Cruisin’ around Reddit, helpin’ the Android n00bs, I came across a interesting post from someone who had some quality hands-on-time with the Galaxy Nexus. To sum it up, after the Redditor was done tinkering with the device, they asked the owner (who apparently works for Samsung) when the device would hit the streets and they said it was currently on track for a release this Friday, November 18th. While the owner wasn’t sure of pricing, she was very clear and very sure of the US launch of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon.
So one of my mom’s piano students’ mom works for Samsung and has a Galaxy Nexus (running on Verizon of course). When she stopped by our house I wanted to take a look at it and she let me do so for a good 15-20 minutes!
- Overall, the software was just as smooth as has been reported before, and from what I could tell by scavenging through the OS it seemed pretty much ready for prime-time, so all the rumors of delays due to bugs are probably incorrect.
- Camera was just as snappy (no pun intended) as has been reported, and I was actually extremely impressed with the quality of the rapid-fire shots. Panorama worked fine, got one minor bump but nothing big.
- Face Unlock worked! And very well, in fact. It was very fast to unlock upon recognizing the correct face and quick to notify upon non-recognition.
Lastly, I asked about price/release date/hotspot pricing. She said she wasn’t sure about the price of the phone or the hotspot functionality but she said it was on track to be released this Friday, 11/18. Now, lots of trustworthy people have said lots of different things but she was 100% convinced and informed that it would be this Friday (and no she wasn’t talking about the UK launch, she was specifically talking about Verizon availability in the US).
We’ve been hearing word that the release date for the device had been pushed back to December (possibly to give the RAZR and Rezound some breathing room) but seeing how the Android 4.0 source was released today — completely out of left field — maybe the launched got pushed back up? I know some Android sites receive a lot of flak for posting every bit of Nexus rumors but as long as you know to take ’em with a grain of salt I think they can be fun . So, if you were planning on picking up the Galaxy Nexus for Verizon, Friday might be a good day to take some PTO. Just wanted to give you guys a heads up!