Just a little while ago, the first purported press shots of the LG Nexus 4 hit Twitter, thanks to EVLeaks. Almost immediately after looking at the image, though, it's clear something's... not right.


Let's start with the notification bar - look familiar? If you've ever run the AOKP ROM, it should. Both the centered clock and battery percentage (the one actually in the battery icon - it's barely visible in the render) are signature customizations of the ROM. If you look closely, you'll also notice quite a bit of artifacting where the "screen" meets the bezel, as well as around all the navigation buttons.

Then there's the back of the device. In previous leaks, we've seen the "with Google" branding along the backside of the N4, which has been replaced by "nexus" here. A closer look here reveals the more artifacting surrounding the logo, along with text that just doesn't seem to quite fit in with the rest of the image.

Update: EVLeaks just posted another shot, this time with a different angle:


As you can see, this one has a completely different status bar, and it looks more legit than the first image. It's probably safe to say that the device shell is a finalized official render, so, for all intents and purposes, this is what the Nexus 4 looks like. The screenshot, however, doesn't quite match up - the angles are all wrong. Looks like someone's just throwing weird screenshots into the mix for.. fun? Who knows.

At this point, we've seen enough leaks to basically know what the Nexus 4 is going to look like. When we find out on Monday, I have little doubt that we'll see something very similar to this image - I'm just not convinced that this is the one we'll see. 


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • DavidKeith

    the word "Nexus" doesn't look real at all. The screenshot is definitely from AOKP

    • KLy

      yea it is. and why would the WiFi signal only have one bar? every phone will always show full bars in press shots

      • DavidKeith

        Very true, and I would assume that they would have LTE signal instead of WiFi..

        AND why would the map be half rendered on Google Now?
        Have they not always shown the date as the date it gets released in the press shots, not 7/25/12 ?

      • Edward Orde

        Its real

    • Wrong!

      well, I guess you were wrong!

    • Edward Orde

      IT IS REAL

  • http://twitter.com/BroMonty Joe Montgomery

    IIRC you can also change the color of the Nav buttons in AOKP. And those look super white compared to the normally greyish tone of the ones in stock android. Not that we need any more proof it's AOKP, of course.

    Actually, I'd love to see this be the final draft of the phone. I like how they went with purely Nexus branding on the N7. it looks much nicer and has a better brand identity than just putting "Google" on the back. I hope they go that route with this phone.

  • Malufor

    it looks just like the gnexus... without makeup

  • Iucidium

    What if this is a giant, elaborate hoax?

    • Freak4Dell

      That'd be epic. Google's October 29th event will have Rick Astley as the guest, or whoever the modern day Rick Rolling equivalent is.

  • btod

    [sigh] why even bother going through the process of faking a press release? It seems time consuming and the only benefit I see is the satisfaction that you trolled a couple people. I really hope this trend ends soon.

  • live2ski

    the baseball score is from 7/25. hmmmm

  • Sorian

    What is going on the the traffic card on the picture? Talk about a roundabout way of getting to work, main route 20 mins / alternate route 7 mins.

  • PhilNelwyn

    This is so obviously fake...
    I wonder why you're reporting that BS coming from a site that recently dragged Android Police through the mud.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      @evleaks has been posting consistently reliable leaks in the past when it comes to devices, and we won't let a grudge stand in the way of reporting the news. Plus, we've since cleared the air with them, and it's water under the bridge.

      • PhilNelwyn

        Ok, that's a pretty clever reasoning, as often here.
        But still this has nothing to do with news in my opinion.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Well, it's sure to spread all over the web as news (already has), so we'd be doing a disservice to our readers if we didn't cover it or at least didn't include our take on it.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Umm... yeah, sounds right. Again.
            Oh well...

          • Jamesy

            You do a service to us by pointing out the inconsistencies. Merely reporting is is a disservice. To further propagate a story you have serious problems with, would be against the News bible.

    • Alexander Bus

      well, I guess you were wrong as well!

      • PhilNelwyn

        A tiny little bit. Lol

    • Edward Orde


      • PhilNelwyn

        You don't say! :D

  • Glenn Patrick

    Not sure if this is real or not, but when the leaks first started there were rumors that the back would say nexus rather than with Google. Again, that doesn't mean this leak is legit, but it wouldn't be the first time we've heard that it may say nexus.

  • George

    I would have loved it if the X in nexus had the colors like shown in some leaked pics before

    • Kenny O

      The pics with the colored X were admit-idly photo shopped as one site's opinion of what the finished product might look like based on the leaks from the Russian site.

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    Isn't that a microSD slot? Might be a sim slot though if the battery isn't replaceable.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Probably a SIM.

    • Edward Orde

      Its a sim

      • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

        not exactly relevant a year later but thanks ;)

  • http://twitter.com/snalty bad wolf

    Also the time on nexus press shots is usually the Android version. The Nexus S shots have 2:30 as the time, the Galaxy Nexus has 4:00 or 4:10 and the Nexus 7 has 4:10 as well.

    • marcusmaximus04

      Well, then. Clearly this phone is coming in two versions: One that has a really strange version of honeycomb, and one with Android 12.2.

    • Freak4Dell

      Interesting...I never knew that. That's pretty clever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ncoulombe Nathan Coulombe

    You do realize most ICS and JB based ROMs have had the centered clock and battery % mods for quite a while, right? It's less a signature of AOKP, more a signature of custom ROMs in general.

  • bondx99

    Can samsung sue LG for this design? :D Sueception!! :o

    • Randall Walsh

      Who knows. But Apple is sure to try.

      • Larizard

        I duno how much longer we have to wait til Apple goes after LG in court. I say, early 2013.

    • atari37

      Why are you assuming the idea for the design is Samsung's and not Google's?

  • ercliou

    The updated render's proportion is weird.. the screen looks taller and it has much more bottom bezel than the first render.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It looks more elongated and stretched. I think that's why the bezel is larger at the bottom. Not sure wtf is going on, but from what I've seen, the shell is the real deal.

      • PhilNelwyn

        This looks more like the real deal to me.
        (note that I'm not saying it IS the real deal...)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Cameron's right - based on what I've seen, the shell is legit, but the software is all over the place. Whoever evleaks' source is, is messing with the software for some stupid reason. Come on, October 29.

    • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

      Could this mean that we might get slight ui modifications that their source doesn't want to share with us yet?

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      They could have gotten pictures of the phone and then added the screenshots after with photoshop for creative reasons. Like it looks better to show the screen doing something even if its not legit.

  • Kenny O

    Also, I doubt an official press photo would have two temperature readings on the status bar. The one on the right of the sms notification looks like the one that 1weather puts up on the status bar.

  • Jeremy626

    pics are lame as hell.

  • http://plus.ly/wallendiaz WallenDiaz


  • Jamesy

    The message notification is a Samsung one, as well.

  • Mike

    Are there any rumors about what type of glass the screen will have?

  • James G

    lol, and in 2013, we find that those pics actually ARE real.

  • Dt Bell

    I still have no problem with the N4. If this drops at current pricing, it may very well out pace the N5 sales.

    • Joshua

      Based on what we've seen lately, I'd guess that it's going to drop to the excellent price of "Unavailable."

  • Asjed

    this is fake