Google's next flagship phone is simply refusing to stay under wraps. After showing up in Mountain View's KitKat statue unveiling, it then swung by the FCC after being mistakenly attached to the Verizon LG G2 documents. Now it has shown up in two short video clips and a few still photos which appear to have been taken at a party or bar of some sort. A Googler seems to have left his or her phone sitting around charging while some sketchy folks were about. Bad for the Googler, but at least we get a tiny glimpse of the next Nexus.

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The back has the same landscape Nexus logo (with a sticker obscuring most of it) we saw in the video – not the dummy back from the FCC. There's an LG logo clearly visible at the bottom, and it's not glass. The cheers are audible. It looks like a soft-touch plastic similar to the new Nexus 7. That ginormous ring around the camera is still there, though. On the front, the device has a camera at the top left. The proximity and light sensors appear to be on the right. As for that mysterious white dot? It's still there, but it's still not clear what it is. Maybe an LED? There is no visible speaker, so maybe it's a really bizarre earpiece cover. This might not be final hardware, but there are regulatory markings on the back.

The videos (with NSFW language, by the way) show a tiny bit of the device powered on. The people handling it clearly don't have the pattern lock for the phone. The clock font is now all regular Roboto, rather than having the odd bolded hour place. Another still photo also shows a boot up animation similar to the Google Play Edition devices. The signal icon looks white in the first video, but it's blue in the second. That would fit with typical stock Android behavior for a device that is connecting to the internet. The battery icon looks white, but it's almost empty. We can't tell from this leak if the icons will change color, as has been rumored.

So we can be fairly certain Googlers have the device for testing, which means it's getting close to finished. There's very little to see on the software side in this leak, but it's still the best look we've gotten at the next Nexus.

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Some screens from the videos, in case they are removed

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Ryan Whitwam
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  • Greg Nelson


    • Cherokee4Life


      • Greg Nelson

        What does the fox say?

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

    The device's serial number and the marking in the corner are visible. Someone is definitely in trouble for this.

    Looks like someone went to a Googler's party, found the phone, tried to unlock it, and snapped a bunch of pics and shaky videos. Yikes.

    But hey - it's a Nexus! And no more bold clock font!

    • Garrett Bridges

      Kind of a douche move on the friend's part.

      On the other hand, what if all these "leaks" and party shots were an elaborate reveal scheme? That'd be pretty funny. And after KitKat, I won't put anything past their marketing.

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

        Sounds like it wasn't a friend after all.

        • Garrett Bridges

          I actually meant to put friend in quotes, but yeah. I agree. He should choose who he lets into his house more carefully.

      • DJ SPY

        Like all the Moto X "leaks"

      • Matthew Fry

        At least he didn't steal it like the whole pre-release iphone thing.

      • Robert Blenkinsopp

        The fact that time started at 4:33 does make me wonder...

        • Ionut Lala

          2 threes in the date and 2 threes in the version. 2 + 2 = 4. Remove 4 from the hour and from the version and only 3s remain => half life 3 confirmed!

          • Robert Blenkinsopp

            Haha brilliant :)

    • Darrien Glasser

      Actually, when you've got a lock on your lockscreen, the font is just regular, I wouldn't bet on the thin font being on an unlocked screen.

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

        Not on a Nexus 4, and since we're comparing the previous Nexus to the next one, it's fair to point out the font difference.

        Nexus 4: http://i.imgur.com/PfC8i2n.jpg

        • Bob G

          Could be that 4.4 lets you choose different fonts for the clock widget now?

        • Darrien Glasser

          Clearly I've been spending too much time on custom ROMs then. Thanks for the info.

        • andy_o

          I seem to recall something that another poster has said. If you actually get rid of all lockscreen widgets including this clock one, the clock widget that will default has no bold fonts and is aligned to the right.

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

            Not true - I just tested it, and it defaults to the bold widget. My Nexus 4 auto-re-adds it.

