Secret of Google Nexus 5 was hidden in Android 4.3 camera app

Secret of Google Nexus 5 was hidden in Android 4.3 camera app
Isn't it funny that someone with an odd theory could be considered nuts until the facts prove that he was actually right the whole time? Someone with the handle bigtop77 on Reddit had proposed a theory so odd, so different that he was being called crazy. But just like the first guy who said that the Earth was round, bigtop77 was actually correct and those that had poo-pooed his theory were like that guy from Decca who told Beatles manager Brian Epstein that guitar groups were on the way out back in 1961.

So what was this radical thought that had everyone measuring bigtop77 for a strait jacket? About a month ago, prior to that famous picture taken at the KitKat unveiling at Google that first brought our attention to the Google Nexus 5, this gentleman posted on Reddit the idea that the camera switching icon on the Android 4.3 camera app was actually an image of the new Nexus handset. The icon is pressed whenever the user wants to switch the camera in use from the rear-facing snapper to the one on front.

Taking a look at the icon, we can see how the placement of the camera lens, the thin top bezel and the earpiece on the front of the phone all match up with the device that we expect will be introduced as the Google Nexus 5. So next time someone tells you something that on its face seems to be so ridiculous that you want to laugh out loud, stop for a second and think of bigtop 77. Ridiculed at first, he turned out to be 100% correct. By the way, the exact name of the thread on Reddit was "Is Google hinting at the Nexus 5 in the 4.3 camera software?" And if you want to see for yourself the answer to that question, check out the slideshow below.

source: Reddit via Phandroid

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012 can you be so sure that it isn't Nexus 4 ? Infact, how is that not any other phone with camera opening on the left side ?!

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

and front camera in the middle

3. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Why're they trying to be so mysterious? If that's what they really intended. Haha!

4. Quito92

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

How can one get some sort of notification from google about the release of the nexus 5. Is it possible to get like an email from them that will let us know about the launch or do i have to come to PA every once in a while lol

9. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

You can go to the Nexus 5 dedicated page here at (link below) and hit the Follow button - then select to be notified about News via Emails.

5. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

A rectangular shaped device with rounded corners.... I got a bad feeling about this.

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Oh my word, you guys built up this article as if there was something really big, only to find its about a damn camera switching icon looking like an N5 -_- Good for big top what's his name.

7. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Google seems to be pretty smart with pre-leaking their devices/software so I wouldn't be surprised if it was just an Easter egg Google intended people to take notice of.

8. k4j98

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

That could be any of half the devices on the market right now. It looks like a phone to me.

10. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

This would have been exciting if we haven't seen the device a 100 times already.

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