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2011-10-21 17h07_01

Perhaps you've heard of an upcoming phone called the Galaxy Nexus. It's just a little piece of awesome sent down from the Android Gods to bring in the newest version of Android: Ice Cream Sandwich. Ever since it was officially unveiled on Tuesday night, there have been rumors flying around that Big Red may not be the network that will get this oh-so spectacular device -- but, thankfully, we can now put all that crap to rest, because Verizon just officially announced it.

There's no word on an official launch date or price yet, only that it will be available sometime "this year" -- either way, this is still good news. Yay!

VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES THE GALAXY NEXUS BY SAMSUNG

Features the Latest Version of Android and America’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced that the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone running on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy the innovative new features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers, such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Customers can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to access more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™ or rent movies and stream them instantly on the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display.

Additional features:

· 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas

· Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

· First smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display (1280 x 720)

· 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM

· 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and 1080p full HD video capture

· 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting

· Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled

· Android Beam allows customers to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping compatible phones together

· Support for Google™ mobile services – Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google+ app

Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Zach

    Oh come on we know it's going to be $300 like every other overpriced Verizon phone.

    • Jose

      Yes. Too much to battle against the iPhone 4s

      • florescentbulb.

        32Gb nexus same cost as 32gb iPhone.

        • http://www.mrchnd.com chris

          I agree but the argument is invalid. People made a similar comparison regarding the iPad2 and the Xoom and look how that ended up. 90% of consumers will look at the cost of entry and not weigh the specs nearly as heavily. If they want the GN to compete with the iPhone (and I'm not saying it has to) it needs to be the same price.

      • Ryan

        That's a pointless argument anymore. Android is gobbling up the market, and that's all that matters. I think most people are over the "iPhone killer" mantra because Android is what people are looking at. The success in Android is the choice in hardware. You can't find that with iPhone. If people want an iPhoneless iPhone that is $199 there are many options. If people want a higher end $299 device, there are options. Let's move into 2011 and get past the "every device must be an iPhone killer" mentality that's been rampant since 2007. You can't "kill" iPhone, just iOS.

    • Ryan

      Really? Because when I look on at&t's website I see more expensive devices that are far less impressive.

  • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

    What carrier announces a phone just to say "later this year sometime"?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      A carrier that hasn't approved the phone in its current state yet, with all the bugs mostly related to LTE. The carrier that doesn't want you to have a crappy experience with a brand new flagship phone. Once they fix the bugs, they'll have a better idea when to release it.

      • Guest

        You mean like the bionic???

      • http://twitter.com/aslack12 Austin

        Pretty sure those "bugs" you talk about were in a Nexus running an RC of ICS, not the final build.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          I'm hearing it's still buggy in its current state.

      • blow

        they did approve it...they wouldn't of announced it if it wasn't going to be approved and people I know says its all set to go stop spreading fud

        • Jim

          :::cough::: bullsh*t

      • http://www.mrchnd.com chris

        Luckily, there are only 2 months remaining in the year.

      • Ryan

        By "bugs" you mean that 12.5 hr battery life found in the Droid RAZR? Awful bug, isn't it?

    • Twisted Pixels Multimedia

      One that learned their lesson with the Thunderbolt.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Precisely.

      • Junior

        Have you played with a Bionic? I am sorry but no lesson was learned. 60% of the day I dont have data, no 3g no lte. I have to either reboot or enable/disable airplane mode to get data back. Something just isn't right with the LTE switching, once it switches and goes back nothing comes back. It's very annoying. When LTE is working its amazingly fast....When its working...

        • Ryan

          Funny... Last time I checked the phone hardware was primarily responsible for connecting to towers and data. Might also help if you weren't using a Motorla device, which is a company that has been notorious for buggy hardware and software. My LTE device has 0 issues connecting to the network.

        • Junior

          The Tbolt also had the same issue from switching on/off LTE/3G. Which wasnt Motorola, I assume it has to do with something with the radios being used within the phones.

    • florescentbulb.

      One who really wants to release the phone so they say this. even though the actual release is very soon.

  • jjrudey

    Cannot wait to get this phone. My almost 2 year old Droid can finally retire.

