Verizon to launch Samsung Galaxy Nexus in US December 15

With hundreds of thousands of first-gen Motorola Droid customers out there, this upgrade cycle is the biggest and arguably most important in Android's short history. Apple is trying to woo as many would-be upgraders with the iPhone 4S, which beat Nexus to market.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon - Is this $299 Android in your future?
Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon - Is this $299 Android in your future?
Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon - Is this $299 Android in your future?
Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon - Is this $299 Android in your future?

Or so we think.

According to DroidLife, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the flagship Android smartphone and the first to run Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich, will hit Verizon stores next week, on Thursday December 15.

The long (long) awaited phone is likely the most anticipated, most discussed Android phone ever. And we mean ever. Several features set the Samsung built model apart from others.

Aside from shipping with the aforementioned ICS, the Nexus is also the first to feature softkeys in place of regular hard buttons, similar to Honeycomb tablets, for navigation (back, home, etc.). Since they’re software based, one nice benefit is that they can disappear to allow for functions, like watching a video for example, to take advantage of the full 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display.

Verizon, still holding its cards close, has not publicly announced a launch date, so it’s very possible that we not see Nexus next week.

What could be the hold-up, and why didn’t Verizon ship it today, as originally rumored?

That would be pure speculation at this point. One possibility some are suggesting is a potential deal was being worked that would enable Google Wallet, a mobile payment feature that has been disabled, much to the chagrin of us Androids.

Just over two years ago Google and Motorola teamed up for the “Droid Does” launch. To say the results were spectacular would be an understatement. In twenty-four months, Android has turned the collective mobile market on its ears, while amassing over 10 billion downloads on the Android app store, and leaving a trail of blood and bodies in its path. RIM (BlackBerry), HP (WebOS) and Microsoft (Windows Phone 7) have also suffered, some fatally, as Android’s share continued to climb dramatically.

With hundreds of thousands of first-gen Motorola Droid customers out there, this upgrade cycle is the biggest and arguably most important in Android’s short history. Apple is trying to woo as many would-be upgraders with the iPhone 4S, which beat Nexus to market. Google is countering with an upgraded OS, and larger displays.

As part of the Android upgrade dilemma I originally posed the question: HTC Rezound, Motorola Droid RAZR or Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

While some jumped to other phones out of frustration (or lack of interest in ICS) the majority, like me, are waiting (and waiting) for the Nexus. I no longer feel so lonely. Let the upgrades begin!

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  • DSabet

    Hi Clint,
    David here, fellow LB owner and Verizon Nexus anticpator.  I have the iPhone 4 now and while it’s a nice phone I’m anxious for the larger screen and greater flexiblity the android platform provides.  Let me know when you get your and we can compare notes.

    DS

    • Hi DS- sure thing. I’d be surprised if Apple doesn’t finally broaden the iPhone lineup next year with a large screen model, maybe even a mini iPad/phone. Hopefully Nexus comes out of this week, my trusty Moto Droid has aged gracefully, but is quite slow these days.

  • BrianB13

    As usual, there is no offical date yet so I think your title is a little misleading since an official announcement has not been made by Verizon concerning the release date of the phone.  It would have been more exacting (but less sensational) had you ended the title with a question mark.

    I have no idea how many people will actually pick up this phone upon its release.  We know that Android fanboys with the money will pick one up…  That is, ones with the patience to wait for it.  Other than that demographic, I’m not sure who else will pick one up until Verizon starts actively marketing the phone. 

    The Bionic was a much anticapted phone as well but there were no lines the day it released.  Well, maybe 15 people at Costco to get the reasonably priced bundle.  The same thing happened to a lesser degree with the Razr which had a lot of marketing and the Rezound which didin’t get much marketing in comparison.  I went in a Verizon store the afternoon after the release.  I was the only one in the store and they asked me if I wanted to buy a Razr.  I told them no, waiting for the Nexus.

    So until Verizon comes out and makes an announcement, the rumors continue to fly on a daily basis as to the release date for this phone.  I would venture to say that there is only a handful of people within Verizon that truly know the expected release date.             

  • Bret Hinz

    ridiculous that you are still speculating about this phone.  you’re just as bad as that dude that keeps saying the world is going to end on a certain date; and it never does.

    i ended up purchasing the razr, and couldn’t be happier.  even if the nexus does come out soon (before january 16th) i will not be getting it.  the razr’s screen is amazing, the phone is super fast, and it receives a GREAT radio signal, thanks to motorola’s history of putting out great radio in phones that grab signals with iron claws.  i see no reason to switch, and frankly, the razr is a much sharper looking phone.  the nexus looks like any other smart phone, the razr is unmistakable.