White Galaxy Nexus coming to the UK in February

By on January 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM.

White Galaxy Nexus coming to the UK in February

There is something about white devices that tends to revitalize people’s interest in a smartphone. In the past year numerous, Android devices have been released in black or gray, only to be re-released in white a few months later. We have seen the DROID Incredible 2, Galaxy S II line and even the Nexus S in white. According to Clove and MobileFun, two UK retailers, a white variant of the Galaxy Nexus should arrive in early February. The internals are exactly the same as its gray counterpart and pricing shouldn’t be different either. Unfortunately, there is no indication that Verizon Wireless will release a white version, however, we wouldn’t rule it out. More →

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Galaxy Nexus to be Sprint’s first 4G LTE phone

By on January 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM.

Galaxy Nexus to be Sprint’s first 4G LTE phone

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is one of the hottest Android phones on the market right now and according to a recent report, the smartphone will soon launch on Sprint’s network. An advertisement spotted by Engadget on CNET that likely ran a bit ahead of schedule revealed the device, suggesting that an announcement could be coming at or even just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show next week. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone to feature Android 4.o Ice Cream Sandwich, and it also sports a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display and 4G LTE support — Sprint’s advertisement for the phone points out that the device will be the carrier’s first LTE phone. Sprint announced earlier on Thursday that Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will be its initial LTE markets, with a rollout set to begin in the coming months. More →

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2011′s biggest stories

By on December 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

2011′s biggest stories

As 2012 approaches, we thought it would be fun to look back on 2011 one last time and share our biggest stories of the year with you. Here they are in order, from our post popular post of the year to our tenth most popular post:

  1. Open letter to BlackBerry bosses: Senior RIM exec tells all as company crumbles around him
  2. BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS
  3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus full specs revealed; Verizon Wireless exclusive
  4. BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for
  5. Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to be manufactured by Samsung, possibly dubbed ‘Nexus Prime’
  6. Live from Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote with Steve Jobs
  7. Apple testing iPhone for T-Mobile USA
  8. Google Nexus 4G detailed – 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0
  9. BlackBerry Bold 9900 review
  10. Inside RIM: An exclusive look at the rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart

Have a great and safe New Year.

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Looking back at 2011: iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus cap off the year of the smartphone

By on December 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM.

Looking back at 2011: iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus cap off the year of the smartphone

Despite numerous lofty predictions from analysts and market watchers, 2011 wasn’t the year of the tablet. Not by a long shot. Apple’s iPad 2 continued to sell well this past year but among dozens of rivals, only a handful of tablets managed to garner even the slightest interest from consumers. No, 2011 was the year of the smartphone. Global smartphone penetration is now approaching 10% and in the United States, nearly half of all cell phone users own smartphones. While smartphones proliferated all year long, 2011 would save the best for last: at the start of the fourth quarter, Apple launched its latest iPhone handset and as the year drew to a close, Verizon and Samsung released the Galaxy Nexus. More →

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Galaxy Nexus signal strength bug confirmed by Verizon

By on December 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM.

Galaxy Nexus signal strength bug confirmed by Verizon

Verizon Wireless on Monday confirmed that it is working on a software fix that will address what it refers to as a “signal strength issue” present in its just-released Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. “The signal strength issue is currently being investigated,” a Verizon Wireless support representative posted on a company Twitter account. “We don’t have an ETA, but a software update is being developed.” We’ve noticed that the signal strength displayed by our Galaxy Nexus review unit is sometimes weaker than other Verizon smartphones in the same room, but we haven’t experienced any above-average call drops, slowed data throughput or anything else that might result from poor reception. Verizon launched the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus last week, and we called the international version of the handset the best Android phone to date when we reviewed it last month. More →

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Google Wallet hacked to run on Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus

By on December 16, 2011 at 11:21 AM.

Google Wallet hacked to run on Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus

We were able to successfully get Google Wallet running on the HSPA+ version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus without too much trouble, but the big news over the past few weeks was that Verizon would be blocking the app from its version of the hotly anticipated handset. Well, if you don’t mind rooting your phone and following a relatively simple guide, there’s now a way to get Google Wallet functioning just fine on Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus. It’s going to most likely violate Google Wallet’s terms of service, but we got it up and running on our review unit with no problems. There is also the complimentary $10 Google prepaid card, so it looks like we’ll be off to CVS for some of those peach rings in a few minutes. Images of Google Wallet running on Verizon Wireless’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus follow below. More →

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Amazon drops Verizon Galaxy Nexus price to $149.99

By on December 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM.

