Update: Several of you have pointed out that this same visual could be accomplished by holding a Galaxy Nexus in your right hand, with the pinky wrapped around the bottom of the phone. I tried this with a phone of comparable width, and it's pretty hard to emulate the image here to a reasonably precise degree. But, I'd say it is possible, though I think this interpretation is at least a little funnier (here's how I'm picturing it).

Earlier today, our own Liam Spradlin provided a great breakdown of why we think those Sony "Nexus X" photos that are floating around aren't the real deal. Well, a rather intrepid commenter brought to light yet another reason to doubt their authenticity, and we're betting you'll find it as funny as we did (I'll link to the comment at the end - I don't want to spoil anything).

First, lets look again at that picture of the display.

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At first glance, nothing seems particularly out of the ordinary. Observe the image carefully. Maybe towards the bottom. No? Nothing? Well, let's take a slightly closer look, shall we?


Well, hello there! Now, the right side of the hand appears to blend in to the display, because the skin tone similar to the wallpaper. But I've gone back and fourth thinking about how someone's hand could appear this way in a self-taken image, and we're pretty much at two possibilities. Either this guy has some seriously messed up hands (if that's the case, my profuse apologies), or he's flipping the camera the bird. Now, the angle and such may seem odd, but I was able to basically replicate this image on my own (it takes a little maneuvering, but it's 100% possible). I tried to hold a camera in such a way that my hand would look like this naturally, and I just wasn't able to make it happen.

We can't be 100% certain, obviously, but come on - a random picture of a (kind of amateurishly photoshopped) Sony Nexus phone shows up online, no one having ever heard of it before? We were already skeptical - and this makes it seems even less plausible.

It was Borce in our own comments that initially pointed out this, uh, "Easter egg" of sorts out to us, and we've all been having a good laugh. What does everyone else think?

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Ben Baranovsky

    I didn't notice until I saw the zoomed in picture, but this uses the browser app which I believe has been replaced by Chrome.

    • ChavaM

      Chrome isn't AOSP

      • Ben Baranovsky

        Ah, that makes sense.

      • ericl5112

        Neither is the play store, and that's on this device as well. I wouldn't be surprised to see nearly every gapps device to start coming with chrome soon, especially nexus's.

        • mgamerz

          Still comes with the stock browser since chrome doesn't handle intents properly, don't see how they can do that on the nexus 7. (replace the browser entirely)

          • ericl5112

            Not sure what you are talking about. Chrome handles every intent I through at it except youtube redirects. That includes intents to the browser (which open chrome), and intents from the browser (including redirects to the Google+ app, the native Play Store, as well as properly sending intents to the Download Manager).

          • mgamerz

            Intents to open apps don't work. Ones that are intent://.

          • ericl5112

            You now have me confused. Are you saying you cannot open an app from the url (turned uri) bar? Never tried that, but going to play.google.com takes me to the play store app. Plus.google.com opens the google+ app. The only one that I've seen that should work that doesn't is youtube.com doesn't open the youtube app. If you are saying you can't type in intent://some-uri and open an app, how consequentail of a feature is that? I'm not really sure what feature you are referring to. I'm a pretty heavy android user, and I do not have the stock browser on my nexus 7, nor does it come on the roms I have on the SGS1 and my TF101. I haven't had a single issue with any of them (barring the aforementioned youtube issue, which is a known bug on the official bugtracker).

          • mgamerz

            An intent to URI - which makes an intent:// type URI - does not work with chrome. I cannot open the app I am developing through chrome, which defeats the purpose of my app. (automated debugging).

          • ericl5112

            I've written a few apps for android, and never come across what you are trying to do. Is it a webapp of some kind like phonegap? I've used general intents just fine with my apps, with and without chrome being the only browser available, but it's always been native java code. In fact, I am not sure why the browser would affect intent's at all. Can you explain more, I'm just curious, in case this is something I need to worry about later.

          • mgamerz
          • ericl5112

            So this is to launch your app from a webpage? Interesting, didn't know you could do that, I thought that was limited to gapps.

          • mgamerz

            intent:// and play.google.com are not the same type of intents. One is implicit and one is explicit. (If my wording is correct).

  • neatchee

    Sorry guys, but this one's not a great "mythbuster" treatment: The reflection in the image can be obtained really easily in a legit way. Hold the phone, towards the bottom, in one hand, and use the other hand to tap the "take picture" button on the screen.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Tried it, it looks nothing like this. That was our first thought, and I just couldn't replicate it without making that, uh, gesture.

  • http://twitter.com/Dr_MBambi Moaz Bambi

    Please un-write this post and un-read it from my mind.. I really want a "Nexus X" to be true.. I don't care, let Casio build it.. just let the name be "Nexus X"

    P.S. It's a great Plus if this thing we see here is legit! It's awesome.. Something to hope for rather than that LG joke..

