In an announcement that basically confirmed what everyone on earth already knew, Verizon let known that the Galaxy Nexus would be coming to the top carrier in the USA by the end of 2011. The date at which the device will be released OR put up for pre-sale is not yet known, but we can bet that the specs will be sticking from when we saw them first earlier this week in Hong Kong. The Galaxy Nexus is a Samsung device that will be Google's hero phone for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an operating system that brings together functionality from both tablet and smartphone Android OS versions for one future system.
The Galaxy Nexus will be available by the end of 2011 running Verizon's speedy 4G LTE network and will be working at what Verizon says is 5 to 12 megabits per second with upload speeds at 2 to 5 megabits per second in LTE coverage areas across the USA. This device will feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display at 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Texas Instruments, the OMAP 4, with 1GB of RAM to back it up. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back capable of 1080p full HD video capture, a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chat, and NFC inside for all your Near Field Communications needs.
You'll also be able to enjoy such Ice Cream Sandwich features as Android Beam which uses NFC to share web pages, apps, and other media with just a tap of your phone to another NFC Ice Cream Sandwich phone, and all your favorite Google apps will be inside - including a whole newly designed Google+ app. Take a look at our hands-on with the Galaxy Nexus and our hands-on with Ice Cream Sandwich both in these links and in the videos below, and get prepared for some awesome Verizon action in the near future!
Ice Cream Sandwich hands-on demo
Galaxy Nexus Hands-on: