We've spotted the Samsung Illusion a few times in the past but Verizon has now fully unveiled the device for all. Pulling in to the entry level market, the specs for the Samsung Illusion aren't mind blowing but not bad either especially as a starter device.
3.5-inch HVGA TFT display
1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
3MP rear camera
MicroSD card slot up to 32GB
Mobile Hotspot capability – share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
SWYPE Technology – input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
The Samsung Illusion will be available from Verizon on Nov. 23, and will be available in Verizon Wireless Stores in January 2012 for $79.99 on contract, or free from Nov. 24-28.
Pardon us a minute while we read way too much into something. The screen you see here is what indirect Verizon retailers -- as in not a corporate-branded store -- now see to order their own Samsung Galaxy Nexus stock. And note that it says Samsung Galaxy Nexus, not Samsung Nexus Prime, which reappeared on a Best Buy flyer first posted in our Galaxy Nexus forums last night.
Point is, it's still coming to Verizon ... eventually ... and we're still expecting it to be the Galaxy Nexus. Probably.
Look, we know the wait for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus here in the United States is making people act a little crazy. We get that, and we're not really blaming anybody. But this sort of thing isn't helping matters any. What you see here, according to new forums member mynewride, is a Best Buy Mobile flyer that is due to come out Dec. 1. And in it we have the Samsung Nexus Prime on Verizon. Or the Samsung Nexus Prime 4G LTE, if you turn the page. Or the Samsung Nexus Prime, member of the Samsung Galaxy S II family.
What. The. Hell.
OK. So, Best Buy doesn't exactly have a spotless record when it comes to Photoshop blunders. (See Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3.) But the "Nexus Prime"-- the unofficial code name for the Galaxy Nexus that we all worked with for months -- has been seen in Best Buy's internal systems before, which might or might not mean anything here.
We're nowhere near sold on this one yet. But it's just one more chapter in the strange saga that's been the Verizon launch of the Galaxy Nexus.
We've got more pics after the break, and hit the source link for all the discussion from mynewride's original post.
There's a bit of brouhaha on the Internet today about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus being "rooted." While I applaud the gentlemen who take the time to build binaries needed to flash the superuser/switchuser files to the GNexus, I think it's more important to re-visit something from the past. Namely, you don't need to exploit a Nexus device to root it. The tools to unlock the potential of a Nexus phone are included, so pushing new software that allows more access to the system isn't really a surprise. Hopefully, someone can go further with this access and do something that does surprise us.
Mr. O'Brien, I tip my hat to you for taking the time to build your superboot image. Most users wouldn't take the time needed to learn how do it, and you've provided the easy path for them. Now there's no excuse for anyone with a GNexus to not jump in feet first and see what Android can do when given the proper tools, and openness.
A quick jaunt across the Internet today and I see that Apple is pushing out working on yet another iOS 5 update to address battery life issues. On behalf of Android users and fans everywhere, I'd like to take a moment and welcome all of you to the cloud. It's nice up here -- things sync without wires, your phone knows where you are in case you want to share your location, and updates are a breeze when they're pushed Over The Air. But like all good things, there's a price, and in this case it's measured in milliampere-hours.
Our boss and friend Phil has some sage advice -- plug your phone in. Follow his wise words. I'll also add that buying a spare battery is a good idea ... oh, never mind.
That's right, boys and girls, the picture you see here is a SIM free, carrier unlocked Galaxy Nexus ready for shipping to a lucky British owner tomorrow morning.
The guys over at Clove have received their batch of devices this evening, and are ready to ship them out tomorrow with the final batch of intial orders being shipped before the end of Wednesday. There is enough stock to cover the initial pre-orders, with a "limited amount" available for new orders.
Furthermore, they also claim that their batch are not subject to the EDGE/volume bug, having had an "additional quality control check." That much remains to be seen, but if you've pre-ordered the Nexus, expect something special in the mail anytime now.
We've received several tips about a possible bug on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus (check our review) which results in the phone schizophrenically switching between volume modes, or randomly muting itself. During the course of our review we didn't notice this at all, but today we received a tip suggesting it could have something to do with the EDGE (2G) radio. As such, we set our Nexus to 2G-only mode, and sure enough, when switching between EDGE and 3G or EDGE and Wifi, we found that our unit fell victim to the glitch, too.
Right now we're guessing that something about the way the EDGE radio works is interfering with the volume rocker, causing the down volume key to be triggered repeatedly. There've also been suggestions that only 900MHz EDGE networks are affected, but we haven't been able to confirm this.
In any case, we've got the whole thing captured on video. Hit the jump if you want to take a look.
If you're looking to give another early build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a go on the Nexus S and prefer the ROM Manager route, Koush (a name you should well know and trust) has made available in ROM Manager an early alpha build. It's early yet, and the camcorder and a few other things aren't working 100 percent -- again, alpha build -- but it's something else to play with if you want.
Check it out at the link below, or snag it in ROM Manager.
