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Rumor: Samsung DROID Prime Headed Exclusively to Verizon as the First Device with Ice Cream Sandwich (Updated)

If you were infuriated by the report last week that the Samsung Galaxy S II would not find its way onto Verizon, then maybe this news will cheer you up a bit.   Everyone familiar with the Nexus Prime?  Well, a report this morning out of BGR’s camp suggests that it will actually be branded as the DROID Prime (SCH-i515) and will be an exclusive to Big Red as the first Ice Cream Sandwich device.  I know, you are as speechless as I am right now, but it gets better (assuming this is accurate).  Their report also includes a time line, suggesting that the device will be out in October to compete directly with the launch of the iPhone 5.

Update:  We reached out to our sources and they are highly skeptical of this being “DROID” branded.  The Bionic is the big “DROID” device for this year, so if the Prime does come to Verizon, I would expect it to be a Nexus instead.  While there is a chance that a Verizon version could be released before the other carriers, I’m not at this time willing to put money on it joining our favorite family of phones.

Update 2:  Some of our favorite Android Twitter personalities have weighed in as well:  TeamAndIRC, black_man_x and P3droid.  We all basically agree that a DROID Prime would be highly unlikely.

Update 3:  As I sat here all day trying to figure out a way for this to happen, I’ve come to this – Verizon could release a phone after the Bionic with DROID branding instead of Nexus that is made by Samsung as the first to run Ice Cream Sandwich.  They did it with the original DROID and Android 2.0 as well as the XOOM and Android 3.0.  So it’s not out of the question that they could do this for “4.0”, let’s just not expect it to be like a Nexus would be.  Expect bloatware, a semi-locked bootloader, but still stock (no skin).  With that said though, there is nothing on the “DROID” calendar that I have seen other than the DROID HD which is made my Motorola, not Samsung.  Does Verizon change their schedule constantly?  Most definitely, so changes could happen in the next two months.  Look at the Charge which was nameless until a month or so before it was released.

Thoughts that immediately come to mind:  Why release the Bionic on September 8, the HTC Vigor on October 6 and then the Prime shortly thereafter?  Seems like overkill to me and would almost expect the Prime to be pushed to November.  However, if the iPhone 5 does come out at the end of September or early October, I’m not sure either the Bionic or Vigor have enough appeal to compete with it.  The Android world would need something massive, like the first device running Android 4.0.

And, your thoughts?

Via:  BGR

  • James536599

    Please keep updating this article it is helpful and appreciated it makes it much easier to follow this possible Verizon phone.

  • Blake

    All these new phones coming out so close together makes me not want to upgrade at all.  I feel like whatever I buy will be obsolete within the next 2-3 weeks after purchase.

  • Blake

    All these new phones coming out so close together makes me not want to upgrade at all.  I feel like whatever I buy will be obsolete within the next 2-3 weeks after purchase.

  • Anonymous

    The whole point of the Nexus phones was to have a straight up google experience. It comes with the newest version of android at the time, in our case ICS, all the google apps and nothing more. No bloatware, no VZW BS.

    If it does come with all the bloatware I wouldn’t even think of it as a re-branded Nexus phone but just as new phone from Samsung with the newest version android.

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  • I believe the Droid 2, and Droid X were also released around the same couple of months.

  • I ultimately think it would be extremely smart for Verizon to release the Bionic, Vigor, revolution, and Prime.. This would be a Huge chance for Verizon to gain a bigger following, steal customers from AT&T, T-mobile and Sprint right before the Big Merge of T-mo AT&T..  
    With such a huge Smartphone following now a days, if you release 4-5 of the best phones on the market all in a month, and all on the same carrier, theres gonna be alot of action!

    When people know the Prime will be only on Verizon, and 4g LTE, you’ll get quite a few people jumping ship and going to Big Red!

  • Anonymous

    The bionic has all but become a joke. If it is delayed anymore it will just be a complete joke. The Droid branding is confusing. If it was supposed to convey some sort of device status or superiority it is quickly loosing its effectiveness. I would like it to have the nexus branding even nexus Droid prime, and the original Ice Cream Sandwich announcement said the the first ICS phone would be a Google phone, but as long as Google is calling the shots with it, its name doesn’t matter.

    My contract has been expired for a while now and I am ready for a new phone. This original Droid keeps crashing on me.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t want that. The main appeal of the Nexus line is open bootloader, stock Android, no bloatware. Changing it to a DROID means that all of that will likely not be true (well, the bootloader will probably be open, Samsung is good about that).

    This does make some sense though. Verizon gets an exclusive, gets to brand it and make it want it wants, we get some nice stats (hopefully a 720p screen, Exynos CPU).

    I’m just really doubting this will be a true Nexus device…

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  • Pennywise

    Since won’t want to post 200 replies to everyone saying the same thing, here is my reply to this whole thread: Phones on Verizon are locked because Verizon wants to sell you Hotspot, wants to sell you Tethering, is concerned about Network Security, wants to sell you more phones on renewed contracts.

  • Hmmm… why would Samsung offer VZ an exclusive after being snubbed on the S2? I would bet apple used its weight on vz and vz caved, now thr rumor mill is cranking up again (sigh). If the Prime comes to vz it will never happen in october, maybe for Thanksgiving but the bottom line is vz customers are stuck with few choices right now. Is the bionic something you want in your pocket for 2 years? Not me and so the alternative is move to another carrier and get the S2 or struggle with my broken down loaner while waiting for vz to release a decent dual core phone….

  • SLEEKDX

    Easy, I’ll just upgrade my line to the Bionic and once the Prime arrives ill get that phone under the wife’s line. Then ill have both phones and hand the DX. to my wife. 😉

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  • Anonymous

    Thank god for the update. I was scared it was going to be called a DROID. A DROID phone doesn’t deserve to be placed in the rankings with Nexus.

    • Anonymous

      Why the hate?

  • SteveT

    Might be worth getting the Bionic at Costco (with the $299 package), then if this rumor pans out, return it within the 90 day return policy… Hmmm…

    • costco is amazing for that… I had my xoom for about 85 days and heard the rumors of the amazon tablet coming soon, returned the xoom for a full refund

    • Anonymous

      Are you sure about that policy? I asked and they said 14 day return policy to exchange for a new device and a 90 day return policy if exchanging for the same phone

  • What would be really cool, at least to me, if they left it as the Droid Prime, and then someone put together an active wallpaper of the Matrix of Leadership.  or maybe of Optimus’ chest that you can double tap to open and see the Matrix.

