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LTE Galaxy Nexus: Shows Off LTE Speed Test, Enters Indirect Cellebrite, and Receives Update to Android 4.1

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In the last 8 or so hours, a batch of Galaxy Nexus stuff popped up online that doesn’t necessarily confirm that a launch is near, but it certainly paints a pretty good picture of a device that is. First up, we have the LTE version of the device starring in another video from one of our long time sources. It’s in a fairly low coverage 4G LTE area, but as you’lll see in the clip, it still manages 10MB down and 8MP up. We may have another one later with the device in a better coverage area, so watch out for that.

And now onto some of the signs that have us feeling better than ever about an G-Nex release.    

According to a reddit user who works for an indirect Verizon outlet, the Galaxy Nexus has made its first appearance in their Cellebrite system. We saw the phone appear there at corporate stores months ago, so it’s tough to tell if they are loaded into indirect systems later or what. From what we can tell, this source seems to be on top of things, even mentioning that devices do not appear in indirect Cellebrites until they have received approval from corporate – something that happens only weeks before a release.

And to make this news even spicier, some of the LTE variants over at MyDroidWorld are receiving updates to Android 4.1, leading a number of folks to believe that this could be final retail software. We saw Android 4.0.2 hit earlier this week, but this update could be big enough that it addresses all of the concerns that Verizon was having. For weeks now, the device has been missing target release dates – is this the update we needed to see? One can hope.

So as far as we know, December 8 is still the date you should be looking at. Until we see something come across our inbox that suggests different, we’ll be targeting that date to empty our wallets.

Cheers MattF and Tyler!

  • http://usb3gvn.com/ USB 3G Viettel

    Thanks, great review to the important points. Some really great thoughts here, very comprehensive.  I appriciate that!

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    for 2 bars? pretty sick. can’t wait to see what it gets in my area. i usually get 11Mbps down on my Tbolt

  • Anonymous

    How can a phone that has not been released get an update? I am sick of developer phones that are supposed to be confidential being dangled in our faces!! you guys suck! :P

  • J Dub

    Thats up there with my home cable connection. 

  • Anonymous

    Yesterday I was at a local mall in San Jose, walked by a Samsung booth. I asked if they had a SGN, 2 of them yelled out December 8th at the same time, I asked one more time to make sure they understood me and they confirmed they would have it in stock on the 8th. What ever happens I’m going back there on Thursday.

    • babadush

      I had a Verizon Rep tell me the same thing yesterday. I asked if he was positive he said absolutely.

  • DodgerDroid

    I am even willing to pay full price for the phone to get it now!!!! Give me the G-Nex VZW!!!!!!!!!

  • WWWJR

    Hosted by Cablemas in Tijuana! Maybe you should try a server in the States?

  • Zen55

    Why is it connecting to my hood in Tijuana? 

  • $$$

    I just want to know the price!!! to know if i need to tear apart the couch to find another Benjamin  

  • Integrate

    I’m sure Verizon WANTS to sell us this phone.  I mean, they’re not in the business to LOSE money, so it’s safe to say they’re doing their due diligence and analysis on the quality of the software – remember that they have to appease the most mobile customers, so if the quality is buggy, the influx of technical support calls can cost them a lot of money. 

    IF Verizon is delaying the release in order to fix any issues with the phone, then they’re completely doing the right thing.  Anyone working for a corporation that deals with research and development knows that you do everything up front is the problems are minimized later on.  People are going to have this phone for at least 2 years so Verizon has to make sure that the phone will try and last that long. 

    Yes, the release of the phone has been delayed, but they’re most likely following proper protocol based on a cost-benefit analysis on waiting this long.  Lest not forget that they still have the iPhone 4S which is selling like hotcakes. 

    • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

      Nope, bugs don’t bother VZW.  It would have to be nearly non-functional to be held up.  And we’d have heard about those by now.  This has more to do with having something just so others can’t.  A proud corporate tradition as well.

      • Anonymous

        Wow, that does make a lot of sense and quite the conspiracy.  They agreed to Nexus and then delay so ATT can’t release it while they are trying to selling their DROIDs for the holidays.

        • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

          I don’t know if its a conspiracy per se.  They don’t make much money on devices, they profit on contracts.  But devices sell contracts.  But it really doesn’t cost them much to not sell or sell very little of a device.  So by delaying the device’s arrival on other carriers by sitting on an exclusive they come out ahead.

    • Scott H

      But the way it works is that people complain because they’re dragging their feet, then people complain because they released it too soon. 

  • Dungvp

    I think we here release news by Monday.

  • Bob

    I’m trying to remember the last time I was this excited for a release of something…I think it was my NES

  • GettingOld

    The real question is, what is the next Nexus phone?  It’ll probably be out on T-Mo/AT&T/Sprint before this thing ever gets released on Verizon.  Why or why did they give it to Verizon…

  • Insect Overlord

    My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who heard the SGN was being released on Dec 8th. I guess it’s pretty serious.

    • Cam

      Confirmed!

      • Fry

        Bueller already got his SGN.

    • Jason

      I’m gonna spread the word on the other sites!!! Thanks bro!!! Wooooo

  • Dominick DeVito

    The .1 adds Verizon apps

    • Anonymous

      Ugh I hope not

    • AOD

      Do you EVER have a positive or otherwise beneficial comment to make? Or are you just peed off at the whole world?

      • Dominick DeVito

        Not sure how that was taken as angry (and I don’t know why Disqus keeps pasting that same image for my posts)…But I would read my other comments, I actually applaud LTE speeds.

