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Why Couldn’t Vic Gundotra and Sundar Pichai Sleep Last Night?

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It’s October 28, one of the oft-rumored potential announcement dates for the new Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” While we still have nothing official to share with you from Google, we are a bit curious as to why Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior VP of social, was so excited last night for Monday to arrive that he couldn’t sleep and needed to ask Android boss Sundar Pichai if he was having troubles as well. The timing of his posts to Google+ on the eve of the week that we had been expecting new Nexus products to arrive has at least caught our attention.  

Gundotra tossed out two posts, one that read, “Can’t sleep. Always happens to me on Sunday nights. Yes working at Google is that exciting,” along with another that read, “Hey Sundar Pichai you struggling to fall asleep too?” Pichai responded to him in the comments with “Nope +Vic Gundotra I am fast asleep 🙂 know how to post even in my sleep, yes, Sunday nights are hard.” Are they hinting at announcements? Are they really just that excited to be Google employees? Is it just a coincidence that he said this and involved Pichai, who is the head of Android and Chrome, on the Monday that kicks off this particular week?

The first post gives off a sort of I’m-just-in-love-with-Google-and-Mondays-are-awesome vibe, but then he sent out the second post to Pichai for added involvement. It could mean that Google execs are gearing up for something big or maybe Vic really does just like talking to other execs at midnight on a Sunday night. There really isn’t enough there for us to know, plus with all of the trolling going on lately, this could be Google messing with us. Gundotra does tend to post up teasers here and there on G+, though.

The latest rumored data for a Nexus 5 launch comes via @evleaks, who suggests we could see the phone by November 1. If that’s the case, then an announcement either today or tomorrow would make a lot of sense. We’re still trying to figure out why no press event was involved, but hey, Google rarely does things in any sort of typical way.

Hypebeast overload?

Via:  +Vic Gundotra [2]

  • 4g63mark

    Yeah I think Droid-Life is really bored and WAY crazy when it comes to certain product releases. Take a break guys. The phone will drop whenever it’s ready

  • I’ve heard a possible 15+ updates 🙂

  • Ankur Rakshit

    Still wondering why Sundar Pichai would be up though?? hint hint…;)

  • Ankur Rakshit

    because there is a G+ live broadcast tomorrow at 9:30am PDT

  • master94

    If I worked at Google I wouldn’t sleep either, be too excited to work for the coolest company ever.

  • Guy Meatdrapes

    ALL ABOARD!!!!

    • Trevor

      10 people should post his on every DL article. That would be awesome.

      A+ for the username though.

  • Adrian Meredith

    The reason why everyone is excited is because vic usually says this before a major release of google+ (which is also expected to launch with 4.4 but could just be the new hangouts). I dont think hes trolling us…

  • Sundar called: he wants his troll back.

  • cns2007

    When do these announcement invites generally hit email boxes? Do they go by Pacific or Eastern time? I assume Pacific.

  • Rabid Rotty

    Let’s see, if memory has it, The Galaxy Nexus Event was postponed due to Steve Jobs death (out of respect or some BS) and the Nexus 4 event was cancelled due to a hurricane and a youtube video took it’s place. so maybe this year, it will just be a you tube vid.

  • Go Launcher had a post on facebook on friday, it said that Android 4.4 will be released tomorrow(that meant saturday October 26). Well they removed that…

  • mikeparv

    Here’s what would keep me from sleeping before a press event / unveiling:

    “Android Users, we at Google are pleased to announce that starting today we are pushing out a new update to ALL devices that will allow you to choose what flavor of Android you want on your device: Vanilla, MotoBlur, Sense, etc.
    “You have the option to keep your factory built overlay, or you can update to the latest Vanilla flavor immediately and your device will still work on all carriers. WELCOME TO ANDROID!”

    Anyway, my thoughts…

  • pubmk

    They will announce delayed or automated posting on Google+. That’s why Sundar Pichai can post in his sleep.