          • andy_o

            Hmm, haven't run stock since 4.2. Could this have changed in 4.3?Maybe it was more like a glitch. Just tried with cm10.2, and it also defaults me to the CM clock widget.

          • http://www.pixeltwo.com/ Eugene Cheung

            4.3 has the regular weight right-aligned clock like in the video, I believe. Even the GS4 has it.

          • Gnex

            Here's what I did on my Moto X: Remove all lockscreen widgets, lock phone immediately afterwards, enjoy sexy clock.

          • turdbogls

            thats what i always though, but then again, i have been on "custom" ROMs since 2.0.....soooooooo

        • MrWicket

          maybe a lockscreen widget? like DashClock or maybe they let you choose now.. Either way, these leaks sure are heating up! :)

    • Stacey Liu

      That's actually the default AOSP clock since 4.2. It's just that Nexus devices ship with the silly bold font clock.

      • turdbogls

        which can be removed easily to reveal the "thin" clock.

        • Josh Legoza

          How? I hate the bold hours!

          • turdbogls

            well, i guess it depends. i have always been about to do it by removing ALL lock screen widgets, then turning off the screen....when i switched it back on, there was the thin clock.

            but after reading some other comments, it might have been a custom ROM thing. Just tried it on a mostly stock 4.3 ROM and it gave me the offset thin clock.

    • Mantas Pakėnas

      Too bad the guy didn't have any clue about the software side of things, opening the camera would have told so much...

      Btw, I really like the bold hours clock (and I'm not alone on this), so unless it's an option, I'd see it as a clear downgrade. Thankfully, Dashclock has a bold hours theme.

    • hyperbolic

      I hope so much it's a Snapdragon and a decent camera CMOS unlike the Nexus 4 horrible image.

    • t0Msha

      @Artem Russakovskii This was leaked in Croatia. There is 'Karlovacko' cups on the table, and Karlovacko is Croatian beer, network is 'HR VIP' which is also Croatian and Croatian language is spoken in the video.

  • JuJurko

    Karlovačko beer (seen on plastic glass on first picture) is from Croatia.
    Just to know :)

    • bt

      Also inCider on the glass cup. (Had one on Silba hehe)

    • zap

      also the cigarettes are croatian, i recognize the bold text in one pic

    • Branimir

      it says HR VIP on the screen, so yes ;)

  • Captain Canada

    If all Kit Kat let's me do is change the system colour from blue to white I will consider it a success.

  • NickAVV

    As long as that's still a lock-screen widget, and they just changed the bold font on the widget I'll be happy. I love lock-screen widgets

    • Ryan O’Neill

      Why would they remove something they just introduced in 4.2? Lockscreen widgets are a fantastic idea!

      • Darkbotic

        I find it kind of stupid/useless.
        No offense.

        • Liam Higgins

          Absolutely not useless. I use it for quick access to a calculator, perfect for me.

          • deeznutz1977

            Prefect for a drug dealer lol jk

          • Sir_Brizz

            Relevant coming from a guy named "deez nutz"!

          • deeznutz1977

            So true, :)

  • Eric

    I remembered last year the nexus 4 was left in a russian bar by a googler drunker too before the phone was announced.

    • Sir_Brizz

      It's a conspiracy.

  • Lawrence

    I want it and I want it NOW!.

  • sam

    Why is it so difficult for Google to add the numerical percentage of battery in the status bar ?!!!

    The current battery icon does not give me much information and I always end up installing a 3rd party app for this basic but very important feature.

    Come on Google

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

      I think they don't want to do it on purpose. It's "simpler" and doesn't let you fixate on the exact percentage and watch it drop. It's a psychological thing. But yeah, even Samsung added it to their stock ROM because they know people want it.

      • DJ SPY

        Fixate is the exact words for this. I used to have the percentage but took it off because I was too fixated on it. To the point where I wasn't enjoying the phone because I just kept monitoring the battery obsessively.

