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No Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy Nexus

According to the official Twitter account of Corning – the folks that make Gorilla Glass – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will not come equipped with their highly damage resistant screen technology. It would be safe to say that many of us are disappointed to hear this news especially knowing that many of the top-of-the-line tablets and smartphones of the last couple of years have had this wonderful product. Hell, even the DROID RAZR has Gorilla Glass. Definitely not a killer, we would just recommend that you try your hardest not to pocket drop your G-Nex or take a key and scratch the face of it as hard as you can.

Update: Over at Samsung’s Facebook page they admit to the lack of Gorilla Glass, but also share that they use another type of glass that should be good as well:

Samsung Janel No. Instead of the Gorilla Glass we use another kind of fortified glass.

Speaking of Corning, has everyone seen the “A Day Made of Glass” video that they released earlier this year? It’s a fantastic watch. We have included it for you all below.  

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Incredibly disappointed? Slightly? Already moved on while thinking of the unlockable bootloader and bloatware free happy times?

Via:  Twitter, Phandroid

Cheers Josh and Soren!

  • Rich

    Its one disappointment after another with these damned phones… The prices are getting to high, VZW is screwing you in the butt with no lube… And here they are offering the razor for 700 retail, who in the right mind would pay for a PC but get it in a phone size? that’s stupid… Who would want a phone that can break or scratch easy? Especially with VZW POS rules they put in place on charging you if your phone has scratches… limited to 2 scratches, anymore and your screwed… Not to mention it only comes with a small amount of storage in which it has no SC card spot, Who in the hell would want that?

  • John Hicks

    Stop dropping your phones, and you won’t need Gorilla Glass.
    Stop scratching your phones with keys, and you won’t need Gorilla Glass.

    Friends don’t let friends phone drunk.

    • joejoe509

      Let’s call the phone abuse hotline. :-)

  • Guest

    Well, since I work for the big C this pretty much makes the phone a no go for me.  Dang it.

    • joejoe509

      Corning or Cricket? lol

  • Anonymous

    When Verizon said they were holding off on the SGS2 because they had something better coming out, I think they were talking about teh Razr. VZW is in love with Moto. I do personally like the Razr better myself, but I think that is what VZW was talking about.

  • Bear0013

    Its gotta have something decent? ….that screen is nice big and beautiful I can’t wait to get myhands all over her sexy curved a$$ that dirty lil slut …..I means that phone

  • Dominick DeVito

    Yup, so my OG has Gorilla Glass. The screen is good, too bad the frame is mssing paint, the camera button lost paint, and my battery door keeps falling off.

    Gorilla Glass = not that big a deal.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe you should take better care of your phones. Just saying.

      • Dominick DeVito

        It’s a phone not a girlfriend.

        • Anonymous

          Then don’t complain about your phone’s battery door falling off.

          • Dominick DeVito

            I didn’t complain, I just said it did. Read my post troll.

            I said gorilla glass ISN’T THAT BIG A DEAL considering the OTHER ISSUES my OG suffers from (such as my battery door falling off).

            Reading is fundamental. Read everyone’s posts S L O W L Y at your capacity before blasting people with nasty comments.

          • Pennywise

            So, the screen is good, and everything that isn’t Gorilla Glass is falling apart on your phone?

            Ok yea so I draw the same conclusion as you that the GG isn’t that big of a deal… O.o

  • Rjtoudouze

    I am really tired of bad news about this phone.  None of it alone is a deal killer, but altogether it sounds like Google is cutting costs instead of making a superphone.  I think I am starting to lean back to the fugly looking Rezound.  Lets just hope HTC doesn’t take 10 months to get ICS like they have taken on the Tbolt for GB.

    • Anonymous

      ROM devs will have ICS on the Rezound (and TB) long before its officially out.

  • Kierra

    I hate all this cheap shots over a phone. This IS fragmentation…

  • http://twitter.com/DreamSTi Erik Reidt

    Samsung is probably using something just as good. 

