You know how we keep showing you pictures uploaded to Picasa whose EXIF information reveals details about the device used to capture them? Well, hang on to your seats, folks, as we’ve just seen a Nexus 3 in there, and it’s apparently made by Samsung.

Sure, EXIF data can be faked, but a John Mueller, who happens to be a Google Switzerland employee, has uploaded the images taken with this device.

So what’s up with the strange name – Nexus 3? Sure, if indeed Samsung is making this device, then it would be its third Nexus-branded device following the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus that were released in late 2010 and late 2011, respectively. But it’s definitely not the third Nexus smartphone to be released. Like it or not, Samsung, the HTC Nexus One was the first Nexus smartphone to hit stores in early 2010.

Moreover, it would be very strange to call the device the Nexus 3 especially considering that this year’s flagship Nexus handset seems to be the LG Nexus 4, a device that should have been unveiled today, and which happens to be the worst kept secret in tech history – meaning we know absolutely all there is to know about this smartphone.

The Galaxy Premier, a mild Galaxy Nexus update, has long been believed to hit stores as the Galaxy Nexus 2 – not that this product name makes much sense either – but recent reports have not exactly mentioned any other Nexus smartphone to be announced by Google during its media event other than the Nexus 4.

Getting back to the actual images uploaded to Picasa, we can tell you that they were uploaded yesterday morning and they show two persons in swim suits running in the snow. The photos have a resolution of 2048 x 1536, or about 3.15-megapixels, an F/2.75 aperture and a 3mm focal length – with the latter two characteristics being similar to what the main Galaxy Nexus camera has to offer.

Such sightings only remind us of those “old” rumors that suggested that Google will have more Nexus smartphones out in the wild, not to mention a recent report that revealed that more OEMs could apply for the Nexus program.

We’ll be back with more details about this strangely named Nexus 3 device once we have them, meanwhile feel free to join the speculation in the comments section below! What do you think this device is and when will it come out?

Read comments