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Leaked Nexus Prime app list shows no bloat but FaceLock

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Leaked Nexus Prime app list shows no bloat but FaceLock
Any new information on the upcoming Nexus Prime is always interesting, and this new batch of info is especially fun to think about. Someone over at MyDroidWorld posted a list of apps installed on the Nexus Prime, or in this case what is likely the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, because the list does include a couple Verizon specific apps. What the list doesn't contain is bloatware, which is a huge relief. And, there are some other very interesting listings installed. 

The most interesting is probably an app labeled FaceLock.apk. Google mentioned a long time ago that Ice Cream Sandwich would feature facial recognition, but we didn't know exactly how it would be used. This seems to point to one use as a way to protect your phone by using your face rather than a password or gesture to lock your device. 

Another interesting listing is that the Books app is actually labeled BooksTablet.apk, which would lead us to believe that the Honeycomb version of Books is going to become the default for ICS devices. There is also a ChromeBookmarksSyncAdapter.apk, which seems fairly self-explanatory. There is also a mysterious PlusOne.apk, which could be part of the +1 integration with the Android Market, or could point to an expansion of +1 features throughout the Android system. 

For the full list, just jump over to MyDroidWorld, and let us know if we missed anything interesting.

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posted on 29 Sep 2011, 17:39 6

1. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


No bloatware? Don't play with me man! Is this true or what?

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 18:39 7

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2647; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It is starting to seem that Google can make a deal with Verizon without conceding everything.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 18:45 4

5. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


I believe that the last two Nexus also didn't have boatware, so it should be the same for this phone if it's branded as a Nexus.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 19:04 3

6. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


they never came to big red though.

big news for android. thats def the right direction!

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 20:26 1

14. SPcamert (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)


Only reason the nexus one didn't come to VZW was it was too similar to the HTC Incredible so they were just like "meh. we won't bother."

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 19:24 1

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2647; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That's why everyone was worried. The point of a Nexus device is a pure Android experience - no skin, no bloatware. Those are two things that Verizon has rarely done.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 20:02 1

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thank god samsung and Google are finally a big enough part enough of VZWs line up that they can start controlling whats on the phone a bit, like apple does... because you know VZW didnt give up its bloatware easily.
I hope they get to start doing that with other carriers too.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 20:39 1

15. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2647; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I'm sure the trade-off was tethering. I have no faith that tethering will be default unlocked on any of the Nexus Prime variants, but Verizon least of all.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 21:24 1

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Me neither, but I'm crossing my fingers anyway! VZW is the greediest and stingiest of all carriers, so I wouldn't be surprised if free tethering didn't make it. I think they had to do it with the Palm Pre because the sales weren't there. I was even shocked to see free navigation make it on the OG Droid. But then again, they couldn't hold off the iPhone with Env's and Blackberries for much longer.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 08:22 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


have faith. maybe VZW is finally learning their lessons about dictating features on the phones only to have customers scream at them about it..... maybe.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 20:13

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The CDMA xoom didn't had bloat did it?

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 20:25 1

13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


at the time there wasnt much honeycomb bloat to put on it.. but im sure there was some VZW crap in there.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 17:44

2. Orbiter (unregistered)


any guess on if/when this beauty will be available on the other networks???

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 20:12

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Hopefully its a USA release on 4 mayor carriers at the same time, and maybe some countries. But there is no telling just uet

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 21:26

17. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Its not gonna be the same time. Verizon got the rights to release it first.. Thats why they didnt get SGS2..

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 17:47 3

3. longhairbilly (Posts: 61; Member since: 23 Aug 2010)


No Bloat on a Verizon phone? I don't believe you. LIARS!!

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 21:27

18. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


OG Droid didnt have any.. People act like Verizon phones are the only one with bloatware.. They all do it!!

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 22:43

19. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


that was like the orginal nexus phone though.

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 14:14

23. ? (unregistered)


The Original Droid was not a nexus device? The only nexus devices are: nexusone, nexus s and soon to be nexus prime...

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 19:40 4

8. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


VZW LTE+ NEXUS x NO BLOAT = FTMFW

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 20:13 2

11. Synack (Posts: 658; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Yeah can't ask for more...

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 18:35

21. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


I will be opening up a new line on my VZW account just to get this... lol
I was all about the Vigor until I heard the Verizon might possibly getting a Nexus phone.

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