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Is Google Trolling Us or Did They Tease a New Nexus 7 in This Hangouts Promo Video?

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It’s probably safe to say that we were all a little disappointed when yesterday’s 3-hour keynote finished at Google I/O without an announcement for a new Nexus 7 tablet. Rumors have circulated for months, suggesting that I/O could be the time for Google to show us a retooled model with a higher-resolution display and new Qualcomm processor. But again, we left the show yesterday without one. Is there a chance that we saw the oft-rumored follow-up in a promo video for Hangouts, though? 

Google played a quick clip during their announcement of Hangouts that featured a handful of Google products, including a Nexus 4, Chromebook Pixel, and what appears to be some sort of Nexus 7 variant. We’ve captured the two sightings of the tablet in question in the image above, so that you can decide for yourself. Is this the new Nexus 7?

As you can see from the image on the left, there is a notification light telling the girl that she has a new Hangout to join. And as you all know, the Nexus 7 doesn’t have a notification light. Also, the silver-ish rim around the edge of the device certainly looks identical to that of the current Nexus 7. Interesting, right? So is this it?

Eh, I wouldn’t go that far. This entire promo clip is filled with minor issues like the male lead using his Nexus 4 upside down and having Advanced Task Killer installed on his device. His N4 is also running what appears to be Ice Cream Sandwich, since it has the old camera icon and stock Android browser instead of Chrome.

For all we know, this blinking light on the Nexus 7 could be an effect that the marketing company was trying to achieve when putting together the clip. It could be a new Nexus 7, but I wouldn’t bet the world on that idea.


Via:  reddit

Cheers Tyler!

  • Simon Belmont

    Maybe this is more of just a demonstration of how Hangouts would work on a generic tablet that just happens to have a notification LED. I doubt this is actually the next generation Nexus 7, though stranger things have happened.

    If it is real, then that LED is really conspicuous even when it’s not flashing. Which just leads me to believe it’s an after affect applied to the video in post production.

  • Joe

    He got a Nexus 4 and an Iphone 5? No dam was given

  • EnterTheNexus

    HSPA+ Nexus 10 at 1:00.

    • wmaJe

      Nice spot!!

  • “Conversations that last with people you love”…. down by the river.

  • Maybe that means the CURRENT Nexus 7 will come down in price.

  • Jon Lambert

    Maybe the guy is just using CyanogenMOD with 180 degree rotation and an icon pack. For some reason.

  • Trevor

    Yeah, that’s definitely a threesome.

  • RaptorOO7

    Lucky guy, going “camping” with two lovely ladies, oh yeah.

  • I’m both very amused and very annoyed by the upside down Nexus 4.

  • Jason James

    at 0:50 you can see that the screen is slanting towards the bezel, so the light could be fake

  • alphanu22

    Hangouts doesnt even work on my Nexus 7 🙁

  • Matthew Merrick

    i’m more interested by the HSPA+ Nexus 10 😉

  • Two girls, one tent!

  • Justin Schmiesing

    lol, at 0:37 he’s holding an upside down nexus 4.

  • I feel as if a post about the Nexus 4 being upside down would have been more appropriate than a slight idea that this tablet could be the next Nexus 7.

    I mean c’mon, the LED even blinks while he is holding it. Good commercial Google.

  • Adamania

    He’ll be pitching a tent in more ways than one 😉

  • tomn1ce

    On the close up shot he’s holding the N4 upside down and on the half body shot he’s holding the phone the right way… o_0

  • kellex, I hate the way you always get my hopes up in the first few paragraphs of a leak…then destroy them in the next -_-

  • brkshr

    I use my Nexus 4 upside down about 50% of the time for better cell reception. The Advanced Task Killer would be highly suspect from a Google employee though.

