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Galaxy Nexus ICS vs. Nexus S ICS – So Many Differences

We are doing our best to forget about the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus will not be unveiled next week at CTIA, and have instead found ourselves analyzing the hell out of the two ICS videos that have popped up in the last week. There are so many differences in them that we just had to point them out to everyone to get community opinions.

The first video we attached is from the Nexus S running ICS that was reportedly purchased on eBay.  It looks almost exactly as we had all pictured in our minds – Honeycomb turned tiny.  The second video is from this morning’s mega-leak featuring the G-Nex. It’s almost like the grown up or more polished version of ICS that we had actually hoped for.  One looks minimal yet sophisticated and buttery – the other looks like stock tablet Honeycomb, which is not necessarily a compliment.

So let’s dive into the differences that we easily spotted and then talk about them afterwards.  

Nexus S video from last week:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Pb6IyFvfg[/youtube]

Galaxy Nexus video from today:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py9TfZGie48[/youtube]

First, let’s take a look at the picture taken from earlier in the week that clearly shows a different set of home/back/menu icons than what was leaked today.

Lock screens (notice the camera icons and clock fonts):

Camera apps (menu and icon differences):

Home icons and launcher (completely new look in the G-Nex):

Notification bars (smaller and darker on the G-Nex):

Quick task menus (simpler, classier on the G-Nex):

Settings menu (again simpler and classier on the G-Nex):

And it’s impossible to grab this in a picture, but the screen transitions are different on both phones in both the app drawer and widgets menu.

So as you can see, the Android team has been working overtime on making ICS the next great mobile operating system.  Our sources confirmed to us that while they have had the Galaxy Nexus, that it has received a firmware update almost daily. They also mentioned that it received an icon overhaul at some point. Through these two videos, we have essentially seen the transformation of ICS from being Honeycomb for phones to a polished and grown-up smartphone operating system.  And then there is the suggestion by our friends at AndroidGuys that the Galaxy Nexus is actually running a skinned TouchWiz version…please don’t let that be true.

Your thoughts? Which version do you prefer?

Cheers Steven and everyone else who chipped in!

  • I actually completely agree with your opinion. It’s so perfect. I think it’s necessary for me. Thank for help!

  • I want to know one thing. What happens to the Menu Button?? It is a very useful button for most of the apps. Therefore they will not work on ICS without updating.

  • Travis Wuest

    I need help downloading the new ICS OS which has officially been released

  • Abdias Terveus

    the launcher for the video and pictures in the right is the samelauncher For sony’s roms

  • You have to remember that Google is still not quite done with Ice Cream Sandwich so what we saw on the Nexus S and what we see on the Prime could be different because of updates that Google has done to make Ice Cream Sandwich better.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Garrett

    Because Google would release a developer Nexus phone with with an OEM skin over it. This reminds me of the old “When pigs fly” adage.

  • Anonymous

    I much prefer the newer leak, although the font really doesn’t look like the standard font (most noticeable on the clock) so it might be skinned. Really hoping it’s not though.

  • BRYAN K

    I like the newer version better.  Looks far more polished.  I like the outline buttons a lot, more in line with Android standard, but different enough that they look very cool.  The earlier S version is clearly a much older version of ICS.  The only thing I want to know is WHEN!?!?  Patiently (ok not so patiently) waiting.  

  • I gotta say, this was a very well put together article

  • Anonymous

    Will any of these device manufacturer’s ever realize that the stock android experience provides the best experience?

  • dropped my OG Droid at work today so this better be out soon…

  • Anonymous

    Why does the Galaxy Nexus say “No SIM Card at the bottom of the lock screen?” I mean unless that means 4G SIM Card.

    • Techee44

      If it’s for Verizon then it’s probably an LTE sim card.

  • Anonymous

    If this is ICS, then I would have to say that the launcher icons seem over-sized and reminiscent of Touchwiz. I’m hoping they’re not this large because it seems all too intrusive. 

  • Anonymous

    I prefer the version that comes out so people can buy it…that’s the one I prefer….

  • J Dub

    I just want a real deal Nexus device on VZW already. Yes, the OG Droid was a stock Android experience and also launched as the first device with 2.0, BUT it was not a Nexus device so updates were slower than the Nexus. I hope the whatever this first ICS phone is on VZW that is actually a Nexus device that gets updates from Google and not the carrier/manufacturer. I have been super stoked about this phone and now the announcement is delayed and there is so much speculation about the phone that you can’t keep it all straight. 

  • Anonymous

    In the Galaxy Nexus video, that guy is clearly having trouble using his left hand with the phone. lol

  • Zach White

    I honestly think the difference is being one phone has a 720p display and the home, back, and menu buttons are different too. I think the thought of it being touchwiz is insanely stupid because this is a pure google experience phone. I mean wasn’t the point of ICS to kill off some of the UI customizations OEMs put on the phones?

  • Bill Morrow

    I wonder if maybe they ship with the ability to select different themes, maybe explaining the differences in icons and lock screens?