  • I know you guys are just trying to pay the bills but the T-mobile ad on a site that only talks about Verizon phones is pretty funny

  • Aleks
    • Aleks

      Or 300

  • i’ll be alright with my thunderbolt. it’ll give me more time to play with all the devices when they come out and i can make my decision more wisely, but if that prime is released, i won’t need to play with it. it’s on the top of my list

  • Earleepa

    For all the rumors that get posted on here you would think the name of this site was the national enquirer. Why don’t you save time and space and quit reporting on rumors and stick to cold hard facts.

    • thesaber2000

      Cause they wouldnt be first then, after all, all “cold hard facts” start as rumors at some point.

      • Earleepa

        Rumors are nothing more than lies. When I see evidence of something then I believe it.

  • It won’t be released in October fact

  • Anonymous

    Are these the same “experts” that claimed SGS2 will come to verizon first? LOL. I’ll believe it when I see it. Especially when it comes to verizon rumors.

  • Is the second to last sentence supposed to read: “The Android world would[n’t] (instead of would) need something massive, like the first device running Android 4.0.

  • I was waiting patiently for a Nexus device. All I want is a flagship phone with plain Android.  I’m just going to buy the Bionic the day it is rooted and take matters into my own hands.

  • I think my OG can make it until the Prime’s release… Then I will choose…

  • masiv

    Help me decide to wait for the Prime or go for the Bionic.  Have NE2 to use, plus corporate 20% discount.  Does that mean that I can get the Bionic for about $160?

    • Stelv81

      The Bionic is going to be $300 on contract I believe.

    • Yes around there

    • discounts don’t apply to subsidized phone purchases. only accessories

  • Brad Cooper

    Why do you post about phones news without all the info? It gets really confusing and you get peoples hopes up. Also you make your news less credible. Also people and other android news sources use you as a source. Please from now on post all info at once and then let us know.

  • ~dArK.AnGeL

    DON’T CARE OF THE BRAND NAME IT WILL CARRY; DROID OR NEXUS;… THIS IS MY NEXT PHONE…. FEEL BAD FOR THE BIONIC IN A WAY…. BUT SO GLAD MY GRANDPA “OG” WILL RETIRE SOON…

  • Anonymous

    Well, while nothing is confirmed, it certainly does give one a reason to wait on buying the Bionic until more info is made available. I’m excited for this possibility.

  • Mii

    The bionic ends next march or so, I wouldn’t put it past verizon to house a new “Droid” in November, “Droid” or not though I still would want to see this one themed transformer style, maybe with an autobots and decepticons version for the 2 different primes that were in the last movie..

  • DanSke

    Forget DROID..leave it as a Nexus. Pure and simple.

  • ckamc

    In the indirect verizon retail world we have been told in the next couple of months that their will be 8 new devices to be released.

    the 4g pantech, ally 2, 4g slider samsung, bonic, thunderbolt 2, i*hone, new blackberry, and then prime would make the 8th.

    • i’m guessing by thunderbolt 2, you mean the vigor

  • NSBJJ

    Damn it!  Early last week I was waiting for the SGSII for Verizion, then found out it’s not coming.  With the news of the Costco bundle I was getting the Bionic for sure.  Now…now, I don’t know what to do?  If the Droid Prime is true and will be released before November, goodbye Bionic. 

    • Anonymous

      I think the Prime is still slated for a November or December release like the last two Nexus phones.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this is too much information with bionic around the corner and then HTc’s rumored phone and now this!!  I guess this means get the bionic since my contract is up, wait and see towards the end of the year about all these phones, if i like em’ I can just sell bionic on ebay and pay the difference for these future devices and call it a day.  I know CES is taking place in January but remember those phones will be showcased and knowing Verizon you wont see them till April.. hopefully not like bionic which was announced, then later took almost towards the end of the year to finally show up.

  • Anonymous

    de ja vu all over again from the bionic.. info is released.. and everyone is like, I’m holding off the on the TB this is what i’m getting, fast forward 8 months, bionic is about to be released, a rumor about the prime comes out, and everyone is like I’m holding on the bionic.. it never ends… this is verzion we are talking about.. the company that created locked phones, starting with the same red bar UI on all dumbphones 8 years ago, then release the first locked bootloader phones and subsequently never have an unlocked phone on their network ever since the OG? then are the first to block tethering on rooted devices.. the same company that dropped the nexus one, the same company that has never had a nexus device ever.. all the above with not a decrease in customers, but an increase… you think they are going to allow a fully unlocked device on their network, and first?

  • MikeyBotz

    Frankly, I’m sick of chasing after rumors. I’m not gonna give into this one and be stuck waiting another 6 months for the “best” phone. I’m going with the Bionic!

    Decision made.

    • LionStone

      Way to own it Mikey! Hope you like it when you actually see it and have your paws on it! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care what you call. I want it! But a transformer branded phone with those spec’s would be killer.

  • Anonymous

    If it is a Nexus Prime, then its either that or a i*hone5 if it has a bigger screen, for me! I’m tired of bloatware and slow updates. Never again, Verizon.

  • Bobby Moufarrege

    I have a hard time believing that an Ice Cream Sandwich device will be released so soon. Mostly because Google hasn’t shown off any ICS features to the public

  • I smell a rat. Are they deleting “Nexus” to make room for “Touchwiz”?

  • Donnavon Hallgren

    Samnsung plastic pos and no kbd? NEXT!!!!

    • Mack

      KBD? 

      • James_Ever

        I think it means physical keyboard.

      • hkklife

        “Keyboard”

  • Daniel Gulyas02

    If Verizon had a face, I would punch it.

