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Verizon to get ICS exclusive in the form of the Samsung DROID Prime

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Verizon to get ICS exclusive in the form of the Samsung DROID Prime
A new report from BGR is claiming that the Google Nexus Prime will be coming to Verizon in its own way with a variant that will be called the Samsung DROID Prime. According to the exclusive, the phone will launch exclusively on Verizon as the first Android Ice Cream Sandwich device as early as October. 

BGR does have a track record on Nexus Prime info. The first exclusive from the site came in June which detailed that it was a Samsung-built device, the name of the device, that it would launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, have a TI OMAP 4460 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC, and the Super AMOLED HD 720p screen. Although we've only had full confirmation of the first three items, it's looking more and more that all of that report was indeed correct based on our rumor roundup

According to the new report, Verizon didn't think the Galaxy S II would be competitive with the iPhone 5 at launch, which is why the carrier will not carry the device.  Instead, Verizon will exclusively be launching the DROID Prime complete with Ice Cream Sandwich as its flagship device for the holidays. There are no details on the exclusivity, so it's unclear how long Verizon has the DROID Prime exclusively, and when the Nexus Prime would hit other carriers.

The report doesn't comment any further, but given that the device would be part of the DROID line, not the Nexus line, it seems possible (if not likely) that Verizon will be adding some bloatware or pulling the device away from stock Android in some other way. It'll be great to see a variant of the Nexus Prime on Verizon, but don't be surprised if you'll have to root in order to get stock. The Nexus Prime should still be hitting other carriers, but assuming this report is correct, that wouldn't happen until after Verizon's exclusivity period.

Let's just hope this exclusivity period goes better than Verizon's Honeycomb exclusive.

source: BGR

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posted on 29 Aug 2011, 12:05 4

1. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


If it's a real Nexus phone, this is great news, If they load it with Samsungs UI, and Bing, etc. I will not be getting the phone, regardless of the processor.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 12:16 5

7. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


if its a Droid they can't "Bing it", the rest who knows, bloatware? who cares!, the Bionic, and SGSII (if it would've make it to VZW) would be full of it as well! root! anyone?

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 12:21 1

8. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


u do not understand... verizon binged all the droid phones like the fascinate for who knows why... they have the power to since they are the carrier..

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 12:30 20

10. nofan (unregistered)


You do not understand. The Fascinate was not a "Droid" phone. Droid is a brand. A series of devices with certain features. The Thunderbolt, Fascinate, and Revolution are NOT Droid phones, but they RUN Android. :) Understand now?

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:01 1

16. wilt1234 (unregistered)


I call all with google devices that run froyo, gingerbread, have android marketplace or with you have to set up a gmail email account etc i call it a droid which is just short for anDROID, i know they are different types but its still a android operating system. So its a droid to me a nexus with anDROID is a droid, a galaxy with anDROID operating system is a droid just a well known moniker now so no matter what the call it or whatever it will still be mainly called a DROID by buyers

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:10 6

20. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


these aren't iPhones where the OS and the phone are really one in the same. Android devices have different names. use them. Droid is Verizon's branding for most of their Android phones. i think Verizon SHOULD be consistent with the brand but they're not and the Droid Moniker can make all the difference as you can see in this article.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:24 8

33. Vman (unregistered)


Good. Keep doing that. You'll just sound ignorant to everyone else. It is no different than telling everyone you bought an iphone, yet showing them a samsung galaxy.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:53 10

35. tedkord (Posts: 12207; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You can call them whatever you like, but you are still wrong. Droid is a particular branded phone, android is a mobile OS. Droid phones (which are on Verizon only) aren't Binged, they are Google only.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 15:25 1

46. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


You're what's wrong with most people today...

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 19:59

70. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I agree with you !! I always the "Droid" was just a cool name to attach to phones with Android. It's more of a marketing tool.
The other person was condescending. Right?