        • mesmorino

          On the other hand, a numerical indicator gives you the exact information you want. When I look at the battery meter, I'm not trying to see that I have "about 50% left", I want to know that I have exactly 46% left. That 4% difference does matter when your battery isn't that big to begun with, which leads to my other point:

          Fixating on the battery percentage is a symptom of battery anxiety, the solution to which is a bigger battery. I have a zero lemon battery and I have no problems with seeing the percentage all the time.

          2 days of regular use and 3.5days on pure standby will do that to you :)

    • redthunda69

      Swipe down to the quick settings bar.

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

        Not on a phone. You then need to flip to quick settings. So swipe + tap take way longer than a glance. Let alone that you need to unlock to do that.

        • redthunda69

          Or swipe down with two fingers. It takes maybe a single second to use either method.

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

            But then you need to use two hands. Not the same as a quick glance.

          • redthunda69

            Removes a lot of clutter in the notification bar, though. While I agree a percentage would be a nice (and expected) option to have, it's really not a big deal at all.

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

            Right, Samsung makes it an option, which is perfect. I don't like how theirs takes up more space though - it's a lot better if it's part of the icon.

          • EH101

            I wish Google would use the circle battery that graces many an XDA rom.... It's just so clean looking to me and I love the little charging animation.

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

            Yup, the circle with percentage is ideal IMO, just like the CM option.

          • awaaas

            I'd prefer normal percentage text for my battery icon, much easier to see

          • ltredbeard

            Well I bet I could find many Android owners who would disagree about it not being a "big deal". Plus there are plenty of ways to design the icon where it doesn't add any more clutter than the existing icon.

          • blahmoomoo

            Whoa, didn't know about that before.

    • Jack

      You can see battery percentage in quick settings. It's an extra two finger gesture away, sure, but I for one much prefer having less clutter in the status bar.

  • hellix

    Does anyone know the name of the song in the first video?

  • vs8

    Nexus + Bar + Googler = Leak.

    Just like last year.

    • brararsh

      Con-Trolled Leaks!!

  • RXG9

    Y u no have removable battery

    • Ian Santopietro

      Maybe it lasts 20 hours on a charge?

      • Jose Torres

        If it did then this Google user would not have needed to charge the phone, then leave it, then let it get picked up...

  • jeux999

    am i missing the front speaker?

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

      There's been a lot of debate about that actually. It could be bone conduction, or it could be using glass to pass through, or that thing in the top middle, whatever it is, is or acts as a speaker.

      • jeux999

        hmm..thank you for the reply! (▰˘◡˘▰) i hadn't noticed it mentioned on other pages articles or comments so i thought i'd ask. i get the feeling the answer, if this hardware is final, would be pretty interesting.

      • Lars Pfau

        Isn't the round thing in the top middle the speaker?
        Would be the most logical position. It's a phone, after all. :)

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

          I think that thing is the notification LED, perhaps with a built-in speaker. It'd be ridiculous if LG stuck just the speaker there - it wouldn't make sense from a design standpoint.

          • Justin Quang

            Notification LED is at the same place as the N4 and GN, according to the teardown FCC leak. I've actually inspected the pdf file they uploaded.

          • edjca

            You're talking about LG- the company that thought putting the volume buttons on the back of the G2 was a good idea.

          • TY

            The notification led is still at the good old place. Take a look at the internal photos, there's an opening for the light the get through. And the middle top definitely have an earpiece behind.

      • TJ Benson

        If you zoom into one of the pics in this article, is really obvious that is an ear piece. You can even see some of the crisscross you'd expect from a small speaker (like your headphones).

      • Justin Swanson

        I heard it just speaks directly into your brain.

  • redthunda69

    Hmmm... Is that a system update notification in the top left?

    • scaarg

      I believe it is. Good catch!

  • scaarg

    Is there any chance that the circle in the middle could be the camera? A la Nexus 7 (2012), I really liked that detail on the tablet. And the thing on the right could be a huge proximity sensor a la Samsung... And the earpiece could be on the top like in the Nexus 4.

    • Lars Pfau

      That would be quite a big front camera then! :O
      A centered front cam would be awesome though.

