Google “Mystery Tablet” Spotted, But You Shouldn’t Get Excited

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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.

Source: Google (YouTube)
Via: Phandroid

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!