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Samsung Galaxy Nexus coming quickly for Canada, Japan

10/18, 7:45am

Galaxy Nexus to come soon for NTT DoCoMo, Canada

Google and Samsung dropped clues of a turnaround as quick as a month for the Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime) when unveiled at their special event Tuesday night in Hong Kong. Samsung's press in Canada has promised Electronista that the device, which it didn't name, would be coming to the country "soon." Details would be available with the next few weeks, a spokeswoman said.

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Android 4.0 may add image editing tools

10/17, 9:55am

Ice Cream Sandwich to get post-shot editing

Google may unintentionally follow Apple with a key feature in Android 4.0, better known as Ice Cream Sandwich. A set of icons spotted on Saturday by Android Police are believed to be for editing in the Gallery app and go slightly beyond what such apps offer. Along with basic cropping and automatic fixes, it should have exposure compensation, sharpening, color modification, and "artistic" effects filters.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus passes Wi-Fi cert in Canadian form

10/15, 12:30pm

Samsung Galaxy Nexus seen going beyond US

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime) could go beyond the US quickly if a Wi-Fi Alliance certification (PDF) is any indication. The Android 4.0 flagship was cleared on Thursday as the GT-i9250M; the "M" badge is usually reserved for Canada-localized Samsung phones. The Galaxy S II in Canada, for example, is the GT-i9100M.

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Verizon price list puts Galaxy Nexus, Rezound at $300

10/14, 10:55pm

Verizon spoils expensive Nexus, Rezound plans

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and HTC's Rezound have both shown up in Verizon's Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list in what's a sign of them getting close and being expensive. Either of the Android phones could cost $300 on a contract and support beliefs that they'll both have LTE-based 4G, Droid-Life saw. The two also had their pricing start on November 10, suggesting that they might have been moved back to the middle of next month.

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Tips: Nexus Prime may get HTC, Motorola counterparts

10/14, 7:45pm

Android 4 may ship stock on HTC, Motorola in 2011

Samsung's Nexus Prime, or Galaxy Nexus, might not be the only device shipping with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in 2011. Well-known and historically reliable leaker black_man_x posted word that HTC and Motorola would be carrying devices with the stock Android 4.0 interface this year. He didn't say what devices would get it or when they might arrive.

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Google erects Ice Cream Sandwich statue, wraps Android 4 [U]

10/13, 4:30pm

Google gives sign Android 4 is ready to go

(Update: video) An eyewitness account by Google engineer Michael Soland has shown that Google has officially finished Android 4.0 ahead of its Hong Kong event. In keeping with its custom of putting a statue on its campus to mark the completion of a major Android milestone, an Ice Cream Sandwich statue is now on the Mountain View lawn. Each major OS has usually been made public within days or at most weeks of its release to the public.

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Google, Samsung move Android 4 event to October 19

10/13, 3:50pm

Google and Samsung send invites for October 19

Google and Samsung together sent Electronista and others an invitation confirming rumors surrounding a rescheduled Android 4.0 event. The two now plan to unveil the OS, nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich, along with the Galaxy Nexus (possibly called Nexus Prime), on the morning of October 19 in Hong Kong. The timing coincides with the D Asia conference and would start at 10PM Eastern time.

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Nexus Prime name mentioned by Samsung director

10/11, 4:45pm

Nexus Prime coming "sooner than you think"

The Nexus Prime smartphone will be officially announced "very shortly" and arrive in stores "sooner than you think," according to Samsung UK Sales Director Andrew Glass. He was speaking at an event after receiving a Phone of the Year award for the Galaxy S II from T3. The name for the first Android 4.0 handset was also confirmed by Glass to remain Nexus Prime.

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Verizon drops Droid Charge to $200 ahead of Galaxy Nexus

10/10, 4:25pm

Verizon cleaning out stocks before Nexus' arrival

Verizon has dropped the price of the Samsung Droid Charge to $200 with contract. The drop is probably an attempt to clear out inventory in anticipation of the launch of its new flagship Android phone, the Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus will be Verizon's first phone to offer the latest Android release, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus tips up at FCC with AT&T, T-Mobile 3G

10/08, 1:00pm

Galaxy Nexus to have cross-US 3G

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus or Nexus Prime has popped up in an FCC filing that hints it could be available on most if not all GSM carriers in North America. Going under its GT-i9250 name, it has the 850MHz and 1,900MHz bands needed for 3G on AT&T, Bell, Rogers, and Telus, as well as the 1,700MHz band needed for T-Mobile and smaller Canadian outlets like Mobilicity and Wind. No 2,100MHz 3G exists, although the FCC doesn't always test that band.

