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LG Nexus 4 gets lost in a bar. Really.

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LG Nexus 4 gets lost in a bar. Really.
The LG Nexus 4 is following in the footsteps of the Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 4S. No, it has nothing to do with sales or popularity or anything related to the performance of the phone. But just like Apple's iconic smartphone back in April 2010 and again in August 2011, the LG Nexus 4 was accidentally left behind in a bar. In April 2010, the stakes were higher because the Apple iPhone 4 had not yet been seen by the public and the design was all new. No one knew if the device was really the next iPhone or just some fake. Of course, it did turn out to be the real thing. The device ended up getting purchased by Gizmodo, allegedly for $5,000, and the cops raided  the editor's home. Eventually, the device was returned to Apple.

Darned if the same thing didn't happen the next year with the Apple iPhone 4S. This time, Apple joined the cops in raiding a person's home and the device was never found. Instead, the cops did a thorough investigation of their role in the whole event and an Apple security chief ended up resigning.

The LG Nexus 4

The LG Nexus 4

This year, it was the LG Nexus 4 that ended up lost in a bar in San Francisco. The incident took place in September when not too much was known about the handset. Even so, when the bartender, Jim Barton, got a look at it, he thought it was just one of 20 smartphones that are left behind in the bar every week. The device was locked and could not be opened. Strangely, Barton didn't think twice about the "Not for sale" sticker or the Google logo on the back of the phone. The next day, the phone remained unclaimed and Barton decided to share his secret with a steady customer named Dave Hodge who happened to know about the LG Nexus 4 and realized that they had an important device on their hands. So Hodge decided to contact Google and the next day he came running into the bar shaken up. He told Barton that Google told him that it had lost a phone and that an employee got canned over it. Google even told Dave that he could be an accessory to a crime.

Finally, bartender Barton decided that he would turn the phone over to a Google representative providing the person had some identification on him. On the way to retrieve the LG Nexus 4 was Brian Katz, global investigations and intelligence manager at Google. With a military air about him, Katz was disappointed to find out that Barton had left the bar early that night. Eventually, Katz got the phone back and promised the bartender a free LG Nexus 4 if he kept quiet about the entire incident until Monday's press conference ends. Oops. Barton now might not qualify for the phone, but Wired paid him a fee for the photos you see here.

Ironically, two weeks after giving up the phone, pictures of the device leaked. On Monday, Google will announce the LG Nexus 4 at its media event.

source: Wired via AndroidCentral

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posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:26 3

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

Jim is now a popular guy :)

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 00:49 1

31. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

What is up with Google and Android-using companies having announcements same-day as others? First the Motorola mistake on the same day as the 2nd-gen Lumias were announced, now the Nexus on the same day WP8 is going to be announced. Granted this might get more attention than 3 ho-hum phones, but still...

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 02:07 6

34. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

Why you ask? It is because they are evil and trying to do every cheap trick to gain attention and take it away from competitors.

Google is an evil company.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 02:12 19

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

if Google is evil then Satan is Apple's Bitch.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 02:37 5

37. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Actually, I think Apple is Satan's bitch....

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 02:19 10

36. wendygarett (unregistered)

I don't know what you mean but I don't see a reason to hate Google... You really need to calm down lol

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 04:16 6

38. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

you are so...


posted on 27 Oct 2012, 04:53 1

39. wendygarett (unregistered)

What do you mean lol

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 06:31 4

41. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12999; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Doesn't look like they're original either since they're copying what Apple did with the iPhone at a bar.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 12:40 3

52. LionStone (Posts: 743; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Actually Google showed up Apple by getting the device back without being douche bags about it.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 19:26

53. Droiddoes (unregistered)


posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:29 8

2. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

damn that giants hat looks good

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 08:55 1

45. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

im not taking sides in any google-apple war but all i can say to this is "lol"

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 12:34 1

51. LionStone (Posts: 743; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

I know right!!!! GIANTS ALL THE WAY!

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:30 1

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

He have just made an advertisement for a bar.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:34 54

4. Max_Boost (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Don't be surprised if Apple sues LG for copying their iphones getting lost in a bar. ROFLMAO

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 22:44 4

21. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Heh, nice one :P

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 22:53 8

24. CWBAlfredo (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Good one! I could just see apple going "Hey that was our stunt. Find your own unintentional publicity stunt!"