    I want a NEXUS. N-E-X-U-S. And considering LTE is becoming more of a 4G global standard, they have a chance. If Verizon keeps this crap up, I will leave them, as soon as my contract is up. I don’t want your Droid branding, I don’t want to see an icon for “apps” and most of all, I do NOT WANT TO SEE VZ NAVIGATOR ON AN ANDROID PHONE.(or Bing, but that doesn’t apply here. )

  • Hmm very interesting.  hopefully this rumor is true.  Although I’d like to see the Prime branded as a Nexus device, this should be a worthy replaced to my OG. I’m getting a real itchy trigger finger since my contract was up last month.  

  • Scott Luna

    Hmm very interesting.  hopefully this rumor is true.  Although I’d like to see the Prime branded as a Nexus device, this should be a worthy replaced to my OG. I’m getting a real itchy trigger finger since my contract was up last month.  

    • xyzlene

      i purchased the og droid on november 6th in manhattan at 12:30 a.m. – only about 30 people waiting outside on a cold night. november 7th was the official release date. I  continued to use the og droid til about last month. Lagorama…. i did not want to renew my contract with verizon so i purchased a used droid x to hold me over till the next successor.  worthy of renewing my contract. In hand with a droid x i can wait another year… that does not mean i will not have heavy expectations…

  • Anonymous

    “However, if the iPhone 5 does come out at the end of September or early October, I’m not sure either the Bionic or Vigor have enough appeal to compete with it.”

    You’re out of your gourd Kellex.  I’d like some of what you’re smoking.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I had to go back and re-read that because I honestly took out the “not as I was reading it initially.

      Seriously, though… Iphone 5 will not be that different (it never is). I think the public is starting to realize this.

  • shr1k3r

    i hope this is true, but p3droid is quite adamant its false 

  • GOGO

    Am I the only one left who wants a physical keyboard?

  • Dash Speeds

    P3Droid just tweeted that the Prime will not make October and that he has no idea where the “Droid” part came from. I’m inclined to trust him more than BGR and their less than stellar track record. 

    • Keith Sumner

      I thought so, too. It’s a Nexus device not a Droid device and I don’t see it coming out that quickly. I’ll put my money on sometime early next year.

  • changes pants

  • Anonymous

    yes…..

  • Stelv81

    The “Droid” Prime. Not a Nexus. That means it will be a phone with tons of bloat. Like said before, VZW will not let a pure vanilla android on its network. Not saying its going to be a bad device. I personally will not by a Samsung device again after having a Fascinate, my friend having a Captivate.

    • Anonymous

      All smartphones with the exception of iPhone and Nexus have bloatware; on all carriers. With a fast processor it has negligible impact. For those that it really really bothers, just root the phone and freeze the bloatware. Not a big deal.

      • Stelv81

        Yea its no big deal to me. I always root my devices. The bloat on my Inc2 was no biggie as it has a good amount of ram and a decent processor, but now it is even better rooted. I am just saying a lot of people were hoping for a pure vanilla device based on the comments here…I don’t think that is going to happen with vzw. There are some merits too to a vanilla android device.

      • Jdawg764

        Actually not on WP7 either.

  • Booboolala2000

    Go to twitter and lets trend @verizonwireless #nonexus #epicfail #vznavigatorisaripoff the corporates don’t like negative trending. Maybe at least they would confirm or deny and we can make our decisions after that point. Personally if it is stock and easily rooted I’m down with it. But if it has touching on ics I don’t know.

    • kevin

      How bout no, Scott.

  • Pfelias123

    Don’t forget about the LG 2

    • Stelv81

      LG 2. I didnt even know they made a 1st one. jjk lol

  • Keith Sumner

    How can it be branded as a Droid device? I thought it was supposed to be branded as a Nexus device? If it’s Nexus, that means unlocked pure google love, if it’s a Droid device and NOT Nexus, that just means more possibly it being a locked up phone with a custom UI. 

    Doesn’t add up..

  • If this comes out in November it will mark the two year anniversary of the DROID line and retire my OG…

  • Chris

    Idk why anyone would even want an Iphone? Iphones are like baby toys compared to androids

    • That glitch and lag about 1/10th as much.

      • Anonymous

        That’s because they have 1/10th as many features and capabilities.

        • The fact that iOS doesn’t support widgets is a deal breaker for me. Every iPhone looks the same. Same layout. Same icons. Same. Same. Same. 

          • Stelv81

            Their is no doubt that iOS is limited, but the next release is going to have widgets and drop down notifications…straight rip from Android though.

          • Anonymous

            Widgets will be coming for the iPhone 6, a revolutionary feature.

        • Anonymous

          Never used an iPhone, I see..

          • Anonymous

            Wrong.

      • GOGO

        Not at all.
        My 3GS froze so many times. 

        And of course, the only way to fix an iPhone freezing is to restore it, and lose EVERYTHING. 

  • Anonymous

    This report is accurate, as I pretty much stated Friday.

    • EC8CH

      Ok…

      What say you?

      Droid Prime or Nexus Prime?

      • Anonymous

        I should clarify…accurate in that it is real, it has LTE, it is coming to VZ first, it is being fast-tracked.

        Name? Neither. Who said “Prime” was final and not a project name?

        • EC8CH

          So VZW is on the fast track to get the next Nexus device running ICS which will be LTE?

          If that’s true then that’s all I need to know to make me happy.

          Prime would be an awesome sounding name though, if they don’t keep it I hope that have something equally awesome lined up.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like an awesome phone that I will have to look at later.  I will get the Bionic and enjoy it until the holidays.  Hopefully by then I will be able to pick up the Prime from Ebay/Craigslist for a few hundred off retail.

  • Dipesh

    this could be the “true” successor to the Motorola Droid. The original
    Droid was the first phone to have Android 2.0, I believe, which changed
    the landscape for the Android OS. The Droid was also the best selling
    android phone at the time, and is one of the most iconic still. Verizon
    and Google launched a “Android Experience” phone 2 years ago with the
    launch of Android 2.0. What better way to bring in Android 4.0, which is
    also set to change the Android Experience, with another stock android
    phone on the best network? This is probably not the next Nexus device,
    but a precursor to it. Just like how the Motorola Droid was the
    precursor to the Nexus 1, which was released a few months after it.

