Oct. 15, 2012 at 3:37 PM ET
There are many rumors about the next Google Nexus smartphone right now. It might be made by LG. It might launch on Oct. 29. There might be more than one. It might have a built-in coffee maker.
Alright, that last part's not true, but you get the idea.
Now, Google and LG employees have added fuel to the flames by accidentally — "or perhaps intentionally," scream some conspiracy theorists — posted photos which include the rumored device's name in the EXIF data.
As the Verge's Sam Byford points out, photos posted to Google+ from LG's Pyeongtaek Learning Center and a Google employee in Texas reference a device called the "Nexus 4." At this point, the photos have been yanked off the Internet, but the damage is done.
The name would make sense, if the next Nexus turns out to be a 4-inch device. (After all, the search engine giant did dub its 7-inch tablet the "Nexus 7.")
Either way, we'll find out if this name turns out to be correct, presumably, at the end of this month, almost exactly a year from the moment Samsung and Google announced the current Google Nexus.
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