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Connect the dots, man: Is Google teasing Android 4.3 in promotional Gmail video?

11 months ago 10

I love the smell of a good conspiracy in the evening. It’s pretty well accepted at this point that the next version of Android to be released is 4.3. But we still haven’t seen any concrete evidence of this. Or have we?

Google Plus user Derek Ross has noted that in the recently released promotional video for the new Gmail, the clock on the Nexus 4 being used to show off the revamped Android app shows a time of 4:30. 4.3, 4:30? Purely coincidence, right? Not so fast.

According to Ross, this follows a similar pattern of previous Android releases. By looking at promotional materials for other Nexus devices, you’ll find that the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 were all featured in promo shots where the time on their clocks corresponded to the version of Android they were launched with, or running at the time.

GottaBeMobile did some digging on these claims, and found a video of the Nexus S showing a time of 2:30, a Nexus 7 at 4:10 and a picture of the Galaxy Nexus at 4:00. If you head over to Google Play right now, all of the renders of the Nexus 4 and 10 show a time of 4:20. It looks to be that way for the Nexus 7 as well.

So what does it all mean? Not a whole lot. We just thought it was neat. This could, of course, all be coincidence. But with Google’s love of Easter eggs and hidden messages, we’d be very surprised if this wasn’t another one of Google’s hidden treats.