Iffy image said to signify incoming 10in Google tablet
'Nexus 10' eyed in EXIF data
It’s thumb and forefinger sodium chloride collection time, perhaps, but a photo has turned up on Google’s Picasa picture-sharing site that was taken on a device called the Nexus 10.
The reference to the device is embedded in the image’s EXIF photo metadata. The picture, uploaded on 15 October, is of a rather blurry multi-colour wallchart.
In fact, it’s so poorly shot, and with such a seemingly pointless subject, as to suggest the snap has been put there deliberately to host fake metadata. EXIF information is not difficult to overwrite, and the emphasis on the device name says to us that this is a cheat.
The only hint at authenticity - and it really is only the merest of hints - is that the picture was uploaded by a South Korean. A Samsung employee showing off, perhaps? That’s not sufficiently strong evidence for us.
The snap is 2560 x 1920. Some observers have lept to the conclusion that this is device’s screen resolution, but surely it’s the from a 5Mp camera?
Google is hosting a Google Play-themed event on 29 October in New York at which it’s entirely possible it will announce the already confirmed 32GB Nexus 7 tablet and, some pundits have suggested, a 10in model. Unless, of course, Google wants folk after screen sizes larger than seven inches to opt for its Chromebook 11.6in notebook?
We shall see. ®
hope it's true
Have been looking for an excuse to upgrade my still excellent GED Motorola xoom as my only complaint is that its a little heavy first generation device. Having purchased a super light nexus 7 16gb for the wife, I would jump at a nexus 10. Not quite willing to queue overnight for one like an iFan, but maybe get one the day after. I may be British but I don't stand in lines when it can be delivered to my house by a man in a van..
This may well be faked exif data but it would be logical for the chocolate factory to launch a 10" version.
No doubt, samsung will launch a 7.86" and a 9.71" version in short succession. ( joke )
Calibration chart, surely?
It's measured in CMY values, and if so, hardly pointless, if you're calibrating new imaging sofware, for, say, a new imaging platform with a 5MP camera.
Admittedly though, you are correct, EXIF data is somewhat easy to forge.
Not so easy at all
I mean, a 10" tablet is easy, but on the Nexus 7 the usual smartphone Android apps are already a bit of a letdown. A handful of tiny buttons squeezed into the top-left corner, lots of empty screen and hitting the menu button for just about everything won't get more fun on 10".
After using a Nexus 7 for a few weeks now I can fully understand why the larger Android tablets didn't sell. There are hardly any tablet apps for Android. It's just about bearable on the (still rather small) Nexus 7, but on a larger tablet? No, thanks.