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      I don’t know if I like your foretelling… the Droid was released… then a better phone, with better specs & a better OS version came out 2 months later – complete with OS updates direct from Google… and the Droid lagged behind.  So, no offense, but I hope you’re wrong and this isn’t the same scenario. 😉

  • P5stover

    Verizon has to have this, and it must be released before Nov. Thats when OG Droid contracts are up and we start to look at other carriers. They gotta keep us somehow.

  • Anonymous

    I will seriously rethink jumping on the Nexus (er, Droid) Prime if Google isn’t in control of the updating.

    • EC8CH

      My thoughts exactly… that is the bad news in all of this.

      Bottom line: VZW still isn’t willing to allow a device onto their network if they don’t get the final say on the software…  except for the i*hone I guess.

  • Captainhowdy13

    Now wasnt the cease and desist order about the Nexus Prime not a Droid Prime?
    I sure hope its not droid branded so its pure google like the Nexus I been waiting for on verizon forever now!

  • Anonymous

    I suspected the Prime might be exclusive to Verizon, considering that every other major carrier got the S2. I’d love the October timeline (not sure my OG can make it to November), but do think that’s odd for Big Red to pick up the iPhone 5, Prime, Bionic, Vigor, etc., all within about a month of each other. That said, the Bionic was supposed to be released a LONG time ago…

    One concern is the name Droid Prime–does this is any way deprive the device of being a pure Google experience (as in the Nexus series)? That would be a serious buzzkill.

  • Someone should make a new Droid Prime logo. Maybe Prime’s head with one red eye?

    • EC8CH

      Better yet an animation of prime transforming into a red eyed robot.

      • babadush

        ^^ yes do this do this. Also add him eating an apple like on project elite

      • LionStone

        That would be sick!!

  • Dave

     So has BGR ever had any rumors actually pan out?

  • Dmiller2007

    I don’t understand how phones released prior to ICS will be upgraded to it. Won’t they all have physical or soft touch keys that would be rendered useless by ICS? Would they just deactivate them with the upgrade or how would that work? Seems like it would be complicated at the least to upgrade from gingerbread to ICS.

  • eleazar

    woooooooooooooooot

  • Sounds like my wife is getting my Dinc2.

  • Rrbferrari

    The Samsung Droid Charge will get Gingerbread, when?

  • Cmorty72

    Finally a perfect replacement for my venerable OGD! My OGD has served me well with the added enhancements of CM7 and PE, but is now nearing it’s end.
    Come on October!!

  • Arthur2142

    At $299 on contract, I’m not buying the Bionic. The way I look at it, I will take my chances until the end of October. I will see what the Prime has to offer, and if I don’t like it, I’ll probably be able to get a Bionic at a discounted price of $199 on contract.

  • EC8CH

    OK…

    Scrap the Nexus Prime Logo…

    Lets see the Droid Prime!

    • Someone should make a new Droid Prime logo. Maybe Prime’s head with one red eye?

  • Zach

    I thought the latest rumors were saying the Prime wouldn’t be out til Nov-Dec unless Verizon gets it a month or two before everyone else.

  • Joster2609

    iphone better be scared its the attack of the og droid all overagain

  • I was going to wait the Bionic to drop to $200 anyways so if something is confirmed on the Prime by then I might consider waiting otherwise I’m going with the Bionic. 

  • Anonymous

    I agree that the timing doesn’t make the most sense and I hope they aren’t pushing it up due to the iPhone 5.
    Would much rather see this device launch when it’s ready.

  • John

    Not if it’s made by Samsung. Sorry..

  • I believe it and Im on my way to return the Droid 3 right now!!!

  • I think even a Decepticon would want this phone.  Goodbye OG Droid my old friend, you finally have a successor worthy of replacing you on Verizon… It only took 3 years.

  • I believe it and Im on my way to return the Droid 3 right now!!!

  • Anonymous

    My OG Droid said he will behave until Nexus Prime is available. 

  • I agree.  The Bionic cannot compete.  I am no iClown.  I do not buy Apple products.  However, if the only choice was iPhone 5 or the Bionic, it would be Bi Bi Android.   The Vigor and Prime are the only options to compete against the iPhone 5.  Right, wrong, or indifferent, iPhone appeals to many people and it is a standardized solution.  Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to end fragmentation.  For Google’s sake, it better. 

    I will wait for Prime and Vigor.  I am sure Vigor would have an Ice Cream Sandwich update available quickly.  If not, a ROM will be available quickly.  All I ask is not be forced to look at the iPhone 5.

    • What is so special about the iPhone 5 that you would take it over the Bionic?

    • Dash Speeds

      Why? Other than the possibility of an HD screen the Bionic is more powerful than the Vigor.

    • Anonymous

      What a ridiculous comment.

  • seems completely likely that this is what should happen. now just to see if i can hold on to my upgrade and not get the Vigor.

  • Dash Speeds

    As great as this phone sounds, I don’t think I’m going to wait; waaaay too much uncertainty around it.
    Release date: Early October? (Yes) Late October? (Skip) Possible delays?
    Nexus Status: Is it a Nexus phone? Locked? (Skip) Unlocked? (Yes) Touchwiz?
    Specs: OMAP? (Yes!!) Snapdragon? (Skip)

    I think I’m just going to get the Bionic and be done. Good OMAP 4 processor and LTE are pretty much all I need right now and the only things that would make me wait are if all of the conditions I listed are met. If the Prime does meet some of the conditions above I’ll just sell the Bionic and buy the Prime off-contract anyway.

  • Curtis Martin

    I don’t even care if it’s not “pure Google” at this point. Just give me the damn thing already!

  • Personally, I think the Vigor (Incredible HD) is more than enough to compete with the I*hone 5, especially if it ends up being LTE, but that’s just my opinion. I’m not gonna complain though. That’s one more phone for me to look at. I’m still eligible for an upgrade.

    Also, the fact that it’s gonna be a “Droid” brand. That’s pretty tight. I gotta admit. 

  • Ray

    I will believe it when there is some evidence but its something to cheer us up after the galaxy 2 news.

    • Pretty sure there’s a law that Verizon cannot have nice things.

  • i actually really like the looks of the Vigor, the bionic can suck it, but this is something worth testing my patience for.

  • Brewtus37

    Damn… I was set for the Bionic.  Now another carrot is dangling in front of me.

