Google has been hiding the Nexus 5 in Android 4.3 the whole time

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Once upon a time, before pictures and specs of the upcoming Google Nexus 5 were leaked all over the internet, Google slipped a surprise into the Android 4.3 camera app. Above are screenshots of the stock Android 4.3 camera app – take a close look at the icon used to switch between front and back cameras.

As you can see, the huge camera lens is clearly visible on the back of the phone icon pictured here, and the very noticeable circle earpiece is on the front of the phone icon. Compare that image to these leaked pictures of the Nexus 5 below:

Nexus 5 front and back

This just further proves that Google loves hiding little leaks in the most unnoticeable places – and that most of what Google does is painstakingly intentional. Apparently Reddit user bigtop77 pointed this out a month ago, only to be ridiculed by almost everyone else. Who’s laughing now?

I, for one, will be paying much closer attention to all of the little details in Google’s products going forward.

[Reddit via Phandroid]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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3 thoughts on “Google has been hiding the Nexus 5 in Android 4.3 the whole time

  • Great observation.
    Never thought Google could do some thing like this, or it just happened to be a co-incidence and Google too don’t know about any such thing.

    • I’m sure the Android team would know about future Nexus devices. It just goes to show that practically nothing Google does is a coincident.

  • It’s probably a coincidence, but it’s still an amusing post.


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