LG Nexus 4 gets lost in a bar. Really.

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.

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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60 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Jim is now a popular guy :)

31. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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...

34. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

35. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

37. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

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

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you are so... special..

39. wendygarett unregistered

What do you mean lol

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

52. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

53. Droiddoes unregistered

URRRDUURRRHURRRHURRR

2. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

damn that giants hat looks good

45. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

51. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

He have just made an advertisement for a bar.

4. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

21. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Heh, nice one :P

24. CWBAlfredo

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

48. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

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

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i seriously want this phone.....

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

30. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Giants r gonna win the World Series 4-1

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

15. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 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. :)

11. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

12. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hes the first owner of LG Nexus..

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