unless you are rich.

    My prediction is that there will be more Nexus phones in the future from Google and another hardware company. The Galaxy Nexus will be worth upgrading when the Nexus 5 comes out with Android 5.

  • JordanMcRae

    This is going to be a horribly confusing naming scheme if this holds. Nexus 4 would be referring to the 4th gen phone. But then there is Nexus 7 with the 7 referring to the screen size. Confusing! I say they call this the Nexus G (based on Optimus G). A Motorola one named Nexus M (based on Razr M). HTC one named Nexus 5 (for the 5-inch screen) and a Samsung tab named Nexus 10 (for the 10-inch screen).

  • Pfigurella

    Actually, it looks more like a bowl of soup than coffee to me.
    You West-Coast types are so into your coffee you see coffee everywhere. You guys probably think its a Rorshach Coffee Stain Test. Sheesh.

    • DainLaguna

      what a stupidly bizzare comment

      • Pfigurella

        I had thought is was inventively bizarre, but I guess not!

    • You have to be a caveman to think that looks like a bowl of soup!

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    I’ll pass on the Nexus 4, but I’d love one of those lattes, please.

  • That picture looks amazing! Much better than the GNexus!

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      you dont think the colors look completely washed out?

      • To me it looks fine! It beats my Razr and all of the ones I have seen from my friend’s GNexus! I guess it just comes down to how you prefer your pictures to look!

  • dick johnson

    Is it just me — but I’m just planning on sticking with my Samusung Galaxy Nexus until the next Nexus is released. I’m really not down with LG releasing the Nexus line. What I would give for a Motorola Nexus (like the OG Droid!!). I’m just wondering if others are staying put or planning on upgrading?

    • Adam Estep

      I’m upgrading because I don’t have an android. Coming from an iPhone 4. I’d consider getting a gnex off of craigslist, but a 5 mp camera is not gonna do it for me with all the pictures I take of my kids.

    • Tim242

      Upgrading to the Note 2!

  • paul_cus

    We shall see, but yeah, looking pretty official at this point. Looking forward to the announcement.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    How can I do this with my coffee?

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      when you make espresso, you get a little white spot (or two; depending on your machine.) you take the end of a spoon and start at the white spot and drag it out to make purdy designs.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        Whoever did that has a lot of skills!

        • lostsync

          I’d be more impressed if they’d drawn Andy

        • Abgar Musayelyan

          Definitely, it’s not easy to do.

        • Many coffee shops in India do this regularly. Never seen anyone do it in the UK though.

    • hennings
  • nexus0804

    Is it October 29th already?!

  • I_Am_Roy_Halladay

    Numbered smartphones were already patented by Apple, it better not be the Nexus4 or they’re in for a lawsuit

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      whats really awesome is that you cant patent numbers.

      Intel found this out the hard way after their 286, 386 and 486s were replicated by other manufacturers with the same numbers. thats why we have “Pentium” after 486

  • You’d think that Google would have banned their cell development employees from Picasa by now…

    • Nexus 7 Camera Sample was also leaked on Picasa/Google Plus.. Looks like intentional leak

    • They’re probably doing it for the hype! Just like how I swear Apple leaks parts and mockups months before they announce a new device!

  • EraserXIV

    While I like the idea of establishing their own identity in the Nexus line with the Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and the rumored Nexus 10, I just can’t help but cringe what the names might be for the next generation devices. They don’t leave themselves much room for a follow-up device by ending the name of the device in a number.

    For example, what will the next Nexus 4 be called? Most things I can think of don’t seem like such a great names…
    – Nexus 4 2, Nexus 4-2, Nexus 4.2, Nexus 4 II, The All New Nexus 4, Nexus 4^2 (squared)?

    • I think it’s more on the fact it’s the fourth gen Nexus phone, and not the screen size.

      If it is named for the screen-size I hate the name, instantly. Because it’s a confusing name. The Nexus 7 is 7″. Fine. But this isn’t 4″. It’s 4.7″.

      • They can name it with “New” or with Year, like cars 😛

        • Abgar Musayelyan

          i like the year idea.. like cars.. but they probably wont adop that since no one does that anymore. windows had 95/98/2k, for some reason the tech industry doesnt like the model year standard. i guess because it limits them to one version of that certain model per year.

    • CipherSaper

      What about Nexus 4a next year? I agree though, if 4 is for inches it’s a little misleading.

  • Michael_NM

    With all the posts today, I had to check the calendar. Loving the Saturday news!

    • smwandrie93

      its about damn time i say! now lets see what we can do with sundays : )!!!

  • Damn. I really wanted 5 rows of apps.

