Nexus

A list of the installed apps in the ROM for the Verizon Nexus Prime has been leaked, and they are unsurprisingly bloat free! OK. That's not surpring since it's a Nexus device, but surprising because it's Verizon. Some of us (cough) thought would never happen.

(And I'm required by law and/or Phil to point out that we first brought Verizon into the Nexus equation way back in June.)

We have no idea of the validity or source of this one -- or just how finished a build it might have been pulled from -- but we're going to go on assumption that a device tester was able to get the info out there, and let's all hope it's final.  It's a long list, and we want to discuss some of it, so hit the break and play along.

Source: My Droid World

The Verizon-ware free list:

  • ApplicationsProvider.apk
  • BIP.apk
  • BackupRestoreConfirmation.apk
  • Bluetooth.apk
  • BooksTablet.apk
  • BrowserGoogle.apk
  • Calculator.apk
  • CalendarGoogle.apk
  • CalendarProvider.apk
  • CameraGoogle.apk
  • CertInstaller.apk
  • ChromeBookmarksSyncAdapter.apk
  • Contacts.apk
  • ContacsProvider.apk
  • DefaultContainerService.apk
  • DeskClockGoogle.apk
  • DownloadProvider.apk
  • DownloadProviderUi.apk
  • DrmProvider.apk
  • EmailGoogle.apk
  • ExchangeGoogle.apk
  • FaceLock.apk
  • Galaxy4.apk
  • GalleryGoogle.apk
  • GenieWidget.apk
  • Gmail.apk
  • GoogleBackupTransport.apk
  • GoogleContactSyncAdapter.apk
  • GoogleEarth.apk
  • GoogleFeedback.apk
  • GoogleLoginService.apk
  • GooglePackageVerifier.apk
  • GooglePartnerSetup.apk
  • GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
  • GoogleServicesFramework.apk
  • GoogleTTS.apk
  • HTMLVierwer.apk
  • HoloSpiralWallpaper.apk
  • IMSFramework.apk
  • KeyChain.apk
  • LatinIMEDictionaryPack.apk
  • LatinImeGoogle.apk
  • Launcher2.apk
  • LiveWallpapers.apk
  • LiveWallpapersPicker.apk
  • Maps.apk
  • MarketUpdater.apk
  • MediaProvider.apk
  • MediaUploader.apk
  • Microbes.apk
  • Music2.apk
  • MusicFX.apk
  • NetworkLocation.apk
  • NfcGoogle.apk
  • NoiseField.apk
  • OneTimeInitializer.apk
  • PackageInstaller.apk
  • PhaseBeam.apk
  • Phone.apk
  • Phonesky.apk
  • PlusOne.apk
  • SDM.apk
  • Settings.apk
  • SettingsProvider.apk
  • SetupWizard.apk
  • SoundRecorder.apk
  • Stk.apk
  • Street.apk
  • SyncMLSvc.apk
  • SystemUI.apk
  • TagGoogle.apk
  • Talk.apk
  • TelephoneProvider.apk
  • Thinkfree.apk
  • UserDictionaryProvider.apk
  • VZWAPNlib.apk
  • VZWAPNService.apk
  • Videos.apk
  • VisualizationWallpapers.apk
  • VoicDialer.apk
  • VoiceSearch.apk
  • VpnDialogs.apk
  • YouTube.apk

A few things here really stick out.  From the top:

ChromeBookmarksSyncAdapter.apk -- it looks like the Honeycomb browser Chrome bookmarks sync has been ported to phones, and we couldn't be happier.  No more worrying about backups or adding hundreds of bookmarks manually.

FaceLock.apk -- At the Google I/O keynote, Vic G. mentioned that Google had worked out facial recognition software that worked really well, but Google would never use it after it realized how it could be abused. (That conversation couldn't have taken long.)  We're thinking this has been used to provide some sort of facial tracking (like you see on a point-and-shoot digital camera) to help focus and picture stabilization for video chat.

Galaxy4.apk -- could be a live wallpaper, or some other goodie baked into the homescreen.  I'm going with live wallpaper, only because my gut says we need a new (and good) one.

GoogleEarth.apk -- like we saw with the Nexus S, Google Earth is baked in.  Hopefully this is the first step towards a unified Google Maps/Google Earth mashup with navigation.

