[Updated] Nexus Prime spotted at Verizon headquarters

[Updated] Nexus Prime spotted at Verizon headquarters
This is a strange rumor because all at once it seems to validate some of our greatest hopes for the next Nexus device, but at the same time, it seems incredibly implausible. Word has it that the Nexus Prime has been spotted in the halls of Verizon headquarters. The device that was spotted was supposedly the Nexus Prime, built by Samsung, and featuring the Super AMOLED HD screen that we all want so badly. Supposedly, it was a 4" screen. While the Nexus Prime will certainly be shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich, there was no word in the rumor as to what version of Android was running on the Prime.

Of course, the trouble with this rumor is that many people will make the leap from "Nexus Prime spotted at Verizon HQ" to "Nexus Prime to be on Verizon Wireless", and those two statements have no factual link at all. The story is simply that the device has been seen at Verizon HQ. The leap to having the Prime on Verizon Wireless would mean that Verizon would allow a pure Android experience, meaning no Verizon section in the Android Market, and no turning off features like tethering or WiFi hotspot. That seems like a precedent that Verizon would not want. However, the new Android update 2.3.5 on the Nexus S 4G for Sprint killed the free tethering option, so it is possible that Google will bend on keeping that feature open and pure, and gives hope for a Verizon Nexus phone.

We'll still hope for a Verizon compatible version of the Nexus Prime, but we certainly won't hold our breath for a Nexus Prime sold in Verizon stores. 

(P.S. We know that the title image is a Nexus One, but we really didn't want to use that one picture of the supposed Nexus Prime laying on the fur rug again.)

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32 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

only a 4 inch screen? its not the prime. If the prime has a 4inch screen its going to be pure FAIL since all the buttons are on screen and not physical.. which would probably make it closer to a 3.7 inch usable screen. It could just be a future version of a samsung phone that shares the screen... if in fact it was even the screen and not a NexusS (which sounds more likely given the screen size lol). nothing about the facts in the article says "Nexus Prime" to me. just hurry up n launch it! :)

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

actually i don't think they'll use on-screen buttons for ICS phones. naturally it's useful for a tablet but not really on a phone plus what does that say about newer phones with Android function keys?

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the whole point of ICS was that it was going to remove buttons from phones and make it more "honeycomb" like according to Micheal, older phones will be able to use the old buttons when they get upgraded to ICS and the onscreen buttons should disappear, but phones enabled with ICS from the start will be button free.

11. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, it's going to be more Honeycomb like but nobody said the Android function keys have got to go. i mean, it's cool on a tablet but on a phone it would just be inefficient.

12. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sorry, but I gotta settle this: my name is spelled Michael. It's a common mistake, but one that has always annoyed me. That said, I'm torn about the size of the screen. On one hand, a 4" screen with on-screen function buttons will end up about the same as my Nexus One. But, it's still a 720p screen, so regardless of a few tenths of an inch, the resolution would make up the difference, wouldn't it?

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

nope. i couldnt live with a 3.7 inch workable screen.. especially if it has on screen buttons. I accidentally hit the buttons on honeycomb enough and thats on an 8.9 inch screen. sorry bout the spelling of your name wrong. lol Michael. Google's auto correct likes it both ways apparently. Im not this good of a speller on my own.. lol!! I dont think they can do 720p at 4 inches or less. Wasnt there an article a month or 2 ago detailing the 720p process and how because of the pixel density or whatever the screen had to be around 5 inches somewhere? I'm pretty sure i remember that correctly. And anyways, I still say it cant be the NP at 4 inches. All of android flagship phones are 4.3 inches right now. It wouldnt make any sense to have it smaller than that. If you add in space for the virtual buttons thats at least 4.5 inches if not more. Maybe its just me, but I'll take the screen as big as I can get it since its not increasing the size of the phone much anymore. Just leave in a huge battery.. lol.

21. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

xD accidentally touching the buttons on an 8.9" screen? i don't think your problem is screen size buddy...