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 09:44 2

48. Fuego84 (Posts: 344; Member since: 13 May 2012)

They'll probably want to sue over this unintentional publicity stunt ? Since it's a trademark strategic publicity stunt. Hahaha

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:35 12

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

i seriously want this phone.....

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:45 3

6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

I wonder what crime they would put on him. hmmm. is picking up a lost phone a crime?

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:59 2

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

If you find a phone and manage to get in contact with the owner, if you don't give them their phone when they ask it back then you are stealing, that's probably what they meant

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 00:12

30. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

but hey, they can't access the phone from within. Google just claimed it, without any proof. HAHAHA.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:45 1

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i guess he got paid more than what he thought a Nexus 4 would cost. i would've went back and forth trying to get the deals sweetened.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:57 4

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Why lucky people are non geeks D; I would have found this thing and it would have been another story

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:58 2

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 21281; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Giants r gonna win the World Series 4-1

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 21:11 13

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

This has absolutely nothing to do with the article.

Earlier today, you told me I sit here all day and just troll, and look what you just did. Hypocrite.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 21:33 4

15. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

I would ignore him from now on if I were you. He's either like 12 or likes to start arguments he can't win. He'll also get on his alts to make it look like he's not the only one with pointless opinions. :)

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 21:08 2

11. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

People who just leave phones (and especially important ones) anywhere are just careless and shouldn't be working for giant tech companies like Google or Apple. My phone is always stuck like velcro to me, it isn't going anywhere out of my sight.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 21:10

12. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Hes the first owner of LG Nexus..

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 21:18

14. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

That guy should have been more careful with his lg nexus 4, who knows what could have happened if it was months away from its official launch date, he would be doomed.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 22:12 1

18. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 590; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

Not exactly a cutting edge design. Maybe it looks better in white.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 22:12 1

19. imkyle (Posts: 1073; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Remember when phones were not leaked and we were surprised when they were announced.. I miss those days.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 22:47

23. redmd (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

the tech blog sphere have been evolving. anything will be leaked.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 23:28 2

27. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

I had faith in you LG but now you went darkside. unless the Nexus is on every major carrier will follow the bust the Galaxy was.. on the bright side Verizon promises an a key Lime upgrade in 2015

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 19:33

55. Droiddoes (unregistered)

STFU, unless it has a shiny apple on it, is 6 months behind the curve, and costs twice what it's actually worth you never cared. Cut the bullsh*t.
I will give you props on ALMOST forming a complete, grammatically correct sentence though. Keep at it!

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 23:55 2

29. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

I should start hanging out in bay area bars

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 05:13 2

40. pandambaba (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

lmfao if I found it I wouldn't even pay attention to it. it looks so cheap!

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 07:08 2

42. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Why is this a big deal? we all know what the phone looks like.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 07:26

43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

It is an issue because Google seems to be making it an issue (firing the employee who lost it, threats against the person who found it, and, and, and). Of course, if I were in Google's position, I would probably do the same thing. The $ that is tied up in a product development effort is non-trivial, and they want to control every part of the process to maximize the successful launch.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 10:23

50. really (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)

I guess it's like in many games that if you want information you go to tavern... lol...

seriously.... really....?
why bar? why not some strip club???

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 06:30

56. ibap (Posts: 758; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

OK folks, this is an old ploy. Bartender should have just turned the thing over to the police, instead of being nice about it.

Or if you're smart and really don't want the things outed, quit giving test phones to bozos that drink in bars.

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 11:38

57. osaFromJava (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

20 smartphones left everyweek?? Damn..!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:57

58. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

The bartender is Nicholas Cage! :-)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:01

59. HarryDevlin (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Nokia tried losing a phone in a San Francisco Bar and the bar owner hired an attorney and sued Nokia.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 22:07

60. mydi.maus (unregistered)

lg copy iphone in lost and found,..well htc and samsung,..you should come up with something at least,maybe 8x and a gs3 giveaway!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 20:03

62. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I wonder what happened to the sim card? :)

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