HoloSpiralWallpaper.apk -- the live wallpaper from Honeycomb.

MusicFX.apk -- finally a digital EQ for Android?  Let's hope so!

NfcGoogle.apk -- we assumed that the next Nexus would support NFC, and this pretty much seals it.

NoiseField.apk, PhaseBeam.apk, Phonesky.apk -- these are tricky.  Could it be more wallpapers or desktop effects?  Or something we just haven't thought of yet?  We'll likely know at Unpacked.

Of course the most interesting thing about this list is what's not there -- Blockbuster_Something_evil.apk, CityID_release.apk, etc.  We've been fighting that sort of thing with every phone to come out of Verizon's stores since the OG Droid, and are ready to see them go out of the ROM and into the Market where they belong.  Let's all pool our good thoughts together, and direct some positive energy towards San Diego, and hope that this stays true.

 
There are 63 comments

renzi555 says:

I'm hearing that phonesky.apk is the new market app from the new Xoom update. Confirm? Deny?

Masheen says:

A real Nexus device on Verizon? No way!

DubA says:

Somebody fetch the tape of Jerry saying there won't be a Nexus device on VZW! I need a laugh!

gbhil#AC says:

Just listen tonight.  You'll hear me say it again :)

Zefal151 says:

GAH, i really want to go to the CTIA keynote now... hmm, how to be able to get in...

DubA says:

Somebody fetch the tape of Jerry saying there won't be a Nexus device on VZW! I need a laugh!

lancehart says:

I'm just hoping it wont be a Verizon exclusive and be available on Sprint as well on Day 1. My upgrade is available this weekend... but I'll try to hold off until the 11th to make sure cause I'll take a Nexus Prime over the Epic Touch.

Phil... any thoughts on carriers beyond Verizon?

moosc says:

Still Samsung still fail.

Cubfan says:

Agreed.

Jeremy626 says:

google and samsung don't need you guys' money anyway...

BrianTufo says:

This is all crazy timing. Some guy got a Nexus S on ebay that had ICS loaded and apparently Google wiped the device. They were able to get some files like the kernel or something over at XDA but the thread was a cluster of tool bags calling fake even after a video. Crazy day for ICS today! I can't wait for the Prime to come out!!!

pseudoelf says:

Please have LTE.

Zooks64 says:

I, too, want the ChromeBookmarkSync.

In the mean time I use ChromeMarksLite app.

This stands a very good chance of being my next phone. I love my Droid Incredible but it is getting a little long in the tooth.

Sifu says:

Maybe I missed it, but what are the specs? Will this thing have LTE? Dual (or quad) core? ICS? International roaming (GSM)?

El Jefe says:

Nothing has been 100% confirmed yet, but it will be announced at CTIA.

I do think Verizon LTE is a given & it should launch with ICS since every Nexus before it has launched with the newest version (Nexus One/Froyo & Nexus S/Gingerbread).

roflitsowens says:

I hope it runs CDMA/LTE like the Droid Bionic, and then we can launch it at U.S. Cellular! Great network needs an epic phone like this.

DubA says:

Sorry about the triple post my Touchpad is tripping on this Android site. I'll be listening Jerry!
LHH

brenbags says:

I swear to god if this device is significantly superior to the sprint epic touch I'm gonna flip the F out.....

Zefal151 says:

Well, seeing as how all of the prior Nexus devices have been fairly "Upgraded" from the current offering... im pretty sure this device will not be an exception...

The nexus line is usually the best of the best and comes with the latest and greatest hardware and OS builds

Jeremy626 says:

i like the nexus s, but i don't think nexus S was the best of the best hardware back then...

AZDROIDX says:

Hahaha! I for one didn't see Bionic as a big upgrade over my Tbolt, specially rooted with BAMF. The Vigor looks cool, but maybe not what I want to replace my Tbolt either. Now a Nexus device, even if it's a Samsung may have me check it out. Or maybe I'll get both?

Wicket says:

really can't wait for CTIA! I want to know what we are really getting and when!! ^__^

youareme7 says:

Couldn't facelock be used to unlock the phone using the FFC? IF it was lightning fast that would be an awesome way to make sure your phone was only used by you but would be without the need for pins or lock patterns.