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Google, Samsung: Nexus event moved out of respect for Jobs

10/07, 1:10pm

Google confirms Nexus event moved for Steve Jobs

Google and Samsung have confirmed that their decision to delay the Galaxy Nexus introduction was in respect for the death of Steve Jobs. The two wanted to give space for mourning. The cancellation of its CTIA presentation hadn't delayed the product itself but was an indication the two Android partners didn't believe an announcement would be respectful if held so soon.

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Google, Samsung push last-minute Galaxy Nexus delay

10/07, 8:30am

Google and Samsung decide against Android 4 event

Google and Samsung together put forward a surprise, last-minute delay to the Galaxy Nexus. The two decided against using the CTIA fall show to show their new product. They planned to announce a new date shortly.

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Galaxy Nexus / Nexus Prime seen on video with Android 4.0

10/07, 7:55am

Galaxy Nexus leaked in full ahead of event

Much of the Galaxy Nexus' mystery was taken away Friday after a Romanian leak and video (below). The Gadget.ro slip shows a design mostly in line with a small peek where the entire front is dominated by its touchscreen. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) would let it use software-based buttons and, significantly, drop the search button that had once been common to most Android phones.

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YouTube slips Android Ice Cream Sandwich intro on October 11

10/06, 7:30pm

Google accidentally confirms Android ICS date

Google on Thursday inadvertently confirmed that the October 11 Samsung event was the official reveal date for Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0. A YouTube page (embedded below) has an "Android ICS Launch" live event slated to arrive in just under five days as of this writing, or exactly on October 11. Little else is mentioned, including in the "tbd" description.

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Galaxy Nexus may have super-fast camera, notifier light

10/06, 2:45pm

Galaxy Nexus may get fast-start camera and more

Some of the finer details of the Galaxy Nexus may have emerged shortly before its appearance. A new claim Thursday noted that the five-megapixel camera would have an unusual emphasis on speed. The device has an "almost instant shutter," Droid-Life was told, putting it on a par with the fast if higher resolution iPhone 4S.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus leak: 9mm thick, 1.2GHz TI chip, 4G

10/06, 10:20am

Galaxy Nexus details spill out days early

New details of Samsung's Android 4 flagship may have surfaced in a late leak. The curved design, possibly called either the Nexus Prime or Galaxy Nexus, is expected by a reliable BGR source to be thicker than the Galaxy S II but thinner than the iPhone 4S, at about 9mm (0.35in) thick. As the banner phone for Google's new OS, nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich, it's also now believed to carry the 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor that will be the reference chip for Android 4 phones.

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Samsung teases ‘Something BIG is coming,’ October 11

10/05, 5:20am

Samsung teases Nexus Prime ahead of Oct 11 launch

Samsung has issued another video teaser (embedded below) ahead of its special ‘Unpacked’ event on October 11 where it is widely believed the company will unveil the Nexus Prime. The smartphone is also expected to debut Google’s latest mobile OS, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which is to unify its smartphone and tablet operating systems. The teaser is promotes the idea that some things go better together and that ‘Another perfect combination is just around the corner.’

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Google Nexus Prime possibly seen matching Galaxy S II HD LTE

10/04, 11:30am

Nexus Prime possibly spotted for first time

A self-proclaimed discovery has shown what might be the Nexus Prime. The partial look at GSMArena shows a full-touch device what's claimed to be a 4.6-inch, 720p screen, much like that in the Galaxy S II HD LTE. I shows an odd set of software-based bottom navigation keys that, if real, may be themed around Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Nexus Prime, Droid HD, Vigor show in Verizon Cellebrite unit

09/30, 5:30pm

Nexus Prime and more tracked in Verizon system

Three flagship Android phones Verizon have surfaced in the Cellebrite catalog system that both confirms their Verizon attachments as well as that they will ship soon. As found by Droid-Life, the highlight is the Nexus Prime, the official Google-blessed Ice Cream Sandwich phone. The Samsung-made phone has a Verizon-specific SCH-i515 model number and is mentioned by name, hinting that Google has settled on a name.