  • Donnavon Hallgren

    AOSP and Blur merge… Go figure 🙂

  • blublublub

    It’s weird, at first glance I liked the Nexus S version better because it has the same basic styling as android has had along, kind of a lighthearted feel. But this new version of ICS shown on the Galaxy Nexus is a lot classier for sure but feels different. I think I can warm up to it. 

  • Here’s a thought:
     
    You mention that engineers are seeing ICS updates “daily” – perhaps Google is making it more polished and sexy (theme wise) every update?  Like “Hey, let’s make that menu a little cleaner”

  • Toney

    the bottom quicklaunch buttons look very reminiscent of WebOS. 

  • Anonymous

    VERIZON WILL NEVER GET A VANILLA DEVICE. WHAT THEY WILL GET IS THE CHARGE 2.

  • Mfein28

    Will Droid 3 get ICS?

    • Anonymous

      maybe if your lucky you will have it in less then a year lol

  • If it bears the name Nexus, I don’t see how it could be skinned. Google has been working to make Android look so good that it does not need skins, and I just don’t think they would let someone skin a device the name Nexus on it.

  • Anonymous

    Angelface77 reminds me of richard yarrell. Funny he praises anything bionic and puts down everything else and dick yarrell praises evo 3d and says everything else sucks. Wonder if they are brothers?

  • Anonymous

    So much for pure vanilla lol

  • KidPhat

    It could very well be that phone customization will be limited to icons and fonts going forward.

  • Cwzrd23

    New version looks better old one looked to cartoony and cheap love those virtual buttons thou but where the menu button?

    • Cwzrd23

      Never mind I thought that was an app switcher :0

  • angermeans

    I hate to say it and I am sick by this as I really liked how this looked this morning, but look at the messaging icon on todays leaked Nexus (whatever) shots. It has that ridiculous bright green messaging icon that is only found on the Samsung Touchwiz phones, it’s like a horrible mock of the original one found on Nexus and NexusS. Why would Google let Samsung skin the opening version of Android 4.0. I just refuse to believe it. I have to think we at Verizon will get a vanilla “Prime” (if you will), but the one we see today is skinned. 

    • Anonymous

      maybe they are mixing the green and blue like shown in the teaser video?

  • WalkingDead

    IMPO I really like the newer GNexus version, I think it looks clean, refined, and minimal which I dig. I actually think android has come sooo far its amazing to look at when compared to the early days and this is the cleanest and nicest version of it I’ve seen and makes me want it so much more. Ice Cream Sandwich looks sweet!!! (pun intended) 

  • Kixofmyg0t

    I hope, wish, dream and PRAY that the Galaxy Nexus comes riddled with touchwiz and all the VCAST bloat that could possiably fit on it.

    • Anonymous

      u mad?

      • Pardes33

        He is made bro!

  • Anonymous

    I love the HTC Flyer that I picked up when the price dropped to $300 but I love to use this all the time when Nexus prime is released. I’m taking the Flyer back.  

  • Cant wait

    Thanks for this recap/comparison.  It actually has gotten me more excited to see specifics pointed out like this 🙂

  • Kierra

    Really not that impressed.

  • Hary

    FURTHERMORE…. thank you Googy.. Sammy 🙂  Keep it real, keep it interesting, keep it useful!

  • Hary

    NO DAMN TOUCHWIZ, SENSE, BS!  I want to DEV with the damn phone and need to update ASAP when such avail.. crap!

  • Anonymous

    If the phone is a Nexus there is no way for it to have a skin. So that rumor has to be false. 
    And the phone has to be a Nexus since it’s their first launch at a revamped operating system. The point of this one was no hardware buttons, so that’s something completely different from Google’s end. Meaning it’s a Nexus device for sure. Nexus is pure google, vanilla Android. Beauty at it’s peak. There will be no touchwiz

  • timmy13

    I really don’t care if it comes with a hint of touchwiz. Just release the damn phone already. I understand that there are people that want the full stock experience and I would love it too but Verizon has taken so long to get anything like this. And I am for everyone that wants to root or do whatever it is you want to do to your phone. You bought it so I believe it’s yours to do whatever with. I just haven’t rooted before and to me personally it’s not that BIG of deal. There are plenty of launchers and other things to keep me happy.

  • ImNotKellex

    I like the fact that people are saying its fake. Ummmm….. no its not fake. 

  • Tom

    Off topic, but is it safe to say this will have Verizon LTE or that it won’t be on Verizon because it says “no sim card?”

    • Anonymous

      its a nexus s with a ICS rom, the galaxy nexus is supposed to be bigger.

      • ImNotKellex

        U mad Bro??

      • Etg2120

        I was looking at the images from the video of new Nexus device, not the Nexus S.

  • Anonymous

    I love the one from earlyer today, it looks more polished and complete, now we just need to know an announcement and relase date

  • Anonymous

    I doubt its Touchwiz at all. I understand where the idea comes from, but I doubt it. Plus, thee dock and icons and everything seems more WebOS-like. You can see the obvious influence from WebOS on here — no surprise considering this is Martias Durate’s work.

  • I am so glad it wont have touchwiz on it and it will be all stock android. I personally dont like touchwiz it looks really ugly to me and nor do I look motor blur. htc sence 3.0 Is the only skin I like but would rather have stock android.

