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Mega-Rumor: Details of the Galaxy Nexus, Ice Cream Sandwich as 2.4, and Galaxy SIII Revealed?

Where oh where do we start with this one. How about with the source?  It all comes courtesy of some random dude over at 4chan, so basically take this as pure rumor and something to simply spark conversation.  We wanted to share it though, because the homeboy goes into some lengthy in-depth detail of not only the Samsung “Galaxy Nexus” (aka Nexus Prime) and Ice Cream Sandwich, but he also brought up next year’s unannounced/unrumored beast, the Galaxy SIII.  According to his story, Samsung reps cruised into his workplace this morning to show off the next Nexus and then also show slides of what they expect to be the 2012 edition of the Galaxy series.

Everyone ready for this bag of sillyness?  

Galaxy Nexus

The device was called the Galaxy Nexus, not the Prime (something that has most likely been a codename).  Looks similar to the Sprint Galaxy SII, but with a curved screen similar to the Nexus S.  It’s headed “exclusively” to Verizon which is the reason they passed on the Galaxy SII.  It has a 4.65″ HD display (1280×720), 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, SD card slot, is 8.8mm thick, and has a 2000 mAh battery.

Odd thing here, is that he said the phone is running an Exynos processor clocked at 1.5GHz.  We all know now that the next Nexus will run a TI OMAP chip, so he is either wrong, or this Verizon edition is going to be a lot different than the actual Nexus device that will likely head to other carriers.  Also, the Exynos as far as we know, does not work with LTE.

Ice Cream Sandwich

The Galaxy Nexus that he used was running Ice Cream Sandwich and showed a version number of Android 2.4.1.  It “works like Gingerbread” but has undergone a major face lift with smoother menus, better animations, and a “glassy” look to everything.   The app drawer appears to be customizable with folders (like the new Blur) and has sections for Apps, Games and Widgets – feels a lot cleaner than any other build.

There is a preview mode for widgets, that allows you to see how your widget will look on a screen before you actually place it on there.  Icons appear much more “shiny” than in the past and there are blues and purples all over rather than the green we saw in 2.3.

The Gmail, calendar, and browser apps have all been re-done.  Gmail includes panels in landscape view like in Honeycomb.  Calendar app apparently received a similar overhaul with blue color scheme.  Browser has also been completely re-done with tabs at the “bottom” of the screen, better pinch-to-zoom and a new icon that features Bugdroid.

Galaxy SIII

According to this report, Samsung is currently planning to unveil the SGS3 at MWC in 2012, similarly to what they did with the SGS2 this year, but with hopes of doing a worldwide release rather than the slow country-by-country rollout.

The specs are certainly “subject to change”, but will apparently look something like:  2.0GHz Sammy-developed processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, SD slot, and a 4.65″ “Super AMOLED III” display that can do 352ppi.  It will also have a 10MP camera that can shoot 1080p video at 60fps, 2250mAh battery, NFC chip, and Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz 5 over top of it playing a “minor” roll.

No demo phone was available while Samsung continues to finish off the screen technology.


I’m not really even sure what to think – it almost just makes me laugh and shake my head.  It’s from 4chan of all places, so let’s not put too much money on any of this coming true.  The guy clearly went into a lot of detail, but trolls seem to have more time for crap like this than anyone else.  It’s at least fun to talk about though, right?  Crossing fingers?

You can read the whole story over at 4chan.

Cheers Nate for the image.

  • If the Samsung Galaxy Droid Prime doesn’t have LTE I will throw my OG through a wall… It will survive untouched because it’s the best device that Verizon has released. Although I laugh at the thought of it not having LTE, I guess we really don’t know yet. How badass would it be if they had a commercial for this SGDP which featured it’s granddad?

  • Larry Jr. Lima

    Who made that Nexus logo? is that fan-made or is that dug up somewhere?

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  • Kornfag11

    I still can’t believe that no one has picked up on the fact that, google has been releasing one “open” google phone a year to each phone carrier. One phone, one carrier, one year.

    • Yeahdog

      Never noticed that. Hmmm…

    • Yeah…. For two whole years. That’s not exactly scientific proof that things won’t be different the third time around.

  • Blood

    Am I the only person who doesn’t know who 4chan is? Is he like the brother of Jackie Chan or something? Why do you guys hate him?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how he’d get 352 ppi from a 4.65″. You’d have to have a 1280×800 resolution at 4.3 inches to get 352 ppi.

    I really hope that the “Galaxy Nexus” will have an Exynos instead of the OMAP4460 but it seems pretty unlikely.

    I bet you the Galaxy S III SoC will have a 2 or 4 core PowerVR graphics processor like their iPad/iPhone and PlayStation Vita SoC’s.

  • Carlito Pr787

    Gotta love all these comments

  • im actually glad that I am moving in 2 weeks so I have not yet upgraded my device yet.  So thats two more weeks for me to see what is coming out, what I want to get, and what would make me happy.

  • MountainMan

    I have lurking since January, waiting for a phone that actually lives up to the hype. I have had my BB Storm for almost 3 years, ugh! I thought the Thunderbolt would be mine….battery sucked. The patiently waited for the Bionic…..nope. I would spring for the Galaxy S2, but Verizon screwed me…again.

    So here’s what I’ve decided. I’m going to keep my $300 all safe and secure until one of two things happen. If my Storm dies, I’ll get the best phone available at that time or wait for the S3. I’m sick and tired of carriers deciding what phone I can use on their network. Why can’t one of the other carriers get their act together and build a reliable network like Verizon. If they did, I’d be gone….long gone.

  • Anonymous

    The 2000Mah battery makes me think this is BS even though that is less unbelievable than a 720p screen.  Maybe it’s the fact I can’t see a phone that thin with such a huge battery.

    Still though, I would love for this to be real (especially since the Exynos SoC is better than the OMAP4) but it just feels like BS.

  • Brttwrd

    The screen size is being thought of too irrationally, are you guys so retarded that you have not heard that hardware buttons are now software buttons? Just cuz the screen is bigger doesnt mean the phone is bigger… necessarily, and now without a bigger screen, your screen will be lacking because the home, menu, back, and search buttons have to go somewhere. Seriously, sdfu, this is what most ics phones will probably have.

  • Anonymous

    Using 4chan as a source..FIRED. Give me a f*cking break. This is the most pathetic and childish wanna be journalist of all time. 

  • Jarred Sutherland

    ROFL 4chan, you have lost ALL CREDIBILITY. You could have lied and said he was from somewhere else, even if the lie was discovered it wouldn’t have cost you as much as you just coming straight out and stating it was a 4channer. Wow.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, since most Android news/rumor sites have been all posting the same thing over the past week or so, with sources semi-confirming a lot of these rumors, it seems that he did the right thing by being forthright in the beginning. I would say that in addition, you have shown yourself to be quite ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t know you cruised /b/. Nasty habit, worse than smoking for your health.

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  • mikeym0p

    Most of the ICS stuff is based off of the images rootzwiki leaked. I just hope that scrolling is smoothed out like it is on Honeycomb thanks to GPU rendering.

  • Anonymous

    iim also dissapointed its not called nexus prime anymore. I really liked that name. but im just nitpicking. ;p

  • Anonymous

    im not happy happy about 2.4.1 as the version number. they make it so confusing. why would they go from 3.0 to 2.4?

    • Honeycomb was 3.0. Froyo was 2.2, Gingerbread was 2.3, ICS is 2.4, natural progression.

    • Hoosiercub

      I’m sorry to hear that version numbers are going to ruin a smartphone experience for you, sad.

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