  • MikeSaver

    Maybe today is the day that they make the announcement that there will be an announcement soon

  • htowngtr

    As others have said, hopefully you can order without it being a fiasco. Having dealt with their return process lately though (30+ days without money back) I can tell you it’s unlikely.

  • Joshua Bailey

    Please stop this. I hope the next Nexus 5 headline has concrete news of an invitation sent out or simply Google releasing it the same way they released the Nexus 4 last year because of Sandy.

    • Joshua Bailey

      I’m gonna go ahead and down vote myself to kick it off.

  • Ben Myton

    They couldn’t put down the SnapChat IMO…

  • meijin3

    I sure hope he isn’t just trolling us. It must be great to have that kind of power over millions.

  • Corey Foltman

    Aww there goes my work day.. Refresh….Refresh….Refresh…

  • gekko

    Did a quick search for Vic and “can’t sleep” on Google+ . 2 posts grabbed my attention… one december 14th 2012 the other may 20th 2013. Google+ updates followed after each.

  • interstellarmind

    Last year there was no event (due to Hurricane Sandy) and Google still managed to sell out the N4 (remember the out of stock, delayed shipping fiascos?).

    Maybe Google has realized they don’t need an event to sell the phone, since its target audience is already chomping at the bit.

    The N5 showed up for like an hour on the Play store and within minutes the world knew about it (and tried to buy it). If you ask me that particular “leak” proved to Google that they don’t need a giant, spectacular event to push the N5 to people who have been ready to buy it for about a month now.

  • jonnyboy

    everyone saying “the phone is not meant to be sold at the same scale as iPhone” etc…
    i don’t get that? how is it not MEANT for that? i’m sure google would love to sell as many nexus as they did apple products! i’m sure the phone is meant to take buyers away from other brands. don’t think a massive company like google would care to make a niche product for techies. it’s about market share and $$ for every company

    • sucker

      Except Google doesn’t make money on Nexus devices. If anything they want Motorola’s phones to be the mass-market successes.

      • AbbyZFresh

        If they really did want Motorola to succeed. Where’s the support?

        Google barely mentions Motorola nor the Moto X. I dont that that $500 million want to good use tbh.

      • jonnyboy

        the idea that they don’t make money off them is a fallacy.
        even then, profit margins aside, they do have something to gain by competing with the iPhone.
        I don’t believe google are making a niche product to cater to tech crowds.

  • ChrisI

    Or maybe this is how they’ve decided to come out, exposing their Googly man love once and for all.
    I, for one, am just anxious for the Choo Choo picture.

  • Walter Partlo

    Meh, it was probably indigestion.

    • abqnm

      Or a sugar rush from too many Kit Kat bars.

  • skip

    Sundar is obvious (KitKat & Nexus 5).

    Vic also makes sense because of the expected VoIP/SMS integrations in Hangouts 🙂

  • Captain Spaulding[2200+ posts]

    Google, stop toying with my emotions.

    • JBartcaps

      Dude your name

      • Captain Spaulding[2200+ posts]

        BOO!!! XD

      • Lucky Armpit

        Agreed – a great but strange movie.

  • I couldn’t care less about the Nexus 5, but dammit, I want KitKat!

    • just do it

      Right….KitKat please…

      • I have a Google Play GS4 so I’m going to be interested in seeing how long of a delay there is between the Nexus OTAs and the GPE phones. JWR66V was about a week, JWR66Y was about 2.5 weeks…both totally acceptable for me. Honestly, if the GPEs get it within a month of the Nexus devices, I’ll be a happy man.

  • CHRIS42060

    I agree with a lot of the comments that a huge keynote announcement event is not necessary. Google does not need to use the same approach to announce a Nexus device as Apple uses for their products. A large group of the Nexus fans are already watching sites similar to this and know everything about the device. We do not need someone to stand up to present/explain the features to us, and how important they are on a phone. This would only really be necessary if they really want the Nexus 5 to branch out and they have a huge marketing campaign planned as they did with the Nexus 7.