    • Anonymous

      sense is too bloated but it has some decent features. no one needs custom lock screens or friend stream or “courasel scrolling”.

      • Johnny

        Actually that scrolling is pretty dope

        • LionStone

          yep

        • So is the weather lockscreen. The friendstream one is BS as it only shows 3 updates, but the weather is nice.

  • Anonymous

    What kind of stupid name is G-Nex?  They really aren’t going to name it that are they?
    Is it so hard to type out Galaxy Nexus that they have to give it a pathetic name like G-Nex?
    Wow.  Just wow.

    • Anonymous

      its one of the many names that ‘kellex’ made up for this phone to confuse people. because he believes everything that “pops up in his inbox”

      • You do know that nobody is forcing you to come to this site. If you don’t like what is posted here, please don’t let the virtual door hit you in the virtual @$$.

  • Gottheguds112

    Very intriguing how they are so different. I will say one thing though; when I saw the lockscreen clock font change, and the notification bar clock color on the Galaxy Nexus, I immediately thought TouchWiz. Say it ain’t so!

  • Traviesonyc

    Can someone please confirm for me, aren’t those icons the same as the galaxy tab? (First picture on the right)

  • Kwalker23

    There’s no way Google would let their ICS debut with Touchwiz anyway near it

    • Anonymous

      its not touchwiz. its stock. 

    • exactly what i was thinking, if history repeats itself every time a new OS comes out for Google it is NEVER skinned. skinned versions always come AFTER

    • Anonymous

      It will have touchwiz

  • Emeraldjun

    It’s not for the specs we’re getting the phone, they’re plenty already. We’re getting the phone to have a ‘Google’ experience, unlocked bootloader, and all that jazz. 

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know if anyone noticed but the radio on the Bionic LTE is so powerful it will cause noise in speakers if you put it to close. I have speakers on my PC and when i get the Bionic to close you can hear crackling and snow like noise. I hear the same in my car cause I have a cassette adapter connected to my phone so i can watch movies and I hear the same noise there unless I switch to 3G only and the noise goes away. I’m guessing you can hear it in cheap head phones but maybe in well insulated headphones you won’t. LTE radio is no joke….

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “Our sources confirmed to us”

    this whole concept is becoming so absurd in light of all of this

  • Anonymous

    is this a joke? the one running on the nexus s is obviously an unfinished version. when the nexus s gets updated to ICS it will probably look just like the galaxy nexus version. why was that so hard to figure out?

    • Anonymous

      Lol trolling hard huh lol

      • Anonymous

        barely. i dont go around ranting about how the “droid hd” is the best new phone, with its locked bootloaders, pentile displays, blur and all that fun stuff :L

        you call the bionic near perfect lol

        • Anonymous

          First of all, many people like pentile. The droid hd will have amoled, i hope is not saturated like most sammy display. Your beloved nexus will run touchwiz lol.

          • Anonymous

            i would take the new touchwiz over the new blur anyday. Not to mention bootloader won’t be locked and encrypted so we can get custom kernels!

          • Anonymous

            same here sir, well said.

          • Anonymous

            Who cares about changing kernels a 1% of people. My bionic its great out of the box and it’s massive ddr2 ram

          • Anonymous

            Well since its my phone and I’m using it I care. Also why do you care what I care about? Oh that’s right because moto is the best according to you the king moto fanboy.

          • Anonymous

            If they are not the best, who are? Irs not sammy nor htc.

          • Anonymous

            Moto is the best at locking down their phones. And they have decent cellular radios. Far from the best though.

          • Anonymous

            Decent lol the best radios and sound quality, build quality as well. They use magnesium in their devices 🙂

          • Better then my NS4G radio lol. But I love my HTC Evo 3d.

          • Anonymous

            Lol that’s good bro

          • Anonymous

            Decent lol the best radios and sound quality, build quality as well. They use magnesium

          • Anonymous

            of course some people like pentile, but most do not. people like superamoled as well. infact many call it the best display on the market. and where did you come up with idea that droid hd will have a amoled display? you lost me there. did moto put you in charge and you now know all of there future plans or did are you just pulling more and more bs out of your ass as usual?

          • Anonymous

            Are you ou are stupid or you dont read? Go ahead ask kellex, he will tell you what type of display the razor will have.

          • Anonymous

            what makes you think kellex knows any more then you do? because he runs a website about phones? arguing with you is rediculous. you are so unreasonable.

          • Anonymous

            He does know, he was the one who taught you how to root your 256 of ram droid 1 lol. You are a tool.

          • Lol its funny to watch you get butthurt over a rumored screen type. And when it came out, the OG droid KICKED ASS.

          • Anonymous

            You are the one crying tool. I am just giving you good facts so you can gain knowledge

          • Anonymous

            Are you ou are stupid or you dont read? Go ahead ask kellex, he will tell you what type of display the razor will have.

        • Anonymous

          The AMOLED HD screen on this Galaxy Nexus is also pentile buddy.

