We know a lot of you have been waiting for Verizon to finally release their latest Android superphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and today we finally have the good news you’ve been waiting for: the Galaxy Nexus is available now for Verizon’s usual 4G LTE phone price of $300 with a new 2 year contract and data plan. Yes, you can finally pick up the latest and greatest Google phone and the first phone to run the latest and greatest version of Android, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
But wait– things get better. If you look online you’ll see sites like Amazon and LetsTalk.com offering the Galaxy Nexus for a much better price of $250 when you upgrade your phone (Amazon is also offering the HTC Rezound and Motorola Droid RAZR for an even cheaper $230 on upgrade– $70 less than what Verizon charges). And did we mention that Verizon will also give you double the data for your data plan when you buy a new 4G LTE phone? Yeah, for any upgrade to a 4G LTE phone Verizon will give you double the amount of data (so for example, instead of paying $30 a month for 2 GB you now are paying $30 for 4 GB. This means you can actually do things like video chat and watch YouTube from your phone without constantly worrying about running over your limit and paying Verizon even more money). For more on this see Verizon’s site here.
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While this month has seen a whole bunch of awesome new Android superphones for Verizon (like the Droid RAZR and HTC Rezound), there still may be some more awesomeness left before the year is out. Yes, it looks like the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Nexus is finally on its way to Verizon, and according to the latest rumors it should be out December 8th (or a week from this Thursday). In fact the Galaxy Nexus has even begun appearing in ads this weekend, such as a leaked Verizon Holiday ad and the December issue of Best Buy’s Buyer’s Guide (the same ad where we first we first saw the Droid Bionic a few weeks back. We’ve got some of the shots from the Best Buy ad after the break, but you can see them for yourself on pages 11, 21 and 44 in the ad).
But that’s not even the best part. From the looks of that leaked Verizon ad there is a chance that Verizon will price this beast at just $200 with a new 2 year contract and not their usual 4G phone price of $300. Verizon, Google and Samsung haven’t officially confirmed any of this yet and it can change, but like you we’re really hoping it’s true.
For those who don’t know, the Galaxy Nexus is the future of the Android phone. It is the first phone to run the latest and greatest version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich and is loaded with all the top of the line specs you’d expect: a massive, 4.65 inch Super AMOLED HD curved screen (which will make everything– games, videos, pictures, texts– look absolutely incredible on here. Think of this as a HDTV in your pocket– the screen on here is that amazing), 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (for speed), 5 megapixel back camera (with the ability to instantly capture pictures the second you tap the screen) with a 1.3 megapixel front camera for high quality video chat, and of course, support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. It may not be as thin as the Droid RAZR or pack built-in Beats like the Rezound, but if you want the latest Android has to offer (and don’t want to wait until who knows when for the Ice Cream Sandwich update to come to those phones) you’re gonna want to check this out.
We’ll make sure to keep you updated once Verizon finally makes this all official, so stay tuned!
Thought the Droid RAZR raised the bar for Android phones? Think again. Google and Samsung have finally taken the wraps off of the future of Android and Android phones with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus– and put simply both look absolutely incredible.
As always we’ve got all the info you’re gonna want and need to know after the break, so read on. Read the rest of this entry
This week is really looking like the week of Android. First we’ve got the big Motorola/Verizon event on Tuesday (the 18th), where we expect them to release an incredible beast of a phone known as the Droid RAZR. On Wednesday though that may already be old news as Samsung and Google will finally show off the next version of Android— Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich– and with it the all new Galaxy Nexus (previously known as the Nexus Prime or Droid Prime). Yeah, this will be a crazy week indeed.
For those who don’t know, the Galaxy Nexus is, like the Droid RAZR, said to be a beast of a phone headed to Verizon over the coming weeks. Rumored specs on the Galaxy Nexus say that it will have a massive 4.5 inch or 4.65 inch 720p HD screen (or in other words, it’s like having your HDTV in your pocket and everything– movies, games, pictures, Facebook, texts– should look beyond insane on here), a pencil thin design with a curved screen (like the new Galaxy S IIs and Nexus S), a fast dual core processor with 1 GB of RAM (so everything– from opening Facebook, to sending a text, to gaming, to doing all of that at once– runs fast and smooth and without any freezes or lags), and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Yeah, now’s a pretty great time to be on Verizon and have an upgrade.
