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We might still be guessing about when the Galaxy Nexus will be making its debut on Verizon in the US, but the UK remains on track to get it on Nov. 17, according to Samsung UK. Sammy originally announced the date at last week's Galaxy Note World Tour in London, however we'd heard some rumors of a delay in the past 24 hours, so it's good to have confirmation that that's not the case.

Check out today's press release after the jump, or dive into our hands-on feature for more Galaxy Nexus goodness.

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus device coming to UK shores in November

4th November 2011, London, UK – Samsung today announced the first smartphone to feature Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, will be available in the UK from Thursday 17th November.
The Galaxy Nexus™ is the first smartphone to feature a 4.65’’ HD Super AMOLED display with a market-leading resolution of 720p (1280x720), ensuring vivid colours and excellent picture clarity. The Galaxy Nexus also comes with a 5 megapixel camera and new rounded design that measures just 8.94mm thick and features a minimal 4.29mm screen bezel.
The Galaxy Nexus features the latest version of the Android platform, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience, while introducing new innovations such as ‘Face Unlock’, which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. It also comes with integrated Google+™, allowing you to ‘hang out’ with friends and talk over Google+ Messenger. Google™’s services are connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and other data synced across your devices.
The latest handset from Samsung and Google is designed to provide a “pure Google” experience and users will be the first to receive software upgrades as they become available. It also features a number of Google Mobile services, including: Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.11 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google+ app.

The Galaxy Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor and HSPA+ connectivity, providing superior power and speed.

Simon Stanford, Head of Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “The level of interest and anticipation surrounding the release of the Galaxy Nexus has been fantastic. The collaboration with Google to launch the world’s first smartphone featuring Android Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display is evidence of Samsung’s continuing passion for the smartphone market and commitment to delivering innovative devices. We’re delighted to introduce the Galaxy Nexus to the UK and are looking forward to seeing it in the shops on 17th of November.”

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be available on the 17th of November 2011 in a range of UK retailers.


Reader comments

Samsung re-confirms Nov. 17 as Galaxy Nexus UK launch date


Dear Samsung/VZW: A US launch date would be nice, thanks.

Though with this Verizon turbo boost scam-in-the-making, I'm considering just going with whichever unlocked Galaxy Nexus gives me the most choice in carrier.


Samsung is pretty shitty when it comes to US releases. Not just with the Galaxy S2 but their updates (to froyo) for original US Galaxy S were extremely late too.

We see blame go towards the carriers for all of these delays. But, the Nexus is a Google phone so there's no carrier crap to code. AND we know that Verizon is going to be the carrier (so they definitely should have worked a an agreement by now)

So... what the hell is the problem now?

What I can't figure out is why, when this is essentially a Google product, the US is getting shafted on release info. This is not a "We're #1, give it to the US first" comment, so please don't take it that way. It's just that it would seem a Google designed phone would launch early in the US as that's its home country. And even if it's not launching early, give us some kind of release plan so we know what to expect.

First I wanted the SGS2 and waited forever for it to launch here, then with the Nexus around the corner I decided to hold out for that instead as I prefer pure Android without bloatware. I'd like to know whether waiting is worth it at this point or whether it's months or more away for the US and I should give up and get another phone.

Google, save me!

According the Blackmanx, it was supposed to release on November 3rd but Verizon changed it to shove the Razr and Rezound in front of it. He said it is out of Google's hands. I agree though - a release date WOULD be nice!

Will any of these European models work with AT&T HSPA+? Or any word on Canadian models?

Damn. Where the hell is Verizon's US date? My berfday is the 16th and this would be the perfect gift to me to replace my stolen Fascinate that one of my thug students grabbed. C'mon, Big Red.