  • Buhasko

    I think some of the differences noted are due to the different screen resolutions. Especially in the settings and lock screens. Also to a certain extent on the task switcher. It probably is normal to have two alterations of the stock experience for such a big difference in screen resolution.’ If they didn’t do this it will be like windows on different displays: the bigger the reslution the smaller the icons. If this were to happen on a phone you’d almsot certainly need a stylus type of device to hit whatever icon you need. Kind of like winmo 6, which as we all know sucked big time.

    • Anonymous

      or maybe a different iteration for the phones that have keys on the bottom?

      • Buhasko

        That as well. I was more focused on the difference in the menu appereance, but is obvious to me. Its like having the same chasis for car and threeweeler. It would be rather stuid to not make it different buttonless and with buttons.

      • Anonymous

        There is a configuration bit in ICS that toggles onscreen buttons on/off.

  • Okay.  For one thing, I’m almost positive that’s not TW.  For another thing, say it IS TW.  We see it.  Running on the phone, be it in videos, pics, etc.  It is GOOD looking!  Even if this is a TouchWiz phone, this is not the TouchWiz we’ve come to know and hate.

    And, on that note, I don’t think it’s TW anyways, so yeah 😛

  • not to be negative but what happens when your phone locks up if you have no physical back/home buttons?

    • Anonymous

      you press the unlock button…

      • Anonymous

        or pull out the battery? Idk what phone he has but I have never had any lock ups on my tb. I would expect this to be the same

        • Anonymous

          i thought he was referring to unlocking the screen. but if not he probably has a motorola, it is typical for moto phones to that.

          • Anonymous

            There is a configuration bit in ICS to toggle onscreen buttons on/off.

    • Anonymous

      The same thing that happens to the physical buttons when the OS “locks up”?  They don’t respond.

      That being said, with Honeycomb, there seems to be 2 “layers”. I have had Apps (not the OS) freeze, and the buttons still responded.

  • remember the list of applications installed ? there was nothing touchwiz on that list.

    iain’tevenmad.gif

  • Anonymous

    I agree that definitely seems like TouchWiz to me. Just look at the way it functions. Anyone whose used a Galaxy S2 knows this. It’s time to take a look at the system dump from earlier this week to look for any TouchWiz apps.

  • Br_hermon

    Google would be a bunch of morons if they released a brand new OS… SKINNED! Stupid!! It just makes zero sense… There’s no way this thing is going to be skinned. To answer the question… I like the G-Nex better. Although I will say… I don’t want pages of apps. I want one smooth scroll (as it currently is) I like a quick flick to the bottom of my apps. Also…. You missed a difference… It speculation but.. it looks as if the persons hand on the G-Nex powers off the screen on the upper left BUT that doesn’t match up with what we saw in the teaser video. Hmmm

  • Anonymous

    Touchwiz was the first thing that I thought when I saw those screenshots. It looks exactly like Touchwiz with a less ugly skin.

    • Droidfan

      I agree

  • Droidfan

    Man the Galaxy Nexus looks a lot like the fascinate….boo

  • Anonymous

    if it runs touch wiz i will be getting the vigor that is all

    • Anonymous

      I’ll take touchwiz and ics over gb and sense anyday

  • Anonymous

    Kellex you even say your sources say it gets updated daily so why is this so hard to think a newer build would look different than an older build????

  • Anonymous

    Two different builds. I remember hearing somewhere that the OS is being updated daily.

  • Good God, if it has TouchWiz, I’ll happily stick with my Bionic. It shouldn’t tarnish the name “Nexus” like that.

    • ImNotKellex

      Bro, u mad?

  • Anonymous

    I would rather someone compare the stripped down Galaxy Nexus that will be available on Verizon to the much better phone that will be available on other carriers. WHY!!!!!!???!!!!!! 

    • Some Random Dude

      “WHY!!!!!!???!!!!!!”  think what expresses how i feel is more of a … FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • Anonymous

    Isnt the nexus line dev phones so wouldn’t they not put touch wiz on a dev phone ?

    • LionStone

      To my understanding, putting TW on the Nexus would be like committing a cardinal sin. 

      Vigoorrr…come out, come out, wherever you arrrrree…

  • I have a feeling the Nexus S version is going to be the one to roll out to all phones with soft buttons. 

  • My thing is, if Google really wanted to get a little more revolutionary with ICS, why not make it completely buttonless. Before you bash my idea hear me out.Most of the motions that we make on the phone can be used as ways to get to different parts of the phone. For example:1. Swipe side to side to get from one screen to another left to right motion, right to left motion.2. Swipe up you get your installed apps (down to up motion)3. In apps install menu you get back to the home screens with a swipe down from the top of the list (up to down motion)4. To see apps running, press and hold in any of the screens (press and hold)5. To see all screens, double tap ( double tap)There are a few other things which I know would be difficult to initiate with this sort of motion control, installing widgets or getting to settings, but some people could find this as appealing. I know I would. A complete buttonless experience is something that can be accomplished with Android. Whether Google is willing to go that route, that is a different story.

    • ImNotKellex

      It has to be user friendly. No buttons, not user friendly. Great idea, and someone needs to put that in a ROM, but again, not user friendly, at least for newbs. 