    • htowngtr

      I said the same thing below and got downvoted. lol

  • MoreFiles

    got Daft Punk for a launch?

    • JD_26

      guess im the only 1 who got this … cos thats my fav song right now 🙂 .. nicely done

  • Rob Schlegel

    I really can’t believe you made a post for this. You’re better than that.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Because they couldn’t text each other with Google Voice (very buggy lately) to ask for a spare Ambien. And couldn’t very well ask for one without code.

    Kit Kat would be great though.

  • Droidzilla

    What’s the scouter say?

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      • Droidzilla

        Denise is a ho.

  • schoat333

    At this point, everything has already leaked. What is there to learn?

    • turdbogls

      what are the goodies in 4.4. we kinda know how its going to look, but besides that, we dont know much.

      • schoat333

        That’s all I care about as well. We’ve seen the phone so hopefully they spend time showing us the OS.

        • turdbogls

          4.4 should be exciting…but i really just want a N5 announcement. my G-nex is getting more and more frustrating. 🙂

    • sagisarius

      Nexus 10 stuff hasn’t leaked much at all.

      • schoat333

        I’m going to guess that most people don’t really care about the Nexus 10 with the new Nexus phone so close to release.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Myself, I’m still wondering why the heck the camera module is so massive.

      • LionStone

        Optical Image Stabilization

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          If it is 4- or 5-axis, I could possibly see that. If it has optical zoom, I could see that. A 2- or 3-axis OIS does not take up that much room. See the modules from the Nokia 92x, the HTC One, and the LG G2, all three of which have OIS and are much much smaller.

  • Zach B.

    I feel like this needs to be made into a children’s bedtime story.

  • Richard Colon

    OMG! just release it already

  • Don Crist

    Don’t care about the press release or a big event JUST GIVE ME THE NEXUS 5!!! On Verizon would be nice…but I know that won’t happen.

    • htowngtr

      Not until VZW goes full LTE, no CDMA

      • José

        They are releasing an LTE Only phone this year………….

        • Wyatt Neal

          Don’t worry, it won’t ever get software update either; not in the business model

        • htowngtr

          Such as? I’m saying their provisioning system and availability of LTE across multiple bands. It is getting better with the new AWS rollout, but VoLTE isn’t available.

          • Wyatt Neal

            I bet it will be call Verizon 4G LTE VoLTE EDGE UNLIMITED* service

            *limited in all areas to 20KB / day

          • Kevin Rankin

            And all our phones get a new logo on the back

          • José

            I was being facetious… Its late next year when the have it planned for…

    • CHRIS42060

      Good luck with that.

    • TeeJay1100

      Keep dreaming… Verizon is a rip off and an hinderance to the smartphone OS upgrade system.

    • Milind Shah

      although all people want this to be on verizon, it just doesn’t make sense…look at the galaxy nexus and what happened to it! Google wants updates to be quick, and verizon wont let that happen!

  • decidedtochangename

    I think they realize the target audience for Nexus devices and bleeding edge Android releases is not the mass public and therefor doesn’t require the same approach.

    • JRomeo

      My mom recently asked me why her old droid phone never gets updated like my Nexus “droid” phone does. lol. she thinks every android phones are droids, anyways, I told her only Nexus gets updates regularly, now she wants a nexus droid lol…….. so I guess my point is, the nexus phone can be even for the less tech savvy target audience.

      • JD_26

        yes spread the word ppl u r the minions of the droid army .. or something like that 🙂

  • A.Miller

    Kind of odd to do no press event at all.

    On the other hand, maybe that could mean the Play store could stay in stock.

    • htowngtr

      Nah… not odd. It’s not meant for worldwide adoption at the rate like an iPhone.

  • htowngtr

    Ultimate android cack tease

    • decidedtochangename

      you from boston?

      • htowngtr

        More so because the actual word is going to get blocked

        • decidedtochangename

          I think that was obvious. I was just making the (bad) joke anyway.