    • http://twitter.com/RocketPunch1221 Rocket Punch

      I am sure the “just as good” glass is already on the iPhone 4S; but I am sure most people already knew what happened to that phone when you drop it compare to the GSII with the Gorilla Glass.

  • Anonymous

    what do you mean “EVEN Droid RAZR”…??

    You talk as if Motorola makes cheap phones and the Razr is some kinda low end and cheap.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Well, it was announced the same day the G-Nex was announced with an already old OS. That alone makes it 2nd rate.

      • Dominick DeVito

        …with a nonreplaceable battery – better hope battery life is good.

        Moto’s specs for battery life are based on 3G connectivity not LTE.

      • Anonymous

        so when they announced it’ll have ICS pretty soon on the RAZR.. does it make it 1st rate automatically? With android, I always like to think I am buying the hardware.. since software is easily gettable.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Software is easily gettable?

          Are there any TBolt owners out there that would like to reply to this?!

        • Dominick DeVito

          And when exactly is soon? They said it will take 6 weeks to TELL YOU when you’re getting it. No thanks

          • Anonymous

             nope.. they further explained the tweet.. they said it’ll be 6 weeks before they actually START rolling out the update.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Fair enough, I stand corrected.

          • Jake

            And we all know that Motorola always sticks to its deadlines, right? RIIIIIIIIIGHT.

  • Anonymous

    : Awesome video! Although that phone looks like a futuristic i*hone. lol

  • Dave

    Isn’t this using another form of protective glass? Just because it’s not gorilla glass does not mean it won’t be highly scratch resistant. Remember, gorilla glass is just a brand/trademark.

  • tjmonkey15

    This phone is sounding much less appetizing all of a sudden.  No SD card and no Gorilla Glass are two fairly large cons in my book.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Great, so don’t buy it. There, I just made up your mind for you.

      • Keith Sumner

        KING of the trolls, man. King of the trolls.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Hey welcome back – didn’t post for a while. Did your Bionic run out of juice?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJGNGFI62VA6CSFRK3TPCRLFQU John Galt

            Har har….you’re so cute Dominick!

          • Keith Sumner

            Nope! 90% with 3h 36m 37s on battery.

          • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

            Not like the Galaxy Nexus is going to be much better, if it is better.

  • Anonymous

    Its all preference. If you want the Nex than get it. The screen will look nice, it is Google supported, has ICS at launch, fast processor. If you don’t care about the gps or radio maybe not working at times, or dropping the phone from a short distance and it breaking and new tech bugs…then get it. It’s not for me, I have gone the Samsung route, and I had to learn the hard way.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe GG just can’t pull off the concave glass that is on the GN…

  • guest

    ” Definitely not a killer, we would just recommend that you try your
    hardest not to pocket drop your G-Nex or take a key and scratch the face
    of it as hard as you can.”

    It may no be a killer, but it is a significant flaw.  That’s the only way to look at it unless Samsung comes out and says its made with a similar product etc… I really do want a Nexus device, but things keep piling up as to why i should get something else.

  • dima

    How did Corning manage to convince the Android world that their scratch resistant glass which is indistinguishable from at least four other brands of glass is necessary for their screens?

    • http://twitter.com/diegosocart12 James Ditmer

      I was just looking for the names of the other companies.  Can you provide them?  I’d like to look into them and find out more.  Thanks.

    • K B

      I dont know but it must be damn good becouse sony is now using it on all there high end flat screens.

      • Bill Mitchell

        That seems like a gigantic gimmick to me since tvs don’t have a big chance of being dropped or scratched like phones do.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re spending 3 to 500 on a new phone…wouldn’t you protect it from scratches anyways? Not disappointed.

    Ps: Can we stop with the bro comments bros?

    • Ryan Perry

      u mad bro?

  • Anonymous

    My question is will the Rezound have Gorilla Glass?

    • Jac_White

      “have”

      • Anonymous

        Thanks and fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/braxtron Braxtron

    My OG Droid with Gorilla Glass hasn’t scratched after 2+ years and has been otherwise DESTROYED.  Keyboard falling apart, body scratched to hell. This phone has been abused but the screen is still pristine.