  • Anonymous

    Well being that that nexus s was purchased on eBay, its highly likely that the build we saw on the nexus s video was older.

  • My thing is, if Google really wanted to get a little more revolutionary with ICS, why not make it completely buttonless. Before you bash my idea hear me out.

    Most of the motions that we make on the phone can be used as ways to get to different parts of the phone. For example:

    1. Swipe side to side to get from one screen to another left to right motion, right to left motion.
    2. Swipe up you get your installed apps (down to up motion)
    3. In apps install menu you get back to the home screens with a swipe down from the top of the list (up to down motion)
    4. To see apps running, press and hold in any of the screens (press and hold)
    5. To see all screens, double tap ( double tap)

    There are a few other things which I know would be difficult to initiate with this sort of motion control, installing widgets or getting to settings, but some people could find this as appealing. I know I would. A complete buttonless experience is something that can be accomplished with Android. Whether Google is willing to go that route, that is a different story.

    • ImNotKellex

      It has to be user friendly. No buttons, not user friendly. Great idea, and someone needs to put that in a ROM, but again, not user friendly, at least for newbs.

  • The Nexus S version is just a much earlier build. When I develop software, I usually recycle old UI elements until the very end, or outsource the UI altogether to the graphics department, and they give it back at the end of a project. All throughout development, the UI is crappy, and that is exactly what we see with the Nexus S build. Also, I can guarantee that the official Nexus S build of ICS will not have on-screen buttons, but will the use the ones already on the phone.

  • ill take either one.. both a millions times better than the Blur my Bionic is running right now.

    • Alexander Garcia

      Exactly my friend. However, I actually like the Bionic Blur. It’s pretty zippy and it doesn’t get in the way like the OG Blur did.

  • Taylor Davis

    Looks more like TouchWiz 4.0 stole from ICS. I doubt that ICS is skinned.  It is known that Samsung has had access to ICS and why not take some of the ideas from ICS and put it on the SGSII w/ TW4.0?

  • Anonymous

    I’m really hoping you can edit the appearance of those soft buttons “a la” Launcherpro or ADW

  • Anonymous

    they are both ugly.. waiting for HTC to roll out a sense-d ICS

  • Mosbysjedi

    Looks good in my opinion,  though I’m just ready to upgrade from my og droid, it’s starting to give out on me

  • I still don’t believe that’s the official ICS…ill quote myself from earlier,”
    If this is the Galaxy Nexus / Droid Prime, which has the 720p HD resolution, why are the screenshots resolution: 450 x 800? Should not it be 720 x 1280??”

    On a side note, maybe it’s being called the Galaxy Nexus because it’s a combination of Google (Nexus Device) and Sammy (Touchwiz)

    • Anonymous

      Could have been resized by the original poster.  If you scale them up, they definitely scale to 1280×720.

      • Nevermined 🙂 I just tested it in photoshop, a 450 x 800 picture scales to 720 x 1280

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the fact that the g nex version was closer to launch ready? I mean a lot can change in a few weeks.

  • Tirsun25

    so the video of the samsung nexus was true wooww !! But I still considering tha ICS is kind of Ugly they can do better 

  • UncagedChipmunk

    Was thinking that since the buttons are no longer physical couldn’t we change them into whatever symbols we wanted?

    • That’s what was on the Samsung Continuum on VZW, look on XDA. Hoping for the same thing here

  • WindedBison

    if this phone ships with touchwiz, I will lose all faith in humanity. And yes, I am mad bro.

    • Haha +1 on being mad

    • FortitudineVincimus

      I see what you did there

    • Mikroft

      Why would a Nexus phone ship with Touchwiz…never have never will.

      • Because it’s not a Nexus. No one ever said the Nexus was coming to Verizon, just the Prime. I wouldn’t be surprised if Verizon gets the skinned Samsung version and the other carriers get the pure Google one. Would you be surprised if Verizon pulled something like that? They haven’t really embraced openness as of late.

        • francissawyer

          Yep. Verizon is gonna get the prime which will probably have the specs that were leaked first with the 5mp camera, 4430 or 4460 chip and the smaller battery. The true nexus will have the beastly specs that leaked next with 8mp camera bigger processor and battery. My only question is will the Verizon Prime be the new sexy design or something different. My guess is the latter of the 2. Remember the leaked video. Dude shut the phone off on the top left and the pic of new nexus has power button clearly on the top right!! Def would not surprise me!!

          • Anonymous

            If no stock nexus on Verizon, then I will lose all faith in Android and move on to maybe WP7.  All I want is a stock experience.

    • please no t-wiz

      We are all mad, bro. I have a sick feeling in my stomach that VZW will get the skinned Prime and other carriers will get the Vanilla nexus. After all, it is replacing the charge. Why would a stock nexus phone replace the charge. That’s all, im going to puke now! And now im irate!!

