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Video: Matias Duarte Stops by ‘On the Verge’ to Talk Ice Cream Sandwich, Mentions Galaxy Nexus Release

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Matias Duarte, who is the visual and design expert behind Android 4.0, stopped by the set of the Verge’s new show called On the Verge to talk a whole bunch of stuff that may interest you. Some of his Palm WebOS days were brought up, along with the fact that he worked at Helio. But what you obviously all care about is anything related to Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus. So here is what you need to know.

Starting at the 14:30 mark, Matias enters the stage in a suit almost as cool as the one he wore at the Hong Kong event. From there, he cruises through a couple of minutes of background stuff and even touches on the idea that people are hating on their new font, Roboto (and of course, John Gruber is at the forefront of it). So if none of that interests you, then go ahead and jump right to 23:00 to get down and dirty with ICS.

If ICS does nothing for you and you just wanted Galaxy Nexus talk, then by all means skip ahead to the 25:00 mark where Matias says as clear as day that the phone will be out in November. He wouldn’t give a specific day as to not “steal the thunder” from the carrier. Does that settle it? Are we expecting November still or not? We talked about this the other night after the show was recorded and would assume that the guy responsible for it would know. Then again, in this business, things change far too often.

Oh, and he shows off some real-time video effects at the 27:00 mark too.

Cheers sagis and kidtronic!

  • Wmsco51

    Droidlife needs it’s own font. To make the Site look more distinguished. So Kellex have the font in hand and ready to go before you host the Event! I mean wow… What a concept seems like common sense to me!….. I’m not sayin I’m just sayin but then again I was sayin because I see word’s

  • Anonymous

    It’s quite amusing to me watching people with the patience of a spastic ADHD 5 year old on a candy binge whining and squirming waiting for a phone.

    • Guest

      simple fix….don’t watch!

      • Anonymous

        I said it’s amusing.

    • Anonymous

      This is how I feel.  I’ve got myself all excited over this “phone”.  I have wasted far too much time waiting and reading for the slightest bit of new information. If I could get college credit or take a test on all this I would be doing very well. I am way too old to be so silly over such a thing. It’s like it is Christmas eve and I am too excited to go to sleep.

      I am getting very close to my limit and may have to give up until it just comes out. I am waiting until Friday to see if that “rumor” had any merit. If not it’s ok because it is my birthday and I AM walking out of Verizon with a new phone, even if it is only rented for a short time. I will trade in whatever I decide to get for the Nexus if it ever does come out. I have a Thunderbolt and am happy with it so I was thinking of the Rezound. But today I compared it to the Razr and man that thing is slim and light! I do miss my Moto phones and maybe I will rent the Razr for a change of pace, plus it’s a nice phone.

      This way I will have a new phone to play with for my birthday and over the holiday weekend. But most importantly it will get me away from wasting so much time and effort waiting for a phone that Verizon doesn’t even care enough to give us a hint as to when it’s coming out.

      I wish I could punch Mr. Verizon in the nose.  Ok I feel a bit better now :) 

      • Nexus

        Sign up to receive more information and be one of the first to get
        the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung on Verizon.

        http://smartphones.verizonwireless.com/nexus/

        • Jason

          I signed up for that sh*t and they provided d*ck for information!

      • Jason

        “Renting” the Rzr has definetly eased some of my animosity towards the whole situation. Coming from a OG to the rzr has brought me alot of joy till I can return it for the gnex , and I’ll feel alot better returning the phone they wanted me to buy for the one I want, since they couldn’t give me a release date to hold out for!

      • Anonymous

        wired.co.uk has a review already. http://www.wired.co.uk/reviews/mobile-phones/2011-10/samsung-galaxy-nexus-mobile-phone-review

  • hatethanet

    He should be concerned about Verizon “stealing his thunder” by pouring all their marketing dollars into the RAZR and delaying the Galaxy Nexus to who knows when.

  • Anonymous

    wipe that smirk of your face Matias. If anything you should be ashamed of how your company has handled this mess.

    • Anonymous

      Carriers have all the power in the US because they control their own networks.  Apple is large enough and popular enough with their mass horde of iZombies that the carriers have to bend over for them but every other OEM doesn’t have their own stores and mass hordes to make demands.  Simple sad fact.  One of the down sides of a purely Capitalistic society.

      • Anonymous

        which is why I think it is ass backwards. Everywhere else in the world, phones are made carrier agnostic and so every wireless provider WANTS to get the hottest phones out there and woo customers with deals on the plans. Here.. the phone industry is driven by carriers in the driver’s seat (except for Apple).. and I think it’s foolish.

        • Anonymous

          What can you do.

  • Noni

    So, is this how Verizon whips up an ‘Apple Frenzy’?   Should have just held off the phone announcement a week before they planned on releasing the phone….