    HTC Incredible scratched day one after being in my pocket with some change.  No Gorilla Glass is a DEAL BREAKER.

    • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

      The DROID INCREDIBLE has Gorilla Glass, http://goo.gl/7VVwE.

      • Jake

        Oh, SNAP!

  • Anonymous

    “Hell, even the Droid Razr has Gorilla Glass” Wow Kellex you make that statement as if the Razr isn’t worthy of having it? Is this Droid Life or Nexus life?

    • Anonymous

       It’s the 4460 that let’s you say that, but we all know they’re great phones.

    • Kierra

      Kellex is selling his ass for the Nexus. Its all good.

      • Bear0013

        Hope its tight :p

      • Dominick DeVito

        That’s because he knows it’s the best phone to get.

        • Anonymous

          The best phone is all speculation and preference. I wouldn’t touch this phone with a ten foot pole, but thats just my opinion. Some people may find the Razr, iFail, Rezound Bionic the best.

  • hatethanet

    Samsung shoulda just brought the LTE HD version of the SGII over here. 

    • joejoe509

      It’ll be here in due time. It always takes 6 months for this stuff to come stateside. Keep an eye for it mid-summer or maybe even early fall. It’ll be the Galaxy SIII.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what the big deal with Gorilla Glass is.  I’ve owned an OG Droid, Droid X, Fascinate, and Droid 3 and every single one of my screens has gotten scratched.  The ONLY way to prevent scratches is with a screen protector.  

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Gorilla Glass is not scratch proof, but it is the most scratch resistant material out there. I can’t imagine what you screens would look like with a non Gorilla Glass surface.

      • Anonymous

        See that’s the thing though, I’m really not hard on my phones at all.  I always keep my phone in my front left pocket and take great precautions to avoid having them come into contact with anything abrasive. I just think there is a mis-conception that Gorilla Glass is scratch proof.  In my experience it has not been.  

        • Anonymous

          My Droid’s screen looks as good as the day I got it, not a single scratch.  Before that all my phones that didn’t have GG always got scratched and scuffed up.

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    I’m happy to have my Motorola Droid 3 and Droid Bionic, so I’m good, but I’m kind of shocked Gorilla Glass isn’t in play on the Galaxy Nexus. It’s on the S2s, which helped it significantly in drop tests versus the iPhone 4S.

  • http://profiles.google.com/drastik651 Jim Kalista

    galaxy nexus is pentile  also…

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Yep, Pentile, No Gorilla Glass, No MicroSD slot. Done deal.

      • Dominick DeVito

        Yep – no bloatware, no update delays, no fugly customized UI – yep, done deal.

        • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

          Yes Bloatware-VZ Navigator, Blockbuster, VZW Apps, 3G mobile hotspot, etc. It’s all there. Your smoking hash if you think different.

          • Bill Mitchell

            It’s not… the carriers don’t get to mess with the phone at all, like the other Nexuses. You’re smoking hash if you think different.

      • joejoe509

        Well… everyone compares this to the RAZR which btw also has PenTile, but not full HD like the Nexus. The Nexus does not have Gorilla Glass like the RAZR but it does have a similar type of glass just a different brand, the Nexus has a better processor with a better GPU, the same amount of RAM, newer and more quickly updated software, no bloat, no Blur, removable battery, decent but boring looks… the list goes on. The ONLY legitimate thing I think people could complain about the Nexus is the lack of SD card slot and that’s really not a deal breaker for most.

    • Nathan Cox

      It’s not the same Pentile as on the Bionic, it’ll be the same type used on the original SAMOLED screens. Not a big deal.

      • Pennywise

        Right. Unlike the Bionic it will have OLED Pentile, meaning that it won’t have the same great visibility in sunlight as the Bionic’s pentile.

  • hatethanet

    Does the GSII have Gorilla Glass? If not, then I’m not worried about the G Nexus not having it, since the GSII has proven to be sturdy.

