A new video of the beloved Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless (sans Google Wallet) has surfaced. We are all anxiously waiting Verizon Wireless’ official announcement for a release date for the first Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich phone.
The latest rumored date is December 8th (or 9th) however if they were going to do it on either of those days we are confident it would have been in their Monday morning press release celebrating one year of 4G/LTE and announcing the Motorola Xyboards.
For now though, our friends at Android Community, uncovered this video of the Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus. The video features wallpapers, camera performance, and the factory reset animation.
While we are all pretty confident the code name for the Galaxy Nexus was the Nexus Prime, this holiday weekend stories have been propping up about the Verizon Wireless Nexus Prime. Most of the stories can be attributed back to Best Buy.
Well Best Buy has now started circulating a correction notice (pictured above and captured by Androidcentral.com) that clearly explains the mishap. The notice corrects the naming issue clearly identifying the phone as the “Galaxy Nexus by Samsung”. It goes on to state the obvious, that the device is not yet available for purchase.
The correction notice also corrects the Reozund. Best Buy had incorrectly identified the Rezound as being manufactured by LG when it’s actually an HTC device (we knew that though)
Shop Local, a Gannett website, has put up a Nexus Prime under Best Buy’s Shop Local page. The Best Buy page at shop local for the Nexus Prime has the phone listed for $299.99.
It should be stated here clearly that this is not a page on Bestbuy.com but an affiliate page for shoplocal.
Also the page show that it’s available now through December 21, 2011 at the $299 price however all you can do is it add it to your shopping list you can’t actually purchase it just yet. It has the Nexus Prime for $299 for a new contract, 2 year upgrade and 2 year add a line. If you want it out right it will be $799 according to this site.
We did see a North Carolina dealer let a customer preorder the Galaxy Nexus unlocked at $649 according to the receipt here.
We are hoping with Black Friday officially out of the way that Verizon Wireless will give us the actual skinny on the Galaxy Nexus this week. Remember even through this latest rumor neither Verizon Wireless, Samsung or Google has shed any light on official pricing or release for us folks in the good old U S of A.
Perhaps the hold up for an official Verizon Wireless announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is because it’s also going to Sprint? Briefmobile.com has obtained this packing list image containing a Nexus Prime poster headed to United Cellular, Sprint’s largest third party dealer.
The Galaxy Nexus was announced Wednesday morning in Hong Kong. At that time only DoCoMo for Japan was announced as a carrier despite a variety of leaked images of Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus devices. We definitely believe that the Galaxy Nexus is headed to Verizon Wireless, but after the success of the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, it’s certainly believable that the Galaxy Nexus is headed to Sprint as well.
SamsungJohn on Twitter has confirmed to Briefmobile that the code name for the Galaxy Nexus was Nexus Prime.
Wow the floodgates poured today with news on the next Nexus device. We are going to call it the next Nexus device because as more and more information comes out we feel that the phone we saw at VCD was a Verizon only device, possibly the Droid Prime and the next Nexus is the Galaxy Nexus or something to that affect.
Whatever you want to call it, the “ID” number GT-I9250 which is supposed to be the next Nexus device, as in Vanilla Android, developer phone, the one with the Ice Cream Sammywhiches, has shown up at the FCC. The device at the FCC isn’t the CDMA version though, it’s one with GSM bands for both AT&T and T-Mobile.
We won’t find out on Tuesday but as soon as Samsung and Google re-issue an invitation for a press conference we’ll be there and we’re pretty sure that this nifty device will be too and it will be heading to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
On October 10th Americans will celebrate the discovery of America, on Columbus Day. On October 11th we will celebrate the discovery of Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google’s Android development team had put a Youtube live placeholder page on Youtube earlier today. The countdown on that live event had it slated for October 11th. The Youtube live event place holder has been removed however that doesn’t take away the fact that it was there earlier in the day.
What do we have here? Samsung has put up a video, similar to the videos they’ve used to tease the next installment of Unpacked, the Google episode.
Samsung has been using the unpacked theme since Mobile World Congress back in February in Barcelona. These events are big press events to announce the latest Samsung innovation coming out. So far Unpacked events have revealed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, 7.7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note.
The world is anxiously awaiting an official announcement of what has been dubbed the Samsung Nexus Prime. Our friends at Engadget have lifted the still above out of the video. From the pic it looks like a smartphone with a cool looking contour and could very well be the Samsung Nexus Prime. Watch the entire video below and stay tuned next week when most of the TDG crew will be on hand for the event at CTIA.
What looks to be the forthcoming Nexus Prime has possible been spotted in the wild on consequently the same day as the iPhone 4S announcement.
The photo above is believed to be the first “caught in the wild” shot of the Nexus Prime, the third in a series of vanilla Android devices targeted to developers. The photo shows 720p HD as well as some soft buttons on the bottom row. We’re not sure why this odd angle, perhaps the other side of the device has a serial number which is not uncommon in “beta” phones.
The Nexus Prime is rumored to be the first device coming to the market with Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android which is supposed to mesh the best things from Honeycomb with the best things from Gingerbread for one robust operating system.
The wait won’t be much longer, we’ll be at CTIA next week to bring you all the goods from Samsung’s unpacked event which puts Google front and center on the invitation.
So Dr. Panda Seuss is back with more Samsung Nexus Prime poetry, this time I’m going to get in front of the story before any of my other writers do and just cut right to the chase, Google is not going to allow a phone branded “nexus” to have a physical keyboard.
The Nexus series is a developer series designed to take advantage of Android in it’s most original form. If you ever go to an Android focused tech event like I/O or Appnation you’ll see all the developer’s in the developer sandboxes using their apps and demoing their apps on a Nexus One or Nexus S. They’re looking for the pure Googlefied experience. In order to develop for the masses you need to have a baseline phone.
Now, well Samsung release a similarly spec’d Android device with a qwerty keyboard? I’m sure they will but it won’t be a Nexus.
Phandroid has obtained an extremely suspicious looking “internal document” reminiscent of the “Best Buy Floor Plan” for the Nexus S (internal Best Buy floor plans are called Plan O’s) however in case there is any legitimacy to this document we thought we’d at least give it a gander at reporting.
A “Best Buy Employee” says he allegedly received a list from a Verizon employee that details upcoming handsets. The document in questions suggests that the Samsung Stratosphere will replace the Samsung Fascinate. The HTC Thunderbolt (ADR6400) appears to be getting replaced by the HTC Thunderbolt 2. That would check out with the HTC Vigor which has been rumored to be the replacement for the HTC Thunderbolt. The HTC Vigor has the number ADR6425.
Samsung Mobile has something big up their sleeves, actually it looks like 2 somethings big up their sleeves. They are doing another “unpacked” event at IFA 2011.
Samsung “Unpacked” at Mobile World Congress in Berlin was where we first heard about the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Then the following month at CTIA in Orlando Samsung brought us another unpacked event where we heard about the US version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the US version of the, as yet to be seen again, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Samsung’s former CTO Omar Khan did something unheard of and announced the pricing and availability of both tablets at that event. According to that announcement we have about 6 weeks left for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to be released.
More including the two teaser videos, after the break (more…)