      • please no t-wiz

        Conspiracy theory: all the carriers that got the galaxy s2 will get pure google nexus. Theirs will be called the nexus prime. They aren’t going to get another Sammy phone with a newer version of twiz. VZW will get the skinned version called the galaxy nexus. Galaxy, cause it too will have twiz. That’s why they passed on the galaxy s2. Too much time to think. And I 100% hope im wrong. Still mad!!

        • please no t-wiz

          ^galaxy prime for VZW not galaxy nexus. My bad.

  • Tom Burke

    I actually like the Nexus S version better with the first set of leaked virtual touch keys

  • DroidzFX

    Why is it so hard to believe one is an earlier build. If anyone has ever used touchwiz you know what it looks like. This looks nothing like touchwiz but more of a refined ICS.

    • Anonymous

      I do believe it’s an earlier build.  Just tossing everyone’s ideas out there.  Also, if you look at the icon set other than the dock icons, it’s all stock stuff.  

      • Superior1

        So are we saying the leaked video from today is the earlier build???? I kinda hope so.

        • Anonymous

          The nexus s is earlier build the g nex as kellex tries to call it is the new version.

      • Anonymous

        Whatever it is, I liked the icons, fonts, and some of the transitions in the Nexus S version more, except for the on screen buttons, they definitely look better now. The problem for me, is the new one looks like their trying to make everything look realistic and it’s ugly, I wish they would stick with the blocky, tron-like digital look. I really love the look of Honeycomb, and it looks like they are straying too far from it for my taste.

        • then you can stay on 2.3 while we enjoy this……umadbro?

          • Anonymous

            So much hate around here. Relax dude, I’ll still update and I’m sure I’ll love it, I’m only expressing my opinion, as the final line of article asks… “Your thoughts? Which version do you prefer?”

          • Anonymous

            lol, the “umad bro” is getting old and tired I am with you 😛

          • Bkahhhhh

            U MAD BRO?

          • Anonymous

            Actually I am happy Bro!!!! I just won $1,000 dollars playing the slots in Lake Tahoe, CA. So the question is are “U Mad Bro”!!!!! 😛

          • It was a joke DUDE 🙂

          • Anonymous

            2.3 is close to perfect

          • Anonymous

            If its close to perfect why are there 7 changes to it? It still is half baked and buggy.

          • Anonymous

            All devices have bugs sheep.

          • Anonymous

            gb has nothing to do with the device dumbass I was talking about gb which you said is almost perfect.

          • Anonymous

            stupid ship, the only thing the bionic does not have is a good cam

          • Anonymous

            Ship?? you on a boat or something? The bionic has a ton of issues just look here…http://www.droid-life.com/2011/09/30/official-droid-bionic-bug-list-fix-coming-in-november/ I wouldn’t call this anything near perfect.

          • Anonymous

            I meant sheep

          • Anonymous

            Ha you are a clown. Go caress your bionic

          • Anonymous

            You cry more than your little girl lol. I will make fun of you, when the nexus disappoint you 🙂

          • Ben

            You’re getting on my nerves… I respect you for your opinions, and I love Motorola too and have a good history with Motorola phones, but a lot of your comments are downright rude and nothing more than a nuisance. You turn everything into a personal attack, even if it wasn’t. Stop being so closed minded about everything and give it up — could you please be a bit more considerate?

            The constant name calling is really mature too.

          • Anonymous

            Lol i get on everyone nerves. Everything that i say i back it up with facts. I am also realistic about which devices are good and bad.

          • Anonymous

            That’s just for fun dont take it personally if i hurt your soul before

          • Ben

            You’ve never hurt me before — your comments wouldn’t hurt me. They irk me, however, because of how rude and biased they seem. I’ve seen several of your arguments that aren’t backed up with reasonable fact. Like I said before, I respect your opinions and love for Motorola, but your presentation of them is far from classy.

            I don’t see why you consider getting on everyone’s nerves a good thing either.

          • Anonymous

            You are hurt right now lol. I always backed up my facts. If you don’t like people expressing their opinion, you shouldn’t come in here. You don’t contribute with the discussions anyways.

          • Ben

            Definitely not hurt in any way by what you’re saying. Not sure how you’d be able to know if I were hurt, either. But your comments do not hurt me at all. I contribute in discussions on Droid Life either, but I don’t comment on everything saying how Motorola will triumph over everything, or throwing nasty comments and names at everyone either. Take a look in the mirror.

          • Anonymous

            Ok discuss something important to us then and make sure you have your facts straight.

        • Anonymous

          Lol. You seriously liked the old version better? It was so whacked out looking. It was very distracting and bloated. New version is way better and much more pleasing to the eyes imo.

          • Anonymous

            Mostly for me it’s clock font on the lockscreen, and some of the icons particularly the ones in the dock, and the Google bar at the top, oh and that horrible wallpaper screams Samsung / HTC Sense, I prefer a more unified color scheme.

        • aburtson

          I totally agree with you, the UI shown on the Nexus S is much better. All the dock icons on the Galaxy Nexus are fugly as hell.

      • DroidzFX

        Kellex, even tossing out the skin idea makes my eye twitch. We need vanilla Android and that is what we are going to get!!