      Edit: Just checked the pictures again, the front cam definitely is left!

  • Lars Pfau

    Am I the only one who is really not digging the design? :/
    I hope it looks better and not as cheap in person..

  • wafi

    The back of the phone looks boring. Wish they had used glass again, like on the Nexus 4.

    • H@P

      The back of the phone looks fantastic. Glad they didn't use glass again, like on the Nexus 4.

    • Humberto Hernandez

      Yes, because everybody loved when the glass broke and shattered.=)

    • Zmyślony Przyjaciel

      I think it's similar with nexus 7 and i love it :D Glass looks fine but it's easy to broke. Nexus 7 back is very pleasant to the touch and have nice grip.

  • spunker88

    The notification icons haven't changed color, this is basically what you are seeing. On the left is a screenshot from the 2nd video and on the right is what a device screenshot would look like. The battery is almost dead but charging so the battery icon is grey.


  • Justin Quang

    That giant white dot at the mid top is indeed the earpiece speaker.
    Open the original image, then zoom in. There are holes.
    That is just a weird shape for the earpiece.

    • Lars Pfau

      Yep, I think so too!

  • Konstantinos

    @Author, the clock is like that in Android 4.1-4.2-4.3. If you want to add the BOLD clock, you simply remove THIS WIDGET from the lockscreen and tap on "+" icon and add the bolded one. Now, in case you have no widgets in your lockscreen, THIS ONE pops up in the lockscreen.

    My work here is done.

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

      I just checked the stock Nexus 4, and there is no regular widget - just bold. If you remove all the widgets, the bold one pops up. I don't know what you're testing on.

    • scaarg

      Well, I remember this one being the clock on my Nexus 7 (2012) when I first turned it on, but I can't remember how or why it changed to the bold one...

    • Nick

      Maybe in AOSP but not in Nexus Android releases. The ONLY clock widget is the mixed bold one.

  • iupac_23

    I think the white thing on the front must be an eye scanner. Because eye scanner>fingerprint scanner and android>ios. :D

    • Sir_Brizz

      HAHA! Let the rumor mill commence? :)

    • Justin Swanson

      But but but... I don't want the NSA having my retinal scan :(

    • KoRRo


  • griefman

    I am wondering what are these dots on the front side in the lower left corner? First time to seee smth like this. Personally a bit of dissapointment that its an LG again... But i must say it looks better than the last iphones :)

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

      That's the unique test device marker that's going to potentially help Google ID the phone owner and slap him around.

      • griefman

        Oh... After a closer look, these dots now seem more like letters and digits :) thanks

  • Sir_Brizz

    I am just LOVING the design. I love the soft touch plastic on the 13N7, I would absolutely love to have a phone designed the same way.

  • http://www.pixelheadstudios.net/ Charlie G.

    Don't really care about looks, I know it won't be ugly but I am just itching to see the official specs. Am I being too hopeful if I am expecting the same specs as the lg g2 at a $350 price point?

  • Xemion

    there's the android update icon on the notification bar

  • rasty++

    at the top there is a small hole in the glass if you zoom in the picture

    is the speaker IMHO.. :)

  • Carlos

    Nexus 5 looks really nice but I stick with my Galaxy Nexus (Tuna -- Maguro) because I don't need any new phone for a long time.. Anyway I never liked N4 (Mako) because of the Chipset on it...

  • Jays2Kings

    Seeing that they haven't wiped it, *now* would be a good be a good time to put Android Device Manager to the test (those leaks are always nice).

  • Tony

    Why are the bezels still so large?! Especially compared to the G2 these bezels, namely the top and bottom, are huge! If they're going to increase the screen size so much they should try to make the bezels as small as possible to maintain footprint size. I am disappoint! :(

    • PhineasJW

      The phone has a 5" screen (4.96) and is smaller than the Nexus 4.

      • Tony

        That's awesome if it's true. Were the specs in the FCC filings?

    • Humberto Hernandez

      Just, use your brain a little man, there are components in there! Not just AIR.

