A couple of years ago, while Mobot was still but a twinkle in the HotUKDeals network’s eye, an Apple employee left an iPhone 4 prototype in a San Francisco bar. It was sold to Gizmodo for $5,000 and all hell broke loose.
Not to be outdone, a Google employee reportedly did the same with an LG Nexus 4 last month, however the Google police managed to cover it up before any leakage occurred. Phe-ew.
The full story is told in incredible detail over at Wired, who spoke to San Francisco musician Jamin Barton – the guy who found the Nexus 4.
Jamin’s mate Dave, a tech-savvy kinda guy, immediately identified the phone as the upcoming Nexus 4.
Being nice guys, they contacted Google, and the firm’s global investigations and intelligence manager, Brian Katz, arranged to come collect it.
However, according to staff at the bar, Katz was a bit of a douche when he arrived and Jamin (who was holding onto the Nexus 4) was nowhere to be found.
“He said he wanted to keep me out of trouble — like I was in any kind of trouble — keep the bar out of trouble. They could file criminal charges,” says one guy.
The Nexus 4 was eventually returned to Katz (long story), and everyone lived happily ever after.
Of course, Carphone Warehouse blew the lid on the Nexus 4 on Thursday, ahead of the expected Monday launch. The reaction appears to be a resounding “meh”, thanks to the paltry 8GB internal storage and lack of microSD.