September 1, 2014

New Leak Suggests There May Be More Than One "Prime" [OPINION] (Updated)

While everyone has undoubtedly seen the latest Nexus Prime leak this morning, many are too quick to assume this is the Google experience Nexus Prime that we’ve all been waiting for. Armed with Samsung’s own video teaser from earlier this week and the new video from today, I would like to suggest the following…

  1. The phone in today’s leak is sporting Samsung’s TouchWiz interface for Ice Cream Sandwich
  2. The Nexus Prime will run stock Ice Cream Sandwich and will look much closer to Honeycomb
  3. There are 2 “Prime” phones being prepped by Samsung

You may wonder what proof I have. Well, ask and you shall receive…

Today’s leak shows off ICS with TouchWiz:

Let’s be honest. The leaked video and screenshots from today don’t look anything like any of the previously leaked videos and screenshots. However, it does remind me of another UI that I’ve seen on countless Samsung phones and tablets. It’s called TouchWiz. Just from the font used by the clock and software navigation buttons, I’ll bet anything that this is TouchWiz for ICS. I don’t have proof of this, but it only seems logical. The icons on the homescreen, along with the notification bar icons all reek of TouchWiz. If you continue reading, you may be more inclined to believe me.

Nexus Prime’s stock ICS will look closer to Honeycomb:

After seeing the original ICS leak video from the guy who got it on his Nexus S, it’s clear that Google was starting to aim for a more Honeycomb look. Google said it. Not me. Proof is from back when Google began discussing ICS with the public. At that time, Android Engineering Director, David Burke, said that they would be bringing Honeycomb’s “Hologram” visual style to it. Today’s leaked video and screenshots clearly don’t mesh with the “Honeycomb” look. I am confident when I say that this leak is not stock ICS. I think it’s safe to say that it’s skinned (and I’m assuming it’s TouchWiz).

There are 2 “Prime” phones: (SEE UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM OF POST)

Today’s leaked video was clearly of a Prime phone running ICS (way too hard to fake both hardware and software). However, if you pay attention towards the end of the video (at about 1:20), the guy turns off the screen by pressing a button on the left side of the phone. But wait. Take a look at the picture below. You’ll notice something odd. Keep in mind, this was taken straight from Samsung’s teaser video. Look at the power button. It’s on the right side of the phone. So either the guy in the video is a magician, Samsung’s own video is fake, or there are two phones. Which of the three seems most plausible? I know there’s a chance that Samsung accidentally flipped the phone in their video, but that seems pretty unlikely. I propose there are 2 versions of the “Prime.” One will be the Nexus Prime, sporting stock, Honeycomb looking ICS, and the other will be a Samsung Prime, covered in TouchWiz and possibly with a slightly altered casing. In the past, we’ve also heard rumors of multiple names for the phone. It’s been called the Nexus Prime, Droid Prime, and others. Perhaps there’s more than one name floating around because there’s more than one version of the phone. Crazier things have happened.

We won’t know anything for sure until Google and Samsung actually get around to their unveiling. Now that that’s been pushed off, it’s anyone’s guess as to when we’ll get the concrete information we so desperately crave. In the meantime, it’s back to good ol’ rumors and Mr. Blurrycam.

UPDATE: After reviewing the video a few more times, I am more inclined to believe that the guy did, in fact, use his index finger to shut off the phone. There is slight movement in his finger that coincides with the thumb movement. I also think the guy’s thumb is too high up the phone for it to be pressing the power button. Thank you to the commenters for making me take another look.

Either way, I’m still convinced that the UI is TouchWiz, which leads me to believe that there will either be 2 versions of the Prime released in the future, or this leak just happens to be from a Nexus Prime that Samsung was testing their ICS TouchWiz skin on. Considering they already have the OS, there’s no reason they wouldn’t be working on re-doing TouchWiz for it. Even the Google Search bar at the top of the homescreen doesn’t flow with the new search bar we’ve seen leaked in previous videos. It doesn’t really look Google-made. It’s even missing the magnifying glass on the left.