The Galaxy Nexus, aka the biggest tease in the world of mobile this year, is so close that we can almost feel the Verizon variant in our grabby little hands, but alas, it's not out just yet. Google wanted to send us a reminder today, just in case we've forgotten (yeah, right) in the form of a new Galaxy Nexus commercial and ten accompanying how-to videos.

Their message: "Simple. Beautiful. Beyond Smart," and that's exactly the way we like it. I do have a few things that came to mind to point out:

  1. The girls are eating ice cream sandwiches. Ha.
  2. The girl is biking and holding her Nexus with one hand while looking at a map. Please, just don't.
  3. Next, a dude is taking a vertical video of his kid. Really, I implore you, don't ever do that.

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And now, back to our regular scheduled programming:


And the how-tos:

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  • jim

    Can't wait to read your review once you get your paws on it!

  • clay

    a bunch of the shots in the new commercial was filmed around austin, woot!

  • https://sites.google.com/site/remmbermytitans/ Victor

    I seriously need to get my hands on this phone.

  • Michael

    hope everyone noticed that they were eating ice cream sandwiches

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

      Erm, first bullet point.

      • Jose

        That girl gives a double-wink-head-nod-smile look.
        Translated into words: "yeah we fucking tonight".

  • nikeairj

    Check the "making yourself at home" video. There's a Verizon backup app installed. Is it pre-loaded on the Galaxy Nexus?!?!

  • http://www.joshuanaylor.com Joshua Naylor

    I too noticed the vertical video of the guy & his baby... that is sad and should not be repeated.

    Also - I believe that is a girl on the bike - that or a really skinny smooth legged guy...

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

      Right you are, fixed, thanks.

  • Kindroid

    These are smart tutoring videos and marketing tools as well. Google and OEMS...do more of these.

  • Perry Ahern

    Great commercial, but what's with the skateboarder in the background at 0:30 wearing the big bear head?

    PS: Bring it to Sprint! Now! Please!

    • Deltaechoe

      just bring it to the us for god sakes

  • Jacques

    what is the slot in the back of the US phone in the Getting Started video? Is that a SIM slot or an SD slot? If it is a SIM slot, does this mean it is a Verizon CDMA "world phone" with a SIM for international use or is this just a GSM version? I haven't actually seen any reporting on whether the Verizon version will be a world phone. It can't be an SD slot can it? We were told no removable storage right?

    • Yourissues

      it could be a 4G LTE SIM card slot.. since everything is pointing towards mirco SIM for this phone

      • Jacques

        Thanks. My bad, I didn't realize LTE used a SIM...

  • Yourissues

    I think this is on par with all those I commercials ... they are smart, show you how you could use the product in your life, and just leave you with a good feeling all around.. More non tech geeks will flock towards this now I think.. it's seems to be made for everyone.. I can't wait!!

  • mike b

    Anyone else notice the bootloaders were unlocked on the last two videos

    • Jacob

      yes that's awesome! :D

  • The_Omega_Man

    The Ice Cream Sandwich Girls are pretty cute! ;)

  • Jacob

    No, just no. In the folder video, there is VZW backup assistant D:

  • Tim

    Maybe I'm dumb but what's wrong with vertical video?

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

      When you upload it to YouTube or another video sharing site, it'll get rendered in the least optimal way for your monitor with large black bars on the sides.

  • Tristan

    Did anyone notice the fact that the bootloader was already unlocked in the Getting Started video =)


  • RockingmyEvo3D

    Yes there is Verizon backup assistant and My verizon app installed on the Galaxy Nexus. The slot that everyone thinks is for a simcard is for the 4g LTE sim card that will have to be installed in the phone. The battery is 1850 MAH which is perfect for this device clearly the highest MAH battery in any android device to date. I switched from my Evo 3d on sprint to verizon on November 11th i hoped on the double the data promotion and now have 10gb of data on my verizon line for 50 dollars a month. To me this is unlimited which i was use to on sprint but only with much better LTE reception and great speeds true LTE. I miss my EVO 3D no doubt but I don't miss the fact that I couldn't get a 4g signal at home but was paying for 4g service for over 3months couldn't continue on that pace. My current Lg Revolution gets a great 4g LTE signal at my house and I am happy service wise Lg Revolution SUCKS EGGS but soon I will have the Galaxy Nexus which is WHY I SWITCHED TO VERIZON in the first place....

  • p3ngwin

    4. people who browse the web on their phone in portrait-mode. stop that.

    not in the videos maybe, but seeing as we're using them to preach against personal annoyances :)

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

      What's wrong with browsing the web in portrait? That's how most people do their browsing. Plus, typing in landscape sucks cause most keyboards take up the whole screen when you click into a text field.

      • p3ngwin

        most browsing is not done on phones for a start, so let's not make any generalizations as if browsing only happens on portables.

        as for people browsing on portables in portrait:

        1) it's not the orientation the site was designed,

        2) your eyes are evolved to see more vertically than horizontally,

        4) using the "it's easier to write with the on-screen keyboard" argument is laughable as the truth is browsing by definition means READING more than writing.

        if you believe that "most browsing and typing is done in portrait" then ask yourself if we should switch all desktops and laptops to portrait displays, while the world learns to write with vertical monitors and TV's.

        when you arrive at the answer "because that would be stupid", then you'll know why browsing websites on portables is just as stupid and why "it's easier to write" is equally a stupid justification.

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

          I was talking about browsing on phones specifically, since we're discussing a video about the Nexus.

          1) That doesn't really matter - sites look fine in portrait orientation. In fact, having more vertical space is more natural for phone browsing, as horizontal layout makes the amount of information visible quite constrained.

          2) You're right - it's easier to read shorter lines, so that argument is for portrait layout. Are you getting confused in your own arguments?

          3) You missed 3.

          4) If you do any commenting or searching or even typing urls, you'll see the text box often.

          Your argument about comparing phone browsing to desktops - that's not even an argument. Desktops having landscape layouts and phones having naturally portrait layouts have nothing to do with each other - just because one is one way doesn't say or mean anything about the other one.

          Your last paragraph doesn't even make sense, so I'll stop right here and ask: wtf are we even arguing about? This discussion is pointless.

      • Tristan

        I like browsing both horizontally and vertically...

        Vertically when I'm navigating a site, horizontally when I'm reading a body of text It's easier to read as most mobile browsers resize the text larger to fill the screen thus I do not have to squint.

        Besides, how hard is it to rotate a phone anyway? *shrugs*
        But YES portrait video is wrong... There should be a way to set the gyroscope/accelerometer to lock landscape prior to recording and not have it lock once you start.

        I patent that last part. =D