Clove Technology (based in the UK) are usually one of the first companies to supply the latest Android phones, and this time they haven’t disappointed. Clove has confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus will start shipping on November 17th.
Currently the Galaxy Nexus is available for pre-order, at £429.00 for the 16GB version. For more pricing information, check out our roundup page.
Well, we’ve now received official word that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be coming to Verizon Wireless in the US. Here’s the press release:
VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES THE GALAXY NEXUS BY SAMSUNG
Features the Latest Version of Android and America’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced that the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone running on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.
Ice Cream Sandwich brings a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy the innovative new features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers, such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Customers can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to access more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™ or rent movies and stream them instantly on the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display.
· 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas
· Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
· First smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display (1280 x 720)
· 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM
· 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and 1080p full HD video capture
· 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
· Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled
· Android Beam allows customers to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping compatible phones together
· Support for Google™ mobile services – Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google＋ app
Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
Unfortunately there’s no mention of a release date or pricing in this press release. However, Android Central have uncovered a screenshot providing even more confirmation of a November 10 release date. The screenshot (of an internal Verizon document) also gives an indicative price of USD $299.99, which seems in line with previous rumours.
Well, now we’ve got confirmation from a few more UK carriers who will be selling the Galaxy Nexus. The phone currently appears on Three’s website, as well as Phones 4U. Clove is accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy Nexus, at £429.00 a piece (excluding VAT).
Still no word on Verizon or the US carriers though. More will be revealed in the coming weeks, approaching November.
For all you developers out there waiting to get started with Android 4.0, I’ve got some good news. The Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” SDK is available right now. You can download it from http://developer.android.com/.
Android 4.0 introduces many new features for developers, including Android Beam, a way to transfer data between devices using NFC. If you’re interested in Android development at all, I’d recommend you download the SDK and try out the emulator. Let me know what you think!
Of course, just because these carriers are listed on the website, it doesn’t mean they’ll all be getting the handset this November. Leaks have indicated that Verizon may get early exclusivity, with a release on November 10.
Well that’s a little surprising. Just when it seemed like the Samsung Galaxy S II packed every available sensor into a mobile package, the Nexus has outdone everyone again. According to the official specs, the Galaxy Nexus packs a barometer, along with the standard GPS, WiFi, Compass & Accelerometer sensors.
So what’s a barometer useful for? The common household usage is to forecast the weather. Variations in atmospheric pressure can predict short-term trends in the weather, and indicate an approaching storm. But Android already has plenty of ways to access the weather forecast, from online services. This doesn’t seem a sufficient justification to install a completely new sensor in the device.
But there’s another reason, which isn’t so obvious. GPS receivers sometimes integrate a barometer, in order to get more accurate altitude readings. The error margin for the Z-axis with GPS is quite high, but combined with atmospheric pressure readings from a barometer, the accuracy can be increased dramatically. With the inclusion of an accelerometer, barometer, compass and GPS sensors, the Galaxy Nexus suddenly has an incredibly accurate way to pinpoint your exact position, velocity and orientation.
It’ll be really interesting to see what tools developers can write to take advantage of this new technology. I can see potential benefits for mountain climbers, or cross-country trekkers, who want to log their whole trip. But there’s also potential ramifications in the research field. Wouldn’t the Galaxy Nexus make a great candidate for sub-space weather research?
Today, Samsung and Google officially announced the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The event was broadcast live on YouTube from Hong Kong.
Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone to run Android 4.0, codenamed “Ice Cream Sandwich”. This is a major leap forward for Android, as it unifies the smartphone and tablet development lines, to form a single codebase for devices going forward. It’s a state-of-the-art mobile operating system, with plenty of goodies for regulars and power users alike.