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When it comes to the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it's later than you think!

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When it comes to the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it's later than you think!
If you were planning on picking up the Samsung GALAXY Nexus during the holiday shopping season, you might have to wait until after Black Friday to pick up the first Android 4.0 smartphone. Multiple sources for Droid-Life have said not to expect the highly anticipated model to rollout until the week of Black Friday, the day that traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season. However, a leaked roadmap seems to show that the Ice Cream Sandwich flavored device might not launch until after Black Friday as part of Samsung's Holiday Portfolio.

Just yesterday we passed along word from U.K. newspaper The Telegraph which was told by Samsung that the GALAXY Nexus would launch in the States one week after its November 17th launch in the U.K. Now the delay is looking a bit longer and those who have been counting the seconds until its arrival at Verizon are wondering what ever happened to the originally rumored November 10th release date for the phone. Still, both the manufacturer and the carrier don't want to miss out on getting this beast ready in time for the holidays, so if the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus comes after Black Friday, it probably will not be too many days after the holiday shopping season begins.

source: DroidLife

This leaked roadmap shows the Samsung GALAXY Nexus launching after Black Friday as part of the manufacturer's Holiday Portfolio

This leaked roadmap shows the Samsung GALAXY Nexus launching after Black Friday as part of the manufacturer's Holiday Portfolio



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posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:58 4

1. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


so it might come to another carrier before verizon then?

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:36 1

11. maxican16 (Posts: 361; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Not directly from another carrier in the US.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:10 1

2. BattleBrat (Posts: 884; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Hmmmm, The plastic originally bugged me, but I shove all my phones in cases anyway, so I might give it a shot. I'm interested in the Nexus, but I am crazy about the RAZR, but as a Verizon customer, I wouldn't be able to root the DROID RAZR, right? but I would be able to root the Nexus, yes? I'm addicted to open garden. (unlimited data makes the addiction worse)
What can I root? the Nexus or the DROID RAZR (I can't get a moto razr, just a Droid Razr) Help?

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:18 2

4. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


There is an article here on phonearena about the RAZR already being rooted. Check it out. Also I read that the RAZR either won't have a locked bootloader or it'll be easily unlocked(not sure what it was-I'm no Android expert, just saying what I saw).

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:29

30. terabyteRouser (Posts: 406; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Some guy named hashcode is developing this new bootloader that basically runs inside the default bootloader without having to unlock the bootloader. And with the new apprach you will be able to switch to multiple ROMs without having to wipe each time. I'm not sure if there is overhead with doing that in speed, but it looks like there will be an alternative to running other ROMs with locked bootloaders.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:30

31. terabyteRouser (Posts: 406; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Check YouTube, he has the Droid Bionic and Droid 3 running experimental versions of CyanogenMod.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:19 3

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


the RAZR has already been rooted. id go for the RAZR over the nexus as well.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:21 5

6. superguy (Posts: 268; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The RAZR can be rooted. It's the bootloader that's locked and encrypted. This prevents some deeper level modifications, such as custom kernels. ROMs can still be developed, but they'll all be using the stock kernels.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:41

13. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


thats a big deal. stock kernals usually suck

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:23 3

7. maxican16 (Posts: 361; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


You will be able to root both. In fact, the RAZR has already been rooted. Whether or not VZW will patch that loophole before release remains to be seen, however. The RAZR will have a locked and _encrypted_ boatloader though.. not the end of the world, but it certainly makes it more difficult to work with. The Nexus should be completely unlockable. That probably didn't help you out much, haha. =]

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:37 3

12. sgogeta4 (Posts: 390; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


If you don't plan on loading custom ROMs or doing anything to the stock phone then get the Razr. Rooting is just getting superuser access and is not a big deal IMO (it's simply just the first step needed before you do more complex things). IMO I'd go with the Nexus if you're going to get a case, though I'm getting it even though I don't use one because the case is actually a really durable polymer, despite what the marketing from Moto says with their Kevlar, etc. Don't be misled by the word plastic...

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:43

14. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


rooting and changing kernals is a big deal for android phones. a stock captivate is practically unusable. once rooted, zip alligned, ext4 instead of rfs and running different kernals makes the phone alive

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:54 1

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


alright.. here is your breakdown

The Razr has ALREADY been rooted... so that issue is non existant


The real issues are:

1)what do you prize more...percieved durability (Razr) or direct and instant upgrades from google? The nexus WILL ALWAYS be the most up to date and the Razr will be as up to date as moto leaks software to XDA (which they are not that known to do)
2) do you prize higher MPX numbers on the camera (razr) (which means NOTHING), or the highest resolution screen availible (galaxy nexus)

its total preference, but honestly, i would take the nexus and put it in a case... otherwise.. hardware wise, the nexus and the Razr are almost identical. It will come down to screen vs camera for most... as well as guaranteeid upgrades or not.
If that's not a big deal for you, id suggest waiting till Q1 2012 and seeing what the landscape looks like.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 06:13

18. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Being that Google owns Motorola Mobility, the developer of the Razr, I don't really understand how you can possibly assert that the Nexus will receive updates that much faster than the Razr. That seems rather short sighted.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 07:28

19. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


The updates will need to be adjusted with whatever motoblur is on the RAZR. It may not take quite as long as it had in the past for Motorola phones to get updates but realistically the Nexus will most likely receive updates before the RAZR.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 07:57

20. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I agree to some extent, which is why I phrased my commentary as "that much faster."