  • http://www.psycho.ziggy471.com Jerry Lange

    woohooo . maybe it was all the emails sent asking for the phone and telling them that we will leave if they dont come though.

  • edaddy

    Verizon=idiots, they keep pulling this shit and I just go to another network.

  • Brian Bockelman

    Did you read the 2 GB data plan? Required? Can't you just renew your unlimited data plan?

    "Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data"

    • Jarrod Someone

      Verizon doesnt have unlimited anymore, unlimited was changed to 2GB

      • Zach

        Yup. Looks like no more unlimited from now on if you want a new smartphone on Verizon.

        • Deltaechoe

          wrong, they still grandfather you in if you already have the data package, what they are saying about that is for new customers

        • Zach

          Sure doesn't look like it by the fine print, but I guess we'll see.

        • Ryan

          They must grandfather people in or the contract is nullified and they can lose the customer. Verizon has already said they will grandfather users that have the original $30 data package regardless of upgrade. However, if you are a NEW customer or a current customer without a data package already, you will only get the 2GB. If you are a current customer with the original data package and add a new smartphone line, that new line will get the 2GB, but the original line with the unlimited package will remain unlimited.

      • paul someone else

        true, if you already have an unlimited data plan you will still have it even if you upgrade to a new phone. I talked to a verizon rep on the phone not too long ago about this and she said verbatim what I just said or else I would've switched a while back

    • nocturnhabeo

      A data plan has always been required for android phones on Verizon

  • http://www.psycho.ziggy471.com Jerry Lange

    that is probably the minimum requirements

  • wicked six

    I don't see why it was in question, they announced it would have an LTE radio for Verizon's 4G network.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Because it was still up in the air due to bugs and Verizon cancelled or passed on every other Nexus in the past.

      • blow

        stop spreading lies....the nexus was never in question because it does not have any so called bugs your talking about the phone is great and even better on 4g

    • Joe

      Actually they announced 2 versions, one with the LTE and one with HSPA+, which really doesn't mean specifically one carrier over another.

      • Ryan

        Well considering Verizon is the largest LTE carrier in the world and the commercial for the Galaxy Nexus shows Verizon branding... I'd say that's all but an "official" announcement.

  • Deltaechoe

    Later this year better be november 10th, just sayin

    • http://twitter.com/aslack12 Austin

      Yeah, wasn't that leaked right here on AP?

    • Matt

      You will not be grandfathered in if u use a upgrade...it will make your current plan null and void...so buy it at retail or lose your unlimited plan

      • Anthony

        incorrect. customers with an unlimited plan are able to keep their unlimited plan when upgrading or renewing.

        • Anthony

          and, if for whatever reason you dont believe me and all of the news postings you can find via google, here is it directly from a verizon rep.

          http://community.vzw.com/t5/PDA-Smartphone-Devices/UNLIMITED-DATA-PLAN/ta-p/346642?device-view=desktop

        • Rand0m

          Did you even read what you posted? Please go through and read it very carefully since it is quite obvious you skimmed right over the important details.
          The questioner specifically states that HIS phone has unlimited data and he was wondering if ANOTHER phone would qualify for unlimited data since it is his family plan. Another words he wanted to use his phone's grandfathered unlimited data on a new phone that does not have data. He's talking about two different phone lines.

        • Anthony

          i did, apparently you did not. please read the comments. in the very last comment a verizon rep responds to another customer asking if their unlimited plan carries over.

        • Rand0m

          Haha, I just realized that we are both agreeing with each other. I thought you were the OP who stated that you can not keep your unlimited plan. That's what I get for posting late at night.

      • Tom

        If you already have an unlimited plan you will be able to carry it over to the Nexus. I should know, I work for Verizon and do these transactions everyday :)

  • Josh

    Not a single mention of exclusivity, that could be good news for those of us not on Verizon!

  • Devin

    Was excited about this phone until I learned it is pen(t)ile.
    Talk about being served a filet mignon and getting a huge turd on the side.
    No thx

    • peter smith

      PenTile® technology renders the same resolution as RGB stripe with 33% fewer subpixels

      The human eye perceives the resolution of the PenTile RGBW™ panel as the same as an equivalent RGB stripe panel, yet the PenTile® panel uses one-third fewer subpixels. Consider the figure below to understand how this is accomplished.

