After all the wait, we’ve finally gotten definitive word from Verizon: The LTE Galaxy Nexus, which will be the first ICS phone sold in the US, will go on sale tomorrow for $299 with a two year service plan from Verizon.
Furthermore, the hold up was in fact the 4.0.2 update which we told you about hours ago.
Full press release follows:
GALAXY™ NEXUS™ BY SAMSUNG NOW AVAILABLE ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS 4G LTE NETWORK
First Smartphone to Combine Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Power of America’s Fastest, Most Reliable 4G Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, Samsung Telecommunications America
(Samsung Mobile) and Google™ announced Galaxy™ Nexus™ is available starting today in
Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at http://www.verizonwireless.com for $299.99
with a new two-year customer agreement.
Customers can browse the Web, stream music and more at blazing speeds using the
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Galaxy Nexus customers can enjoy access to the 4G LTE
network in 190 markets covering over 200 million people across the United States, and fly
through the Web with fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload
speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps within the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage area.
Galaxy Nexus runs Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings an entirely new
look and feel to Android. Galaxy Nexus offers customers a redesigned user experience with
improved multi-tasking, notifications, Near Field Communications (NFC) sharing with Android
Beam™ and a full Web-browsing experience. The lock screen, home screen, phone app and
everything in between have been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful
and useful. Galaxy Nexus also features an ultra-thin 9.47mm design with a 4.65-inch HD Super
AMOLED™ Contour Display to watch movies, view pictures and play games that come to life in
720p (1280×720) resolution.
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) features: • Redesigned user interface – software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones, and a dedicated recent apps button to make multi-tasking easy • Face Unlock – use state-of-the-art facial recognition to unlock Galaxy Nexus • Android Beam™ – quickly share Web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two compatible phones together • Redesigned Camera – introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag for instant photo capturing, and effects such as silly faces and background replacement • People Application – browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high- resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks • Cloud Services – keep email, contacts, photos, music, browser bookmarks and other data synced to the cloud, available across multiple devices so customers never lose important data • Google Music – upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud, discover and buy new music from Android Market™, and stream it instantly on Galaxy Nexus and from the Web for free • Google+ – Create a Google+ account right from the phone and check status updates, manage circles, quickly share updates and photos, video chat with up to ten friends with Mobile Hangouts, and chat with groups of friends with Google+ Messenger • Support for Google Mobile™ Services – Gmail™, Google Maps™ with 3D maps and free turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube, syncing with Google Calendar™, a redesigned Google+ app and access to more than 300,000 apps, millions of eBooks, thousands of movies to rent, and millions of songs available to download from Android Market
Additional features: • Dual-core 1.2 GHz application processor and HTML5 Web browser – optimized dual- core processing with Android 4.0 combined with lightning fast 4G LTE connectivity for fast downloading of graphics, applications processing and Web browsing • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G LTE or 3G connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with zero-shutter lag for instant photo capturing, autofocus and LED flash with full 1080p recording • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat • Textured soft-touch back cover – enhances the ergonomic feel and makes the phone slip- resistant • Bluetooth® 3.0 technology – support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access,
human interface device (HID) and object push for vCard and vCalendar 1 GB RAM and 32 GB on-board memory (actual formatted capacity will be less)
Pricing and data packages: • Galaxy Nexus is available now in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at http://www.verizonwireless.com for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. • Customers that purchase a Galaxy Nexus by Samsung will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
Customers can visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/galaxynexus for more information
on the Galaxy Nexus. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and
services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of the Galaxy™ Nexus™ by Samsung in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/ multimedia.)
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high- resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Samsung Telecommunications Amer ica Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit http://www.samsungwireless.com.
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