Remember all of that hubbub about an iPhone 4 prototype being left in a bar a couple years back? Yup, that happened with a Nexus 4 prototype as well. Back in September, the bartender at a popular San Francisco bar came across an interesting phone. Seeing so many phones every night left at the establishment, he didn't think much of it. When a patron at the bar that was more in tune with the current Google rumor mill noticed it was the LG Nexus 4, they knew they had an important device on their hands.

As the story goes, the bartender was quickly in contact directly with security detail at Google, and eventually arranged a meeting to retrieve the device. It's quite a story, and we recommend you take a look at the source link for the full saga (and some more pictures). We've also got the video of the device for you after the break.

Source: Wired

More: LG Nexus 4 Forums


There are 46 comments

TeePoppa says:

LG better hope Apple does not have a patent on "Antics"....Just saying!

Ricky Babalu says:

The old "Phone Lost in a Bar" trick.........................Pulled right out of Apples bag of tricks.

someguy01234 says:

The difference is Google have enough class and not needing to hire the police to break down doors to retrieve it.

DWR_31 says:

Apple "invented"/reinvented our notification pull down, so Google reinvented lost it in a bar.

Aikuchi says:

So unlike Apple, Google didn't immediately send out a ruthless death squad, thats a relief.

MowDownJoe says:

Actually, it sounds like the same story, except that the N4 didn't end up in the hands of a stupid Gawker blogger that wouldn't give up the chance at a hot scoop. For Apple, they escalated it from there. For Google, the guy who found the phone was cooperative.

Aikuchi says:

I was being facetious.

John-Smith says:

I think the word your looking for is feces.

I think the word you're looking for is you're.

dtreo says:


pheatton says:

I heard he turned down a free phone to report this to the media...

That's what Gizmodo is saying anyway...

Incubus123 says:

He got paid plenty. Now he can buy several phones instead ..

mwara244 says:

with Google over $700 a share, i hope they gave it to him in stock options, or a job at Google.

LOL, seems LG/Google is using a move right out of Apple's own playbook. Come on guys, let's come up with a more original place to leave a phone next time.

mugabuga says:

Thank god nobody took the prototype and gave it to a review site or put it on XDA or something. That would be a disaster.

crowrb29 says:

definitely seems like it was intentional

IceDree says:

Dat Bar !

John-Smith says:

Dem Drinks!

alexlam24 says:

At least they didn't call the whole united states armed forces and the hulk to get the phone, google probably gave the man some money

piizzadude says:

Here is the biggest BS of the whole story, the Nexus 4 is NOT, I said NOT going to come with KLP. Is wired even in touch with the computing world anymore? At the very least they are the absolute fringe at this point.

ajac says:

and gizmodo didnt report it first wow lol


So is this coming to Verizon or not? Lol

Ziptied says:

Signs are pointing to no.

mwara244 says:

It is Not going to Vzw. It will be available to ATT and T-Mo

You have to think that if there were carrier variants in testing that they'd be leaked at least to some extent, considering how immensely the GSM model is leaked.

Suppose we'll find out soon.

Signs are pointing to yes

lightyear420 says:

what an idiot!!

Gekko says:

PR Stunt.

Joet says:

Just ONCE I would like the opportunity to lose a prototype device in a bar. I'm qualified... I go to bars...

Droid_Evo_8 says:

Watch, Apple is going to sue LG for copying their style of losing their iPhones in the bars. LOL

n0obpr0 says:


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lafountain says:

This was pretty much the first thing I thought of too.

Gearu says:

This would have been interesting news. A month ago...

motorwayne says:

Took a while to boot up.

rayosx256 says:

Go to the bar they said.. There is no way your can lose it they said.... have a few drinks, what could happen..

cctpitts01 says:

Yeah! the person for one did not pick the device up and show the back of it to verify it was infact the LG Nexus 4 and it was so damn dark that we could not make out if this was infact a Galaxy Nexus or the LG? :-(

scothran says:


So he had this phone and all he video taped was it booting up?!! Good Job way to go just what all of us wanted to see a device boot up.

someguy01234 says:

Don't know why one is still reading Wired

jcsugrue says:

Apple has already released a statement claiming they lost their prototype at a way cooler bar.

bryanjfaber says:

Google should give them 2 guys nexus for life. The one who knew it was a nexus4 could of bought the phone for $100 and sold it unbeknownst to the bartender. Or they could of both tried profiting.

They should be taken to upcoming nexus launch and given devices but also for the next so many years one from the line.

Savbers says:

Can I just say that the "screen" of the phone is moving around on the phones surface. It doesn't actually look like it was even the phones screen was ever turned on. Probably some fake model made and then a video of a nexus device turning on.

Or at least that's what it looked like from my Galaxy Nexus.

badkitties says:

Unlike the iPhone that was lost at a bar, the lost LG Nexus got almost zero
media attention?

JobiWan144 says:

The video is in Flash. Really? You couldn't bother to make it HTML5 compatible? I thought you guys were the ones celebrating the impending demise of Flash.

Edit: I suppose it could be that you imbedded a video from another site, I'm which case it's not your fault.

dtreo says:

After checking my pockets, I just realized that's MY quarter!