      At the top is the PenTile RGBW™ layout; at the bottom RGB stripe. The circle at the bottom center demonstrates the finest pattern of vertical black and white lines an RGB stripe display is capable of rendering. This requires three columns (R + G + B) be turned "on" and an equivalent width of three columns be turned "off" to write one cycle of a black and white line. From a suitable distance this collection of color subpixels appears to the eye as a white line.

      The top center circle shows the equivalent pattern of vertical black and white lines written to the PenTile RGBW™ layout. From a distance the array of color subpixels in two columns will appear to the eye as a white line, identical to that generated by the RGB stripe layout, and the following two columns will write the corresponding black line. With only four columns being used to accomplish the same linear cycle that required six columns for legacy RGB stripe, two columns are saved. Hence, PenTile RGBW™ technology maintains the same resolution with one-third fewer columns, one-third fewer subpixels and one-third fewer transistors in the array. This results in wider columns and improved aperture ratio (ratio of transmissive area of a subpixel to the total area of that subpixel).

      The circles on the right of the figure demonstrate the finest pattern of black and white lines which may be written horizontally to RGB stripe (bottom) and PenTile RGBW™ (top). Note that both layouts require the same number of rows for horizontal lines.

      http://www.nouvoyance.com/technology.html

  • Sandro

    If you are an existing verizon customer with an unlimited plan you are grandfathered in unless you make any changes to your account.

    • Zach

      I would love to know where you are getting this information.

  • Roger

    "Later this year"?! I have a feeling this is going to be a repeat of the Bionic? Announced today, released 6-10 months down the road. Verizon seems determined to blow the release and kill whatever momentum this phone had! Of course this well lead tech pundits to claim it was a failure, proving the Android will never catch on with mainstream consumers. And the cycle continues... (sigh)

    • Tim Tebow

      I hope that is not the case this time around. But I'll put money down saying you are right.

  • Tim Tebow

    Darn that PenTile technology. Why not Retina?

    • Rick

      You would really rather have a postage stamp sized, lower resolution screen? I said resolution not PPI. The issues of Pentile went back to the lower PPI panels that were previously the best that could be manufactured. At 319 PPI it will be beautiful as has been noted by the writers that have actually had hands on experience with the Nexus.

    • Zomby2D

      Because Retina is not a technology but a made-up term by Apple meaning a screen with 300 ppi or more. So basically, the Galaxy Nexus screen does qualify for the term Retina.

  • sgtguthrie

    AND now I'm kind of regretting getting a Thunderbolt. It's a great phone, but if I'd thought Verizon would actually be getting a NEXUS, I would have stuck it out with my antiquated d1 :-(

    Oh well, that's what cyanogenmod is for :-)

    • nocturnhabeo

      I know how you feel right now I am staring at my phone in confusion, loving it for what it has done for me and hating it for the better phones out there

  • scuttlefield

    And Phandroid is all but confirming a Sprint release*. Now, will both AT&T and T-mo get a version...and how extensive of a release will it be? On Tuesday, they said that it would be based on market. Hmmm....

    *Reference: http://phandroid.com/2011/10/21/samsung-galaxy-nexus-will-see-a-sprint-release/

  • blow

    Verizon's build is not buggy.....this was already stated that was a lie and misinformation, verizon glaxy nexus should be on schedule early November release....don't worry you all will know this coming weak:-)

  • Joe

    My question is, will this Verizon version be usable on T-Mo? Because for so many of us who got the original Nexus One as an upgrade (which was with T-Mobile of course) our contract's are almost, but not quite, at their 2-year conclusion. So does that mean those of us N1 owners now have to leave T-Mo to get the GNex?

    • scuttlefield

      Verizon version will not be compatible with T-mo as Verizon is a CDMA/LTE carrier and T-mo is a GSM/HSPA+ carrier. On Tuesday at the Samsung/Google event, they said that there will be a GSM/HSPA+ version of the GN, but it is not clear if the will be for AT&T or T-mo or both (or maybe international only?). They also mentioned that it would be based on market area demand. So, we have to wait and see.