    • Jerry li

      same a nexus phone from sony would be imo the best thing that has ever happened to the sony lineup. quadcore cpu, carl zeiss lense, samoled 4.5 inch would be awesome really hope sony would do something like that soon

  • rofl

    ha ha ha ha! love it!

  • Freak4Dell

    Maybe my eyes are just bad (I wear glasses, after all), but I can't see the other fingers. There's some sort of black area between the bent finger and the extended one, so it could be possible that he's just holding the phone that's taking the picture further down than you would normally hold it. Kind of like in this picture, but with a wider, black phone. http://www.colourbox.com/preview/3036107-179144-teenage-boy-holding-mobile-phone-in-hand-exterior.jpg

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Like I said in reply to neatchee, I've tried to replicate this by holding the phone the "correct" way, and it simply hasn't worked. You would have to have some kind of deformity with your fingers - holding the phone in that way is *extremely* uncomfortable, and it doesn't end up looking like the image here.

      • Freak4Dell
        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          You're kind of missing the point I'm making here - that doesn't look like the picture in the article. You can see a clean line going down a couple centimeters on the bottom of the hand, but in your picture, the pinky curves back around because it's been pulled in. We also see no other fingers wrapped around the back of the phone in this photo. I dinked around with a camera and tried to replicate this normally for the better part of a half hour, and I simply couldn't. Your picture is about as close as I got, and that's not very close. When I did it with two hands, it was far easier to achieve the result in the photo.

          • Freak4Dell

            Like I said, I can't even see the other fingers. The wallpaper ensures that, at least for my eyes. I also don't see any difference between my pinky and his, other than that mine may be a little bit fatter, and I have darker skin. I think you're stretching here, to be honest.

            Don't get me wrong...I'm not saying this is a Sony Nexus. I'm just saying I think you're looking too deeply into this. Unless Borce comes out and gives details that show he took the photos to basically become Peter the Second, I'm just going to keep thinking this is a crappy photo uploaded by a crappy Photoshop user.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            Well, here's my interpretation anyway, so you can see what I mean:


          • Freak4Dell

            LMAO...that's hilarious, and now I kind of what that to be true.

            If there was a reflection of another camera or phone or another hand in there somewhere, I would instantly believe you, but all I'm seeing is that one hand, and the edge of a dark device laying in that hand. Sorry. But hey, we'll find out at some point, I guess.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            Bah, I found an angle where it almost works with one hand. This still looks a little different, though. Oh well.

          • Freak4Dell

            We need to find you something better to do than figure out how to flip people off in a half-reflection. :p

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            I like my job, thank you!

      • Johannes

        you don't even know what part of a hand this is, or if it is a hand! and i think you can't see the full object because the gloss on a black background is higher than on a backlighted...

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          It's pretty well-settled that this is a hand.

  • http://twitter.com/MexDroid MexDroid Staff

    Or try to take this picture with something like a nexus 7, with a front camera, anyway, I think this is fake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700380348 Hosam Mohamed Shafik

    May Be It Is Fake Because Sony's Nexus Will Be Called Xperia Nexus, Besides Sony is Famous For Good Designs Not That Crap

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      good designs????? what are you smoking?

      • Freak4Dell

        Most of the Xperia devices are absolutely beautiful.

        • http://twitter.com/LeeNephi Lee Smithson

          Absolutely agree.

    • mgamerz

      I hate people who type like you.

      • John O’Connor

        He only does it because it eliminates the possibility of miscapitalization.

        I call shenanigans on Capitalizing every word and trying to feign elitist nonchalance; when in reality you do not know when you should or should not capitalize.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Or that it's a Jelly Bean device and still has the old browser.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Entirely possible Chrome isn't pre-loaded on some test builds of Android - the browser is still a part of Android. But yeah, that's another red flag, for sure.

      • http://twitter.com/netengdj doug

        My Galaxy Nexus just updated to JB and still has that same icon. Definitely Chrome browser though. In fact that bottom bar is identical to the GN

      • ericl5112

        The play store is also not part of AOSP, yet it shows itself in this image.

  • pepe

    And now that you made me look to the bottom part of the screen... don't you think that the onscreen buttons have a strange black background? It seems a bit skewed, or overly perspectivated. At least where the multitasking button is. It might be a black reflection but there's something odd in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  • asm

    Except he wouldn't be flipping the bird as the extended finger would be his ring finger.
    Holding the phone in his right hand, little finger hooked under the edge, ring and middle across the back of the phone, index finger hooked over the top edge, hit the shutter with your thumb. That looks exactly like the reflection here.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Again, here's my interpretation of what's going on: http://imgur.com/eQDmt I tried for quite a while to emulate this while holding a GS3, and it just doesn't work.

