Google Inc. is expected to launch its new Android L operating system as well as two new Nexus devices in a matter of days, and some newly discovered Google ads are chock-full of clues about what's in store. Members of the online community Reddit found video files of the ads, and they are already making their rounds on the Internet.
One video is a glaring clue of Google's plans to launch an extra-large phablet smartphone code-named "Shamu," a device with a 5.9-inch screen. The ad depicts people at a bus stop when a phone begins ringing. After several people check their tiny devices to no avail, the smallest person at the bus stop pulls out a humongous device and begins talking. The Nexus 6 would be the company's first phablet smartphone, released at a time when even competitors like Apple are becoming smart to the large-screen game.
The other videos depict the diversity in the Android product line. Notably, many different hardware manufacturers power their devices with Android software. All three of the ads include the slogan, "Be together. Not the same," featuring a variety of people with different personalities. One ad is set to Montell Jordan’s "This Is How We Do it." Another ad is set to Tag Team’s "Whoop There It Is" and depicts several people in a Winnebago, many holding various electronic devices, including smartwatches, smartphones and tablets.
Google may reveal its new product lineup as early as Wednesday. In addition to Android L, which may be called "Android Lollipop" or "Android Licorice," Google may launch the Nexus 6 smartphone, developed by Motorola, and the Nexus 9 tablet, developed by HTC. Reports suggest that the Nexus 9, in particular, may launch Wednesday with a $399 price tag. No exact launch or pricing information has surfaced for the Nexus 6.
This isn't the first time Google has made teasers for its upcoming products. Leading up to the late-October launch of the Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 KitKat operating system last year, Google shared KitKat-themed teaser videos, which many believed contained clues about when the products would be announced.