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

September 16, 2013
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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.

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