And while we won’t be at this new event live (it’s taking place in Hong Kong now), we’ll of course have all the info you’re gonna want and need to know about everything Google and Samsung show off. And if you’re interested in watching all the action live as it unfolds, head to YouTube.com/Android at 10 PM Eastern (7 PM Pacific) on Tuesday night (it’ll be 10 AM Wednesday morning in Hong Kong) for the livestream.
Waiting for news on Samsung and Google’s all new Nexus phone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? Well we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news but it looks you’re gonna need to wait a little bit longer. Samsung and Google have decided to postpone tomorrow’s big event out of respect for the recent death of Steve Jobs. No word on a new date for the event, but we can’t help but have respect Google and Samsung for doing this (and just to be clear, the latest word is that both the new Android 4.0 and the new Nexus are ready to go and this was completely out of respect for Steve Jobs and everything he’s done for the tech world).
Now for those looking for more info on the Nexus Prime/Droid Prime/Galaxy Nexus/whatever this will be called, check out the video below that shows off the first looks of the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich and the new Nexus device in action. The video is only a minute and a half long and doesn’t look to show off all that much, but it teases just enough that we can’t wait for more!
As always stay tuned– we’re sure more info will be out soon and you know we’ll have it all covered for you right here.
With the iPhone 4S now finally official we can now move on to the next big phone of October– Samsung and Google’s Nexus Prime (aka the Droid Prime). As we wrote earlier this week, next Tuesday Samsung and Google will finally unveil the next version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich and with it, a new Nexus phone which is right now rumored to be called the Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus (or Droid Prime for Verizon). And just like they did with the Galaxy S II, Samsung has put out a teaser with a not so little hit that something big is coming next week.
In this latest teaser video (which you can see for yourself above), Samsung lists off a whole bunch of great combinations (cookies and milk, planner pen etc.), and mentions that another great one is coming next week. And if you pay close attention towards the end of the video you’ll see the side of a phone that is not only ridiculously thin, but also looks to have a pretty nice sized, curved screen (that looks to be much larger than the iPhone 4S’s 3.5 inch one).
We’ll of course keep you updated as more info comes out. And we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what Samsung and Google have planned for Tuesday.
Pic of the side of the phone after the break.
Not into a new iPhone? Want to know what’s next for Android before you decide what phone to upgrade to? Well, as with everyone waiting for the new iPhone, your wait also looks to be almost over. Over the weekend we received the invite you see above from Samsung, inviting us to Samsung’s next big Unpacked event taking place a week from this Tuesday, October 11th (or a week after Apple’s big iPhone event which is this Tuesday). And like all of Samsung’s Unpacked events, this looks to be huge.
So, what can we expect? The invite says we’ll be seeing “what’s new from Android,” and according to the latest rumors it looks that means we’ll finally be seeing Google’s next major version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich (Google for whatever reason likes naming their new versions of Android after deserts in alphabetical order. For example, the last two versions of Android were called Gingerbread and Honeycomb). Not much is known right now about what exactly will be new in Ice Cream Sandwich, but Google has said that it will be a major update and that it will combine Gingerbread (the latest phone version of Android) and Honeycomb (the tablet version of Android) so that your Android experience will be the same whether you are using a phone or tablet (something that should make both much better. Hopefully this will also lead to some much better Android tablet apps, something current Android tablets are really missing).
And like with Gingerbread last year, Samsung is expected to have a new Nexus phone (rumored to be called the Nexus Prime) to go along with Ice Cream Sandwich to really show off what the new software can do. And trust us, if you’re looking for a superphone to rival the iPhone 5, this is it. Rumored specs on the Nexus Prime say it will have a massive 4.5 inch or 4.65 inch 720p HD screen (or in other words, it’s like having your HDTV in your pocket and everything— movies, games, pictures, Facebook, texts– should look beyond insane on here), a pencil thin design (like the new Galaxy S IIs), a fast dual core processor with 1 GB of RAM (so everything– from opening Facebook, to sending a text, to gaming, to doing all of that at once– runs fast and smooth and without any freezes or lags), and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network (if you remember, Verizon is said to have passed on the Galaxy S II so it could be the first to get this beast). Yeah, this will definitely be huge.
We’ll of course have all the info you’re gonna want and need to know about whatever Samsung and Google show off covered for back here. So stay tuned– something tells us this October new phone craziness is only just getting started.