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      • asm

        That's not what I was describing. The finger you can see is holding the phone, its a one handed grip that I use myself.

      • ericl5112

        And the interpretation is not good at all. It doesn't take a genius to see it makes no sense. For example, the bottom finger is clearly an endpoint, probably the pinky. The next finger up is...not the ring finger? Your "interperetation" would mean his index finger is suddenly below his middle finger.

        There's something fishy with the picture, but I get the feeling you didn't even try to figure it out. Confirmation bias is a hazard.

      • PhilNelwyn

        I think that your mind has been conditioned to see it in that way when you read Borce's comment.
        You say that you've tried to emulate this... but to emulate what? You can't be sure of what to emulate here, because of the blending you mentioned.
        Can you tell me how long is the second finger on the image? Does it reach the edge of the screen? I don't think so.
        Do you see the other fingers? Not at all.
        This is your imagination playing with the wallpaper's pattern.
        The only thing you barely see entirely is the first finger, and it narrows toward the end. A bent forefinger doesn't.

        No need for an imaginary middle finger to consider this as a fake.

  • Ultimi

    no chrome is odd

    • http://www.facebook.com/hunterpharrell Hunter Harrell

      No its not odd they don't come stock with chrome,it would be odd if it had chrome in the drawer.

  • jjrudey

    I don't see it. Looks more like he's holding a galaxy nexus.

  • PINJ

    He Has Some Seriously Messed Up Hands. Sheesh How Did You Not Know That?? Unbelievable, These People Dont Seem To Know How To Stop Crossing Thsese Lines

    • mgamerz

      Do You Not Find It Annoying When I Capitalize Every Word?

  • http://twitter.com/BottleRocket_ BottleRocket

    I'm used to getting flipped off by Sony.

    • http://gamingblather.com/ Drak

      If it was two hands giving you the finger that would mean it's the Verizon version.

      • http://twitter.com/BottleRocket_ BottleRocket

        I'm giving you two thumbs up for that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

        You Sir, just made my day.

  • Guest

    If this is the Nexus, it would be running Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean uses Chrome, not the old Android browser.

    • David

      As someone with a Jelly Bean Galaxy Nexus, I can safely say the stock browser IS THERE.

      And I ALSO have Chrome downloaded from Play.

      • ericl5112

        I think that the GNex is the last device to have that happen. They won't take away the browser when you already have it. That said, are new phones not going to come with chrome instead?

  • Jack

    That's totally a middle finger

  • http://gamingblather.com/ Drak

    I think it's odd that the Play Store icon is blank underneath. Why would you remove the text before taking the picture?
    If you put your nose on your screen and stare really hard you can see Andy Rubin's face in the wallpaper.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hunterpharrell Hunter Harrell

      Its an option in the most launchers to remove icon label's, he didn't remove it by Photoshop or anything its just the settings he has chosen for them all not to show.

    • Jaymoon

      The Google Search bar has been removed too. So they must be using a custom launcher, and hiding the app name (which I always do).

  • http://twitter.com/vikramadityarai Vikramaditya

    He's flipping Sony Nexus the bird. Not a Sony fanboy. Respect.

  • Tom

    Come on guys, I don't even have to zoom in to tell that this is a horribly done Photoshop job.

  • SenseOffender

    Here's my theory, the person was trying to take the picture at an angle wityhout revelaingf a reflection that could possibly incriminate them, therefore what we're seeing is the last two digits on their hand with the camera lens just out of shot; most likely the camera was being controlled using the other two finger and thumb on that hand.

  • http://twitter.com/mxpxillini35 Fred Marshall

    Isn't there the image of another phone that's taking the pic? Couldn't you be holding the phone with one hand with your pinky wrapped around the charger plugged in on the bottom? You could even bend your pinky back if it's not plugged in and charging too...

  • Jaymoon

    What bugs me most is that it does not look like a Galaxy Nexus...

    If you look at the originals on Picasa, it says Galaxy Nexus. But what Galaxy Nexus has the camera lens on the right side of the back, with the flash just to the left of it? It should be centered with camera lens on top, and camera flash just below.


    Here's the original with brightness and contrast tweaked:

    And here are outlines I drew to mark the edge(?) of the phone, camera lens, and camera flash:

    Certainly not any Galaxy Nexus I've seen. And also, another thing, look at the time stamp of the original from the EXIF data: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/22UuW52ZOqhYl0aUEE9ZRNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?full-exif=true

    Why is it 20:55:55 (a.k.a 8:55:55 PM), when it says 1:55:55 PM for the regular time stamp?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Stexe Stefan Lopuszanski
  • Daniel Mejias

    Ironic, he did actually hold his phone that way.