Google “Mystery Tablet” Spotted, But You Shouldn’t Get Excited
Google’s just-announced Hangouts app is the new hottness (unless you’re AT&T, apparently), so it’s no surprise that Google is excited about spreading the word. To that end, it’s thrown together a video demo showing some of what Hangouts is capable of, and how it lets you connect with your friends. In the process, Google just might have revealed a new Nexus tablet… or is this just some dumb prop model we’re getting needlessly worked-up over?
Just around twenty seconds into the clip below, you can see a tablet in the seven-to-eight inch range with a beveled edge and a glowing notification light. That edge sure looks Nexus-7-like enough, but the Nexus 7 doesn’t have a notification light, right? Could this be a new version of the hardware, like we’ve heard rumored?
Almost certainly not. This video takes a lot of liberties – watch a little further on to see one guy using his Nexus 4 upside down. As for this tablet, if you look carefully next to that “notification light” you’ll see another, dimmer circle – kind of like a light sensor? In fact, we’re looking at the top of the Nexus 7, and that blue effect appears to just be the tablet’s front-facing camera with the colored glow added in post.
So, it’s a real tablet, all right, and no stand-in, but it just doesn’t work as shown here in real life.