        • Anonymous

          Maybe not

      • cookiees

        As much as I would hope that it isn’t a skin, the icons look out of place on the dock and like Touchwiz, which personally disgusts me. I hope they redo the icons if they’re not Touchwiz, but it certainly looks like it to me. 

        • Anonymous

          I, too, find the dock icons to be out of place. Almost absurd-looking. Hopefully they can refine it a bit more before release…they need to streamline the size, placement, and colors a bit more.

          And Google doesn’t really need to be taking a cue from Samsung on gaudy colors. Keep it classy and muted like 2.3.

          • Anonymous

            I do agree samsung put ugly colors in their devices

          • cookiees

            couldn’t of said it better my self.

      • Anonymous

        Off topic but remember the noise in the Bionic headphones?  Don’t know if anyone noticed but the radio on the Bionic LTE is so powerful it will cause noise in speakers if you put it to close. I have speakers on my PC and when i get the Bionic to close you can hear crackling and snow like noise. I hear the same in my car cause I have a cassette adapter connected to my phone so i can watch movies and I hear the same noise there unless I switch to 3G only and the noise goes away. I’m guessing you can hear it in cheap head phones but maybe in well insulated headphones you won’t. LTE radio is no joke….

        • Anonymous

          That happened when I put 3g phones near speakers also. My laptop is the same way it makes the speakers crackle when near my desktop.

          • Anonymous

            Ok but while this is happening I turn off the 4G and switch to 3G only and it goes away. It’s real noticeable in my car. How do you explain that? 

          • Anonymous

            It probably has something to do with one of the slew of problems that the bionic has.

          • Anonymous

            The bionic is close to perfect

          • Anonymous

            No its not you foolish fanboy.

          • Anonymous

            You are a fat sheep. You will be let down with your nexus with touchwiz lol

          • Anonymous

            Nope sorry phones don’t let me down. But you are already let down with your kirk garbage

          • Anonymous

            Im not happy with my bionic and DroidX2 🙂 ill get droid razor 🙂 and give my DroidX2 to my brother. I’ll have to beast. You seem that you are broke at the moment holding on to your 256 of ram droid lol.

          • Anonymous

            ha droid? I never had the original droid. I am fine with my free tb that I got. Not going to waste an upgrade on a locked down bug ridden moto product. Have you seen the updates that are needed for the x2 and bionic how many issues they have? I mean they only delay it 9 months and still cant get it closer to bug free. must have been too busy trying their best to encrypt the bootloaders.

          • Anonymous

            Those are software bugs, unlike your garbage tb lol. I thought you had something better. The tb has been the most disappointed device in the history of smartphone. No gb yet, cheap ass battery, weak radios and sound quality and many more.

          • Anonymous

            Once again I said I got it for free but you are to stupid to be able to read. I have gb and I’m not rooted. The issues you talk about are all software related just like your bionic. 9 months and the bionic still couldn’t come out working. Have fun with that moto fanboy. Cant wait to see what you say once another non moto phone is released since you have jha’s cock so far down your throat.

          • Anonymous

            You were crying before and now you are hurt lol. Look at you crying like a little girl and cursing lol. Go suck a sheep’s cock lol

          • Anonymous

            So you say I am cursing yet you say the same thing? I am surprised you could even type a response since you obviously are with JHA right now going down. Hurt? Crying? Actually I am laughing because you are more of a clown than iphone fanboys. You have reached a new level of cluelessness=) have a good day with your bug ridden bionic. Maybe quit trolling on every non motorola article, go outside enjoy the weather rather than stay in your mother’s basement playing WOW all day. Bye

          • Anonymous

            Let the anger out of your system stupid sheep. Go make your wife some lunch, since she has the power in the house lol. You are a fat sheep.

          • Anonymous

            ha whatever you say. Stay classy in that basement and ask your mom to make me some dinner since you have to follow her rules. and make sure the lights are out by 9 young fool.

          • Anonymous

            You are a kid lol, i just noticed. Go play super Mario Brothers lol

          • Anonymous

            Super mario brothers? Come on old head get with the times the games kids( since that is what you think i am) play are COD, stuff like that. Not being able to see the light of outside must be bringing you back to your childhood days of playing with sticks and yourself since noone else would play with you.

          • Anonymous

            You are still playing doctors with your male friends lol. You are a joke. You should throw your garbage tb in the trash lol

          • Anonymous

            Are you mad you are stuck with a bionic? I mean it is funny you continue crying about what device I use. If it is so garbage why do you care what I use? Like I said you are just like dick yarrell, a clueless fanboy who makes iphone fanboys look normal.

          • Anonymous

            The only one crying is you lol. You have suffered enough with your Thunderbolt. Go back to Africa, you don’t have any knowledge about technology, and I don’t have time to educate you 🙂

          • Anonymous

            LOL at both of you.

          • Anonymous

            Lol he tried to make us believe that the Thunderbolt is a good device.

          • Anonymous

            Would you stop egging him on with hyperbole as well, it’s not helping matters.