    • a.youth.in.Asia


      • Abgar Musayelyan

        hahahah havn’t we had 5 rows of icons since the beginning of time?
        or is that just one 3rd party launchers.

        • dakpluto

          Sarcasm, google it.

          • What is sarcasm? I Yahoo!ed it and how do I english?

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            Apparently you’re not the greatest in getting it either.

    • Ej mccarty

      I actually just got the iPhone 5 and I’ve been an android fan for years. It’s weird this phone is just really smooth with amazing battery life and it works better than any android phone I’ve ever had. My nexus could barely last half of the day and that’s just completely unacceptable. And I know I will get made fun of for getting the iPhone but in all honestly if you want a fluid phone that works great no matter what and that you don’t have to waste time constantly downloading roms and customizing the just do yourself a favor and go with apple. It just gets old. Android is great but it just can’t match the iPhone IMHO.

      • I don’t mind the quirks. I’m all about personality. 🙂

        I agree: Battery life on android is dismal by comparison (mAh to mAh).
        I find that the Galaxy Nexus on 4.1.2 is just as fast and fluid as any iPhone, though.

      • Jason

        I like downloading roms and customizing, I don’t NEED to with my phone. I think I would go insane with boredom on an iphone. I have an ipod touch but rarely use it anymore since getting an android.. I like listening to Pandora when I workout and don’t always have wifi in my gym. When I get my next phone I will sell my ipod. We all have our preferences I guess.

      • billy routh

        My gs3 is faster than your iPhone.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        I can respect what apple has done in the phone industry. I guess its just not for me. But I’m glad you like your new phone !

      • Jroc869, Cool story bro

        Im not sure why you only got half a day out of ur Gnex, but Im sure if you use any phone heavy you will run the battery down pretty quick. I know that because I had the iphone 4s for a while before switching back to the Gnex and could run that down as quick as I wanted to by my use. Two screen shots, today was a heavy day and the second one was a moderate day. If you are only getting half a day at best ur doing it wrong IMHO.

        • Ej McCarty

          Neither of those have the actual screen time so they are irrelevant. I’ve been with android since the og. Trust me I knew what I was doing I just use my phone A LOT

        • He’s just a Jelly iFag.

        • John

          You’re on wifi the entire time. That alone comes close to doubling battery life.

          • Stephen

            That just means his wifi radio is on the whole time…so if anything it drains a little more power. If you look at the mobile network section, that will tell you when his 3g/4g radios were active…

      • Christian

        I’m glad you like your phone and all, and I know it’s all about personal preference, but I’ve used both Android and the iPhone (different versions, iterations of both) and I can never understand where the whole “fluid phone that works” argument comes from. The new iPhone is very fluid, of course, but definitely not anymore fluid than the latest Android phones. I also have had a great deal of trouble with certain tasks on iPhones that were simple on Android phones I had used. One example I remember is trying to back photos up wirelessly. I was getting ready to return an iPhone I had been playing with so I had to upload pictures taken with it. I took the opportunity as a chance to test and used bluetooth, Dropbox, etc. The bluetooth flat out didn’t work (once I found all of the settings) and iOS didn’t want to play nice with Dropbox, and I only had about half the photos (about 20) uploaded within 20 minutes. This is a task that would have taken me less than a minute on a comparable Android phone. Once again, I know it goes both ways, but I think overall it’s just another great example of Apple’s superb marketing. If you’re predisposed to think the phone is fluid and extremely easy to use, it will probably seem very fluid and easy to use once you buy it, even if that really isn’t the whole truth. Maybe the Android world would see more of this if Google did some independent Android advertising campaigns.

        P.S. Your battery life argument is valid from my experience, and I will say that iOS does have a very consistent experience which is nice.

        • michael arazan

          Also The iphone 5 has terrible maps (still), not to mention it’s BIGGEST FLAW , when you use wifi on the i5 it still uses your carrier network data, that will run you down on limited data, and apple is ignoring this issue!

          • stevers
          • chris125

            agree with the maps part but they fixed the wifi issue

          • EJ McCarty

            I’ve used the maps 4 times since i got the phone and it’s always gotten me to my destination correctly. So disregarding the transit times, which I never use, the maps works pretty flawlessly for their first shot at it.
            Sent from my Iphone using futuristic technology.

      • I am happy. You like your new phone and all, but what does this have to do with the topic of this article?

      • shooter50

        I’ve always used android phones, currently the S3 an I have a Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 10.1 as well. I 100% agree with you about the fluidity of iphone and ipad, They just operate smoother and all the fanboyism in the world wont change that. Now to me, the flexiblity of Android is more important than how smooth the phone works, but I will agree with you on how well the ipone operates.

