Unannounced Nexus device leaks in Google's KitKat statue video

Google proudly unveiled Android 4.4 today but rather than the slice of key lime pie we had all been expecting, the name of the release Android KitKat after the delicious chocolate and wafer bar. The company released a few promotional videos, including one unveiling the new KitKat statue at Google headquarters. However, during the video a mysteriously unannounced Nexus device appeared in the hands of a statue enthusiast trying to get a picture.

The unknown device, as seen above, appeared in the video about 38 seconds in. Unfortunately, Google has since removed the video from public viewing, indicating that the leak is probably legitimate.

The device looks rather large. By its size it could potentially be a large smartphone or maybe a phablet. The Nexus branding on the back is pretty big too, as is the camera lens. Vic Gundotra, Senior VP of Engineering at Google, has previously hinted on his Google+ page that improved cameras would be coming to Nexus phones in the future. That supports the idea that the bigger lens on the Nexus the photo means better photo quality.

Whatever device this may be, it's unlikely the public will have to wait much longer for it. Since a Google employee clearly already has a working prototype that he uses to take every day photos, the mysterious gadget should already be near completion.

Source: 9to5Google | Image via 9to5Google

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Is that a blurry LG symbol on the left side of the phone? Could also be a CE symbol, but those aren't usually so big.

Thats poor. Nestle is one of the most shabbiest company on the world. Google wants to make the world better? Not with Netsle!

Here's what I think. I think KitKat was looking to revise the brand with a new modern, but respectful image. They saw Android was pushing towards the K mark, they bought and paid for Google to change the project name to KitKat, and redid the the KitKat website, and label for this special event. Now people will be using KitKat, speaking it even if they didn't used to like the candy for at least the next year or so. Everyone is going to be like, "damn I want a KitKat phone" or "they still haven't updated my phone to KitKat". This neurologically is going to influence people, and make the name known more than it ever was..

I mean, literally. all the good that's associated with this update, and the fun of this promotion, is going to last, and build new memories and feelings in this generation of people that take part in this. they are probably even going to buy more KitKat's in the long run, and are going to be more likely to want to try a KitKat just for the fun of it more frequently as a result. this is a bomb deal for KitKat. this might have a lasting effect on the consumption and reported likeability in the brand name KitKat, might even one day surpass Reese's for America's favorite candy.

nullie said,
Here's what I think. I think KitKat was looking to revise the brand with a new modern, but respectful image. They saw Android was pushing towards the K mark, they bought and paid for Google to change the project name to KitKat, and redid the the KitKat website, and label for this special event. Now people will be using KitKat, speaking it even if they didn't used to like the candy for at least the next year or so. Everyone is going to be like, "damn I want a KitKat phone" or "they still haven't updated my phone to KitKat". This neurologically is going to influence people, and make the name known more than it ever was..

I mean, literally. all the good that's associated with this update, and the fun of this promotion, is going to last, and build new memories and feelings in this generation of people that take part in this. they are probably even going to buy more KitKat's in the long run, and are going to be more likely to want to try a KitKat just for the fun of it more frequently as a result. this is a bomb deal for KitKat. this might have a lasting effect on the consumption and reported likeability in the brand name KitKat, might even one day surpass Reese's for America's favorite candy.

All that stands except the part about Nestle paying Google, which both companies have denied.

It seems to me that it's a win-win agreement for both companies even with no exchange of money involved, sort of an advertisement exchange instead: Nestle advertises Android in their products and even runs campaigns with Android related prizes, and Google advertises Kitkat through the mere use of the product name.

Really hope they didnt go crazy with the size of the Nexus 5. I dont want a phablet and would probably go for the Moto X if so.

Patrick Danielson said,
Kit Kat is a "Registered Trademark". Unless Nestlie said OK, I seriously doubt it wil be called that.

Where have you been? Go to the front page, scroll down a little and read some more.

techbeck said,

Where have you been? Go to the front page, scroll down a little and read some more.

Oh, didn't see that. Images are all fuzzy on the ipad because of the mobile site.

Torolol said,

so, how much nestle get? is it properly reported for taxation purposes?

It seems to have been a 'we scratch your back if you scratch ours' type agreement. The Kit Kat website has been given a rather fun, Android inspired makeover and will apparently be running competitions in association with Google for people to win Android devices and Play store credit...

Chicane-UK said,

It seems to have been a 'we scratch your back if you scratch ours' type agreement. The Kit Kat website has been given a rather fun, Android inspired makeover and will apparently be running competitions in association with Google for people to win Android devices and Play store credit...

is there also any kind of agreement on how the google result will be displayed if user search using "KitKat" as keyword ?

It's probably a good deal for Nestle as depending on how long it takes for Android 5.0 to be released, people will be talking about KitKats for months.

I was about to say, I am sure Nestle paid a price for this "sponsorship" of Android. It is marketing genius, a way to get everyone to talk about KitKat's and how this stunt was pulled off. Plus everyone will be saying the KitKat brand name for at least another year when they talk about Android.. Nestle paid for this, there is no reason Google would want to buy or use the KitKat name otherwise.

nullie said,
I was about to say, I am sure Nestle paid a price for this "sponsorship" of Android. It is marketing genius, a way to get everyone to talk about KitKat's and how this stunt was pulled off. Plus everyone will be saying the KitKat brand name for at least another year when they talk about Android.. Nestle paid for this, there is no reason Google would want to buy or use the KitKat name otherwise.
Nice theory except for Google and Nestle both saying publicly that no money changed hands in either direction.

And making false statements of that kind would be illegal for publicly traded companies so no they aren't lying.

okay, then I buy that. .. KitKat and Google for the win there. . I hadn't heard no money was exchanged.

in a deal like this, KitKat would have been the one paying, not Google though. the reason is, Google would not have many reasons to want to pay another company to use a codename like this. and I think that KitKat/Nestle are the soul beneficiaries of this arrangement. every phone shipped with this on it is literally going to say "Android KitKat" on it. that is billions of extra spoken and read and typed advertisements for KitKat. Google doesn't get anything from it just by itself.. but I bet there are going to be some promotions we benefit from.

Chicane-UK said,

It seems to have been a 'we scratch your back if you scratch ours' type agreement.

When I read that, "Super Bad" came to mind. That was the BEST movie quote ever.