Our GSM Galaxy Nexus review finds a great platform for the next version of Android -- Ice Cream Sandwich
The past year, like the year before it, has been huge for Android. We’ve seen headlines boasting increasingly ridiculous daily activation numbers and market-share figures, not to mention the platform’s (slightly bumpy) foray into the tablet space. It’s no exaggeration to say that new Android smartphones are arriving on an almost weekly basis. If you’re a regular visitor, you’ll certainly have noticed that each month seems to bring more reviews and product launches than the last. On phones at least, Android is booming.
As 2011 draws to a close, Google has yet another tasty treat prepared for Android devotees -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, powered by the freshly-minted Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” OS. Nexus devices have always been highly desirable objects for fans of Google and its mobile platform -- the Nexus One and Nexus S both featured attractive, powerful hardware that was open to development and hacking (of the original, good kind). But both failed to catch on with "regular" consumers, mainly due to a lack of marketing or widespread on-contract availability, and the fact that until recently, stock Android was very much the ugly duckling of smartphone operating systems.
This is what Google, along with its partners at Samsung, has tried to fix with the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0. The aim was to build a high-end device with an all-new stock Android user experience, and create not just a great smartphone for developers and enthusiasts, but a great smartphone, period. Read on for our full Galaxy Nexus review to find out whether they’ve succeeded.
Thin and light, with a gorgeous screen. Ice Cream Sandwich delivers on the promise of a faster, prettier, more usable Android. Completely open for developers.
Performance issues with some live wallpapers. Camera is decent but not great.
If, like many of us, you’ve been constantly holding out for that “next big thing” in the Android world, this is your signal to stop waiting and reach for your wallet. The Galaxy Nexus is the Android phone you want to own in 2012.
You didn't think we would stop playing with the Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP ROM for the Nexus S so soon did you? Trust me when I tell you it's almost 100 percent, and well worth the time to flash and try it out. We've been having a go with it for a good while now, and decided to fire up the camera and let everyone have a look. Catch the video after the break, then hit the download link to give Ice Cream Sandwich a try yourself -- you'll be glad you did.
There have been leaks and mentions of the follow up to Orange UK's San Francisco, but it's now officially official that the San Francisco II is heading to market.
Under the Orange branding, the San Francisco II is actually a ZTE Crescent. While the Orange website is yet to show any pricing details for the device the press video shows it the same as it's predecessor which was available on Pay As You Go for £99. It wouldn't be a bad guess to assume the same price point for the new one.
Orange's own brand smartphones are quickly becoming the alternative to a feature phone, but what does your £99 actually get you? Well it isn't a spec fest, but on top of the 800mhz processor is Android 2.3.5. Impressive. You also get a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen, an FM radio, and a 5MP camera. On board storage is only 512mb, but it has a microSD card slot, so it's not all bad news. As with pretty much all Orange phones, there's a selection of their own apps which take up frankly too much of the slim on board storage, but some will be of interest. Signal boost allows you to boost your phone signal using wifi, and the Orange Wednesdays app is a must have for customers of the network.
The main point about this phone though - much like it's predecessor and it's big brother the Monte Carlo - is that at this price point it will capture a lot of casual phone buyers who will be taking their first steps in the world of the smartphone. And if those first steps are into the Android world, it's no bad thing surely?
Check out Orange UK's hands on video after the jump.
It's a neat mix and match of new source code, binary files from Gingerbread, bits from the Galaxy Nexus, and custom code from other developers. Android dev kwiboo has done an excellent job getting things going, and even facial unlock is working -- as long as you don't have a big bushy beard, that is. As someone who has also been fooling around with the code and flashing my own Nexus S at least a jillion times, my hat's off to him -- I'll say it again, he's done an excellent job. Hit the source link to see for yourself.
Still using the original Samsung Galaxy S? We bet that there's quite a few of you out there still carrying around this venerable device, and in the UK at least Samsung have reportedly started pushing out an Android 2.3.5 update.
The changelog promises a whole batch of bug fixes, along with the usual performance improvements you might expect from an OS update, better battery life, and enhancements to the messaging app and to the camera.
GSMarena is reporting though that this update could wipe your apps and your data, which sounds pretty messed up for a minor OS update. But take heed and make sure everything is backed up just in case. If you've seen the update hit us up in the comments and let us know how it went.
Are you a Sprint customer looking for a new device but would rather not kill your savings on it? Well meet the Samsung Transform Ultra, a nice mid range sliding QWERTY device that is available for only $70 after rebate. Recently we have seen a huge amount of Samsung devices launch into the market, each of them rating rather well, and the Samsung Transform Ultra should not be left out of the positive recognition.
Touting a 3.5-inch display it may not be the largest in the fleet, but it size isn't everything, is it? The 1GHz processor does a great job powering this Gingerbread powered device, and included is 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory, more than enough for most users. The back features a 3MP camera accompanied by a front facing VGA camera, all of which is powered by a 1500mAh battery which should give about 7 hours of continuous talk time. If you are in the market for a new mid-range QWERTY slider, be sure to hit the break and check out a hands-on video and some more images.
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