      • C-Law

        What a joke. My dad has the iphone 5 and he left it at my place for a weekend so I could set it up for him. Let me tell you I got off that thing as fast as I could to get back to my gnex every time and I was even trying to force myself to use it to give it a fair shot. Simple things are much more complex on it. Like he had a group of pictures he wanted me to email. Well u can only batch select pics from the gallery app, not by entering the gallery from the camera app even though they look identical. And to batch delete pictures, u have to choose the share button to select a bunch before it even shows up a trash can icon. Makes no sense either. Last I checked, sharing is very different than deleting. I’ll stick with android and my ability to just long press a pic for these options. Plus the screen sucks IMHO. Still very narrow and txt was small on Web pages and the viewing angle seemed very small too

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    another horrible quality picture.

    • n900mixalot

      You can see the texture on the foam, and the texture of the place setting. And the texture on the cup stands out as well.

      Another horrible quality comment.

      • DainLaguna

        wonderful response. while i’m not blown away, considering this thing is a prototype and all the optimus g reviews/previews i have read state that the camera is awesome, i’m more than happy with the quality. excitement is growing!

        • n900mixalot

          Exactly. People just throw negative comments out there without anything substantive, just because they have an internet connection. It’s sad. The colors are a bit muddy and it isn’t spectacular by any means but there are tons of variables we don’t know about yet.

          • DainLaguna

            i honestly dunno why the negativity is there…do we remember what the gnex has? i certainly do. because i use it everyday and am very familiar on what needs to be done to coax pictures out of it. for all our speculation and worry (and negativity) we all need to just sit back and see how things go at the end of this month, take a chill pill and realize its not the final product and wait til kellen and other respected reviewers get their hands on the handset to give us some real world impression. i’m stoked personally.

          • DainLaguna

            two people hate chill pills

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        details are lost in low light circumstances. you can tell its going to be just as bad as my droid and nexus are in low light.
        i’m not just trying to troll.. you can tell there isnt much contrast even tho the background seems to be a bright lime green and the cup is a dark brown.
        looking at that picture i don’t see any contrast at all.

        • DainLaguna

          i cant think of any smartphone camera that does what i would call ‘well’ in low light. some do better than others, but its nothing to write home about. its a prototype. plain and simple. anything is better than what we have now. admittedly i would have liked the camera to have blown it outta the water, but we arent looking at a finished product either.

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            i’m totally with you on the last point. this being a prototype; i hope that the final release will be much better.
            as far as the rest of the cameras not doing “well” in low light:
            while your statement is generally true, some brands have been really shining in this area. namely sony, samsung and apple.
            hell i took videos in a vegas night club with my bionic (i know, im comparing it to another horrible camera) and they came out spectacular. i tried the same with the gnex when i went back. they come out really dark. you couldt even see shapes, just glares of lights sometimes.

        • n900mixalot

          I hear ya, that makes more sense now. Thanks for clarifying.

    • Oh hey Ansel Adams.. this is just a mobile phone, you know.. /s

  • I’m not really good at photo stuff, so, is this a good smartphone camera picture?

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    It’s going to be called the Nexus 6.5 because it’s going to be a Galaxy Note II competitor. Obviously.

    • Jason

      How is it going to compete with that?

  • aNYthing6

    I really hope they don’t call it Nexus 4. That’s just so plain. Optimus Nexus or even Nexus G is much better.

    • I’d say Nexus G is better. The repeating ‘us’ sounds at the end of Optimus and Nexus don’t sound too good together.

      • Larizard

        Agree. Nexus One. Nexus S. Galaxy Nexus. It’s about time we go back to a simpler naming scheme.

        Nexus 7. Nexus Q. Nexus G just fits the bill perfectly.

        And just like the Nexus S using the Galaxy “S” symbol, the Nexus G should also use the “G” of the Optimus G branding.

    • I also can’t believe the name might be Nexus 4. It’s so…bog-standard. It’s like they couldn’t think of a better name so decided on Nexus 4.

      • DainLaguna

        true, but it does give it some much needed identity. why does samsung call their devices ‘galaxy’ devices? we all know why nexus is nexus. i’m cool with the # designation. but to each his own! it just makes sense given what google named the n7

      • Right! And who puts numbers in their phone designations? Apple does. I’ve always loved Android devices having unique and fun names instead of 3. 4. 5. etc. booooring.

    • DainLaguna

      I like the naming structure. It gives the nexus lineup its own singular identity, which it needs. Including half the name of a series of phones it shares components with dilutes the brand.

    • radiohead14

      i’d rather have a simple naming scheme, instead of the ridiculous long ones other manufacturers and carriers come up with. the nexus name needs to be established more, and having a sequential number scheme will help that.