There's been much weeping and gnashing of teeth over the U.S. launch of Google's Galaxy Nexus, expected to land first in an LTE version for Verizon. According to Business Insider, Verizon has missed the rumored November 28th release date and will launch the phone in December. The 8th is the latest in a long, long line of rumors, but there's still no official word.
Well then, readers, take a good, close look at this. It appears to be that we have an end-of-the-month Best Buy catalog leaked with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, um, scratch that, the Samsung Nexus Prime? Wow, what on earth is going on? Seems like Verizon may have made some eleventh-hour changes on the rebranding whiteboard with the Galaxy Nexus, with what looks like a Verizon-exclusive name. And from this point on, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus may very well be officially christened the Nexus Prime.
Android has come of age. Google's smartphone platform may have already taken the top spot for handset market share, but it arguable did that despite, not because, of the underlying Android user experience. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, however, promises to change all that: a comprehensive refresh bringing both smartphones and tablets under the same umbrella, and demonstrating that Google can deliver software just as cohesive and compelling as Apple can. Laudable goals, but can the search giant deliver? Read on for the full SlashGear review.
A new Nexus is a big deal in Android land, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has plenty to live up to. As close to an official Googlephone as we ever get, they demonstrate not just how Android's creators think smartphone development should progress, but set the benchmark by which the platform as a whole is compared to rivals like the iPhone. The Galaxy Nexus brings with it Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and some of Samsung's finest hardware: do the two add up to the best smartphone on the market today? Read on for the full SlashGear review.
When we talk about gigantic releases of smartphones, the hero phone line for Google's mobile OS Android, otherwise known as Nexus, has its name up there with the iPhone - and now the newest family member, the Galaxy Nexus, has had its heart unlocked with a full permanent root, its body now ready for hacks galore. There are methods for rooting a device (known as jailbreaking on iOS) that are not permanent, going away once the device is restarted, but this is the good kind - this kind sticks. This is the second of two methods that have been revealed thus far to the public by your kind and gentle developer underground, this one much easier than the first, especially for those of you who've never before done such a thing.
Now that the Galaxy Nexus is out and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is released to the open source community, we're seeing the first iterations of the system being crafted into specific device-worthy builds - what we've got for you here today is a look at Google's newest mobile OS on none other than the Samsung Galaxy S II from AT&T. What we've got loaded here is a very alpha build, this meaning that essentially none of the pieces of the puzzle that require connections of any kind are able to work, this including the camera, NFC, Bluetooth and internet. Other than that, there is certainly a lot to see, and a speed at which this setup operates that's lovely to behold!
Adobe will deliver a version of Flash Player mobile for Android 4.0 by the end of the year, the company has confirmed, meaning smartphones like the Galaxy Nexus will be able to play Flash games and animations in the browser. Flash Player's current incompatibility with Ice Cream Sandwich was spotted shortly after the Galaxy Nexus' launch, with Google only saying that "it expected" Adobe to release an updated version. However, Adobe also confirmed to Pocket-lint that this new version will be its last for the platform.
If you are a Canadian fan of the speedy new Android smartphones that happens to like the Bell network a new device is inbound. Bell has announced today that the Galaxy Nexus will be coming to its network on December 8. The Galaxy Nexus is a device that we are very familiar with having been hands on with the smartphone recently and laid down some benchmarks.
If you lucky owners of the Galaxy Nexus in these first days of its release complete with the first iteration of Ice Cream Sandwich, you'll notice that you do not have Adobe Flash Player installed, nor do you have access to a download on the Android Market - Google has just confirmed with us that this is normal and that Flash support will only come once Adobe makes the call to update the mobile version for Android 4.0. You currently will not have the ability to load either a new version or one of the older versions of Flash Player for Ice Cream Sandwich until Adobe makes the call to update their app to be compatible with this newest version of Android. Don't get too frazzled quite yet though, that's not the whole story.
Our demo series continues with the Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, in this episode taking a look at Facial Recognition, Notifications, battery life, camera speed, GPU Rendering, and Recent Apps. In this post you'll find a video featuring Vincent Nguyen who will also end up doing the full review of both the hardware and the software here on SlashGear. When you check this post out, keep in mind that this is one of the first wave of devices otherwise known as the international edition able to work on T-Mobile and AT&T bands. We have yet to see the Verizon version of this device, but everything you see in this video series should essentially be the same situation as that release.