    • babadush

      Welcome to technology

  • Sorry, the disappointment of the SGS2 not coming to Verizon has left me with a complete state of “I won’t believe any leaks or rumors until I see it on the shelves with my own two eyes.”

  • Br_hermon

    My number one thought / concern is this: I don’t care as much whether this is branded as a Droid phone or not. Bottom line… I want a vanilla Android device, zero bloatware, updates straight from Google and priority from developers (aka developer phone). (All traits that Nexus phones have previously enjoyed). If removing the Nexus brand in favor of the Droid brand removes those desired traits, than this is a bad deal. I love my OG Droid but probably more because it was vanilla, not “Droid.”

  • Anonymous

    BGR Exclusive = Retraction a few days later. I wouldn’t worry about it till a more reputable source comes through.

    • EC8CH

      HA

  • Anonymous

    The non-tech world has no idea what is coming down the pipe. They release these phones to snare as many people on new contracts as possible. These are the “between now and iPhone phones”. Someone waiting for an iphone is going to get one regardless, but there are a lot of people with contracts expiring (OG Droid) that are looking for a new handset.

    The prime will serve as a more direct competition if this is all true).

  • Anonymous

    i wouldn’t bet on it people.  there is no way this is being launched at Verizon.  

  • Anonymous

    Eagerly awaiting more leaks about this device.

  • Tj

    The samsung model number changed to i515 from what the model number was being called when it was referred to as the nexus prime last week.  What does that mean?  Will the phone have the same specs as what was rumored last week or is this now a completely different phone that we haven’t heard about yet?

  • Motorola is going to be sorry they waited so long to get the Bionic out. Too little, too late. I will wait until the specs come out for all these new phones and then decide which is best for me.

    • xyzlene

      motorola will be fine.. trust me…

      bionic will sell very well to the regulars out there. That lame ninja girl is a perfect sell for the average consumer . flash back a while ago…. the droid x sold well, even though there was a core which chose to stay with the original motorola droid,,, in geek land the bionic will be a bit of a let down.

      though keep in mind larry page stated the acquisition of motorola mobility will be a hands off approach for the first year under el goog… After that,  the campus will have total control of motorola mobility…

      that is when it will get really interesting..

      I cannot recall what google executive stated this, but it is there intention to have a unique nexus handset per carrier within the next year. the intrigue continues……………………….

    • xyzlene

      motorola will be fine.. trust me…

      bionic will sell very well to the regulars out there. That lame ninja girl is a perfect sell for the average consumer . flash back a while ago…. the droid x sold well, even though there was a core which chose to stay with the original motorola droid,,, in geek land the bionic will be a bit of a let down.

      though keep in mind larry page stated the acquisition of motorola mobility will be a hands off approach for the first year under el goog… After that,  the campus will have total control of motorola mobility…

      that is when it will get really interesting..

      I cannot recall what google executive stated this, but it is there intention to have a unique nexus handset per carrier within the next year. the intrigue continues……………………….

  • Anonymous

    i’m guessing this is the SGSii LTE (that would be shown at IFA) variant running 4.0

  • Cory Lykins

    So as a NEXUS phone am I right in assuming this will be stock Google OS without any Samsung OS overlays or mods to it? Just straight up Android as Google intended it?

  • Interstellarmind

    will have to compare this and the vigor. weill be hard to decide, i’m sure.

    honestly, dea lbreakers will be screen size and camera quality.

  • MBlnd

    I Agree. Bionic and Vigor (I hope this phone they are really good) might not compete with iPhone 5. On the other hand Nexus on T-mobile is not smooth UI either (choppy). I hope Nexus Prime will come up with a very smooth UI as does samsung phones generally do.

    • Interstellarmind

      did you not read the article? this will be branded a DROID phone.

      think OG Droid, not nexus.

    • Anonymous

      Given that we know nothing about the next iPhone (not even if it will be called an iPhone 5) and very little about the Vigor, your comment is meaningless

  • Okay, that’s it, no Bionic for me.

  • radyoactive

    I hope it lasts at least 2 years because it will be that long before you see another vanilla android device on Big Red!

  • I had to double check to see if it was my birthday. 

    • Anonymous

      No, some time in October is. 😛

  • Anonymous

    Ok that makes up for the gs2 not comming to Verizon

  • Vigor has me skipping the Bionic, now the Prime may have me skipping the Vigor….I’m never gonna upgrade lol

  • Dave

    Okay…but is it LTE? It may seem like a no-brainer but with Verizon, you can never tell…

  • Flooded by T-Mobile ads on a VZW Droid branded phone site.

  • Anonymous

    See to me it doesn’t seem like overkill. For once Verizon might actually have 3 different phones that people ACTUALLY WANT TO BUY! I know that might shock some people but for once it might be possible. As scary as that might be. For once they might have actually done it right and will have 3 phones that can compete with each other, and crapple. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, have never worried about time lines and how their “flagship” phones might conflict with each other. If they see a good phone the grab it and sell it, who gives a damn about timelines.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty sure my DX2 feels sad on this news.

    • James_Ever

      My Droid3 is happy that all of the possiblities…it doesn’t get jealous…

  • Anonymous

    Ok Im sold. Where do I sign?

  • They never wanted to release the Bionic in September – they wanted to release it in April or May.  Moto screwing it up has caused it to be delayed until just before the Prime – which Samsung is apparently rolling out on schedule.

    Sucks to be Moto since I can easily wait one more month with my OG Droid to see how the Prime news shakes out in October rather than jump on the Bionic.  I want to wait until October anyway to leverage my last NE2 discount on a new phone.  This is working well for me.

    • The Motorola Targa (the new Bionic) was always slated for a Q3 release.

  • If this is true, I will be disapppointed. I really was hoping for a Nexus-branded phone to get to Verizon. Apparently, VZW thinks manufacturer skins are the way to go… ugh

    Shouldn’t any device with the first incarnation of ICS be untouched by manufacturer skins? … really hoping for some more info soon.

    • Dave

      I get the feeling this won’t be skinned if it’s going to be the first exclusive phone with ICS. Droid branding does not mean it won’t be stock, it just so happens manufacturers having been doing that since after the Og Droid.

  • Damn, I am set on the Bionic. I guess I’ll sell it when the Prime comes out. My OG Droid is seriously struggling. I guess 2 years of modding and extreme overclocking took their toll on it :-/

    • Yeah, my OG Droid is really starting to drag big time.  Yesterday I decided to unroot and it has helped a little bit, hoping I don’t have to use the Asurion warranty before something like the Prime gets here.

  • Bigsike

    One way to kill the appeal of a good site? ……too many ads :/

  • Anonymous

    As stoked as I am for this phone I’m a little worried that it is a DROID and not a Nexus. I think as a verizon branded device they will be able to make more of the changes they see fit to make.

  • fartbubbler

    PREDICTION:
    people that will decide not to get the Bionic to wait on this will be very frustrated when this device gets pushed back and delayed constantly for months, just like the Thunderbolt and Bionic have been.

    • This is unfortunate, but true.

    • Anonymous

      two upgrades later….

    • kevin

      The Vigor will be almost the same device, power wise. ICS is the only reason to wait, but rooting will get it to your phone around the same time the first ICS device its available. The Bionic was a different situation because the specs were unmatched for the time it was announced.

  • I’ve been holding out as long as possible for an LTE slider (with some
    decent specs as well, not just some POS midrange phone) to replace my
    OG, but if there’s not one announced by then, I’m guess gonna have to
    pick this up.

  • I’ve been holding out as long as possible for an LTE slider (with some
    decent specs as well, not just some POS midrange phone) to replace my
    OG, but if there’s not one announced by then, I’m guess gonna have to
    pick this up.

  • Interstellarmind

    agree. ICS is the only thing that can compete (with any chance of success) against iphone 5.

    that said… will this be STOCK ics? are samsung and vzw smart enough to realize how revolutionary the OG Droid was when it hit as stock android (a revolutionized version of android at that).

    this may be the same thing we experienced with the OG Droid!

    …again, if it’s stock.

    • LionStone

      I dont know about that Interstellar…my over 5 mos old TB will still compete with the i5 when it ever comes…one number, one letter…4G

  • Anonymous

    I guess I can wait but I don’t know if my D1 will make it as well, its on its last legs and needs to be replaced. A little disappointed that I don’t have any real phone to choose from right now and I have and upgrade burning a hole in my pocket.

    • Anonymous

      Bionic?

  • Soccastar123

    Should have read the article better first of Verizon does get it as Droid Prime then only the name will be excusive everyone else will get the name Nexus Prime

  • Chriscuffie

    Im waiting for this one. hopefully it doesnt come out in dec

  • This will be my next phone.

  • KevinC

    I’d rather it be a Nexus device, without the rebranding.

    If they rebranding it, it’s most certainly going to get some bloatware.  Remember the OG Droid with Amazon MP3, Twitter, and Visual VM?

    • Anonymous

      Why is amazon mp3 annoying?  and the other two you mentioned take up very little space and do not run in the background if they are not being used.  

      • Yes, but the Android platform is about openness and control of your device. Those apps could not be deleted, and that is annoying for a community that prides itself on freedom.

        • EC8CH

          this

      • KevinC

        Amazon MP3 starts up with the OS.  Visual VM starts up with the OS as well, and relaunches when text messages are sent and received I’ve noticed.  It most certainly does run in the background when not being used.

    • Anonymous

      I can deal with the bloatware as long as its skinless and comes with an unlocked bootloader. I’ve had my OG droid rooted so long I didn’t even remember what VVM was at first when you mentioned it.

      • babadush

        Me too. I forgot it came with those apps until he said something

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree. I’m honestly sick of the Droid brand at this point because of what Verizon has done to it. I want a Nexus dangit!

    • palomosan

      Still, the OG wasn’t a Nexus.

      This device is a Nexus which means updates will come first, to me that’s a plus.

    • rrosotho

      I see your point but the DROID name changed the android world and phone industry period. Maybe ICECREAM will do the same. Verizon should of kept the DROID series with vanilla android.  

    • Sam Stern

      Wow I was an OG Droid owner and I thought those were part of stock android (Twitter and AmznMP3 anyway).   I am so stupid.   I’ve even done the whole Cyanogen thing since then and not noticed that it didn’t come with those apps.

  • Anonymous

    i hope this is more like a nexus device than a droid one, as in when the droid came out we got 2.0 first then the nexus one came out months later with updates right from google…

  • GCurry

    Bought 2 OG Droids early November, 2 years ago, for wife and me.   She jumped to Samsung Charge and is pretty happy, but I am waiting for this one.   OG Droid limping a little now, but still moving.

    • Anonymous

      I deleted all apps that i dont use and cleared all the cache files and my OG Droid is like new.  Give it a try.  

  • Thracks

    My thoughts are that this maneuver goes against the spirit of what a “Nexus” device is supposed to be, and that it’s a monumentally dumb mistake for the rest of this planet, which does not use crappy CDMA.

  • Nate Surber

    Heading to my local Verizon store to get in line right now!

  • Anonymous

    Ugh…not sure I can wait that long…Might have to do another wipe of my phone if it’s gonna make it another couple months. Prime just might be worth the wait though. Google should do a presser for ICS and Prime ASAP so we know what the deal is.

  • Tcal

    I think that the nexus prime will be a gs2 without Touchwiz UI; it would explain why Samsung isn’t bringing the GS2 to Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    One word:  Mine.  That is all

    • droidhd23

      I bet it will be..

    • Guest

      That’s 4 words.

      • Anonymous

        Notice the period after mine?

  • Soccastar123

    That’s a huge rumor Verizon will get exclusive rights to a Nexus phone, I don’t buy into it one bit, Verizon could get it first of at all. GSM is the standard around the world so google would be out of their mind to give Verizon exclusivity to a Nexus phone.

    • This is why I think that it may be more of a “OG Droid” thing.  Remember the OG droid came out in November of 09 and the Nexus One came out in January of 2010.  I highly doubt Google would introduce a Nexus phone that didn’t have GSM first, because the majority of the world uses GSM and the Nexus phone while more consumer friendly than the old Dev1 phones, is still a developer tool.

    • Anonymous

      I see this as Google’s attempt to give Verizon an incentive to carry their Nexus just under VZW’s brand and with a different design.  The other carriers will probably still get the Nexus Prime shortly after.

