Looks like Google may have announced the Nexus Prime’s official name ahead of its official announcement date.  Two newly discovered photos may be harboring the official name of the fabled Nexus Prime–and it’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Android Next‘s Amir Tamannai went digging around images’ EXIF data in Google’s own Picasa photo service in hopes of finding some juicy stuff about the launch-delayed Nexus Prime–and found two hits for the rumored official name Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  EXIF refers to image information recorded in digital photos and contains such tidbits as camera make and model, date and time of capture, exposure, aperture, flash, and the like.

Tamannai reports having tried searching for other rumored names for the Nexus Prime, but none of the other names produced results–only “Samsung Galaxy Nexus” did.

One of the photos appears to be a family photo of Roman Kirillov, and the other was of a Steve Jobs Post-It notes memorial at an Apple Store.  The latter photo was captured by Chris Yerga.

Both Kirillov and Yerga reportedly work for Google.  Kirillov reportedly is in the team for AdSense for TV, while Yerga is reportedly a member of the Android development team.

Here’s the EXIF information for the Kirillov photo:


And, here’s the EXIF information for the Yerga photo:

 Tamannai found that the two photos were taken on October 8 and were both set at a resolution of 3 megapixels.  Although the Nexus Prime, er, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, is rumored to have at least a 5-megapixel camera, the lower resolution on the photos could have been caused by Picasa downsizing or the handset camera’s resolution set to lower settings than its actual capability.

These photos look legit and are backed by the fact that they were captured by Google workers–with one directly involved in Android development.  Who’s to say Samsung Galaxy Nexus won’t be Google’s next flagship reference phone’s name?

Read comments