      • Tony

        Obviously. No need to be negative. Even if there are components in there, there are ways to design/layout components to minimize space.

        • Evan Knofsky

          The smaller things are, the more expensive it becomes.

  • Christopher Ching

    This might put me in the minority but I actually liked the Nexus 4's glass back; it was much nicer than what Samsung put out on the Galaxy Nexus and has been putting out on their Galaxy line. In fact, that's the reason why the only 'case' I have on it is a Spigen transparent back screen. It doesn't have to be glass, but even a basic aluminum back would look better.

    While the front looks pretty decent (which is to say, almost the same as the current N4 and most other button-less phones), the back looks like LG pulled this design from the early 2000s. In my experience, soft touch plastic also has an unfortunate tendency to wear and end up feeling cheap with dull spots around any edges or sharp curves.

    Admittedly, despite the bellyaching every year when Samsung releases a new Galaxy S, people still buy them in droves, and if Google's still angling the Nexus as a budget line, reducing manufacturing costs makes sense. But it seems part of the goal was to make a budget phone that didn't feel or perform like a budget phone, and that plastic back with giant camera ring make me think more of the Nexus One than a Nexus 5 (although even the Nexus One had a partial metal back).

    • Bloodflame87

      To be more precise, the Nexus One's back was partially teflon. Also, it's not so much that Google tries to make a budget phone. It's that they make a premium phone which is available at a budget price, therefore making very little profit on the device, which they make up for in app and accessory sales in the Play Store.

      I also love the glass back of the Nexus 4. Yes, it is more fragile - this point has been worn thin more than enough. Yet I still believe the N4 to be one of the nicest looking phones ever made. Even after several months of owning one, I still take a few minutes each week to just stare at it in awe. Call me crazy, but I'm in the love with the design. Google and LG truly outdid themselves here. Ultimately, it did make it more fragile, but at the end of the day, I wouldn't change anything about it.

      While I have no doubt that I will buy the new Nexus when it's released, it just doesn't have the same physical appeal. It looks decent on it's own, but at the same time, it's no comparison to the Nexus 4's sheer beauty. It's not going to be nearly as fragile, but it looks like it will definitely have a better feel in the hand, which is important given the size.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Oh look, just as speculation about the next phone starts to dwindle.... out comes a leak..... few days yet until the iPhone 5s... am expecting more to leak around then. Not saying it's not a leak... but it's very very controlled.....

  • Ricardo Brenelli

    So they had this since late August and just released it now? Humm...

  • duse

    I don't see the square widget ends at the edges of the screen to indicate there are widgets there when the screen is powered on. Is that how it always is with pattern lock enabled or are lock screen widgets gone?

  • aaron cooper

    I don't think anyone gets fired for these leaks... It's all part of the fun !

  • Stringent

    See the empty battery bar. I hope this is not going to be a problem with Nexus 5.

    • Dude!

      See the 4am time. By that late in the night, is more than fine to have low battery.

  • Mystery Man

    If the time on this phone was 4:40 it would have been cooler

  • Jonathan Stelzer

    1. I'm guessing the "white thing" is just a light spot (or an "ORB" if you're into that whole supernatural thing. Although it is interesting that there isn't a speaker for calls.

    2. You can almost guess the lock screen password from the smudges in the 2nd picture. I'd say start at the middle of the bottom row, up one, right one, up one.

  • Jasenko Dedić

    They are drinking beer made in croatia so i'm guesing this is somewhere in the balkans

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

      They do export beer, you know.

    • Björn Wetterbom

      Correct, although I often drink Karlovacko here in Sweden, too :-) But the network on the phone is HR VIP, which is a Croatian network.

      You can also see that the warning label on the cigarette package is not in English.

  • ego

    Somehow I doubt it's a coincidence that the time is 4:33, which is between 4:30 (4.3)and 4:40 (4.4). Given that the last couple generations of Android have featured screenshots that correspond to version numbers...yeah. I'd say this is a Google sponsored leak.

  • m477

    I think it's the default aosp lock screen clock widget.