Aatrek says:

Obviously that PhoneBeam.apk is the long rumored Google Phaser app.

El Jefe says:

No, it's a new holographic projector feature.

there's still time---don't underestimate VZW to throw this in there quickly.

they may suck at pushing Gingerbread, but they'll work overtime to get this sucker bloated!

I agree. I'm in the camp that thinks verizon will get an exclusive version (read: bloatware, carrier branding) of this device but it won't be a true nexus. It may even be available first, for a short period, but the other carriers will get the real nexus.

Dirge says:

Wasn't the original Droid mostly unbloated?

El Jefe says:

Mostly, but not fully. Nexus phones are full stock Android like Google intended.

Hand_O_Death says:

Don't worry Phil, you can still download CityID from the market place. It will be ok.

Now we just need some good specs to sit on. Very happy about it coming to VZW. did not get the Bionic and was hoping this device would be worth it.

u3k says:

Mention of Face Lock on Android Market support forums:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Android+Market/thread?tid=18044d4f...

u3k says:

More to that:

Here http://forum.gtvhacker.com/revue/topic43.html you can find a list of Logitech Revue stockfiles, which features ChromeBookmarksSyncAdapter.apk found on the "Nexus Prime" list.

This could indicate that Android Webkit browser was significantly updated.

Looks like it yet will be Verizon branded device: MusicFx.apk could be LiveVibes Music Fx (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lifevibes.musicfx&feature=sear...) and ThinkFree.apk points to ThinkFree Office Suite... which means device comes bundled with non-Google/non-Samsung apps.

It's very sad that is not a vanilla device. On the other note, Verizon branded ICS top model can be an attempt to compete effectively with upcoming iPhone 5...

Exra Update: PhoneSky.apk seems like an updated Market .apk - Finsky.apk is a HoneyComb Android market apk, and in some support forum dump files oen could find messages like "PhoneSky checkin". So Phonesky should be either a new, or latest, version of Android market

zacisblack says:

I have one thing to say to you Samsung. Let the Nexus Prime make the iPhone 5 to bite the dust. Make it the most wanted, epic, sexy, powerful phone the world has ever seen. Apple has had enough prime-time it's time for a new leader.

bulvine420 says:

I agree but people are a dumb animal's iphones are easy to use.They are easy because they have few features iphones are not smart phones.If you want a easy phone for apps and music or check Emails or like to keep up with the Jone's get an iphone if you want a bad ass super phone that will make everyone who sees it go damb then get a
Nexus Prime!!!!!!!!

fstop says:

I wish too. But, the media is on their side. It doesn't matter how great Android or how much a fail any Apple device is.

tommydaniel says:

Why are all the Android blogs acting like they have never spent time with a nexus device? Nexus devices are always free of bloatware...

+1

Orion78 says:

I can't wait till Sprint gets this phone. Probably won't happen till Q1 2012. By then we'll hear news about the GS3.

Mr.Froyo says:

Yeah but at the rate Samsung goes you wont get the GSIII on Sprint until October 2012

Orion78 says:

That's very true. But hopefully the rumors pan out about the GS3 being launched out in a timely fashion around the world....and that includes the U.S. variants. But that's hoping lol.

bulvine420 says:

CTIA tickets for full access are $1000.00

Would be great to have an equalizer on these phones. Native that is.

aaronwe says:

I'd guess FaceLock.apk lets you use facial recognition to unlock your phone. Very handy. There's been similar Windows software for a few years now.

The question, I suppose, is whether it can be fooled by holding up a photo.

irtechneo says:

There is an app on the market that is called visidon app lock. It works great but yes holding a photo will work. The app requires you to "train" it by taking photos of yourself. The more self photos you put in the database the more accurate the recognition is.

snager says:

Not a good idea to have the 1st next gen nexus phone on a CDMA carrier like Verizon or Sprint (Look at how FAIL the Xoom launch was on Verizon) CDMA is only in the USA, rest of the world cant use it.

/*sarcasm on* Just pray that Verizon don't tell the customers that LTE will be available at a later date! /*sarcasm off*

thed0cb says:

I guess you have some validity in what the world uses vs the US. But look at the OG Droid, you can't tell me that wasn't a blockbuster phone. Also, why not demo the phone to the world on the nation's largest network. You more or less sound like you wish you had VZW.

