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Galaxy Nexus, Android Ice Cream Sandwich: U.S. launch on Dec. 8?

November 21, 2011 | 11:10 am

Samsung Galaxy Nexus: the first phone that will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

If you're a lover of gadgets and tech as I am, then waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its Android Ice Cream Sandwich software to arrive is starting to get a bit painful.

The anticipation for the latest version of Google's Android operating system, the first that has been designed for both phones and tablets, is palpable.

The Samsung-built hardware will be the first device to run Ice Cream Sandwich, and from photos and videos of the device and operating system, it all looks to be impressive and as if the combination is begging be seen, touched and, in my case, put through its paces for a review on this here Technology blog.

Somewhat frustratingly, the new smartphone is already on sale in the U.K., but not yet in the U.S.

In fact, we still haven't even received an official stateside release date or a firm price.

We do know that when the phone arrives, it will be available only from Verizon Wireless, running on the carrier's 4G LTE network.

On Monday, the world learned that Canada will get the Galaxy Nexus on Dec. 8, from Bell for $159.95 and Virgin Mobile for $159.99 on the carrier's respective data plans. 

The Canadian plans line up with the blogosphere's rumored U.S. Dec. 8 release date.

The Galaxy Nexus will feature a 4.65-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting. The phone's profile is slightly curved to sit a bit closer against a user's face than most flat-screen smartphones on the market.

So far, other Android phones will have to wait until next year before they get a software update to Ice Cream Sandwich, including the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola Droid Razr.

Stay tuned readers. When Verizon and Google offer up an official U.S. release date and other launch details, we'll let you know.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Twitter.com/nateog

Image: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Credit: Samsung / Google

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