  • Anonymous

    bye bye Bionic….hello Prime!!!  For sure not getting the Bionic at this point!

    • Anonymous

      Im still getting bionic.  I cant wait this long.  Also, you better believe that Bionic will get Android 4.0 as an update.  No way in hell they wont.  And if they wont, ill root it.  

      Prime sounds awesome but I simply cant wait any longer.  

      • Anonymous

        I was totally going to get the Bionic but if this is due out in October I can wait for it.  What is another month and a half at this point?  

  • Mctypething

    Glad this came out now. I will be waiting for this in lieu of the Bionic. Screw Blur!

  • Anonymous

    Hey, have you guys heard of T-Mobile?

    • SteelyPhil

      rumor has it that they have the best. plan. ever.

    • Anonymous

      ummmmm, seriously?   no thanks

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’m staring at that not-terribly-cute girl on the right as I type this.  She’s like a combination of Liv Tyler and The Joker (once you zoom in).

  • Kellex you are looking at it all wrong. This is genius. All of Androids big boys are putting out phones with AMAZING specs that will rival(lets be honest, DESTROY) what the iphone is going to offer hardware/os wise. With what is happening you have a nice selection of CHOICE! You can either get that bland iPhone that only differs in storage space sizes and color, or you can pick between 3 devices with amazing specs. I love the Vigor and can’t wait for the Droid Prime. The Bonic I am not too fond of because I do not like motoblur.

  • Rob Stemen

    Sadly, being in the Android scene has given me a hard-headed “believe it when I see it” attitude, but if it’s true, I just picked my next phone.

  • Derp

    Would the average iphone consumer who would need to be swayed by an android device really care about ICS or the prime?  I feel that it is people like us who read blogs like this who actually understand the differences and are excited.  

  • kliq

    If this is true and it runs stock ICS, this will be the true successor to the OG Droid. Sign me up.

  • Anonymous

    I’m currently an iOS user, but this sounds sooo sexy. If true, I will more than likely return to Android!

  • an october release would make more sense. just give us options. the vigor will sell for those who love htc. again, the bionic should have released four months ago, knock off 50-100 at launch for those not wanting to spend $300 on an upgrade

  • freamon

    I’ll dump my tbolt for this…so long as it doesn’t retail for $700.

    • Wouldn’t be surprised if it was at least 350, which is way to high, hell 300 is past my comfort zone.

      • Anonymous

        $300 is past your comfort zone?  My first and second smartphones each cost $300+, in 2003 and 2005.  I love people that say $300 is too expensive, but they never once mention that they have a problem with their $100+ monthly bill.  Over the course of 18 months ($1,800+), is $300 really anything to complain about?

  • Anonymous

    Time to transform and roll out.

  • Usawrestling

    And there it is, the Nexus Prime news the week before the Bionic releases

    • Pete D’Antonio Jr.

      100% agree, I know they will bring up Vigor and Prime rumors every day until the Bionic release.  Not going to stop me, the Bionic is a great phone with the most accessories to choose from.  Besides, when they have their Prime (IF all the details are correct) then I will be salivating over my quad core 2gb of ram phone later down the road!

  • Pete D’Antonio Jr.

    So October really means Jan 2012, I’ve learned my lesson on waiting for rumored devices.  I’ll get the bionic now and pick up a quad core device sometime in the next 18 months.

    • Anonymous

      I know the bionic has appeal, and I do not blame you for wanting one. However, its very clear the phone will be trumped almost upon its own launch. I know this is the norm now a days but I cant see the bionic as a place holder.

  • Rick

    VZW saying the SGS2 will do so well with iPhone 5, don’t know about that one. I think there are other versions of SGS2 coming out for VZW.

    For the Droid Prime, I truly hope this phone will be untouched by VZW and ALL updates will come from Google.

    • EC8CH

      Exactly… I’m confused by this.  Is this still a nexus device with vanilla android, updates from Google, and no bloatware?

    • EC8CH

      Exactly… I’m confused by this.  Is this still a nexus device with vanilla android, updates from Google, and no bloatware?

    • Mctypething

      Also, isn’t VZW going to sell the iPhone 5? Why are they so concerned about the competition against a product they are going to sell? There are a few holes to fill in here.

      • Asher

        Leverage. The more manufacturers Verizon has in its stable, the more leverage and pricing power it has over them. 

        If you were manufacturing say, silicon wafers, and you were dependent on one supplier for an integral part, the supplier could exert his power over you, and charge you higher prices than if there were alternate suppliers. If Apple were the only game in town, you can be sure they’d get better terms from Verizon.

        Plus, variety makes Verizon more attractive as a wireless provider to customers.

      • Anonymous

        Knowing how apple operates Verizon probably makes a bigger profit from any phone that is not apple.

    • @cad748b101659899fee18228d8cb5d85:disqus , I’m pretty sure the whole reason that Verizon is not getting the SGS2 is because of the Nexus device. Samsung is making the Nexus so it would be silly to sell 2 high end products at the same time.

      @0cf69e95d030cf8978798d876e1dc33a:disqus , It’s not Verizon that is concerned it is Samsung and Google.

  • getThisShitOffMyScreen

    DL doing that badly? Why is my whole page being swallowed by advertisements ? 

  • 2442mike

    Yeah, this is what I’ve been waiting for

  • none

    This sounds so amazing so wonderful, it sounds too good to be true. For some reason it reminds me of when google had the phone site and stated the nexus one was coming to VZW. Sounds like VZW is going botch this but I hope not.

  • Tonydspencer

    Maybe I won’t be getting an upgrade September 8th.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing its the Celox device (aka the LTE SGSii Variant to be shown at IFA) only instead of running 2.3 like we’ll see at IFA, it’ll run 4.0.

    think about it. 4.5″ screen, 1.5 dual core, 1gig ram, (possible NFC)

    • Anonymous

      I will be really disappointed if it doesn’t have the NFC especially after Google has made much of that feature (and Verizon currently doesn’t have any phones that support it). If they want to compete against the iPhone, then NFC one sure way they can do that.

  • Anonymous

    I hope my OG Droid, and me can hold until then, it would be awesome….

