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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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  • http://twitter.com/jumpingyeah Travis Carroll

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

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braun

    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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