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Nexus Prime code dump shows bloat-free Ice Cream Sandwich

09/29, 3:35pm

Nexus Prime code shows pure Android, no extras

Some code from the upcoming Nexus Prime smartphone has been revealed by p3droid over on the MyDroidWorld forums. The Ice Cream Sandwich code, also known as Android 4.0, code doesn't reveal any bloatware, or added programs and apps that would slow performance. Such programs are often custom skins or other apps from carriers like Verizon or from handset makers themselves, such as HTC's Sense or Motorola's Blur interfaces.

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Sharp intros Aquos 104SH with 720p LCD, TI OMAP4460

09/29, 12:30pm

Android flagship to use TI next-gen mobile CPU

Sharp has announced its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Aquos 104SH. The 104SH is an extremely thin (8.7mm/0.34in.) handset and features a 4.5in., 720 x 1020 HD touchscreen. It will use the same Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor as the Google Nexus Prime, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU that has been optimized for the next release of Android, version 3.2 "Ice Cream Sandwich." The main camera is a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor that can shoot full HD video at 30 FPS. The auxiliary camera has a 3 megapixel CMOS sensor. It will ship with a 2GB MicroSDHC memory card.

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Samsung 'Google Episode' on October 11 hints Nexus Prime

09/28, 8:30pm

Samsung Unpacked at CTIA fall hints Nexus Prime

Samsung sent out invitations to Electronista staff for an event at the fall CTIA show that dropped a strong clue of plans for the Nexus Prime. Unusually calling it the "Google Episode," the gathering will take place the first formal day of the San Diego show, on October 11. The gathering will be a look at "what's new from Android," Samsung said, emphasizing the OS and not itself.

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Vodafone starts carrying generic micro SIMs

09/28, 7:05pm

Signs of things to come in smartphones

Vodafone will begin selling non-Apple branded Micro SIM cards. The wireless carrier has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it will begin offering the miniature SIM cards in the "not too distant future." Currently the only devices using these cards, which are functionally equivalent to a regular SIM card in a smaller form factor, are Apple iPhones and iPads.

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Google Nexus Prime gets Bluetooth certification

09/27, 9:40pm

Ties in withexpected Verizon launch in November

Samsung is apparently taking the final steps it needs to prepare the Nexus Prime for launch. The phone maker has listed its GT-i9250, believed to be the GSM version of the Nexus Prime smartphone, with the Bluetooth SIG. This is usually done shortly before a product begins shipping.

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Google asks Android devs to prep apps for Ice Cream Sandwich

09/19, 4:25pm

Google teaches devs to allow, block phones in ICS

Google gave notice to developers that they should change their apps to support Ice Cream Sandwich. Anyone writing apps for Android 3 (Honeycomb) has been asked to write code either excluding phones from support or adapt what they have to support smaller screens. Android already has a Fragment interface that lets developers write an app that can go back as far as Android 1.6 but which recognizes 3.0 and beyond.

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Google Nexus Prime may pack built-in keyboard

09/19, 11:45am

Last Nexus Prime clue hints at keyboard

A last clue in a string surrounding the Google Nexus Prime has hinted that the phone will have a keyboard. Along with mentioning dual cores, an "HD" screen, and possibly new Android widgets, the conclusion of Tom Fleming's hints wrapped up with word that "the one with the keyboard is what I enjoy." It's unclear if there will be a touchscreen-only version as well or if this represents the only Nexus Prime.

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Google Wallet to go live Monday, still limited to Nexus S 4G

09/18, 10:30pm

Google Wallet gets hard launch date

Google is finally expected to switch on Google Wallet on Monday after unveiling it four months earlier. Partners are receiving a notice telling them that the NFC (near-field communications) tap-to-pay service will be ready to use anywhere a MasterCard PayPass terminal is active. Although a few NFC-aware phones have launched since, TechCrunch understood that the Nexus S 4G running Android 2.3.4 would still be the only phone to support it at first.

