The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was unveiled earlier this week, and Verizon Wireless has made itself the first U.S. carrier to officially promise to offer it. The Galaxy Nexus will be the first smartphone running Android OS 4.0, and could be on the market early next month.
This news isn’t surprising, as the the original plan had been to announce this device at CTIA last week, at an event co-sponsored by Verizon. However, the introduction was moved back a week and to Hong Kong, where the U.S. carrier wasn’t involved.
Verizon has now stopped beating around the bush by commiting to offering the Galaxy Nexus “later this year”. It stopped short of saying exactly when, but information leaking out of this carrier indicates that the launch date will be November 10.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Overview
Its 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 display will be large enough, and with a high-enough screen resolution, to make this device almost qualify as a tabphone — half tablet, half smartphone. The Super AMOLD display will be slightly curved to hug the user’s face during phone calls.
The Galaxy Nexus will be built around a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with 1GB of RAM. It is going to run a “stock” version of Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This new version of Google’s operating system will bring a number of changes, such as the end of hardware buttons below the display. These have been replaced with on-screen virtual buttons. Many of the bundled apps have been improved as well.
Verizon’s version will support its 4G LTE service, and also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS,and NFC. This smartphone will include a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with 180p video recording, as well as a 1.3 mp one on the front for video conferencing and a new feature in Android 4.0: Face Unlock.