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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus hands-on

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So here we have it, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Same as the other Galaxy Nexus, only different. Sort of. Slightly. Here's a quick breakdown:

From the front, the two phones are indistinguishable. Both have that huge tract of Super AMOLED HD goodness (aka a 4.65-inch display), ear speaker and front-facing camera. The power button, volume rocker and charging contacts are all in the exact same spots. Or at least close enough that we can't tell with the naked eye.

Flip the Verizon Galaxy Nexus over, and it's almost identical to the GSM version. The Google logo has been traded in for a Verizon 4G silkscreen. Note that the GSM battery cover is not interchangable with the Verizon version. The tabs that hold it in place are in slightly different positions. So if you have to have that Google logo, you're going to have to work at it a bit.

Open the battery cover on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and you find the biggest visible physical difference. It uses a different battery than the GSM version -- different shape, and it's been upped to 1850 mAh capacity. Verizon's using a micro SIM card for LTE, and it's in a different location, too. You'll also find screens and other design differences back here.

That's it for the outside. The internals, of course, are the same, only with a CDMA radio and 4G LTE radio. (Oh, and there's a subtle Qualcomm 4G sticker advertising that fact on the bottom bezel.) Otherwise, same 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.

Ice Cream Sandwich is still Ice Cream Sandwich, though the version number is slightly higher than what we currently see on the GSM Galaxy Nexus thanks to some recent bugfixes. No big deal.

We've got more hands-on video and pictures after the break, and a full review forthcoming.

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2 years ago

Hey, new Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners, get ready for an update

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No cause for alarm here, folks, but your brand new Verizon Galaxy Nexus is going to get a little update once it's activated. Bugfixes, mostly. And since you probably haven't actually used the Verizon Galaxy Nexus without this update, you won't really know what you were missing.

And before anybody freaks out about it getting an update on Day 1, remember that  pre-release updates are hardly unusual. Update it and go about your business.

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson releases Android 4.0 Alpha ROM for Xperia phones

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Sony Ericsson has become one of the first manufacturers to release an early Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, hot on the heels of Huawei, which uploaded a test build for the Honor a couple of days ago. The alpha ROM released today supports bootloader-unlocked Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray handsets, and is intended to give developers a preview of what's to come. Sony Ericsson has of course already confirmed that the entire 2011 Xperia line will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich  in the months ahead.

Certain functionality is limited in the alpha ROM, most likely for legal reasons -- there are no Google apps included, and you won't be able to make phone calls, pretty much eliminating the possibility of using the ROM as your daily driver. We suspect some enterprising folks will be hacking away at this soon enough though, with the intention of removing some of these restrictions.

If you're not quite brave enough to flash this ROM on your own device, Sony Ericsson has also shot a brief video walkthrough showing off ICS features like the lock screen music controls and task switcher. You'll find it embedded right after the break, while instructions for flashing the alpha ROM can be found at the source link.

Source: Sony Ericsson Developer World

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus retail price: $649

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If you're looking to buy the Verizon Galaxy Nexus off-contract, get ready to fork over some bills. It's $299 on contract (and you can find it some places for less), it'll run you $649 if you pay full retail. That's actually a tad less than the quad-band GSM version that's still available for importing.

More: Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Things to do once you get your Galaxy Nexus

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It feels like forever, but the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is finally among us.  Hopefully, everyone who wants one was able to get out and grab a GNex of their very own, and have been fooling around with it wanting it to hurry up and charge (hint -- it will charge faster if you leave it alone!).  Now it's time to get serious, and there's a few things you should do right away with your new shiny.  Hit the break and read along!

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus now available online

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More in the Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

The wait is over, and you can now order the Verizon Galaxy Nexus online!  Many will say it's a month late, many will say there never was a date, but none of that matters now, and you'll all have soon forgotten.  Things change when you get the shiny Nexus feeling in your hands, the birds sing more, the sun shines brighter, dogs and cats lie together in harmony, you get the idea.  Like all good things in life though, this one isn't free.  It will set you back $299 with a new contract, but that's the same as any high-end LTE phone available on Big Red.

What are you waiting for?  Go grab one!

Verizon

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2 years ago

Available from Verizon Dec. 15 ... The Samsung Galaxy Nexus!!!

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Finally, just shy of two months since the phone was first announced by Google and Samsung and after who knows how many unofficial release dates, the Galaxy Nexus has a launch date for Verizon. And that date is ... drum roll, please ... 

Dec. 15. And the price: $299 on contract. Mobile hotspot access will cost an extra $20 a month and will serve up to 10 Wifi devices.

So, now that that's settled, here are a couple of links you need to check out before you seal the deal:

So that's it, folks. It's finally time. Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Image Gallery

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Want a closer look at the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Here's a gallery straight from the source.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Prada Phone by LG 3.0

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LG and Prada have just unveiled their latest smartphone offering, the Prada Phone by LG 3.0. It's a device that combines high-end smartphone components from LG with a unique Prada-designed chassis and a distinctive, almost-monochrome UI. (Shame the name's so awkward though.)

We got our first look at the phone at today's joint event in London's Mayfair district, so join us after the jump to find out what we thought.

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2 years ago

'Almost CyanogenMod 7' ROM for LG Thrill 4G and Optimus 3D coming along nicely

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Have an Optimus 3D or LG Thrill 4G (the U.S. version on AT&T)?  Here's news you'll love -- Ricardo Cerqueira, an Android hacking mastermind when it comes to high-end LG devices, has released a new version of his "Almost CyanogenMod 7" ROM today.  Why the "Almost" tag?  Ricardo explains thusly:

This early release is based off the current CyanogenMod code, but unlike CM its components aren't public yet, so you can not build it yourself. Since being able to roll your own is a core feature of CyanogenMod, I prefer to think of this as something close to CM, but not quite CM.

If you're using an LG Thrill 4G, go download it now from the source link.  If you're using an Optimus 3D, you'll need to have the Gingerbread baseband installed (unlike the previous version of Almost CM) so you'll need to flash the current stock ROM from the LG Updater tool, then re-root your device.  That sounds like a bit of a headache, and it is, but it's well worth it as the new baseband brings along an impressive speed boost from HSPA+ networks. 

This should tide us over until CM9 and Ice Cream Sandwich gets cranked out for the Cosmopolitan.  Go slow, read everything, and be sure to visit the forums if you have any questions.

Source: RootzWiki; via +Ricardo Cerqueira

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