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Poll: Are You Buying a Nexus Prime if it Doesn’t Have Exynos?

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Much has been made about processor inside phones. Many of you choose your phones based on that fact alone. I know there was a big scare for the Galaxy S II units in America – if it didn’t have Exynos, you didn’t want it. (We won’t even refer to the comments made about T-Mobile’s variant.)

There’s a good chance the Nexus Prime won’t have it, though, and we want to know if it will deter you? With any dual-core processor stock Android runs extremely fast, but are you one of those types who want sheer power above all? Or do you just want what looks to be an insanely awesome phone no matter what’s inside? Vote below and leave further thoughts in the comments section!

Source: Announcement on Nexus Prime Unveiling is Imminent

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We have yet to get a Nexus Prime announcement, but we may soon get the next best thing. According to a reliable source, an announcement on the rescheduling of Samsung and Google’s unveiling of the Ice Cream Sandwich flagship device should be made soon. Our insider also had some reassuring words for those concerned about how the phone that may very well launch as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will handle resource-hungry games:

“As far as the Nexus goes, you can let people know that they don’t have to worry about gaming speed/graphics. It’ll be plenty. Also, an announcement on the unveiling is imminent. So hang tight.”

Those were the words passed along to the staff at Android Forums. Speaking of which, if you’d like to jump in on the growing discussion and speculation surrounding the upcoming handset, you can head over to the ultimate Nexus Prime thread by following the link below.


Some Say Patents the Real Reason for Nexus Prime, Ice Cream Sandwich Delay

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If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek at the calendar, take a look at today’s date. It is October 11th, the day the tech world anticipated as the debut of Samsung’s Nexus Prime in conjunction with Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich update. But last week after the passing of Steve Jobs, Samsung and Google announced they would postpone their announcement originally scheduled to occur concurrently with this week’s CTIA events. The gist was that the announcement would be delayed out of respect for the loss of such an iconic figure in the tech world, but some are saying the cancellation of Samsung’s Unpacked event is soiled by the same patent problems that have plagued Android and its partners in recent months.

Trusted industry insider Eldar Murtazin offered his take on the situation via a tweet this morning. "Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 are under question. Google removing some features which are subject of patent war. No timeline for this job,” Murtazin reported. While there is no confirmation of accusations of patent infringing features found within the Ice Cream Sandwich source, the allegations put Google and Samsung in a tough position. It would be in extremely poor taste to pawn off the delay of a device announcement on the death of Jobs rather than simply admitting some elements of the software still needed work.

We’re not quite sure what to make of the situation, but with word ramping up that the release of the phone is now less than a month away, we have to wonder if patent issues really were a factor. After all, Google and Samsung could have still shown off the non-infringing elements of the software at the event as scheduled and then spend time fixing issues prior to the actual device’s release, rumored for November 3rd. It is also possible that Samsung and Google are waiting for the results of an October 13th court hearing to settle current litigation with Apple dealing with Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy devices. The truth is, barring Samsung and/or Google coming clean and admitting patent issues are holding up the next Nexus, we may have to simply take their word at face value for now.

[via AndroidForums, BGR]

As Samsung Galaxy S II Wins T3?s Phone of the Year Award, Samsung UK Confirms “Nexus Prime” Coming Sooner Than We Think

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T3′s Gadget Awards are going on right now and Samsung had the honor of accepting the Phone of the Year award for their Galaxy S II smartphone. Great! But that isn’t even close to being the story here. After accepting the award, Samsung UK’s Andrew Glass, a sales director, was in such a good mood that he confirmed to T3 that the Nexus Prime would be coming a sooner than we think:

You will have an announcement of the Nexus Prime very shortly and will be seeing it in shops sooner than you think

So number one, that lends credence to our source yesterday who told us to expect the device to see its first release on November 3rd and to expect an announcement sooner than that. Secondly, it’s the first time that anyone from Samsung, Google or anyone else directly involved has mentioned the phone by name (or mentioned it period) and he mentioned it as the “Nexus Prime.”

No one’s sure at this point what it’ll be called, but other possibilities include Samsung Galaxy Nexus (it appeared on Picasa when someone uploaded photos from the phone) and the DROID Prime, which would be Verizon’s version (though some are suggesting this will be close to a Galaxy S II handset with TouchWiz UI). We’ll surely be glad when all this is officially cleared up. Sit tight in the meantime. [Thanks Enea!]

Photos Taken From Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime) Show Up on Picasa via Google+

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Looks like a good chunk of Googlers have the Nexus Prime in their hand. A couple of photos have been uploaded to Picasa, Google’s image hosting site, through Google+, Google’s social networking site. And you know what? It doesn’t shoot a bad picture at all.

More than the photos themselves, it looks like “Galaxy Nexus” is a strong contender for the device’s retail name as it has been listed as that in the TIFF information. It’s a bit of a stray from the norm, but we really couldn’t care about the name – just give us the phone! Check the photos out here and here. [via AndroidNext] PS: The one below is a sticky note memorial for Steve Jobs at an Apple store.

[Update] Nexus Prime Release Coming Nov. 3rd, Says Verizon Inside Source

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We’ve got some thoughts on Verizon’s Nexus Prime from a trustworthy insider (we’ve been able to confirm their legitimacy, though we can’t disclose through which means) via AndroidForums.com. Our friend and esteemed moderator Steven58 was the one who interfaced with them and this is what they had to say regarding the Nexus Prime (there is also a bit of commentary in there regarding the Moto DROID RAZR).