Google purchased MM for their patent portfolio. The continued existence of the Motorola Mobility development segment rather depends on MM's product success. I interpret this as fast, successful rollouts of the updated Android platform & thorough developer support.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 08:05 1

21. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I would also be very, very, VERY surprised if Motorola doesn't make the next Nexus. Motorola may not have chosen their hardware partners (ie TI) in concert with Google, but it certainly dovetailed nicely with Google's picks for the Nexus/ICS. They're setting up to be the de facto Android standard starting next year, as a wholly owned Google subsidiary should be.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 08:14

23. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Agrd. High five.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 08:38

25. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


That's not to say that Google will lock out other manufacturers, of course (as our old friend Peter badaly portended). The Nexus line is supposed to serve as a standard for the current capabilities of Android, but one phone released once a year on a couple of carriers isn't much market presence. I'd like to see Google reshape Motorola as a whole lineup of various phones that ALL represent the Android state of the art. That would certainly leave room for HTC, Samsung, etc to sell their own Android lines with greater or lesser capabilities, shapes and sizes, but Motorola should be the reference standard.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 08:25

24. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Ah, as someone else has mentioned here... maybe I shouldn't post so early in the morning. I completely missed that part of your comment.

In that case I agree with you... my bad lol

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 08:47 1

26. McLTE (Posts: 620; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You obviously aren't well informed about the software upgrade process.

The reason the Nexus phone will get the upgrades first is because it's a PURE Google phone. It runs STOCK Android. When Google has a build ready to go, the phone can accept it immediately.

All the other manufacturers (Sammy, Moto, HTC..) they all have their own overlay like HTC Sense, Motoblur.. each Android software update has to go through these companies and be tested to be sure it works with their overlays and to make any changes if necessary.

This all slows down the upgrade process for the non-Nexus phones.

So yeah, Remixfa has it exactly right.. you want the fastest updates, get the Nexus!

I hope Moto updates the Razr quickly, but there is NO WAY it will update as fast as the Nexus.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 08:51

27. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


You are overly discounting the fact that MM is owned by Google. I would be surprised if they weren't already working on a rollout of ICS for the Razr.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 17:24

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


Motorola does not get an inside tract on cell phones. When the nexus is released, google will post the ICS source code on the internet for the world to use. Moto will get access to it at the same time as everyone else.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:34

32. terabyteRouser (Posts: 406; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Google does not own Motorola Mobility yet.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:18 4

3. maxican16 (Posts: 361; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


What happened the 11/10? The RAZR. Then came the Rezound. The answer is this: VZW simply does not want to push the Nexus above those two phones. The fact that it's bloat free means less money for them, so they will hold out as long as they can in the hope that you will cave and buy the RAZR/Rezound.

DON'T DO IT! Stay strong people! This is the DROID we're looking for.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:23 4

8. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i think verizon is just smart enough to know that they shouldnt market the RAZR after the NEXUS. id imagine verizon is going to release a ton of ads featuring the RAZR as a revolutionary device, those ads wouldnt be as effective following the release of ICS because the RAZR is gingerbread. i wouldnt want to buy a gingerbread phone after ICS is released.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:26 2

9. maxican16 (Posts: 361; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Exactly. We're in agreement.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:38

34. terabyteRouser (Posts: 406; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yeah, even the non-tech savvy customers will be able to pick up the RAZR then walk over and pick up the Nexus and be able to tell something is obviously inferior about the RAZR.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:30 1

10. zhieson (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


Nexus...want you so bad... but Razr becoming so tempting.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:04 3

15. RAIDERWILL (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Oh God Droid Charge... I Love You So Much... Sweetheart, I will Never Let You Go... LQQK how sexy you are after I got you that RomJob.. Your Chest now Sticks Out to 1,300 mhz.. Baby LQQK how the design of that Custom Kernel has Firmed and Lifted Your Ass up.. And when you top it off Dressed Up in your Go Launcher EX outfit.. with just a Hint of TSM Transistions for the Full Effect.. There is NOTHING finer than you out there..

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:15

16. z31k_3 (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 May 2011)


Hilarious!!!

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:05

29. Synack (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


God I hate my Droid Charge, even WITH Gummycharged.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 16:12 1

37. sgogeta4 (Posts: 390; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


The Droid Charge is an awesome phone. It has THE best audio DAC currently available in any smartphone. That's if you actually care about audio quality. Other than that the hardware is still pretty good for majority of users, especially if you load a custom ROM.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 08:05

22. Alantef (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


already pre ordered my nexus on ebay for $599.....im HOPE its the 17th release date

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:02

28. Synack (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


WHERE is it $599!??

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:38

33. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


isnt the 17th release date for the GSM model? do you know what technology the model you ordered is?

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:40

35. terabyteRouser (Posts: 406; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Do you not reside in the United States?

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 15:26

36. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


599? Dam that's the best preorder I've seen on ebay.

And for the other guys asking probably yes he is not on Verizon

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 19:55

39. ddsaxy (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Dissappointed me this time phonearena. The leaked "roadmap" that's pictured is for the advertising schedule only. Whoever leaked it didn't send the full snapshot. I suspect they'll have a quiet launch on Black Friday and start advertising it on that Monday, though nothing's official yet.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 00:10

40. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If this don't comes to AT&T any sooner. I'll wait for the next Nexus phone.

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