The past few days the Google Nexus rumors have really been heating up. It was odd that we were nearly into October with hardly a peep regarding a Nexus device, but it sounds like Google’s attempts at silence are soon coming to an end. Now that we’ve heard multiple reports on the LG Optimus G Nexus — new claims are stating the device was handed out this week to Google employees.

Yup, new claims from the folks at AndroidandMe are stating that multiple sources have confirmed Google’s handed out the Optimus G Nexus to members of the Google staff — Googlers as we like to call them. Apparently the leak claiming to have “hands-on time” with the device is from a friend, and not an actual Google employee — but we’ll never know as they like to remain anonymous.

This new report suggests that the LG Optimus G Nexus is in fact real, and will be the first of many “Nexus” branded devices coming this year. The leakster had this to say regarding the smartphone:

“I can confirm the next nexus is LG Optimus based. The phone looks surprisingly like the Galaxy Nexus and does not have sharp corners like the LG Optimus we already know. It has a silver’ring like the iPhone 3G around the outer edge of the screen which seemed to be similar to the Galaxy Nexus in size but was much better in brightness.

I couldn’t have said if it was larger in the few minutes that I had the phone. Also, it has Nexus written on the back like the Nexus 7 except there is a color element to it. The ‘X’ is in four colors. There was also the LG logo on the back.”

The anonymous tipster also states the device is indeed running Android 4.2 but sneakily just says it looks like Android 4.1 we know and love. He doesn’t state Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie in his comments. Earlier reports that the homescreens will be replaced with a tabbed system like many web browsers wasn’t confirmed, and he said that wasn’t present. This could still be a very early version, but you’d think it would be further along if the device will truly be announced next month.

These reports also claim the Nexus will be very similar to the LG Optimus G for AT&T where they’ve replaced the 13 megapixel camera for the 8 megapixel zero shutter lag snapper instead. You’ll want to see our Optimus G hands-on video below for an idea of what to expect. The details on the device being more rounded than squared is something I favor, as I’ve always loved the rounded off edges of Nexus devices. For now we have nothing but rumors, but this sounds like the first bit of actual concrete evidence, although we can never be too sure until the device leaks in the wild. If the new Nexus was actually handed out to staff surely we’ll have more leaks soon. We’ll be sure and report back as soon as we hear more.

[via AndroidandMe]