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Verizon-Branded Galaxy Nexus Stars In Official Google Videos, Your Guide to the Device

With the Galaxy Nexus available in the U.K., Google has released numerous “getting started” videos on the official Google Nexus YouTube channel. The videos are your normal run-of-the-mill instructional how to’s – except for one thing, a Verizon-branded Galaxy Nexus. We have seen the device go through the FCC and we have heard countless stories regarding possible delays, nonetheless it is nice to see some more Verizon confirmation to ease those pesky stomach nerves.

Interestingly enough, you can clearly see a My Verizon Mobile app and VZ Backup Assistant installed on the device. These may not be preinstalled but a little part of me has a feeling that they may be, which takes away from the Pure Google Experience and the Nexus name. Unfortunately, a release date is still being kept under wraps.

Getting started:

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Home screen walk-through:

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Face unlock:

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Simple multi-tasking:

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Using Beam:

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Camera and panorama:

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Customizing favorites tray:

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Creating folders:

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Changing wallpapers:

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The new commercial:

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Cheers Ty, Timothy, and everyone else!

  • MT

    a few things…

    1) the Verizon Droid commercials and Motorola is what put Android on the map. Its why all you folks call the phone a Droid phone. Like most people call diapers Pampers.

    2) Google and Android have 51% market share on phones. Why do you all insist on talking about the iPhone like Android has so much to do to catch it? It has already passed it. Individual manufacturers sure but in total for the OS? Not even close. iPhone is ranked 3 behind Symbian powered phones and barely above RIM.

    3) its really funny how people complain about bloatware. dont buy the phone and you wont have any bloatware. pretty simple. Its Verizons phone to put on it what they want. Voice your opinion by not buying it. That will teach em.


  • Don’t know if anyone pointed out.. a couple months back this post was done here http://www.droid-life.com/2011/09/19/droid-doesnt-inspire-opinion/#more-46533 and was about how the Droid line of commercials don’t really inspire. I think Google and Samsung are doing things the right way with this type of commercial. It shows people how they can relate and use not only their phone but all the new features of ICS in our daily lives, also nothing works better than word of mouth. You see a couple of friends passing games, notes, video chatting and talking some amazing pictures from their phones and you want it too.. Google and Samsung are going to inspire people with this.. Hopefully more catch on, Verizon releases this phone and sales are better than anything we can imagine. Cause that’s a win for Droid-lifers everywhere!

  • Looks Awesome.  Can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    I love the features, ICS is going to be great once all the phones get it. 

  • Hugh Hansen Jr.

    My excitement about the non-branded, clean front of the device cannot be overstated. It would have been a minor tragedy to screw up the completely black front of the phone with a brand.

    I’m curious about how they measure the thickness of the phone. It looks to me that the entire phone tapers from thicker to thinner, so no two points would measure the same thickness. If they’re giving the thickness from the very top, then it’s rather misleading.

    Measuring from the midpoint seems fair. We have no idea where they’re taking the measurement, though, right?

  • Droid4Life

    Im going to order a uk version replacement battery cover to get rid of that damn vzw logo.

  • Colin Zack

    Anyone else think its weird that what appears to be the G+ icon is red now? 04 seconds into the video (new commercial)

    • MT

      G+ changed their icon to the red lower case g+ maybe a week ago I noticed it.

  • I enjoy the ice cream sandwich “nod” given in the final shown video near the end.  The girl outside the burger joint mowwing down on an ice cream sammich =D.  Can’t. Wait. For. This. Phone.

  • hahah! anyone else notice that they were eating ice cream sandwiches in the commercial!

  • SugaShane

    Why has there not been enough said about the commercial? I’ve been waiting for android to have a commercial like this. Really makes me think that this Nexus is going to change the game. Apple has to be worried right now. 

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else notice on the commercial that the ice cream sandwich the girl is eating is curved like the Galaxy Nexus? Lol awesome.

  • Now that’s an Android commercial equal to the first OG commercial!

  • totally depressing.  how can google screw up this launch so bad.  they just top it off with that commercial.
    showing actual features and uses for the phone.  no cuttting poles in half no mention of diamonds.  how can you sell a phone with just specs ridiculous. 🙂

  • Pardes33

    The first thing I do after I get this phone is order a NON BRANDED battery back and remove the two stupid Verizon bloatware apps.  

    Fark Verizon for trying to screw the nexus experience by putting their crap on it.

    • remember the nfc is on the battery.

      • Pardes33

        battery cover should be ok to replace? no?

        • 🙂  my bad i didnt see the back part 🙂 

  • Garrett

    MY GOD! A decent android commercial!

  • Doesn’t that say something that all these so called new and hot phones like the Nexus, N9 and Lumia 800,  all came out overseas first or overseas only …. Just goes to show what light they hold us (The U.S.) in … interesting.  Right now people i know who are not even into technology like that are asking me about the new Nexus so that tells me a lot of people wanting this phone but why so slow to market which makes no sense. This is the problem with windows and android phones. The gap between announcement and launch is crazy.

    • MT

      Well Vodaphone owns Verizon and they are based in the UK not the US. Why most people forget that Verizon is not a true US company is funny. 

  • Anonymous

    I want, i want, iwantiwantiwantiwant!

    But I can’t haz? 🙁

  • The UK is eating Galaxy Nexus ICS in front of the poor (US). 

  • OHHHHHHH MY I like it