Monday, November 14, 2011

Rumor: Galaxy Nexus to release this Friday?

According to Phandroid, a user on Reddit has posted that they got to play with a Galaxy Nexus and asked the owner (who works for Samsung) when it would release and they said it was on schedule for release November 18, this Friday. This would be very surprising since Verizon has been very quiet about the Nexus, and we haven't even had an announcement yet. So I would take this lightly, but it could be true. It's certainly possible since the Ice Cream Sandwich source dropped tonight. We shall see. This could make a lot of people really happy if this holds true. Bellow is the text from Reddit.


 So one of my mom's piano students' mom works for Samsung and has a Galaxy Nexus (running on Verizon of course). When she stopped by our house I wanted to take a look at it and she let me do so for a good 15-20 minutes! Here are my thoughts:
  • Overall, the software was just as smooth as has been reported before, and from what I could tell by scavenging through the OS it seemed pretty much ready for prime-time, so all the rumors of delays due to bugs are probably incorrect.
  • Camera was just as snappy (no pun intended) as has been reported, and I was actually extremely impressed with the quality of the rapid-fire shots. Panorama worked fine, got one minor bump but nothing big.
  • Face Unlock worked! And very well, in fact. It was very fast to unlock upon recognizing the correct face and quick to notify upon non-recognition.
Lastly, I asked about price/release date/hotspot pricing. She said she wasn't sure about the price of the phone or the hotspot functionality but she said it was on track to be released this Friday, 11/18. Now, lots of trustworthy people have said lots of different things but she was 100% convinced and informed that it would be this Friday (and no she wasn't talking about the UK launch, she was specifically talking about Verizon availability in the US).
So there you have it folks! If you have any additional questions let me know and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability!

[via Phandroid]

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