Rumors: LG Nexus 5 recorded on video in a bar; to be unveiled alongside Android 4.4 KitKat on October 14

by: Chris SmithSeptember 16, 2013

Nexus 5 at Android 4.4 KitKat statue unveiling

A first set of videos allegedly showing an LG Nexus 5 unit that was left unattended in a bar shows the boot screen of the device, while a new report indicates October 14 as a potential announcement date for Google’s first Android 4.4 KitKat-running Nexus handset.

LG Nexus 5 in bar

This isn’t the first time we see an unannounced device left unattended in a bar, but this time around the device wasn’t exactly lost. According to 9to5 Google, a Google employee left the unit in the images and videos below charging in a bar where a tech-savvy barkeeper photographed it and recorded a few quick videos.

The short clips (see below) only reveal the boot screen of the handset but not the OS, as the lock screen protection hasn’t been bypassed.

As you can see from the images and videos available, this is a Nexus-branded handset with LG’s logo on its back. The handset looks very similar to the device spotted in a Google-made video recorded on its campus when the new Android 4.4 KitKat was erected, but also to the handset shown in recent images found at the FCC.

Speaking of Android 4.4 KitKat, word on the street is that Google will take the wraps off its brand new OS on October 14 during a special media event, at which point the company will also unveil the new Nexus 5 smartphone.

Naturally, this is just a rumor at this point, and we can’t confirm it just yet, so don’t get too excited.

However, we’ll add that the tip Ausdroid received regarding the potential announcement event date for the Nexus 5 also included a few Android 4.4 KitKat features. Here’s a list of some of the things that are apparently coming to Google’s new OS version:

  • Firmware availability to older phones
  • Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
  • Miracast updates
  • New Gallery Visualisation
  • New APIs regarding animations
  • Change android default blue to other preset palette colours
  • New notification widgets

Just like in fall 2012, the web is already buzzing with new Nexus rumors, so we’re certainly going to find out more details about it in the coming days – in fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to see all the Nexus 5 details leak in full glory way ahead of its official announcement.

  • anthonypricejr

    I hope they release Black and White out of the gate.

  • Balraj

    That’s not a’s was purposefully left there….most off us by now know that..these are intentional leaks…
    Nyways just one more month :-)
    Device looks good n easy to hold, not big…let’s wait n see for more intentional leaks :-P

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      It’s funny how people still think stuff leaks “accidentally” from Google.

      • MasterMuffin

        Accidentally left his secret prototype at the bar again ;)

        • D’Ander McSullivan

          lol, true. Just look at the Kit Kat thing… it was kept in secret for months. Google leaks what they want to leak purposely.

          • asd

            To add: Google controls most of the search queries, so event in worst case scenario it can filter out unintended leaks.

  • Rajkumar

    Chris smith Is back after a sometime… feels great to read his articles after almost a week

  • gashi

    This is recorded in Croatia!!!

  • José Martins Neto

    Just take my money!

  • egon

    what would be a price of nexus 5? around 400$?

    • mobilemann

      i would guess $299 and $399.

  • Rumors and some information is given, I think it’s oxychlorination not bring too much influence.

    • le_lutin

      Well said!

  • Valtheus

    Nexus 5 will be my next smartphone. Its either that or Moto X, depends which one i will convince my friends to bring to me from the US. :P

    • mobilemann

      i was checking out the international pricing on the note 3 and was pretty shocked. I’m here in NYC,

      where the note was $729.
      In the UK, sterling converted to USD was just over 1100.
      Most eu prices hovering just under a 1k usd,
      apart from greece, who i guess just have insane taxes.

      • Valtheus

        Greece is pretty much close to the rest of the Europe prices in tech products. I don’t know the price of Note 3 in euro yet, but i bet its gonna be high.

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  • smokebomb

    I’ll stick to my nexus 4 until the price comes down or the nexus 6 is released. I’ll get kit kat regardless.

    • BDPSU

      Still love my N4.

  • Xavier_NYC

    Didn’t another company ‘accidentally’ leave an unreleased phone at a bar a couple years back *cough cough apple cough cough*

  • pritish

    Am I the first person to notice this?The man standing in the very first pic of yhe article seems to hold a nexus5

    • SContrerasMer

      You’re a special kind of stupid, aren’t you?

      • BDPSU


  • mobilemann

    sweet, my note 3 will be at the current version of android for about 2 days when i get it. 3 days if i’m lucky.


  • steve blow jobs

    apple was the best when it came to leaks, why ? cause everyone bought into it. also good acting on s jobs part. after companies finding out apple has been doing it to hype things up, everyone starting doing it.

  • Bob

    pathetic..small screen no sd card no removable battery..only good thing is android 4.4

  • Edwin Walker

    Why such a big phone?

  • Adie

    Why would they use the same background from 4.1 ? :|

  • Andrew

    A few things sell it for me that this is a leek done on purpose by Google (or Googler?).

    1. Battery is already mostly charged. Though that could just mean it was already charging for a while

    2. No sim card. Hard to use a phone, as a phone, when it’s not connected to any network. Only reason to carry it around is to show it off in “leaks”


  • Blupes

    Hope that the rumor is true that older phones (like mine) will have firmware update, Android 4.4.

  • Erick Ordoñez

    When referring to “older phones”, by how old?. Most devices are still on GB with 256 RAM and ROM (lower tiered devices).