I will continue enjoying my LTE and lack of dropped phone calls :)

snager says:

Look at the initial sales of the Xoom, did it sell well outside of the US? No.

As for not being a customer of the Big Red, I don't think I'll EVER be one. I enjoy being with Sprint with my unlimited data for the amount I pay. I feel sorry for anyone on Verizon who was not grandfathered in for their unlimited data plan. Friend of mine switch over from AT&T to Verizon after their unlimited data plan went bye bye. He talks big about his Thunderbolt data speeds. And i admit its FAST. Now I laughed at him all the time now because his phone is the size of a brick with his extended battery and goes over the data limit ALL the time.

SuperIVIan11 says:

I'm on T-mobile and still holding out hopes for the new Nexus on their network. I'll live my my fantasy world until Google makes the final announcement.

Me too! I've been with T-Mobile since G1, then Nexus One. And then T-Mobile was first with the Nexus S. It's hard to believe T-Mobile would not get the Nexus Prime!

vinny jr says:

This is great news for Verizon customers. I have always maintained a T-Mobile account for the Nexus phones. AT&T has lousy data speeds in my area. (Boston) I bought the Thunderbolt one week before Verizon ended their all data plan. I am just hoping that this phone has the LTE radio installed. What a killer beast this will be.

ro1224 says:

Well if Verizon is the sole distributor of the Nexus Prime I guess I can forget THAT device. No VZW service where I live for the past 25 years. "Can you hear me now?" NO!

I got the TB the day it came out & love it.. But from what I have been reading the Nexus Prime will be the phone of all phones, is the correct? Cuz if it is really that good then I will probably say F&@k it & get it early.. I don't know much about what goes on inside this shit, but I know a good phone when I use one.. I am asking TB owners if they would switch..

Nate Rules says:

I have the Thunderbolt and will be upgrading to the Prime if even some of the rumors are true. I considered the Bionic but the devs have my TB running so good that wouldn't even be much of an upgrade. But if this has a bigger screen I will be all over it.

AZDROIDX says:

+ 1, Devs for Tbolt are sick! Day and night difference!

Yeah I haven't had any issues whatsoever with my Thunderbolt, but I think I'm going to use one of my upgrades for this phone. I thought about the Vigor, but I honestly think I'll like this phone better.

AZDROIDX says:

I'm with you, I too have a few upgrades and would really like to have my first Nexus than the Vigor. I'm already looking at getting the other 2 Nexus when I switch my kids to Tmobile.

SteveIowa says:

Any thoughts on the 'GoogleFeedback.apk'? I can hear the news reports already. My work phone is with Verizon, so I will be selling the Charge for this beast. With a SGSII in my other pocket, for personal use. I can't lose. :-)

MEZOCLONE says:

I was in the sprint store yesterday and the manager showed me a memo saying they would be getting the nexus prime but not till December. He wouldn't let me take any picks though(don't know why:})So whats going to happen? Who knows! Im waiting for it cause the SGSII is getting horrible network speeds in my area....The avg speed I was getting over a three day period was about 0.040! That's very sad haha

ReiMei says:

People do realize as a Nexus/Google phone. It'll be the first to get the updates right? From what I hear Google puts out updates quickly. If this comes out with dual cores, ICS, and LTE I will drop whatever device I have in a heartbeat.

ghost010 says:

Me as a Dutch guy.am not happy with it if verizon would get it first!

we dont have CDMA and i want to import the damn nexus prime!@

h20squirter says:

Please let this come to Sprint and soon!! I want to use my last Premier upgrade on this before I lose it, my OG EVO is getting a little long in the tooth after messing around with my wife's SGS2ET4G, haha, its even a long name when you just use letters.

rew001 says:

I hate to say it....but if this does turn out to be a real document, I'm willing to bet it was a Google list to Verizon. I'm thinking there would be a separate apk list from Verizon to add to this. I just don't think VZW will take the phone under conditions that they can't add their crap to it.

kenyee says:

I'm still p*ssed that Verizon gets an exclusive on this...I thought it was supposed to be available on all carriers :-P