The idea I’m getting from official testers is that the screen and user experience is much better in the Nexus device, and the overall advantage is the presence of Ice Cream Sandwich (I’ve personally noted this to be true). But I’ve also been told by those who have tested it that the RAZR is very fast, smooth, and has a great battery life. The screen, although not quite up to Nexus, is a big improvement over the Bionic for those who didn’t like it. Verizon is very, very excited for both devices. I don’t get the feeling they’re “siding” with one over the other, but I can tell you that they never had a lot of confidence in the Bionic having a lot of staying power. Their decision to release the Bionic as is was more of a contractual obligation than a real belief in the product. They are much more invested in the RAZR.

He goes on to say that we should definitely expect to see this thing announced on Nov. 3rd. And if we know Verizon, we’re sure the actual device will be available very shortly after that. We’ll circle that date and be on the lookout. In the meantime, we’ll be drooling over any and all information we can get on both the Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich. Grab a napkin and join us! [Thanks Steve! AndroidForums.com]

[Update]: Looks like our source worded it wrong. November 3rd is actually pegged as the Prime’s release date, meaning we should be seeing an announcement much sooner than that. Huzzah!

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S III? Further Details Leak on Samsung’s Next Flagship

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Today we were greeted with a rather surprising tip in our inbox. An anonymous source forwarded a snapshot of a slide supposedly shown as part of an internal presentation on smartphone evolution to carrier and retail representatives. The slide in particular detailed the progression of Samsung’s Galaxy S line, culminating in an image  of and some initial specs for the manufacturer’s next flagship device.

According to the image, the Galaxy S III will feature a dual-core 1.8GHz Exynos 4212 processor (no quad-core just yet), 2GB of RAM, a 12MP camera, and a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD display. That screen technology would provide HD resolution without falling back on the PenTile technology found in Samsung’s current generation of HD displays. Our source noted that these particular displays are not fully baked at this point in time. The camera would deploy the W750 BSI CMOS sensor and the phone will feature LTE and NFC support. Unlike the upcoming Nexus Prime the Galaxy S III will not use a curved display and the design language of the phone will apparently differ from the current Galaxy S lineup to avoid future legal issues. The GS3 is said to be even thinner than the GS2. While the handset will run on the upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich build, it will reportedly retain four physical buttons.

It should be noted that this information is unconfirmed at this time, and we would be remiss to not point out a few obvious flaws in the actual image. The original Galaxy S is listed as shipping with an Exynos CPU and other typos can be found. Could this be a clever fake? It’s definitely possible. Take it with a grain of salt but the details seem pretty spot on in most respects.

[Thanks to our anonymous friend!]

Samsung Nexus Prime (GT-I9250) Passes Through FCC With AT&T/World AND T-Mobile Bands?

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As if things couldn’t get anymore confusing surrounding the impending Nexus Prime launch, the Samsung GT-I9250 has just passed through the FCC today adding a little more fuel to the “pair of Primes” debate. As you can see from the above picture, this GSM version — I9250 — is supporting AT&T/world bands and possibly T-Mobile’s as well. The filing listed T-Mobile’s 1700MHz frequency but oddly left out the 2100MHz part. 1 out of 2 ain’t bad, so that means there’s still hope!

So why is this new info so confusing? Well, according to BGR, there will only be ONE Nexus device from Samsung dubbed the “Droid Prime” (SCH-I515) and that device is rumored to be a Verizon exclusive. Couple that information with talk of 2 different sites posting “exclusives” on 2 different spec sheets and — well, we’re just all mixed up at this point.

There very well could be a Droid branded-Ice Cream Sandwich-Samsung device exclusively for Verizon, followed up by a worldwide release of a GSM version (Galaxy Nexus). Let’s hope all is revealed at some point during CTIA next week. I need a Tylenol.

[Via AndroidForums]

Update: [Added image from WirelessGoodness]

Samsung Stratosphere Launching at Verizon October 13

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Verizon’s 4G LTE lineup will welcome a new member next week, according to new details leaked to DroidLife. The Samsung Stratosphere which has been detailed time and time again and dropped a system dump earlier this week, is now rumored to be coming to Verizon October 13th. The date comes along with a full spec sheet, which further confirms the phones position as a mid-range QWERTY slider comparable to last year’s Epic 4G on Sprint. It’s not quite the Droid Bionic or the upcoming Nexus Prime but it should provide a lower-priced 4G option to Verizon customers.

[via DroidLife]

[Update] Ice Cream Sandwich and Nexus Prime Announcement Reportedly Delayed

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Boooo this maaaan! We were all getting excited for CTIA on October 11th where Google and Samsung were expected to announce Nexus Prime and the new version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. According to a statement received by Engadget, that announcement might end up being delayed. Here’s the statement they received:

Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.

So we no longer have a date or a venue. No longer have a timeline as to when we’ll see these things officially unveiled. We expected the stuff to be out in October, and while there’s room yet for that to happen we’re not sure if they’ll reschedule in the same month.

All we know is that this is extremely disappointing. We were looking forward to bringing you guys great coverage on the new stuff from CTIA and it looks like we’ll have to stick with stuff on the show floor. I hope all these recent leaks aren’t to blame for Samsung and Google’s decision. We’ll be trying to find out more in the meantime.

[Update]: Looks like the delay could be out of respect to Steve Jobs’ passing. Understandable in that regard and makes a lot of sense as to why they felt this wasn’t the right time. We’re still waiting to hear more from Samsung or Google.

[Update 2]: I should note that this does not necessarily mean the actual launch of Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime are delayed, just the announcement.