14
Dec
2011-10-21 17h07_01

Here it is boys and gals, the moment we've all been waiting for - the official launch date for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. The Android dreams of so many of us across the country will finally be fulfilled tomorrow, December 15th for three-hundred bones and a two-year agreement.

Update: The phone will go on sale on vzw.com at 1 a.m. EST December 15th.

Seems like we've been waiting for an eternity - who's going to be waiting in line?

Note: This is the press release the way it's written for tomorrow, therefore any mentions of "today" are actually December 15th.

GALAXY™ NEXUS™ BY SAMSUNG NOW AVAILABLE ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS 4G LTE NETWORK

First Smartphone to Combine Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Power of America’s Fastest, Most Reliable 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) and Google™ announced Galaxy™ Nexus™ is available starting today in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

Customers can browse the Web, stream music and more at blazing speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.  Galaxy Nexus customers can enjoy access to the 4G LTE network in 190 markets covering over 200 million people across the United States, and fly through the Web with fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps within the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage area.

Galaxy Nexus runs Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings an entirely new look and feel to Android.  Galaxy Nexus offers customers a redesigned user experience with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Near Field Communications (NFC) sharing with Android Beam™ and a full Web-browsing experience.  The lock screen, home screen, phone app and everything in between have been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful and useful.  Galaxy Nexus also features an ultra-thin 9.47mm design with a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ Contour Display to watch movies, view pictures and play games that come to life in 720p (1280x720) resolution.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) features

  • Redesigned user interface – software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones, and a dedicated recent apps button to make multi-tasking easy
  • Face Unlock – use state-of-the-art facial recognition to unlock Galaxy Nexus
  • Android Beam™ – quickly share Web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two compatible phones together
  • Redesigned Camera – introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag for instant photo capturing, and effects such as silly faces and background replacement
  • People Application – browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks
  • Cloud Services – keep email, contacts, photos, music, browser bookmarks and other data synced to the cloud, available across multiple devices so customers never lose important data
  • Google Music – upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud, discover and buy new music from Android Market™, and stream it instantly on Galaxy Nexus and from the Web for free
  • Google+ – Create a Google+ account right from the phone and check status updates, manage circles, quickly share updates and photos, video chat with up to ten friends with Mobile Hangouts, and chat with groups of friends with Google+ Messenger
  • Support for Google Mobile™ Services – Gmail™, Google Maps™ with 3D maps and free turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube, syncing with Google Calendar™, a redesigned Google+ app and access to more than 300,000 apps, millions of eBooks, thousands of movies to rent, and millions of songs available to download from Android Market

Additional features:

  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz application processor and HTML5 Web browser – optimized dual-core processing with Android 4.0 combined with lightning fast 4G LTE connectivity for fast downloading of graphics, applications processing and Web browsing
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G LTE or 3G connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with zero-shutter lag for instant photo capturing, autofocus and LED flash with full 1080p recording
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat
  • Textured soft-touch back cover – enhances the ergonomic feel and makes the phone slip-resistant
  • Bluetooth® 3.0 technology – support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, human interface device (HID) and object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • 1 GB RAM and 32 GB on-board memory (actual formatted capacity will be less)

Pricing and data packages:

  • Galaxy Nexus is available now in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • Customers that purchase a Galaxy Nexus by Samsung will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/galaxynexus for more information on the Galaxy Nexus.  For additional 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, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • HA

    Getting mine tomorrow for sure. Finally.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    I am waiting for Amazon Wireless. I made up my mind, after these stupid delay, I am not going to buy from the Verizon store. Even if the sales of the phone through a third party will ultimately benefit Verizon, why would I want to give it even more profit than it deserves?

    • DizzyThermal

      I'm doing the same thing, I won't buy it directly though them.. Seriously, screw Verizon man.. They completely RUIN every phone launch.. Amazon Wireless..

      • Btod

        I was thinking to do the exact same thing. Only question is, will amazon still be able to grandfather me into an unlimited 4g data plan or will they make me sign up for one of the new tiered plans. i talked to a rep at the vzw store and he told me that he's pretty sure that with third party manufacturers I would have to get a new data plan AND that my warranty would not be honored by vzw. Can anyone tell me if that was bs to get me to still buy from vzw?

        • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

          If you go through Amazon, they won't be able to grandfather *anything* because they're a reseller. They don't have full access to your existing account setup. You *might* get lucky if you contact them through support, but there's definitely no "easy" way to do it.

          :edit:
          You can also try asking their Twitter account, @AmazonWireless - they're pretty active.

    • zach

      Same here. I got my original droid for $64 on amazonwireless when Verizon was selling it for $150 or something.

  • Hans-Erik

    Will head over to Costco with a friend of mine tomorrow. :)

  • Scott Oldfield

    Now...how long is that exclusivity going to last...and will T-mo carry the HSPA+ version. Those are my quesitons.

  • Craig

    I'm glad to see it is the 32 GB model. Can't wait to play with this baby!

  • Floyd

    I am grandfathered with verizon with a unlimited data plan, I am wondering if I can get this phone without a new agreement and thus paying more for data.

    • Phil

      As long as you don't switch anything regarding your data plan and you're going from a smartphone to another smartphone you get to keep your unlimited data. Thank god too, because it's the biggest reason I stick with VZW, unlimited LTE is like a gift from god haha.

  • Jamie

    Upgrade comes due next Tuesday. Excited that I now know for sure that it will be available. Still rocking my OG Droid, but the poor thing's volume and power buttons have stopped working in the last 2 months so I am very ready for this!

  • celeste felice

    AMEN!! though i may just decide to get White Razr out of spite

  • Farmwalker

    Talked to a U.S. Cellular representative this weekend. He said they would be announcing the Galaxy Nexus in January when they announced 4G. Thought the folks on U.S. Cellular would appreciate knowing that.

    Also implies exclusivity might not last very long.

    • scuttlefield

      That's good to know, even though I'm on T-mo. Gives me some hope.

  • loco541

    The announcement says $20 for tethering 2GB data. Cant we just root the phone and install/use the built in tether?
    If not, I'm sure the folks at XDA will have a solution soon afterwards...

  • http://facebook.com/lamarw LW

    Maybe it took so long in order to de-bake CarrierIQ?

    • loco541

      Verizon does not use CarrierIQ, according to other sites on the internets

    • Lorenzo in a Benzo

      Verizon phones do not have CarrierIQ least of all a Nexus phone

  • Dan

    So in order to have the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon you'll have to pay just short of $2000 in total? Is that about normal for the GN in America?
    That works out about $720 more than it is in the UK for a 1GB plan...

    • Kevin

      How do you live on 1gb? You just have a ton of free wifi spots or what?

      • Dan

        As long as I don't watch too many youtube videos and steer clear of things like iPlayer (or I suppose NetFlix and similar in America) then 1GB is plenty for downloading/updating apps and keeping up-to-date with Facebook, Twitter and emails plus the odd bit of web browsing. But yeah, whenever I'm at home or university I just stick it on the WiFi.
        That said, I am on a 3GB plan at the moment because my carrier messed up a while ago and let me choose my compensation :)

  • AEF

    One step closer to 4.0 on my Nexus S!

  • DoomsDave

    HMMM.. just called my local VW store and well they tell me it has been pushed back again but will be released before end of year... Hope they are full of Poo... :x

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

      No way, man, they have to be trolling.

      • DoomsDave

        I really hope so.. but who knows till tomorrow.. i guess ill be up bright and early and in line at the local VZW store... fekin' pricks... lol

    • Tim

      Mine said that too about 15min before VZW announced it.

  • palmer nyako

    should be 199 x____________x

    • Kelz

      Every 32GB top tier phone is priced at $299, the reason carriers believe that an additional 16GB is worth 100 bucks is beyond me, but it is the norm...

      *LetsTalk.com has them for 154.00 new customers and 174.00 for upgraders...

  • Kelz

    LetsTalk.com has them for 154.00 new customers and 174.00 for upgraders...

  • swisslakes

    for productivity ou could get logitech's Android keyboard/stand, mouse and speakers, check it on logitech site

  • Rob

    ♫ Doo Dee Doo...♫ I'm on Sprint, so Dec 15 is just that too me. Here's to hoping my Android brethren on VZW have fun with their new Sammy GNs. :)

  • Brian

    Small town goodness. My store will have ten phones tomorrow and I bet they don't sell out, and I won't have to wait in line either. Still have my OG Droid, and the last thing it will do for me is probably take pictures of my Galaxy Nexus. It sure seems like a great phone, but I don't think it will take pictures of itself.

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