A Google representative recently confirmed that Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus will not ship with support for Google Wallet. “Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product,” a Google spokesperson told CNET. We’re not at all surprised by the news. BGR confirmed in November that Verizon is working to include its own solution instead of using Google Wallet. “We’re working to provide expanded services that will provide the best security and user experience in the market around m-commerce,” a Verizon Wireless spokesperson told BGR at the time. “We expect to provide access to an open wallet when those goals are achieved.” Verizon said Tuesday that it is still in talks with Google and that it does not block specific applications. “Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services,” Verizon explained. “Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications. Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.” ISIS — a mobile payment initiative created by Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA in partnership with VISA, American Express, MasterCard and Discover — will likely power the eWallet solution that finally does make its way to Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus at some point in the future. Unlike Google, however, ISIS has yet to make a NFC solution publicly available. More →
Verizon Wireless will finally launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on December 9th according to a new report from Engadget. A leaked internal screenshot suggests that materials supporting the launch will arrive in Verizon stores on the 8th, and the hotly anticipated smartphone will then launch the following day according to the site’s unnamed source. The Motorola DROID 4 will launch one day earlier on December 8th according to the report, and retail locations will supposedly be receiving new white DROID RAZR showcase devices beginning today. Earlier rumors suggested that the Galaxy Nexus and DROID 4 would both launch on December 8th, and Verizon Wireless has yet to make any announcements regarding pricing or a firm launch date. More →
Samsung Galaxy Nexus units may already be arriving in Verizon Wireless stores ahead of a release later this week. A batch of leaked photos suggesting upcoming availability was first published on the xda-developers forums. Verizon Wireless’s 4G LTE branding is clearly visible in one image, although the box looks very plain compared the carrier’s typical boxes. Droid-Life says the device could be available as soon as December 9th, although Verizon Wireless has yet to make any official announcement detailing the phone’s launch date. We recently reviewed the international model of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the world’s first Android 4.0 smartphone, and said it “easily leapfrogs any other competitor’s device.” Additional photos of the purported Verizon Galaxy Nexus follow after the break. More →
Verizon Wireless’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset may launch at Best Buy on December 11th. Engadget has obtained what is purportedly an image of Best Buy’s internal inventory system, which shows the 11th as the in-stock date for Samsung’s new Galaxy Nexus. Recent rumors suggested that Verizon plans to launch the phone on December 8th alongside the Motorola DROID 4, and that still may be the case — Verizon’s retailer partners may have to wait a few extra days for their initial shipments. We reviewed the Galaxy Nexus last month and called it the best Android phone to date. The Verizon Wireless version of the handset is nearly identical to the international version we reviewed, but it is slightly thicker and it includes support for Verizon’s LTE network. More →
Verizon may allow its customers to pre-order its highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the world’s first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone, on Tuesday, November 29th. Computerworld has reportedly confirmed with a seemingly reliable unnamed source that customers will be able to order the device on Tuesday, and that it will land on store shelves and in customer hands on December 8th — a date that corroborates with earlier rumors. The phone is expected to cost $199.99 with a new two-year contract, though it is unclear whether or not that price is part of a limited-time promotion. Verizon Wireless declined to comment when contacted by BGR. More →
Many of us wondered why Google’s new flagship Galaxy Nexus doesn’t support Google Wallet, an NFC-based payment service that the company introduced a few months back. Since Google Wallet is only available in the United States at the moment, it makes sense that it isn’t supported on the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus. Google Wallet also will not be supported on Verizon Wireless’ version of the smartphone, however, which is set to launch early next month. While Verizon wouldn’t comment specifically on the Galaxy Nexus’ lack of support, the carrier did tell BGR that it is working toward some kind of mobile wallet service as Verizon is a member of ISIS along with T-Mobile and AT&T. Hit the break for more. More →
While Verizon Wireless has yet to announce any release details surrounding the latest Nexus smartphone, a series of leaks seemingly paint a complete picture of the carrier’s launch plans. A purported internal document revealed on Wednesday points to a December 8th release for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and now a leaked Verizon Wireless advertisement lists the handset’s on-contract price as $199.99. The Galaxy Nexus had previously been rumored to launch with a price tag closer to $300, so it is unclear if the pricing in the Verizon ad is standard or part of a holiday promotion. Verizon is expected to announce release details for the Galaxy Nexus some time next week. More →
Verizon Wireless may be planning to launch two new high-end Android smartphones early next month, leaving current flagship models like the DROID RAZR and iPhone 4S to lead its lineup during the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Droid Life on Wednesday published what appears to be a screenshot of an internal Verizon Wireless memo. The document indicates that Verizon will launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola DROID 4, which appears to resemble a DROID RAZR with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, on December 8th just ahead of the holidays. The release date is unconfirmed for the time being, though Verizon is expected to make an official announcement early next week. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will launch as a Verizon Wireless exclusive in the United States, but it is expected to become available from additional carriers in the near future. A purported screenshot of the internal memo follows below. More →
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t just another Android phone, this is the standard by which all Ice Cream Sandwich phones will be judged. An example to every Android manufacturer out there, and every Android fan, this is the basic foundation of what you should expect in an Android smartphone. Is that setting the bar too high, though? The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the third addition to Google’s Nexus family, and second built by Samsung. It offers competitive specifications, innovative hardware, and it is the first phone to show off Google’s brand new OS, Android 4.0. Can Google and Samsung make the best Android device in the world together? Is Android 4.0 just another dessert-themed mess? I break it down like Jet Li in Chinatown after the break.
We’ve been playing with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus for the last day, and after shuffling between a Motorola DROID RAZR, an HTC Vivid and an HTC Rezound, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a welcome change in many ways. It’s obviously the Google reference handset for Ice Cream Sandwich, and in almost all cases, it is the best Android handset we’ve seen far as hardware and software go. Android 4.0 is the most cohesive release from Google yet, and while it’s not that straight forward out of the box, you do eventually get the feeling that this phone has a distinct personality as opposed to many other Android phones, which often seem to blend together. Be sure to check out our hands-on photos in the gallery below, and hit the break for more thoughts.
Google on Monday released the source code for the latest version of its Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. This build of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) is the same version that will ship on the first ICS device, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, and it is of course free for developers to donwload. A number of vendors including Motorola have indicated that they would announce preliminary details regarding Android 4 updated schedules following the official release of the operating system’s source code, so we should see details begin to trickle out soon. The Galaxy Nexus is expected to launch later this month as a Verizon Wireless exclusive in the U.S., and a firm launch date will likely be announced soon now that Ice Cream Sandwich has been released. More →
Verizon Wireless’s highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset, the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device, may not launch until after Black Friday. According to a purported internal marketing document obtained by Droid Life, Verizon Wireless will first introduce the HTC Rezound and DROID RAZR by Motorola leading into Black Friday, and the carrier will then then launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the “Samsung Holiday Portfolio” the following week. The Galaxy Nexus is equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixle camera, a 4.65-inch SUPER AMOLED HD display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1,750mAh battery and support for near-field communications (NFC). More →
As expected, Verizon Wireless announced on Friday that it will offer the newly unveiled Galaxy Nexus later this year. The Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to run Google’s new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. It is is equipped with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, support for NFC, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless did not provide pricing details or a concrete release date, it simply confirmed it will offer the phone “later this year.” Read on for the full press release. More →