Photo EXIF data suggests Nexus 4 name for upcoming LG E960

The EXIF data of two newly posted images on Picasa suggest the LG built device that everyone assumes is coming soon will be called the Nexus 4. We've seen that name on both a Carphone Warehouse screen and from the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, However, this one carries a bit more weight as the fellow posting the pictures, Mehul Agarwal,  happens to be a software engineer for Google.

Yes, EXIF data can be faked. Yes, names can change -- especially when talking phones that haven't even been announced yet. But we have to think that if this information wasn't meant for the public it would have been removed by now, and I'm pretty confident in the Nexus 4 name after today's news.

Source: Picasa. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Jerry Hildenbrand
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  • Why is this image so familiar? Oh, yeah... it was used to leak another unannounced phone before... either the image is faked or the leaker seems to like that coffee a lot :P hehe
  • Surprised that this phone has enough internal storage to hold photos at this high of a resolution... Just kidding! Looks like it takes better pics than the current nexus, can't wait to get my hands on this bad boy.
  • I'm absolutely worried about the internal storage, but what the heck, I'm excited. The GNex had its critics before launch and it's the best phone I've ever used. I'm trusting Google to make it good. Now if they betray that trust....
  • why do I get the feeling that LG is the one leaking
    all the stories about the "Nexus 4" smartphone? I used to love LG phones until their build quality
    and reliability went downhill. (compared directly
    with Motorola and Samsung)
  • I have absolutely no doubt that these are controlled leaks to stir up some excitement. Guerrilla Marketing 101.
  • Hear, hear.
  • Because the photos are being posted by supposed Google employees, wouldn't that be even more corroboration?
  • Not bad for 3MP. Maybe they'll post an 8MP image later.
  • That photo is from Green Hornet, only Kato can make coffee like that...
  • You do realize how douchebaggy this comment sounds, right? Lol.
  • Ok. Weird place for the question, but this is the dilemma I'm having at the moment. Should I get the Note 2 or the Nexus 4 (assuming the specs we've received are what we're getting)?
  • N2 baby
  • I'm really thinking about it. I have a Nexus 7, so I do have the pure Android experience on one device. I don't know if having it on two would risk making the whole thing boring for me. Then again, getting simultaneous updates on both devices at the same time would be really cool. But the Note 2 is just so enticing. All of the features it has with the S Pen are amazing. It's the size that I'm worried about. I'm perfectly fine with my 4.7" One X at the moment and know I could go bigger, but I'm not sure if I could go THAT bigger.
  • Can you handle Samsung dropping the ball on support like they surely will? The next OS update to Key Lime Pie (whenever that is) for that device will be at least 4 months late if recent history is any indication. After being a once proud owner of an Atrix 4G, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I'm done with third party manufacturers and relying on them to support the device properly or help foster a modding community by giving them the tools they need to work with. Buying ANYTHING with your hard earned and having it properly supported by software updates, unlockable bootloaders, and proper documentation to create mods shouldn't be this difficult and this much of a gamble on every new device. Even a massively popular device like the S3 has support issues with slow updates, bootloaders, and lack of documentation for the Exynos SoC. From here on and out, it's not me choosing Nexus devices, but me as a customer being steered towards them because NOBODY else is offering what I'm looking for in a device (Be it a phone or a tablet), and to be honest, I'm OK with that because Google is charging fair prices for their devices and delivering top notch support.
  • The G Note II is REALLY BIG. I don't think I'd be comfortable using it as my primary mobile device. My advice: wait till both are available in the US. Then try a Note II in a store and see how you like it. It may be too big, or it may be just right, and I don't think you can know that until you actually try it. That being said, there's nothing wrong at all to with the One X. It's generally the phone I've recommended to people on AT&T (I'll now start recommending waiting for the One X+ to become available). Unless you really don't like Sense, I'd recommend waiting till next year to get a new phone. Then you'll have the latest and greatest at that time and save some money, too.
  • note 2
  • Hey! Have you ever heard of this thing called… the "Reply" button?
  • Note 2... Hands down.. Both of them... Ha!
  • Nah, I'm on for the Nexus.
  • Nah, I'm on for the Nexus.
  • Note 2 for me
  • Will we get the nexus 4s? Maybe the nexus 5? ;)
  • Rumor has it that the Nexus 5 will be slightly taller than the previous models.
  • JERRY: A Korean guy has also posted pictures on Picasa taken with a "Nexus 4." Just follow your own source link and you'll see.
  • LG sucks ass
  • Google employee Jason Parks has now posted Nexus 4 pics on Picasa as well. The Korean guy I mentioned earlier is an LG Electronics employee (he's wearing the lanyard on one of the pics).
  • That's some damn confusing naming going on. So for tablets the name will be based on their size and for phones the name will be based on how many have been released. This seems like an excellent idea that will not confuse any consumers at all.
  • I agree for the average consumer these naming conventions are a terrible idea.
  • Forgive my ignorance, but how does the EXIF data in these few shots tie in with the LG E960? or are we all certain and convinced the E960 IS the Nexus 4? I'm having trouble keeping up....