    Grr….

  • http://profiles.google.com/j450n79 J450N M

    I was actually there for the taping and won an HTC Titan (which is for sale). Show was great!

    • Anonymous

      It is really exciting when you win stuff.  Once a long time ago I worked for Gateway computers and vendors used to give stuff away.  I went to an event and won a new Pentium 3 processor and motherboard before they came out on the market.

      Then a few years back I was the 100,000 post in an industry contest and won about 25,000 worth of equipment! 

      I always felt like I was very lucky, but I have never won the lottery like I would have liked… :)  But for a while I really felt like I did when I won that big contest. That feeling was amazing and it lasted about a week!

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t like the other 2 guys. They were pretty, um, Ill be nice. Just let it be all Josh and the guests. 

    • Anonymous

      Josh is a doofus.

      • Anonymous

        I have to agree.

  • Anonymous

    I used to listen to the Engadget podcasts and that is definitely not what I expected Josh Topolsky to look like…at all.

    • Anonymous

      He’s been on Jimmy Fallon a bunch of times. 

      • Robert Sagat

        For some reason, to me he looks like he could be Jimmy Fallon’s geeky brother

  • Justin Kos

    fair lawn EMS shirt in the crowd, yea fair lawn

  • Anonymous

    That was an incredibly awkward show. 

  • TC Infantino

    It was a very entertaining show and I would have enjoyed being there.  And if they had given me one of those HTC Windows phones I would have been happy because I would have been able to sell it to make some money towards my Verizon upgrade…if I can just decide which one I will be getting.  Ahh decisions, decisions.

  • Anonymous

    Well done show!!  Josh did a great job and was entertaining.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    love how they didnt talk about motorola’s skin haha!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marlon.millhouse Marlon Millhouse

    Man, I love hitting refresh on this site. It’s like crack!

  • Anonymous

    Wait so you aren’t going to believe your buddy p3droid kellex? I mean you made that huge article over what he said to get the community in an uproar. Funny he said that yet panda mentioned nothing of a delay. Pretty sure martias would know more than p3

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if Kellex really believes anything he says. But it did make for a good story to get people crazy.  Ever since P3Droid wrote that LONG story “that was also posted here” about how root was coming to an end I realized P3Droid is not useful for information. He also wrote that Verizon wasn’t going to get the Nexus…. (they haven’t yet, but we know they are)

      However if you own a Motorola phone he is useful for software. So he does have some redeeming value, which is the only reason why anyone even listens at all.

  • http://profiles.google.com/getoffmybones Adrian Douglass

    I cant take this anymore and about to explode.  

    On another note, the google event is this eve at 5pm EST, 2 PST.  I believe they will announce the google music store, along with the nexus for tmobile.  By tomorrow, I believe Verizon will announce the nexus which would drop on the 21st.  I believe this is the case for a number of reasons:

    1 – The Galaxy Nexus contest ends at 11:59pm on 11/20.  Typically, the day the contest ends, the phone is released the next day.  

    2- What better way to announce the galaxy nexus for verizon with the google music store.  Regardless of whether or not it is integrated into the android market.

    3 – The announcement today allows T-mo to have their shine, but also allows VZW tomorrow to say to t-mo “F*#$ YOU!” we have the galaxy nexus…LTE style.    

    Once again, this is just a theory but makes logical sense.  I guess we’ll have to wait an see.

    • Notsurprised

      i like your thinking….i hope you’re right!!

  • Jason

    November sounds awesome, I’m definetly not sweating the gnex so much today as I went and got a Rzr to replace the OG since vzw changed there return policy. As long as it comes out before dec 9th I’m cool. It’s so nice to be able use my phone again lol

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LQNNJDZQIWIIHJWUIUV7R24XAM Aaron

      You can wait till Jan. 9th I believe.

    • Chris G

      Actually that is January 9 right?

      • Jason

        Yea, my bad! I meant to say January 9th.

    • Anonymous

      If it does not come out by Friday as the one rumor suggested, I will also go rent a Razr.  I was going to get the Rezound but I already have a T-Bolt and it is similar in function. I went and saw the Razr today and that thing is very nice so I will enjoy the change of pace for a bit till the Nexus comes out.

      I don’t mind paying the $35 restock fee to rent the thing for a while. 

      • Jason

        I looked at the rezound as well but the rzr is just sexy as slim as it is. Its a nice phone. Just remember to take teally good care of it if your planning on renting it cause the guy at the store said that $35 is min restock fee. Any scratches or nicks will bring the price up.