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, im a clutz. and when your playing some of the games that have controls in the lower portion of the screen a lot of times my palm or fat part of my thumb will barely graze the screen and.. woops.. out of game.. lol thank god android has real multitasking so i can get right back to where i was though. :)

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Sounds good to me. And if it really is a 4inch screen the phone will probably be pretty small since it'll have little bezel and no touch buttons. Which is good. Getting kinda tired of giant android phones and they seem to keep getting bigger. Plus the resolution on that phone would be insane!

3. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

A 4 inch screen would make me consider this phone again now.

4. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Verizon better get this nexus is way overdue, screw the bionic & SGS2, this is my next phone, not everyone wants a tablet size phone and be the first to get the latest android version, I'm sold!

5. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol at Verizon getting the Nexus Prime, a PURE Android phone. Verizon just oozes at the chance to slap bloat on a phone

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh yeah, really cute. Thumb a neutral comment down.

17. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

so how's that neutral?

16. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

you deserve a thumbs up buddy

23. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I gave you a thumbs up, Miz. You're completely right, bloatware is the second worst thing about carrier influence on Android, just behind turning off features like tethering or installing non-market apps.

7. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i dunno..i remember when an Android Device on Verizon PERIOD was an idea met with much skepticism.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the first moto droid was a pure google phone.. was it not? so its not like it has "never" happened before. I just dont think the NP is going to be sporting 4 inches. The "flagship" phone needs to be bigger than that... especially if its all screen and no buttons. people forget that bezels on the new screens are much smaller and there are no physical buttons on ICS if all the junk is true. A phone doesnt have to get bigger to have a bigger screen. There is about an inch of waisted space on most phones because of the buttons, which means u could add nearly an inch of screen and have the phone be about the same size. a 4 inch phone is now a 5, a 3 is now a 4.. so on and so forth.. the size of the phone isnt changing as much as its using more space within the phone. maybe its the nexus "mini ICS" :)

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

OG DROID wasn't pure because it still had tethering locked up.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

97% bloat free!! lol

25. rdearth53 unregistered

Actually, the OG has always been pure. When it launched it had Android 2.0, and at the time Android did not have built in tethering. You had to download an app to do it and at the time Verizon did not block that either. Even when it was upgraded to 2.2 Froyo, ,the first build of Android with built in tethering support,it was still "technically" pure because Motorola deemed he hardware not capable of using the built in tethering on Froyo because it was so old.

10. jordanx

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

for me 4 inch its perfect

18. too eazy unregistered

for you butt.

15. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Does the Nexys S 4G have free tethering...?

24. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Wow, somehow I missed that. Apparently, Sprint killed free tethering on the Nexus S with the 2.3.5 update. Maybe Google would allow Verizon to kill tethering in order to get the Nexus Prime on its network.

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

gotta remember how pissed the carriers are getting that us android users arent paying for tethering.. woopsie :)

28. fairly_mismatched unregistered

Just a ponderance since the commentary has moved on to talk of tethering... there was a trick for a rooted Android phone on Verizon (that I may or may not have done on a phone I may or may not have) where you erased ".vzw" from certain settings and Verizon couldn't tell if you were using data through tethering or just through the phone itself. Did Big Red ever put the kibosh on that? I have unlimited data and don't actually tether all that much so I've never noticed anything amiss in the billing. Back on topic though: Could it be possible the NP's reported 4" screen size was due to the use of Super AMOLED HD? Some technical and/or manufacturing reason? Either way, I'm fine with that size display. Not really into the super-phone/micro-tab form factor.

30. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm pretty sure other commenters where correct in saying that the Super AMOLED HD couldn't be 4" because of production issues, and that it had to be at least 4.3 or 4.5". So, I'm willing to bet that the 4" quoted in the rumors is an estimate rather than a hard measurement.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

commenters.. *cough cough* witch commenter *cough cough*? lol

32. jjbran unregistered

when I went to visit the Verizon store yesterday, the guy that works there told me this piece of information. He made it sound like it is definite, but I'm not so sure. he seems to be very knowledgable with phones too, so we'll see.

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