          • Anonymous

            You are a kid lol, i just noticed

          • POOP_on_YOU

            It does have GB.  You must be new to this website.  I like Motorola products but The DX2 and Bionic are very buggy.  I think the Bionic is more of disappointing phone than the thunderbolt is.  Sooo much time for what?  They should have released it in May and blamed all the problem on a short timeframe.  What’s their excuse now?

          • Anonymous

            They waited like 8 months just to put gb in it lol

          • Anonymous

            The iphone blow your device out of the water

          • wintersun

            You’re living in an artificial dream world if you think the bionic is perfect. The bionic has the most bugs of any Motorola device to land on big red. You and Sanjay Jha would make a perfect couple because you are both ignorant and delusional. Do yourself a favor and throw your bionic in the garbage. You will see the light when you quit drinking the Motorola kool aid.

          • Anonymous

            Unlike you, I actually own a Bionic and it is a great phone.  Stop pulling shit out of your ass.

          • Anonymous

            the bionic isn’t even that bad. the only problem with it that I’ve noticed is the whine when headphones are plugged in. and its only noticeable when the volume is low.

          • Anonymous

            Being you own a TB, you really shouldn’t be talking about other phones having bugs.

          • Anonymous

            I wasnt the one saying it is perfect like angel was trying to say about the bionic. Funny thing is with the ota and gb pretty much every issue is gone, and battery is alot better. But haters gonna hate no matter what.

          • Anonymous

            Haters gonna hate? You mean like you and every other kid on this site is doing to the Bionic? Why can’t you all just enjoy what you have instead of putting everything else down?

          • Anonymous

            Haters gonna hate? You mean like you and every other kid on this site is doing to the Bionic? Why can’t you all just enjoy what you have instead of putting everything else down?

          • Guest

            Epic Disqus fail.

          • Guest

            Disqus fail.

          • Guest

            Disqus fail.

          • Guest

            Disqus fail.

          • Guest

            Disqus fail.

          • Guest

            Disqus fail.

          • Guest

            Disqus fail.

          • Guest

            Disqus fail.

          • Guest

            Disqus fail.

          • Anonymous

            Haters gonna hate? You mean like you and every other kid on this site is doing to the Bionic? Why can’t you all just enjoy what you have instead of putting everything else down?

          • Anonymous

            Your answer tells me you don’t have any idea why this is happening. Let me help you. The Frequency and power of the LTE  radio causes EMI in the speaker and shows up as a snow or growl type sound thru the voice coil. Cause as you know or may not the voice coil works off of electronic pulses, and EMI is a form of electrical pulse. This is not a “problem” the Bionic has a powerful Radio and this is a good thing. The problem is the end result of which all you have to do is turn off the LTE and use CDMA 3G which will be fine if you are watching a movie or listening to music. The Verizon fix will probably a easy way to switch between the two or do it automatically for you when the ear phones are plugged in. OR advise you to just get a pair of well insulated ear phones and not buy the 5.00 ones with no insulation at all. 

          • Anonymous

            I said it affects the computer speakers not my headphones or maybe you just can’t read?

          • Anonymous

            Dam dude have some coffee. Maybe you have some good headphones…..  🙂
            take it easyyyy…. LOL

          • It’s a LTE/GSM thing. If you switch it to 3G CDMA, you will not have the problem. The noise is caused my interference. And it’s not a Bionic thing, the radio in the Bionic is stronger, so you notice it more. Had it with all of my GSM phones, like my old iPh*ne and Tracfone.

        • Anonymous

          I do agree, lte is very powerful

      • ImNotKellex

        You mad me??

      • Anonymous

        Honeycomb did weird things when you put it on different devices and different screen sizes.

        I am sure ICS is building on that and in cases of MR type upgrades  (like existing dual cores or elder nexus devices) it will probably be a *slightly* different experience due to the different real estate on todays phones.
        If it was the exact same on all the devices what reason would you have for the new one 😉  

  • I really prefer the G-Nex version. It is a lot cleaner and is on the minimal side.

  • I will take the GTI9250 tyvm.

  • QQMore

    As long as it’s rootable/rooted and has an unlocked bootloader, I don’t care if it’s skinned because if I don’t like it I can “fix” it  🙂

  • If the Galaxy Nexus is skinned, I’m done… I will wait for something that’s not.  Thanks.

    • Madcow06

      If the nexus is skinned in any manner at launch or in the plans to be in the future like the tab 10.1 then count me out. I hate touchwiz of any form, I’ll start looking into the Droid HD or Razr, whatever they decide to call it. I’m a moto fan and I’ll only switch for a true nexus with vanilla android and nothing less.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll get the nexus if it us well built and the colors are less saturated than gs2

  • The back home and quick tasks on the Galaxy look a lot like the skinned version on the Galaxy Tab! Could be skinned my friends!!!

    • Tom Burke

      It certainly looks it. All the icons and such are different too

      • But it does look better than the Nexus S. However, skinned = No Sale for me!!!

  • I really dont like the soft buttons on the screen at the bottom. Not too thrilled about that. I am sure that someone out there smarter than I am can fix that.

  • I thought we have already seen a system dump that is possible from the G-Nex and I didn’t see anything that would be “bloatware” in there.

  • DroidzFX

    Oct 27th it wont matter