    • razrftw

      yes

  • Dominick DeVito

    No custom UI
    No bloatware
    No carrier interference
    No manufacturer interference

    Most current up-to-date OS
    Direct OTA updates from Google
    Unlocked bootloader
    No irreplaceable battery

    No gorilla Glass

    Sure still sounds nice to me.

    • Kierra

      You wont get immediate updates though. Is it confirmed there will be no bloatware? I think its a matter of preferences…

      • Dominick DeVito

        Why won’t it get immediate updates? It’s a NEXUS phone – yes it will. The Nexus S was the FIRST to get new Android updates (from Google).

        Nexus and similar devices – even on Verizon – like the OG Droid and Xoom were the first to be released with a new Android OS – did those have bloatware? Nope.

        And even if it did – ICS can disable any 3rd party app.

        Matter of preferences for what? Bloatware? You prefer to have bloatware?

        • Kierra

          The last nexus had to wait months if I remember correctly for the next update. They dont get immediate updates. I dont pay attention to bloatware ,and again I DONT ROOT. If I have to mess with the innards then its not the phone for me. Its a phone ish should be ready made awesome…

          • Dominick DeVito

            Yes, but it’s always THE FIRST to get updates.

            Damn, what’s wrong with you people. educate yourselves before you troll.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      GPU from 2007 slow as molasses. Fail.

      • Nathan Cox

        The GPU is not from 2007, but nice try….

        • Jake

          …and it’s clocked higher than it was in previous chipsets.

          • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

            Big deal. Take an antique gpu and over clock it a bit. Still old and slow.

          • joejoe509

            As opposed to what? The 5th gen OMAP’s that haven’t come out yet? Or the RAZR that has a TI4430 compared to the TI4460 in the Nexus? The 4460 might be based off an old (2007? Hmm…) design, but it’s still one of the best processors on the current market and was designed specifically to be optimized with ICS.

        • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

          Yes it is. Do some research before opening your pie hole.

          • Anonymous

            You first dipshit.

      • Dominick DeVito

        Okay, so don’t buy it.

      • Dominick DeVito

        You know a VZW phone with a better GPU?

    • http://twitter.com/braxtron Braxtron

      lol @ the techie who won’t get a phone because it doesn’t have the right software on it when you can root and install vanilla android on pretty much any device. lol.

  • http://twitter.com/chrisadkison Christopher Adkison

    You guys do know Samsung and Corning have a joint company, right?  You know, Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass? 

    • Jake

      Samsung and Corning co-own a company called Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co., Ltd that manufacturers LCD glass for various electronic devices.

      • joejoe509

        Could this be the glass that the Nexus uses?

      • nailbomb3

        I’ll be damned. That’s good news then…

  • Pcman1911

    No SD card slot, Pentile Display, headphone jack @ bottom, now this??? Guess i will be waiting on the SGIII

    • razrftw

      why is the headphone jack on the bottom?

      • Bill Mitchell

        Teardrop shape of the phone.

      • joejoe509

        I don’t mind. I like the headphone jack on the bottom. It makes more sense to me. I hate how my wife’s iPhone jack is on the top…

    • Nathan Cox

      Haters gonna hate…

  • Hal

    Still getting this phone, disappointing but by no means a deal breaker at all……

  • Jordan Webb

    No, sir. Stock everything, non-rooted.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    My very first thought (And I tweeted it too) was that I hope Samsung is using similar/new tech that does the same thing. 

    Thanks to those in the comments who showed the FB updated from Samsung. Hopefully, this announcements forces Samsung to reveal what this new tech is and how well it will hold up to daily use. Gawd, I really don’t want to put a screen protector on this thing…

  • exiOS

    Make this a poll…

  • joejoe509

    Isn’t it funny how we refer to this phone as THE Nexus? Like it’s the one and only Nexus. There are a couple other Nexus phones out there… lol

  • Anonymous

    This facebook comment sums it up for me “Christopher Adkison Remember all those horror stories we read about the screen of the Nexus S being scratched so easily due to no Gorilla Glass? Me neither.”