  • Tony Pettinato

    That title…

  • Butters619

    Hurry up! I can barely hear out of my One X again.

  • Derek Duncan

    Because today is the day. Just like I’ve said before! No press event because, why do we need one? KitKat, Nexus 5, and Nexus 10 will generate enough buzz on its own. And press will surely know about it.

    • I call BS. If they felt the need for a press event to advertise Android 4.3 (which was a very minor upgrade over 4.2) and the new Nexus 7, why the hell wouldn’t they have a press event to show off KitKat and the new Nexus 5? I’m not convinced a new Nexus 10 will be released at the same time, either. That will probably come a bit later. We’d have seen SOMETHING by now…a hardware leak, glbenchmark listings, blurrycam shots, something.

      • Riz Virani

        Because they didn’t like how much attention the events brought for non-developers last year/this year. People are buying tickets to IO just to get free stuff, rather than learn and develop.

        • This has nothing to do with I/O. They held a separate press event for the Nexus 7 in July. If they did that, why wouldn’t they have one for the Nexus 5? It makes no sense.

          • malcmilli

            they didnt have a press event for the nexus 4 last year.

          • Uh, they had one scheduled for October 29 in NYC and they cancelled it due to Hurricane Sandy. They sent out press invites and everything.

          • malcmilli

            they did, but i’m saying they had no problem announcing the phone without a press release, they could have just postponed if they thought it that necessary. I’m not saying the announcement is def today, but its not impossible…

            also, people have speculated that the secret hangouts event last week was a secret press event and the press has just been embargoed to say anything until Google’s official announcement this week.

          • iNfAMOUS70702

            They didn’t have press release but they did have the verge go to Google HQ and show off the phone in a YouTube video

      • KevinTimmons

        actually we have seen leaks for the nexus 10. They have been multiplying for the past week or so

        • Inventory screens aren’t leaks. We haven’t seen anything through the FCC, no photos of the actual device, no GLBenchmark info on ROM fingerprints, nothing tangible.

          • KevinTimmons

            This is true, i would say releasing the device any later than with the nexus 5 would be a mistake. The holiday shopping season is fast approaching, along with the single largest shopping day of the year. I personally think it will make it out with the nexus 5.

      • CHRIS42060

        They have taken to completely different marketing approach with the Nexus 7 than we have seen with any other phone in the line. I would love to see them take the same approach with the Nexus 5; however, I doubt Google is out to steal business from other OEMs with the Nexus line. Google does not make much money off of the actual hardware, if any. They make all of their money with advertising and gathering information from the users of devices.

        It would be great for more people to enjoy the vanilla Android experience, so the OEMs feel more pressure to skin the OS a little less (just because it is my personal preference haha). It would also be excellent if more consumer did use the Nexus line and enjoy the speed of the updates on those devices. This might help convince the OEMs and carriers (I am looking at you Verizon) to speed up the update process.

      • I think it’s just another tactic from Google to downplay the significance of an Android update. They want users (the non-tech savvy kind) to focus on the Google Play services, not Android. They want users to focus on the Moto X (which actually makes money from the hardware) instead of the Nexus 5.

    • Geo

      Guess the time?

      • Col_Angus


    • Neal Feierabend

      I’m guessing they’ve already had their “press event.” That little Google Play Store party they had last week on the 24th? It was press invite only (with only a couple of sites slipping up and actually posting about the invite), no live stream like Google likes to typically do, and nobody talking about it afterwards. So when Google decides to make the announcement today we’ll get a flood of info from all the tech sites who got their sneak peak and hands-on at that event. That’s what I’m thinking.

    • Dale

      Today is 10/28/2013. 10+28+2+0+1+3 = 44.

      It has to be today! /s

      • JD_26

        knowing them this statement need not be sarcastic.. lol

  • Godzilla

    Cuz they are horny for each other.

    • Ian

      hmm interesting theory….kind of like how you have the hottz for sarge?

      • Tim242

        Nope, he is my man!