Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally announced: Android 4.0, HD display, HSPA+ and LTE versions

By on October 18, 2011 at 9:47 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally announced: Android 4.0, HD display, HSPA+ and LTE versions

Samsung and Google finally took the wraps off their latest joint effort, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and it’s a screamer. The phone is just under 7mm at its slimmest point, and it runs Google’s brand new version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. The phone’s key specifications match up exactly with what we’ve reported previously, including a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, a 5-megapixel camera with enhancements, a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD display with curved glass face, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, NFC, a 1,750 mAh battery and plenty more. The phone will initially be available as an exclusive on Verizon Wireless in the U.S., 4G LTE in tow, and in other parts of the world it will feature HSPA+ in a pentaband configuration.. The handset will launch in November, and you can check out a video feed from the Galaxy Nexus unveiling event on Google’s Android channel. With Motorola’s incredible DROID RAZR announcement earlier, we have to ask… Motorola DROID RAZR or Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

 

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NTT DoCoMo confirms Galaxy Nexus will ship in November

By on October 18, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

NTT DoCoMo confirms Galaxy Nexus will ship in November

Samsung and Google will take the wraps off of the Galaxy Nexus at 10:00 p.m. EST during a press conference in Hong Kong, and NTT DoCoMo already revealed on Twitter that it will be one of the first carriers to offer the Android Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phone in November. BGR exclusively confirmed the Galaxy Nexus will be equipped with a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD display, a TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, support for NFC and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video. The Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon Wireless exclusive in the United States. BGR will be covering the news at it breaks this evening, so stay tuned for more. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus appears in Verizon system, could land November 3rd

By on October 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus appears in Verizon system, could land November 3rd

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, which was originally scheduled to debut during the CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 show this week, has reportedly made an appearance in Verizon Wireless’s internal systems. A screenshot obtained by Droid-Life reaffirms BGR’s report the phone will be equipped with support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, but does not reveal much more on the device other than its lack of global roaming capabilities. In addition, Phandroid, says the phone might be available as early as November 3rd, although the site’s tipster refers to the phone by its code-name, ‘Nexus Prime.’ Samsung will officially announce the device in Hong Kong on October 19th, and a picture of an Ice Cream Sandwich on the official invitation confirms Google will discuss the next Android release, too. BGR exclusively released full specs for the phone, which include a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, NFC, LTE/HSPA depending on the carrier, a 1,750 mAh battery and a TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. A screenshot of the Galaxy Nexus in Verizon’s system follows below. More →

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Samsung to unveil Galaxy Nexus on October 19th

By on October 13, 2011 at 3:10 PM.

Samsung to unveil Galaxy Nexus on October 19th

Samsung on Thursday sent out invitations to a press conference in Hong Kong where it is expected to unveil its Galaxy Nexus smartphone alongside Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The South Korea-based electronics giant has not made direct reference to the new smartphone, however a recent teaser video published by the vendor left little doubt that the third-generation Nexus smartphone would be the star of the show. Samsung was initially supposed to unveil the device at its Unpacked event during the CTIA Enterprise & Applications conference in San Diego, however the company canceled the event due to Apple co-Founder Steve Jobs’s untimely passing, which occurred just one week earlier. BGR has issued numerous exclusive reports regarding the Galaxy Nexus, the most recent of which painted a nearly complete picture of the phone’s key specs. Samsung’s event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. local time in Hong Kong, or 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 18th.

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Samsung, Google accused of lying about Galaxy Nexus delay; patents said to be real reason

By on October 11, 2011 at 11:21 AM.

Samsung, Google accused of lying about Galaxy Nexus delay; patents said to be real reason

Samsung and Google announced last week that the companies were postponing the unveiling of Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone out of respect for Steve Jobs’s passing. Samsung said that it was canceling its “Unpacked” press conference, during which the company was expected to unveil the Galaxy Nexus. “Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11,” the company said in a statement at the time. “Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product.” Samsung’s comments alluded to Steve Jobs’s passing as the cause for postponing the event, and the company would later confirm this to reporters. According to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, however, Samsung and Google’s motives were not quite as noble. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus full specs revealed; Verizon Wireless exclusive

By on October 6, 2011 at 9:30 AM.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus full specs revealed; Verizon Wireless exclusive

Well, now that Apple has announced the iPhone 4S, there’s only one other flagship on the horizon that people are eagerly anticipating and that’s the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Codenamed “Nexus Prime,” the Galaxy Nexus is a phone we have scooped on numerous occasions, and now we can paint a complete picture of the device thanks to new information from a trusted source. Here’s what Samsung and Google will unveil next Tuesday:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9mm thin
  • 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front
  • 1080p HD video capture support
  • LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • NFC
  • 1,750 mAh battery

We have confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be a pure Google Experience device without any third-party UI or modifications, so no TouchWiz on this one, guys. Also, one notable feature of Ice Cream Sandwich? The ability to monitor each app’s data usage on the device. Lastly, we’re still hearing that the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon Wireless exclusive here in the U.S., so it’s time to check out those contract end-dates if you’re on another carrier and you plan to scoop up the latest pure Google smartphone.

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Samsung posts Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 teaser clip [video]

By on October 5, 2011 at 9:50 AM.