    • zman

      I agree 100%.  If the Bionic had been out in May/June I would be rockin’ it instead.  But since it is coming out so late, might as well wait for the Prime, assuming the OG droid holds up!!

  • Anonymous

    That’s the Droid I’m looking for.

    • Jeff

      Yea,  this sounds too good to be true, but if it is, I’ll finally retire the OG…..

      Nothing else so far has really been that much better….

      It is definitely worth skipping the Bionic (and it’s locked/encrypted boot loader) and wait until the end of October to see what happens….

      • Anonymous

        I have the exact same feeling. I’m still sporting my OG… don’t like the looks of the Bionic, and I’m 50/50 about the Vigor.

        • Anonymous

          Really? I’ve been thinking the Vigor is the first phone I’d replace my OG with. Obviously the prime is more appealing, but what don’t you like about the Vigor?

          • Anonymous

            Well for one I’m not sure I how I feel about sense. I’ve heard great things but anytime I played with and htc phone I never really liked it. However that might be one of those things that just needs time. Other then that I think its more the draw of the Prime that is discouraging me from the Vigor. As time draws closer for both phones I will have to see what the status of each is and if the Prime is months and months away the Vigor will likely be my phone, since I’ve had 2 upgrades since June… I was hoping the Bionic would be my next phone but its not likely anymore.

          • Anonymous

            Well for one I’m not sure I how I feel about sense. I’ve heard great things but anytime I played with and htc phone I never really liked it. However that might be one of those things that just needs time. Other then that I think its more the draw of the Prime that is discouraging me from the Vigor. As time draws closer for both phones I will have to see what the status of each is and if the Prime is months and months away the Vigor will likely be my phone, since I’ve had 2 upgrades since June… I was hoping the Bionic would be my next phone but its not likely anymore.

      • Anonymous

        If its Droid branded it may just come locked down.

        • SH

          The charge isn’t locked down, and it Droid branded…

        • Endisky

          But if its NEXUS branded it probably would not!

        • Stelv81

          I don’t believe Samsung locks their phones. But try getting a gps lock with a Samsung device. Might as well go buy a separate navigator if you are going to get a Samsung device.

          • SH

            Never had a problem on my charge. The wifes fascinate is terrible tho.

          • Stelv81

            Ok. Well it’s good that they are fixing the problem on newer devices then.

          • Anonymous

            They’re not, Samsung doesn’t put assisted GPS in their phones. I have the Droid Charge and it’s god awful. Same way my Fascinate was.

          • I have the Charge too, and I thought maybe it was just mine.. The GPS is so bad its not even funny. It takes 10 mins to search for satellite, then it’ll have me driving in the middle of a river, wrong streets, etc..  sucks

        • Anonymous

          Watch your mouth. If you keep it up I will pour hot sauce in your mouth.

      • Anonymous

        Finaly!!! Pure Google Exeperience coming to a Verizon store near YOU!!!!  Bring back the days of the OG!!!!

        • Anonymous

          OG? Oh, you mean the G1!!

          • steve west

            G1 wasnt verizon

          • Type1fan

            OG is the “original droid”

    • Jeff

      Yea,  this sounds too good to be true, but if it is, I’ll finally retire the OG…..

      Nothing else so far has really been that much better….

      It is definitely worth skipping the Bionic (and it’s locked/encrypted boot loader) and wait until the end of October to see what happens….

    • EC8CH

      Agreed… but is this still a “Nexus Device” or not? I’m confussed.

      Bottom line will VZ Navigator be preinstalled?

      • Anonymous

        The way this rumor reads to me is… we are getting the same thing we got with the OG Droid… Droid Branding, Stock ICS with a few Verizon “improvements” thrown in for good measure.

        • EC8CH

          I bet you’re right… which kinda sucks…. I’d rather just have a Nexus Device on VZW.

          • Anonymous

            That will not happen. Verizon will never allow that. Verizon will only bend to one company, Apple, and even that is subject to change if the phone slows down.

          • EC8CH

            Exactly… which sucks… I pretty much stated the same thing as a reply to someone else

    • Well this just partially ruined my day.

      DROID branding = encrypted bootloader = not Nexus = not what I want. Obviously they could switch things up, but I’d call that doubtful. Then again, the Charge is unencrypted if I’m remembering correctly, so I will keep my fingers crossed.

      If not, I’ll continue waiting since I still have a year left on my contract.  Guess I’ll reevaluate once I’ve seen another year of the Android v iPhone saga play out.

      BTW, props to you Kellex for your objectivity concerning the new iPhone.  Objective discussion of Android v iPhone seems hard to come by these days and it’s quite refreshing to see it from you.  Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Same here. Will pay full retail for this phone. I doubt it will be Droid Branded. It’s a nexus phone,  and a samsung. The bootloader wont be encrypted, it’s not made by Moto.

      The OG droid wasn’t really a nexus device, it was just a stock Android phone that still had to get updates run through Moto first.

      Nexus devices get updates straight from Google.

  • Charles Dare

    Just as long as its stock ICS

    • I highly doubt the flagship ICS device will have a custom UI slapped on top of it.

      • EC8CH

        Agreed.  Google would force that issue.

  • Anonymous

    Holy ads Droid-Life…

    • Anonymous

      how about it… this tmobile chick is taking over the entire site.

  • gimme gimme

    • Pfelias123

      Throw in the LG 2

  • jimbob

    I just got a geekrection.

    • Thatsjared87

      A brainor. 

    • palomosan

      What a present for Christmas. Droid Prime…a Droid brand and a Transformers name.

      The best name ever.

      • LionStone

        Agreed…Droid Prime has a great ring to it…

      • Larry Jr. Lima

        imagine the marketing campaign that would come with it.

    • Shaftway

      If it has LTE, then I shall too.

    • Superglen99

      I don’t understand why everybody is so anti phone with locked bootloader. If it has what you want and works well then buy it and leave it. If not, don’t buy it. Sheesh. And yes I rooted and rommed my OG tons and rooted my DX but honestly its not a deal breaker. A great phone wont need rooting.

      • AroundTheFur

        Tether.

        • scott

          But, you don’t need the Bootloader to be unlocked for tethering, just root… as that’s how I’m running my D2G.