  • cantgiveupmyOGdroid

    I want to be excited for this, yet I can’t help but dwell on how Verizon will find a way to cripple/F this up.  Whether its by putting their bloatware on it, restricting features, or selling it for $400 — I’m not going to get my hopes up until we know what this will actually look like.  I’d probably buy an unlocked GSM version if it didn’t force me to go AT&T or T-Mo in the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing…Android 4.0 lets you do camera effects!? Wow. I am sure the tweeners will like that. Now thats innovation. And the ICS icons amazing, they look like someone crapped out a cartoon. I like how they mashed a bunch of interface ideas from Windows & Web OS together instead of giving it a uniform look.

    • Anonymous

      Why are you so bitter?

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    First ICS source was pushed before the Nexus release, then a Googler has shortened the timeline to November from VZW’s this year.  Does anyone else feel like Google is trying to get Verizon to release this phone by painting them into a corner without seriously pissing them off?  Kinda feels that way.

    • Chris G

      It will definitely be the last time VZ gets a Nexus exclusive.

    • Anonymous

      If Google is doing this I love them even more than I did before.  Its indirect corporate bullying and I like it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    He says November, he does not say “in the US” or “for Verizon”.  He’s most likely talking about the UK release, which is November.  He also says he can’t steal “the partners’ thunder” which could any and all of the UK carriers.

    • JDub

      The UK carriers already announced theirs. It was a direct response to the question of when he can go out and buy it.

    • Anonymous

      He was responding to the hosts question, who is an American, on an American show.  He specifically asked, when can I buy a Galaxy Nexus and he responded, November. 

      • Anonymous

        But if you get real technical Adam is right. When it releases in Europe you could buy it and activate it over on AT&T or T-Mobile. Which is a bit upsetting to me. Someone on AT&T could easily have this phone before we do on our wonderful Verizon.

  • Booboolala2000

    Cyber Monday. Nov 28th! I am so ready. Then it will probably be in stores that Friday. Totally cool with that. Or maybe it will be in stores the same day, just with some sort of bundle deal for online purchases.

    • Thga

      No it will be the 21st and then for cyber Monday they will make some rediculous deal like its 100 dollars without an upgrade do that they can laugh at all the people who bought it early

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    I have been feeling pretty optimistic about the GNex release lately.  Not any particular reason why.  I would not be surprised to see a release late this week to early next week.  This feeling of mine is enough to keep me from “renting” a Razr or Rezound, for now.

    • Anonymous

      I wish I was feeling as optimistic as you.  If it does not arrive by Friday like the one rumor, I will go ahead and rent the Razr.  No big deal…. then I can return it whenever it comes. Besides I wouldn’t mind giving the Razr a test spin so I am able to discuss it on the forums from the viewpoint of having actually owned it.

  • Booboolala2000

    Loving my Droid Razr as a Nexus Placeholder. Gonna be awesome.

    • Jason

      Same here! The phones is an awesome upgrade from the OG lol

    • Anonymous

      How does that work? I thought it was only a 15day return policy for Verizon.

      • Notsurprised

        the changed it.  any phone purchased on or after november 15th can be returned until jan 9th.

        • hambeast

          Wouldn’t be suprised if VZW releases the Nexus on Jan 10th

  • shorton

    Nobody but God knows when this thing is coming out!

    • Sebastian Encina

      They won’t even let god know when it will be released.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      I’m pretty sure Verizon is stringing God along too.

    • Pat Walsh

      God had the Galaxy Nexus in ’08

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    He could be talking about the UK release.  Or he could just be going back to their “November” claim they made back in October.  I’m taking this with a HUGE grain of salt.

  • Vaglvr

    just hearing that it’s due out this month…well made my day! 

  • Cam

    Is it just me or did he seem a little frustrated too when they asked him the release date?

  • Anonymous

    Why did they put a creepy guy from a 1970s swinger party behind the desk?

  • MikeyBotz

    Before I pressed enter i closed my eyes and said “today is the day they announce the release date” although it isn’t exactly true, at least my fear of it pulling a Bionic and getting delayed for months is gone!!!!

    Long Live Droid-Life!

    • TROLOLOL

      Viva la Droid-Life!!! (or Life-Droid, looking at the logo…)

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Frankly, I don’t really care anymore about this f***** date bullshit. In a way, I hope it delays until the HTC is officially announced.

    • Anonymous

      What HTC? the quad core rumored phone or the rezound? Cause the quad core is definitely a 2012 phone, probably may to July release window while the rezound is already available at Verizon. Right now.

  • Joelseph

    Sauuusaaageeeesss!!!

  • Anonymous

    what… if… TOMORROW? AHH! lol i hate how much i love new phones

  • JMac726

    I’m betting on an announcement today at the music event

    • Anonymous

      Very unlikely.  That is a T-Mobile event.  They’re not going to announce a Verizon exclusive at a T-Mobile press event.