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Teasers: Google Nexus Prime due November 3 with Verizon LTE

09/17, 10:50pm

Cryptic hints point to Nexus Prime missing October

A series of Twitter hints from possible insider Tom Fleming may have narrowed down the release details of the Nexus Prime. Backed by the historically very accurate leaker black_man_x, Fleming claimed that the smartphone will be available on the day "Bruce Wayne's true father did die," hinting at the November 3 death of author Bob Kane. He backed the widely reported talk of a Verizon release in noting that it would be available in the "stores of red and black."

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Samsung Droid Prime reaches Bluetooth SIG with Verizon ID

08/30, 8:20am

Samsung Droid Prime validated by Bluetooth group

Rumors of the Samsung Droid Prime being Google's true flagship phone were given quick support Tuesday after the discovery of the phone in a Bluetooth Special Interest Group certification. The device is going by its rumored SCH-i515 name, the SCH being an immediate clue as to its Verizon destination. Appropriately, it's also listed as a CDMA phone and coming to North America.

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Verizon gives early upgrades ahead of iPhone 5, Droid Bionic

08/29, 4:25pm

Verizon moves upgrade schedules for Apple, Moto

Verizon subscribers saw the possible effect of a follow-up iPhone release for the first time Monday with word that customers were having their upgrade schedules moved up. Similar to what has been orchestrated by AT&T in the past, Verizon owners are seeing their upgrade timeframes moved up to make them immediately eligible. In some cases, the upgrades have been moved up even for those who wouldn't have been eligible until May 2012.

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Tip: Verizon gets Droid Prime, Galaxy S II no iPhone 5 rival

08/29, 11:20am

Rumor has Samsung Droid Prime due at Verizon

Verizon's decision to skip the Galaxy S II may not have dropped Samsung entirely out of the picture. An apparent leak points to the Google Nexus Prime coming to Verizon as the Samsung Droid Prime. The phone, now identified as the SCH-i515 by BGR, should be the first phone with Ice Cream Sandwich and may have a 720p display.

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Samsung inadvertently confirms Nexus Prime in C&D notice

08/25, 10:25pm

Samsung says Nexus Prime real in notice

Samsung may have given its own role behind the Nexus Prime away on Thursday after it sent a cease-and-desist notice. After a claim to leaked Nexus Prime firmware, Samsung's general counsel warned the unnamed person through e-mail that the firmware is the "exclusive property" of Samsung and otherwise said the firmware was real. The copy of the note obtained by Geek ordered the firmware holder to "return" the code under the threat of lawsuits or even criminal charges.

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Google Nexus Prime may call Verizon home

08/19, 3:10pm

Samsung's Nexus Prime for Google may hit Verizon

Verizon might get a Google Nexus phone for the first time if rumors are accurate. A "Samsung Prime," a reference to the Nexus Prime, has supposedly been seen in Verizon's offices, supporting the notion that it was in testing. What TechnoBuffalo was told lined up with earlier talk that had it carrying very advanced 4.5-inch, 720p display and Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Google Nexus Prime with Android 4.0 is due in October?

08/18, 4:15pm

Nexus Prime coming this October: Korean report

The upcoming Nexus Prime smartphone, Google's third self-branded Android device, will be out in October, according to a new report from BGR. It cites Korea's Electronic Times as the original source, and confirms earlier specs that include a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display and a 1.5GHz CPU, likely a TI OMAP 4460. The handset will be manufactured by Samsung.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich shots show iPhone-like app tray

08/11, 5:40pm

Ice Cream Sandwich photos see Honeycomb, iOS roots

A pair of leaks have provided the first glimpse at Ice Cream Sandwich. The OS has its expected influences from Android 3 tablets but also appears to take some direct cues from iOS. The always-on app shortcuts on the home screen now have an iPhone-like grid, RootzWiki saw, and now also appears to have iOS 4-style app folders.

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Samsung Romania unusually backs Nexus Prime rumors

07/12, 1:50pm

Samsung Romania agency posts Nexus Prime specs

Samsung Romania has, over its Twitter account, given an odd endorsement of rumors of the Nexus Prime smartphone. An image of the tweets were immortalized in a Ziarul Financiar report (since pulled) and Samsung Romania itself has published a correction over Twitter. The phone maker had proudly pointed to talk of a Super AMOLED HD (1280x720) screen and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but has since backtracked.

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