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 21:38 1

107. heh (unregistered)


C'mon man! Not because YOU call *anything* android "DROID", it doesn't mean they are actually droids! DROID is a name for a type of android phone that meets certain "DROID specs/features".

Look at it this way, if I call you stupid, does that mean you are? If *a lot* of people who DON'T know you call you stupid, would that mean anything to you and all those who know you (assuming you're not really stupid)?

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:21 4

30. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay my bad.. i read too quickly and misworded what i meant to say.. but idk i wish att or someone got this phone because for some reason everything on verizon has something or other being a problem..

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 12:43 1

11. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


I do understand, the fascinate never was marketed as a "Driod", don't confuse "Droid" with any other Android, so far the only "Droid" phones are the Moto's, Incredibles, Charge and now the Bionic, I might be forgeting one but that is no the Fascinate

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 19:44 1

63. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the samsung droid charge is a droid phone.. the fascinate was certainly not a Droid phone.



Can ICS be themed like gingerbread and other phones? Wasnt that part of the point.. to reduce the amount of creative leaway a manufacturer could take with android?

Also, on exclusively:
I'm HOPING that the "exclusivity" on this phone is on the branding.. as in "VZW is the only carrier to have the DROID prime!"... while everyone else launches the nexus prime. Sure, geeks like us will know its the same but the bulk of people will think that VZW's version is superior because of the DROID moniker. Who knows.. maybe it will be. This is VZWs chance to really have a top end brand new phone. Lets hope they dont screw it up by bloating and limiting the heck out of it.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 20:30

72. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i've always believed the Droid Branding is an important thing for a Verizon Android phone. like you said people will assume it's superior because of Verizon's kick-ass job with marketing the things therefore it'll become a very popular and widely used phone. the more popular a phone is the more support it gets from the community, the carrier and the manufacturer which is only good for the end user.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:04 10

18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the Fascinate is not a DROID! why would anyone on this site think all Verizon Android phones are Droids. they're not.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:39 1

40. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


The worst part is that a lot of people thinks that not just Verizon's but any carrier's are Droids! Lol, BTW Droid is a trademark used by VZW under license so yeah they can sue if somebody else uses the term

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 06:50 1

93. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, i have people coming in all the time asking that. The 2 most annoying questions in a store are "do you have an iphone" and "do you have a droid".

At least you know their marketing is working.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:55 2

42. correction (unregistered)


the fascinate was not a "droid" branded phone.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 16:59 6

51. att.arn.rno (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I just thought droids were those robots those Stormtroopers were looking for...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 20:26 1

108. DarkCobra (Posts: 16; Member since: 04 Oct 2009)


Remember when we just called them "phones". Well this one's a phone . . . and a cool one at that . . . end of rant.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 12:52 1

15. jd_acura (unregistered)


It's possible that it may come with Samsung's UI, but I highly doubt it as it will be the first phone to come with Google's Ice Cream Sandwich which has been highly touted to be "pure android 4.0"...I think the bigger worry is if Verizon will be putting all of the VZW crap on it and if tethering will be free or if Verizon will force a $15 app down our throats. Either way this is great news for Verizon customers who were upset about the Galaxy S II. I was honestly contemplating settling for the Bionic.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 21:51

77. iblackdroid (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


I love the SGSII, dont get me wrong... but i would much rather this with a better processor and ICS :D

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 22:35 1

82. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the OMAP4460 is higher clocked than an Exynos but it doesn't actually beat an Exynos.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 15:10 1

44. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


couldnt agree more

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 16:40 1

50. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


That's why I would get an iPhone, not because it's better than Android, which it is, but because it's free from Verizon crapware.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 17:26 3

54. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


its free from Android as well which is an immediate plus and an instant boost in reliability.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 18:51 2

58. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


the trollol's sidekick. stfu or gtfo

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 23:37 1

85. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


EXACTLY :D Not only that, but it's free from malware, forced closes, random boots, and rogu-
[Forced Closes]

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 18:51

57. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


the trollol

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