Google Nexus Prime Release Date: First Photos Taken With Camera Surface

Pictures of an Apple retail store supposedly taken with the camera on a prototype version of the Google Nexus Prime smartphone have surfaced on the internet this week.

These photos were apparently discovered on Picasa by Google+ user Chris Yerga, who also works on the Android team at Google, and an engineer from the company named Roman Kirillov.

Judging from the data from the pictures, 9to5 Google says that the device might be branded “Galaxy Nexus” rather than Nexus Prime, along with listing a 0.041 second (1/24) exposure, and f/2.75 aperture.

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The images to appear to be resized by default to 3-megapixels by Picasa, but the Nexus Prime is expected to be released with an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting in 1080p HD.

The Google Nexus Prime smartphone was originally supposed to be unveiled earlier this week at Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked event.

Due to the passing of Steve Jobs, the company chose to push back the device's debut out of respect for the late great tech innovator.

The Nexus Prime will be the first Android smartphone running Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich software.

Rumors hit the internet yesterday stating that the delay might have been due to patent issues between Samsung and Apple.

But those rumors proved to be false, according to 9to5 Google who claimed a reliable source revealed to it that Samsung was planning to send out invites in the next day or two for the device's unveiling.

Samsung U.K. sales director Andrew Glass confirmed recently that the smartphone will be hitting “shops sooner than you think,” Android Community has reported. He also referred to the device as the “Nexus Prime,” which goes against recent EXIF data branding it the “Galaxy Nexus.”

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