    • joejoe509

      lol. True.

  • exiOS

    They should have just named this phone the Nexus Lowered Expectations

    • Anonymous

      That makes no sense at all.  Unless you are all excited about phones that are locked down with less ability.

  • Anonymous

    Like many of the comments said: it’s still using a fortified glass.  Just not the name brand we know.  

    We’re speculating out the wazoo and in a week or two this thing will be out and we’ll probably say it was all a misunderstanding or no big deal.  

    Honestly is it worth vexing over??  No not at this point.

  • Anonymous

    No thanks Bionic, I’ll hold out for the Nexus… wait… are you still there??? I changed my mind…..

  • razrftw

    but its got a plastic body and no gorilla glass, this thing will look beat on after 6 months!

    • joejoe509

      Plastic should hold up pretty well. The glass is a bit of a variable.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    2 words.. Ghost Armor

  • Bryan Williams

    I really can’t believe people think this phone won’t have some sort of reinforced glass on it and in turn aren’t going to buy it because of their ignorance.

    Can you read?  Do you buy things at the grocery store just because of the name, regardless of the ingredients?

  • joejoe509

    In other news: Riots and mobs across the planet form when they finally realize there is no gold at the end of the rainbow and the world is not a perfect world.

    I was really hoping for this, but not a deal breaker. I’m sorry it’s not the phone of your dreams, but it’s still a smidge better than the RAZR. If you don’t agree with me – great. That’s what opinons are all about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Mena/1653338696 Victor Mena

    I can not make a decision to say that I do not want a product because it is missing something that many of us probably can not tell the difference. I will reserve my like/dislike for when the product is released. The good part is that with patience we will have 3 high end devices to get on VZW by the end of the year. Christmas is looking good.

  • Anonymous

    There’s always that “something” that’s missing. LOL. I’ll still take it over the Razzzor. 

    Vanilla Android rules the airways.

    • joejoe509

      Amen brother

  • Richard Ozment

    GNex will be awesome but i’m happy with my Bionic…root & rom baby, root & rom

  • PowersUSA

    The Nexus Prime uses another fortified glass, not the brand name Gorilla Glass from Corning

  • kep

    would be nice but oh well, that’s what they make insurance for.  I don’t buy it on anything except my smartphone(s).

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

    Nexus S doesn’t have it either. http://goo.gl/7VVwE

    I don’t think Corning makes Gorilla glass for contoured displays.

  • Anonymous

    hmm no gorilla glass, no hdmi out, no sd card, pentile screen. the only thing it has going for it is ics. so much for super phone.

    • joejoe509

      It does have HDMI out over the MHL port

    • Anonymous

      i’m thinking this too.  still waiting for word on the bootloader.  i’m still willing to bet verizon negotiated some kind of deal that got them a nexus phone on some of their terms, like being locked down.  that and forever having blockbuster installed.  i’m only still considering buying this outright for the bootloader and what would be an awesome and unrivaled dev community in the android world today.

      • Anonymous

        well from the ics event, they stated that you can get rid of any preinstalled apps that you don’t want regardless of root.

        • Anonymous

          right, and in the hypothetical situation where verizon negotiated for some terms, they could easily disable this.  i guarantee every ics phone on verizon after the nexus will have disabling of certain apps, like blockbuster and let’s golf 2, disabled.  disabling apps will be one of the things they cripple in the future, at least as far as blockbuster goes and other bloatware goes.

    • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

      Agreed.  The more I read about this, the more I become content with my Bionic.  Once this thing gets ICS, it will be pretty sweet and I wont even have a second thought about the Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    Guess I won’t have to feel guilty buying the Bionic to replace my dying OG!

    • joejoe509

      Why? The RAZR doesn’t appeal to you?

      • Anonymous

        My phone is dying now and the nature of my job requires I have a phone with email working at all times. On call FTL.