This week Google I/O brought tons of exciting new features and news in the world of Android. Sadly, there wasn’t new hardware or that Nexus 7 redux we’ve been talking about as of late. Many rumors and leaks suggest a new Nexus 7 is coming, but Google didn’t unveil anything. However, their new Google+ Hangouts video released yesterday might have just given us our first glance.

For the few that have owned the Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 4 (like myself) you all probably love the multicolor notification light Google’s added to these devices. We wish all smartphones had a blinking notification LED, but many leave it out. The original and first Nexus 7 didn’t have this oft-seen Nexus feature, but the next one might.

The image you see above appears to be a tablet, very similar to the Nexus 7, and it rocks the same multicolor RGB notification LED we’ve come to love on other Nexus phones. Yesterday Google unveiled their new Hangouts app for messaging, video calling and more, that’s cross-platform. In their just released video a few seconds in (20 second mark) we possibly get our first look at the upcoming slate. Interesting right? Take a peek yourself.

According to the folks at AusDroid we could be seeing the new Nexus 7 here, before Google planned to mention it. And we’d have to agree. Was this a mistake, or just some casual Google teasing? Previous rumors and reports have stated a 1920 x 1200 full 1080p HD Nexus 7 was in the works, to be revealed at IO, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core and Android 4.3. Or whatever version of Android they announced.

Since we didn’t get either of those things, what do you guys think? Is this just a promo video we’re looking into too much, or will Google be dropping a new Nexus tablet in the coming weeks or months? Last we heard it was on track for July. Sound about right?

SOURCE: Google+

  • That looks like FAR from a slip up. Its a clear teaser.

  • Henners

    But then they showed a guy using a Nexus 4 upside down.. I don’t know what to believe! 🙂

    • Wael Karram

      I saw it too. but why would they do that??

    • Getting all crazy. And upside down thanks to custom ROM’s allowing rotate everywhere mahaha

  • I think this is a bit of a red herring.

    If you look carefully, you can see an Ambient light sensor next to the “notification light”.

    • boo, ur no fun

    • phor11

      Indeed. It appears as if the notification light was just an effect added after the fact just like most of the UI shown on the phones/tablets.

      Plus I’m sort of hoping that it’s not true because the Nexus7 shown in the spot still has a rear facing speaker. Tablets NEED front facing speakers.

  • Did my pic not post? Here it is if so.

  • Nexus 10 has HSPA network. At 1:00.

  • hurrpancakes

    I wouldn’t take anything in this video as a revealing.

    The Nexus 4 is held upside down, with a task killer installed, and the Nexus 10 has a cellular connection

    • Ibrahim Jadoon

      Sheesh, good eyes.

  • Adeio

    That’s obviously just refraction of light on the front facing camera. Nothing to see here folks.

    • Adeio

      I apologize, after scrubbing through the video a few times, it very well could be a notification light. However, I still stand by my original statement in most part.

    • It pulses exactly like the Nexus 4, exactly. No camera reflection

  • Junior

    Google doesn’t want to do reveal it on IO this year because people might want to get it for free like last year and complain if they don’t. It will come out maybe later this year. Spec wise, chinese companies are selling android mini PC’s with Quad core and 2GB or RAM at $100. They can easily get the high end specs at the same pricing. Current Nexus 7 has only 1GB and smartphones this days starts at 2GB of RAM. You can’t survive with that specs up to the holidays.

    • Junior

      I meant $199 the same price for the Nexus 7 2nd gen.

    • Henners

      Even today, the Nexus 7 is still probably the best “budget” tablet out there. Heck, you could still probably call it the best 7″ tablet at the moment. I can’t think of any other device that has yet to match the Nexus 7’s spec sheet near this cost.

    • Wrong, since they gave away a Pixel @ I/O.

  • virgill

    Android 4.1 camera icon on nexus 4 in the video

  • Paul Smith

    unfortunately I think it’s just a coloured dot they’ve dubbed over the Camera. As the notification pulse fades out you can see the camera lens 🙁

    Gutted, was really hoping for them to announce a new Nexus 7

  • stucrmnx120fshwf

    I’m still crying, no new cheap, powerful, stock tab or smartphone, but I suppose if it’s later, there’s more of a chance of UD (4k) level graphics in the background, ie. Snapdragon 800 or Tegra 4. See their not going for OS upgrade, probably to avoid fragmentation, do it in the background I suppose.

  • Shivam

    there is also another leak in this video at the end when the guy picks up the nexus 10 it had a data connection symbol just like we were expecting so that also might be announced along with the new nexus 7… take a look your self