    • bL4Ck

      if you're running a custom rom chances are they modified the lockscreen font.

      • m477

        Every aosp based ROM uses this font.

        • bL4Ck

          i'm running an AOSP based rom and has the usual "half bold, half normal" clock

          • m477

            The aosp widget do not replace the standard clock widget. If your rom is not CyanogenMod (nor any other with "cLock") try to remove every widget from the lockscreen, and the aosp widget should appear.

  • Mike

    Is it me or is there s distinct lack of speakers front and back?

  • Liam Greene

    Oh boy. I ordered the Nexus 4 to my address in the States when the price dropped a couple weeks ago, and I won't be home for another two weeks. I already want this one, and I haven't even seen my new N4 yet. (First world problem.)

  • Girts Pulenciks

    Why still nobody has understood that "leaks" is just another trend like car manufacturers had often car recalls years ago. "Leaks" are better than sneak peak previews because they build more hype. Nothing happens without reason. It's like any leak that has been recently kit kat video "leak", FCC "leak", this "leak"
    Why people still believe that they all are genuine leaks? Because they want to? Or because people not see the forest for the trees?

    • dean

      we get that, you dilbert

      • Girts Pulenciks

        Ok I believe you...

    • andy_o

      Nothing happens without reason.

      Why is so difficult to believe that simply something could happen by accident or incompetence? What is so impossible about that?

      Because they want to?

      Same can be said about this conspiracy mindset. The best you can say is "eh, maybe".

  • bL4Ck

    Hope it reaches non-google-play-devices-enabled countries faster this time, i had to wait almost 6 months to buy a Nexus 4 without passing through a vpn plus a proxy for shipping back to me.

    Dear LG, make the launch work this time, and don't announce it at double the price of google play countries.

    an happy Nexus 4 user.

  • http://techxe.com/ iKRAM Abid

    I think its running jellybean not kitkat.

  • hyperbolic

    I am glad the back isn't glass.

  • KilpiBan

    Nice! The back looks like it's made of the same material as the back of Nexus 10 and/or Nexus 7 2013.

  • Cro0707

    Picture was shot in some Croatia bar, network operator name is "HR VIP" plus there is beer with Karlovacko label on it, so it is definitely from Croatia :)

  • Donnie_Eldridge

    The date on the phone shows Thursday August 29.

  • Nick

    And the hallmark of any Nexus device. A dead battery. Charging: 2%

  • LarryM

    Awesome, I'm so glad they got rid of that horrid Bold hour look. It really grated on me when I updated to JB. Ugh, my OCD was always sent into overdrive over the bold hour, regular minute thing. Its the primary reason I stopped using the default clock.

  • Dayle Soares

    just hope it comes in a 32gb variant - sick of not installing hd games i own due to lack of storage

  • Александр Орлов

    It's so ugly compared to N4 and such a step back in design from the last year.
    Grey plastic back? Come on. Those bezels, front sensors placement is just ugh...

    • MeCampbell30

      Are you seriously complaining about bezels and sensor placement? Wow, nitpick more.

      • Александр Орлов

        What? It has a round earpiece right in the middle top bezel. Of course it's just my opinion, but it looks so ugly and unnecessary there.
        Nexus 4 felt like a premium device with it's glass and minimalist looks.
        Device from the picture is just another plastic ugliness with top cpu, display and crappy everything else (to cut costs) which will please some self proclaimed geeks

      • Nee Austin

        There could be zero bezel and someone will complain about the bezel.

  • Chris

    Didn't google patent a design for a ring of leds around a camera for smartphones awhile back? Maybe that's what the huge ring is for.

  • Matt Sokolinski

    why everyone is concerned about camera and not battery. whats the point of having a good camera if using it will drain your battery quicker than Ferrari goes 0 to 60

  • Matthew

    It was leaked in Croatia, hmm .. Love it :D Finally something good happening in my country ..

  • Björn Lundén

    That clock is the one shown by Android when not using the stock clock widget. It's not really indicative of anything.