Amazon drops Verizon Galaxy Nexus price to $149.99

Amazon made a name for itself by undercutting the competition, and the retailer has come through once again to offer the best price we’ve seen so far on Verizon Wireless’s brand new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. BGR reported last night that mobile retailer LetsTalk was offering the Galaxy Nexus for just $154.99 thanks to a $75 coupon. Not to be outdone, AmazonWireless is now selling the sleek Android 4.0 phone for just $149.99 with a new two-year contract, no coupon needed. Amazon is also offering free two-day shipping, though the Galaxy Nexus is currently backordered with new purchases expected to ship in 8 to 9 days. This deal is only available for a limited time and it is only available for new activations — existing customers looking to upgrade will have to pay $249.99, $75 more than LetsTalk is currently charging. More →

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus hands-on

By on December 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus hands-on

We finally got our hands on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and… well, it’s almost identical to the HSPA+ version we reviewed last month. It’s thicker, though we actually like holding and using the Verizon unit better because the slightly thicker case makes one-hand a bit more comfortable. There’s also a small, small, (notice how we’re saying small?) lip around the display that isn’t there on the HSPA+ version, but most people probably wouldn’t even notice such a minute case difference. The problem with the display’s auto-brightness being overly aggressive doesn’t seem to be an issue on the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus, but everything else seems identical. We’ll chime in over the next few days with a few more thoughts, but here’s a spoiler: provided there aren’t any huge issues we discover, this is easily the best smartphone to ever hit Verizon Wireless. Ready to go hands-on? It’s all in the gallery below.

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Eager Android fans line up for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus

By on December 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM.

Eager Android fans line up for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus

Verizon Wireless finally announced Wednesday evening that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would launch on Thursday. Though the sleek Android 4.0 smartphone is already available for half price, a number of Android fans lined up outside Verizon Wireless retail stores eager to purchase the Nexus phone they’ve been waiting impatiently for since we first began reporting exclusive information about the device back in June. The turnout isn’t quite what Samsung’s stiffest competitor draws when it releases a new iPhone, but we rarely see lines form for smartphone launches so this could indicate healthy demand for the world’s first 4G LTE-enabled Ice Cream Sandwich phone. A few more images taken outside a Verizon Wireless retail store in Washington D.C. follow below. More →

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus available for just $154.99 from LetsTalk

By on December 14, 2011 at 8:10 PM.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus available for just $154.99 from LetsTalk

Verizon Wireless finally announced launch details for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Wednesday, revealing that the world’s first 4G LTE-enabled Android 4.0 handset will cost $299.99 on contract beginning on Thursday, December 15th. We reviewed the Galaxy Nexus last month and while the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone was very impressive, $300 is a lot of money for a device that will likely lose much of its allure in less than a month when the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off on January 10th. At half price however, the Galaxy Nexus is almost irresistible. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday morning, mobile retailer LetsTalk is offering the new Nexus flagship phone for just $154.99 with a new two-year contract. The phone will retail for $229.99 and a special $75 coupon available on LetsTalk’s Facebook page — simply visit facebook.com/letstalk and click the “Verizon Deals” link in the sidebar to see the coupon — brings the price down to $154.99 with a new contract. Existing subscribers looking to upgrade will pay a $20 premium, bringing the total to $174.99. A link to LetsTalk’s Galaxy Nexus page follows below, and it will go live at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Thursday. More →

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Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus to finally launch tomorrow for $299.99

By on December 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM.

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus to finally launch tomorrow for $299.99

Verizon Wireless on Wednesday finally announced the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The world’s first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone with 4G LTE support will become available beginning tomorrow for $299.99 with a new two-year service agreement. BGR reviewed the international version of the Galaxy Nexus last month and called it the best Android device in the world, offering a more cohesive user experience than previous Android builds as well as solid hardware and an amazing screen. The smartphone features a 4.65-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording support and an 1,850 mAh battery. Verizon’s version of the handset ads CDMA and 4G LTE connectivity along with a slightly thicker case, though subscribers will certainly be happy to handle a thicker version of the phone in exchange for blazing fast 4G LTE data speeds. Verizon’s full press release follows below, and check out all of the official photos in the gallery.

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Costco may offer Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting December 15th

By on December 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM.

Costco may offer Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting December 15th

Costco may offer Verizon Wireless’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus beginning on Thursday, December 15th, according to a leaked photo. Verizon has yet to announce an official launch date, but we’ve heard plenty of reports that the Galaxy Nexus is already arriving in retail stores, so the leaked image could mean that we’ll hear pricing and launch details from the carrier any day now. Costco’s advertisement, obtained by Engadget, says the device will cost $289.99 with a new two-year contract. That’s certainly not a budget-friendly price, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the phone pop up at third-party retailers for far less than that. The Galaxy Nexus is the first Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphone and it packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and a 1,750 mAh battery into a slim profile. The highly anticipated handset is certainly worthy of the excitement, too — we called the international version of the Galaxy Nexus our “favorite Android device in the world” in our recent reviewMore →

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus may be delayed

By on December 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM.

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus may be delayed

We’ve just received word from a third-party Verizon Wireless retail partner that Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been delayed and will not launch on December 9th, as earlier rumors have suggested, or December 12th as the email above suggests. While retail partners don’t always launch handsets at the same time as Verizon Wireless, we’ve also received word that Verizon may be delaying the phone’s release as well. An international GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus has been available for the past several weeks, and it remains unclear what could be causing the delay with Verizon Wireless. The phone is expected to retail for $199.99 with a new two-year contract when it makes its debut.

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