Samsung posts Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 teaser clip [video]

Samsung just cranked our anticipation meters up to 11. The phone maker on Wednesday posted a teaser video for the Nexus Prime, which is expected to be unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked event in San Diego on Tuesday, October 11th, alongside Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The video does not reveal much about the phone or Ice Cream Sandwich, but we do see the Nexus Prime appears to be incredibly thin and it will sport a curved glass display similar to the one on the Nexus S. Additionally, there are three small metal dots on the side, which suggests it may support one or more dock accessories. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to run on both tablets and smartphones, merging Honeycomb and Gingerbread features into a single Android build. BGR will be reporting live from the event, where we will hear all of the details on the new operating system, the Nexus Prime hardware and more. Samsung’s full teaser video follows below.

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Purported Nexus Prime image revealed

By on October 4, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

Purported Nexus Prime image revealed

The first purported image of the upcoming Nexus Prime smartphone has been published by GSMArena.com, possibly giving the world its first glimpse at Google’s next flagship Android handset. The image doesn’t reveal much, though it does show a sleek contour and it seemingly reaffirms the presence of a 720p Super AMOLED HD display. BGR reported exclusive preliminary details on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Prime back in June, and we followed up with additional details later that month. In late August, we reported that Verizon Wireless would launch the phone this month as the DROID Prime, helping to explain why the carrier passed on Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy S II smartphone. Samsung and Google are expected to unveil the device at a press conference next week, where BGR will be reporting live. More →

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Google Nexus Prime, Ice Cream Sandwich likely stars of Samsung’s October 11th press event

By on September 29, 2011 at 10:15 AM.

Google Nexus Prime, Ice Cream Sandwich likely stars of Samsung’s October 11th press event

Samsung recently sent out press invites to an event on October 11th during which Google’s next Android iteration, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the Nexus Prime are expected to be unveiled. Samsung’s invite is titled “Google Episode” and it promises “a look at what’s new from Android.” We reported exclusively in June that the Nexus Prime is manufactured by Samsung, much like the Nexus S was, and we expect it will be packed with high-end hardware. Our sources said the device will likely be powered by a OMAP4460 processor, will be equipped with a large 720p display 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera with advanced low-light performance and a 4G LTE radio. Reportedly, Google has been working with multiple carriers on the device and early rumors suggested it will hit the market this month, too. BGR will be reporting live from the Samsung event, so tune in for all the news as it breaks on October 11th.

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Verizon Wireless exclusively launching Samsung DROID Prime in October

By on August 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM.

Verizon Wireless exclusively launching Samsung DROID Prime in October

BGR has exclusively learned from a close source of ours that Verizon Wireless has passed on offering the Samsung GALAXY S II in favor of something even better. We reported last week that Verizon isn’t going to sell the GALAXY S II, and we have now been told why. Apparently, “Verizon doesn’t think the Samsung GALAXY S II will be competitive with the iPhone 5 when it launches.” Instead, not only is Verizon launching the Samsung DROID Prime, a device that is sure to be the new flagship Android phone ahead of the holidays, but the company will have the handset as an exclusive. The DROID Prime is expected to be the first smartphone to launch with Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” and we have been told the model number is SCH-i515. According to our source, the phone should launch sometime in October. Verizon Wireless did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Samsung reportedly confirms Nexus Prime

By on August 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM.

Samsung reportedly confirms Nexus Prime

In an attempt to stop the spread of a leaked Nexus Prime firmware build, Samsung’s legal department appears to have confirmed both the existence of the phone and rumors that device was built by Samsung. “It has come to our attention that you are wrongfully in possession of, and intend to release or otherwise publicly disclose without Samsung’s consent, firmware for the Nexus Prime,” a letter obtained by Geek.com said. “The Nexus Prime firmware is the exclusive property of Samsung and/or its partners, suppliers and affiliates.” The letter is signed by Samsung’s General Counsel, Bryan Hopkins, though the source of the letter has removed the name. We’ve reached out to Samsung to confirm the legitimacy of the letter. The Nexus Prime is expected to be Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich device, as BGR exclusively reported, and rumors have suggested that it will launch on Verizon Wireless in October. An image of the purported letter follows below. More →

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Google 'Nexus Prime' Android 4.0 phone could launch in October

By on August 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM.

Google 'Nexus Prime' Android 4.0 phone could launch in October

Google’s third-generation “Nexus Prime” smartphone — which will likely be the first Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” phone to hit the market — will launch in October according to a new report from Korean-language Electronic Times. BGR exclusively reported preliminary details surrounding Google’s next Nexus smartphone codenamed Nexus Prime in mid-June, and we followed up with more exclusive details later that month. This new report from Electronic Times reaffirms several specs we had reported earlier, such as the device’s 720p Super AMOLED HD display, and it narrows our fall release time frame to October. The report also claims that the Prime will be powered by a 1.5GHz processor, jibing with our earlier report stating the device would employ an OMAP4460 chipset. The site also notes that the Prime’s display will include a 4.5-inch panel with a PenTile layout. More →

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Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' images and details revealed

By on August 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM.

Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' images and details revealed

The first images and details surrounding Google’s next major Android release have seemingly been revealed. Mobile site RootzWiki claims to have received images and details from a source with an early build of Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” and it has published two images of the OS running on a Nexus S. The site says this Ice Cream Sandwich build is “still very early in the works and not 100% functional,” and it speculates that the OS will not be released in the near future as a result. Among the features reportedly found in Android 4.0 are a new blue theme in place of Gingerbread’s green theme, a camera with an integrated panorama feature and various Honeycomb-like UI details. The site’s source says that Ice Cream Sandwich will be made available for the Nexus S following its release, but the Nexus Prime will be the first device to launch with the new OS, just as BGR exclusively reported in June. More →

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