      • JMac726

        Thought there was 2 events, 1 just Google Music, and 1 Google Music w/ T-Mobile

  • Dominick DeVito

    The Verge is labeled as an Apple fanboy site, but after reading their hands on reviews and articles about ICS, I disagree. They seem to love it.

    Thumbs up for The Verge.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not labeled as an Apple site. It just launched. Even though it is run by the previous Engadget management, I haven’t seen any Apple bias on it yet. How can a website already be labeled if it just launched?

      • Dominick DeVito

        I’ve posted links to articles on this site and quickly got bashed labeling it an Apple fanboy site – likely due to former Engadget writers.

        But I agree, it appears to be non biased (thus far)

        • John

          no where near as bad as engadget was, imo

          • Anonymous

            I haven’t really checked it out because I just don’t care for Topolsky and Patel. They’re smug hipsters who think they’re God’s gift to the writing world, and they don’t even write terribly well. Their biases also glared like the noonday sun on Engadget, but maybe they’re better on The Verge.

          • John

            Fair opinion. They have a better attitude, for now anyway, with their new site. I guess only time will tell.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe I’ll give them a shot. It’s not like it costs me anything to check them out.

          • Anonymous

            That is exactly why I stopped reading Engadget even before they left it. But The Verge is definitely a different feel. 

          • Anonymous

            They are better than that d*ck Jesus Diaz.

          • r8r

            The worst tech side hands down is slash gear, imo. Their writer chris burns is an absolutely horrible writer and really doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about, just my 2¢.

          • Anonymous

            You do know that the entire writing staff for The Verge came from Engadget when it was horribly biased right?  The reason Engadget isn’t as bad now is because they left.

          • John

            Yep, I know. They’ve somehow figured out that they need to open up to appeal to a wider audience……or something like that ;)

      • Anonymous

        To be fair “This is My Next” was around for a little while before the Verge launched.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, but TIMN was less biased than how Engadget turned out to be. So far the Verge has zero bias. 

          • Anonymous

            BS.  Just because they can’t ignore android in favor of all things Apple anymore like they used to doesn’t mean they aren’t biased.

          • Anonymous

            “So far the Verge has zero bias.” 

            Yet. I never care much for those guys. I can’t stand their Podcasts. they drive me up the wall. They’re so off topic. They think that they’re the best writers on the entire Earth! And if they are a guest on another podcast, they completely take it over like it’s their own!

             Now then again. Engadget hasn’t adjusted well after their departure. Their podcasts are a joke. (Except the mobile podcast, myriam does pretty great.) otherwise. Stink.   

  • http://twitter.com/icecolddemon Phil Oakley

    Sweet! Although the release has already been announced in Britain, I feel sorry for my USA brethren for not getting a clear release.

    On The Verge is also *awesome*. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it. Go! Right away!

  • Landon Rordam

    I don’t think I can handle this anymore.  I am physically on edge right now, and I will be until I hear something official.

    • Jdavet

      Are you *on the verge* of insanity? :) (see what I did there) well, I am too. I check the feeds every chance I get in hopes to hear HSPA+ GN news…

    • TROLOLOL

      you are on edge? i have 3g right now…

  • Anonymous

    My name is Andrew, and I’m an addict.

    • Kidd_Funkadelic

      “Hello Andrew.”

    • Anonymous

      I don’t get the joke :/

  • Anonymous

    I was there, was a good show…just wish there would have been Galaxy Nexus giveaways. 

    • Dominick DeVito

      was it sold out?

      • Anonymous

        Its possible…tickets were free, but there were definitely some empty seats here and there. Don’t know if they were no-shows or tickets that went unclaimed. Capacity was about 250. 

        • Dominick DeVito

          Were there any giveaways at all? I too honestly would have bet on G-Nex’s to be given away

          • Anonymous

            Here’s where everyone laughs…they gave away 10 windows phones…HTC Titans. 

          • Dominick DeVito

            wow. That’s amazing. LOL. I can’t stop laughing

  • Dominick DeVito

    I was going to go this (or at least try to) but glad I didn’t. They didn’t demo the G-Nex all that much and I honestly thought they were going to give some G-Nex’s away, but didn’t.

  • Sebastian Encina

    I’ve had my heart broken too often already. I won’t believe a possible November release date until I have it in my hand…in November (preferably of 2011)

  • Anonymous

    These updates are making me crazy. Nexus Love you’re driving me mad, you’re making me crazy!

    • TROLOLOL

      wouldn’t it be something, to finally get the phone and see that there are a ton of new quad core phones coming out soon and be like, MEH.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing

    • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

      is there a reason you are posting amazing on every topic?  Every story you post the same thing.  How about something constructive such as: I think he should steal the carrier thunder since they are in no hurry it seems to make some noise.

      • Anonymous

        You’re not amazed bro?

      • Guest

        there’s one or two in every thread!