  • Jim

    /me starts putting stuff up for sale on craigslist

    wooooo

  • http://social-catalog.com/is-this-proper-google-nexus-prime-specs aatif

    WOW that great , Verizon announced it . now battle with iphone 4s

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    I will be new to verizon and will be enjoying my very first pure google android device. I applaud Google for doing exactly what they said they would back at google I/O in 2011 and that was to bring the platform together as one. Ice Cream Sandwich does exactly that there will be no more fragmentation you can count on that. I was new to android back in June 2010 and didn't like what pure android looked like so I selected HTC as the manufacturer and sprint as my carrier when I got my very first android device the HTC EVO 4G on June 4th 2010. On June 24th 2011 I upgraded to my current EVO 3D and will forever have sprint and my love for HTC devices. But now with ice cream sandwich I know that skins on android device ARE NO LONGER NEEDED. Elements of htc sense is so very prevalent throughout the new 4.0 ice cream update it's very elegant. The ring is pure sense 3.0 at it's best and the feature with the new people's application is pure sense integration. Google has accomplished there goal to make the operating system of android very elegant and I believe skins are no longer needed for a pure android experience. I will be purchasing my very first pure android device for the very first time on Verizon. I hope sprint does get the Galaxy Nexus for everyone who deserves the chance to enjoy pure android BUT I WON'T WAIT FOR IT. I will have the VERY BEST in android with both my current EVO 3D on sprint as well as my new GALAXY NEXUS on verizon. Great way to end 2011 with the best devices android has to offer. My fellow evo 3d and 4g owners as well as HTC supporters read this article and at the end ask yourself the same thing I did and see what answers you come up with I bet you too will be finding a way to get the Galaxy Nexus just as I did. I WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE BEST ANDROID UPDATES. GOOGLE TALK VIDEO CHAT HERE I COME. Subject:Android 4.0 end-to-end: What would you d, http://goo.gl/TQAe4

    • fins1771

      I'm not signing up for stupid data caps. Good luck with that and higher prices. My EVO3d gets updates from xda, so I get them whenever I want. Pure android like on the nexus s is BORING. If your 3d ran as good as mine you couldn't care less about switching for a phone Sprint will get anyhow. That's like ATT customer switching to Sprint because the SGS2 came out on Sprint first. Very dumb. What will I do? I'm staying with unlimited data, and will keep my 3d until Sprint releases a LTE equipped phone with great specs. Have fun watching your data usage go over about halfway through the month. Then you can use your EVO the rest of the month. LOL.

  • Paul

    I had a DX with unlimited data, and upgraded to the Bionic on release day (upgraded - paid subsidized price with a two year plan, did NOT pay retail). My unlimited 3G data plan is now an unlimited 4G data plan (at the same cost as before, even), so, yes, if you already have unlimited data, you keep it when you upgrade your device.

    I am on the family plan, and my wife also has unlimited data that she will keep when she upgrades in March. My daughter, however, has a feature phone. If I ever want to get her a smartphone, her data plan, and any other phones I may put on the plan in the future, will be a tiered plan.

    If you have unlimited data now, and you replace that phone with the Nexus, you will have unlimited data. If you add the Nexus (not upgrade, but add an additional line, your data will be tiered.

    • fins1771

      Anything binding Verizon to honor grandfathering peoples plans? If they are just doing it now, nothing is written in a contract to say it will remain. If It's not in writing It's subject to change if Verizon wishes I'm guessing. Hopefully Verizon will continue to let people keep their plans unlimited. If they quit grandfathering plans I wonder how many people will stay with tiered data. I know I would leave.

      • Ryan

        And go where? Sprint is already starting to pull back on their unlimited offers. It's only a matter of time before they drop their smartphone package too. Sprint cannot sustain itself forever in their current state by giving everything and the kitchen sink for cheap...something is eventually going to give out.

  • CraigM

    This stinks. I was really hoping that Sprint would get the new Google phone. I hate that Verizon is the only one that got it!

    Verizon is way over-priced for what you get and it seems that they are always adding new restrictions.

  • sgtguthrie

    Why do you effin guys spam these kind of threads? Does anyone really follow your links? Just for spamming, I would NEVER BUY ANYTHING from you! If you're spamming, you're UNTRUSTWORTHY! Just saying...