  • brian

    57 seconds in nexus 10 with HSPA

  • Kerry Davies

    seting up a 3some never looked so fun

    • Tyler Casilio

      I’m gonna start setting up Camping trips from now on

      • Tyler Casilio

        Anyone, who’s a girl, wanna go camping? lol

  • mustbepbs

    That guy is gonna have an awesome three-some.

    What were we talking about?

  • Eric

    Gosh they just had to ruin it with the iPhone 5 at the end.

  • Shane Redman

    GASP! Hypebeast…

  • Francesco D’Alessio

    I first spotted this – http://androidcommunity.com/new-nexus-7-outed-in-google-hangouts-video-20130516/ – Please add me as Source Credit – I was an hour faster than Reddit who stole it from my G+ Post.

    • Timothy McGovern

      sucks to suck. hahahahahahaha

    • TylerChappell

      No one cares. Sheesh. All these ego-seekers. “Oh look at me, I posted it on G+ right away so I am like the super duper secret discovering investigator!”

  • Chris King

    600 $ tickets And no gift yet?

    • I_Am_Roy_Halladay

      I believe they got Chromebook Pixels

      • GuidZilla


    • Gave away $1400 Chromebook Pixel. Not a bad gift.

      • Chris King

        no not bad at all I didn’t know that

    • Umm… a 1300$ Chromebook Pixel?

    • niuguy

      I’m not even sure why they a gift should be expected. Its a developers conference, not a game show.

      • Anthony Lee

        Because presents = packed house. Not just a bunch of nerds breathing down each others necks for information… Way less creepy with the presents…

  • Tim242

    I thought ATK was long forgotten! I cringe every time I see it on somebody’s phone.

  • Kevin Hill

    Stop with the speculation. Us android fans are better than this.

    • Royal Assassin

      Lol….most of this site is speculation. Where’s your sense of spirit?

    • liust

      No…No most Android fans aren’t better than this.


  • Nexus 8

  • Cristi Istrate

    N4 is upside down because images on the screen are “simulated” and the foul doesn’t know hat to hold the n4.

    • Tyler Casilio

      And you don’t know hat to spell lol

      • niuguy

        Maybe he was calling him a bird.

        • Fozzybare

          but thats fowl so it is still wrong

          • none

            Maybe he was a baseball that was hit…….ahhh to hell with it

  • A little disappointed is an understatement.

  • tharealoc

    If they don’t announce it at I/O, they don’t have to give them away lol.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    One guy camping with 2 ladies. Seems legit

    • duke69111

      Like a pimp. 🙂

    • First thing I noticed lol… He might be… you know…

    • Chris Stuart

      Been there, done that. Not as fun as one many think. Just twice as much whining about bugs

    • tharealoc

      “So, you ladies down for this?”

      This line is classic

  • why do I feel like the google hangout commercial is basically a ‘how to set up a threesome’ tutorial

    • …which is perfectly fine with me



        I’m with this guy…you know, metaphorically …….

      • michael arazan

        Looks Like they could use a few pairs of Google Glass for their get together

    • Tyler Casilio

      Kinda like the GS III Android Beam sex tape commercial

    • MK17

      I wasn’t completely sure but when he didn’t invite Allen you knew what was going down.

  • Probably trolled, it looks like the bluish notification light was just superimposed on top of the camera of the current N7.

    • Charles Clout

      This is my theory as well. You can see the proximity sensor feintly in the video.


      EDIT: No Micro USB port on it either if it really is a notification light at the bottom of the tablet. :p

  • It looks like just light reflecting off the camera to me. But who really knows.

  • Kevin Olson

    Yeah! Upside down Nexus 4..

    • Zach

      Maybe its a nexus 4 variant? jk

      • thedonxr

        Google did file the patent where the mic and speaker were in both ends of the phone so you never held it wrong…

        • JoshGroff

          I think we’re just over thinking this, but that would be interesting.

        • LeGoog

          Unlike the iPhone, which apparently cannot be held right xD

    • Weber

      It’s the new Google Flip

  • Knlegend1

    Could be