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure how much I care about eh GN any more. My Razr is doing a good job. 

    • Anon

      You must be a sadist.  That battery life is horrendous. 

      • Anonymous

        Good job for me does not mean battery life is great – I generally have my charger with me and get to plug in. If I have any complaints about the Razr is the battery life is less than desirable. Question, how much do we know about the VZW GN battery life and can we reasonably expect that it will perform much better than the Razr’s?

        • Dominick DeVito

          We’re all using Androids, so none of us get great battery life. :)

          • Anonymous

            Oh yeah?

            My best Bionic battery life, light use.

          • Dominick DeVito

            I don’t want to reply, I mean I’m happy for you. However, I have a few issues. I see 3G, was it ever in LTE? Also, the display is only at 7%. was that the only time you turned your screen on. C’mon man… :p

          • Anonymous

            I dont live in a 4G LTE area so no. But I will say i still get 24+ hours when I am in a 4G LTE area with LIGHT USE. Also look at Phone idle. 5% remember that. My display is at its lowest brightness. 

          • OG Droid

            I see you didnt have data during this picture; that’s the problem with the bionic that NEEDS to be fixed instead pumping phones out every month.

          • Anonymous

            Dude I was on Wi-Fi…..ive never had data drop issues with 893.

          • Bythebayou516

            thats with light use, extended battery and wifi. of course your battery is going to last for a day. Ive had 20+ hours on my thunderbolt, stock battery rooted. i expect about the same from the G Nex

          • Anonymous

            I’ve done two days on my Bionic, light use with the standard battery.

          • Anonymous

            That really is impressive honestly. REEEEALLY light use though? 

            If I was going for a bragging right I could just leave the phone sit. Honestly I think with no use it would get a week. Hmm I may try that. 

          • Guest

            HA!  Nice one dude!  

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, the screen was only on for about a half hour or so in total.  Can’t remember if I had 4G enabled or not.

          • Anonymous

            Jesus I really should have explained it more clearly for the middle school educated folk like urself.

            I was charging it at my house when I took the screenshot. My house has Wi-Fi. I was on Wi-Fi at the time of screenshot. I wasnt on Wi-Fi the entire time but as you can see from the pic my 3G radio stays on even when connected to Wi-Fi. Btw it wasnt just one day. I was like 2 hours short of 2 full days on battery with light use. 

            This is typical battery life for me. So when someone says Android phones(and personally the Bionic) have crappy battery life I have to challenge it. I have no complaints at all with my Bionic. 

    • Anonymous

      Yea I like my Razr,too. Not sure what to do at this point. Gonna wait and see what the response to the GN is, then go from there IF it ever comes out that is. But I love my Razr so far. Haven’t rooted it yet but that’s coming. That’ll only help batt life.

  • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

    Thats some bull that the AT&T G Nex is passing through FCC and we were suppose to get it first. 

  • Dominick DeVito

    Let’s not get too excited – 4.1 may mean additional testing.  Let’s hope it’s a summation of the testing efforts.

    • Anonymous

      It made a jump from 4.0.2 to 4.1. That minor revision bump almost always signals release-ready software.

      • Dominick DeVito

        I sure hope you’re right.

    • Anonymous

      Bingo, you landed on something I’m surprised no one’s mentioned yet. This better be the last update. If another one trickles out over the weekend or Monday, forget the 8th.

      • Dominick DeVito

        My thoughts exactly. I mean, who rolls out software that just got updated? I hope I’m wrong, but my gut tells me otherwise.

  • http://twitter.com/LucasJohnson14 Lucas Johnson

    It’s been in my cellebrite system for weeks, and i’m at an indirect as well. however, 4.1 = VERY EXCITING

  • Anonymous

    Easily the tightest lid on any smartphone launch I’ve seen since I followed my first back in ’04.

  • TrollEatKellex

    So what? This is on 20 other websites.  This is why you read DL last to pick up crumbs.
    Love
    ShootAngelsFace77 ;)

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

    I just feel like Verizon just FORGOT to tell us when it will be released

  • Dominick DeVito

    in the very few moments I owned a Bionic and it worked, I was able to pull nearly 16 down and almost 7 up. I’m certainly hoping for better G-Nex results than this.

    http://www.speedtest.net/android/89701213.png

    • Tony Allen

      I think it varies a lot… My Bionic gets 4G scores all over the board.

      http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7155/6442093617_cbeabbea4f_b.jpg

      • Tony Allen

        See if you can tell which scores are LTE vs 3G lol

      • Dominick DeVito

        True, but I ran a few tests and never saw below 13 down and 5 up. Very impressive. All tests in the same location.

    • Anonymous

      Do you really think you can compare what you see on some random video to what your experience will be? Hell, I can run speedtest all day at home and range from 8 to 18MB/s on my home internet

      • Dominick DeVito

        Of course not – but would still like to see it improve nonetheless.

  • Anonymous

    Talk about morning wood….

  • Anonymous

    How many megapixels up did you get, again? ;)

    • Anonymous

      Since the G-nex only takes 5MP pictures does that mean you can upload them faster than you can take them? :P

  • Dominick DeVito

    4.1 – interesting, perhaps the next OS will not be incremental and may not come out this year…something to ponder

  • Eh

    Is it like the other LTE phones where the bars has nothing to do with 4G signal strength? For example, it just shows the strength of 1x voice.

    • PaulS

      I would like to know this. Right now, I could have 4 bars showing with the 4G icon and only download at 1-2 Mb/s or have 1 bar showing and get 15 Mb/s down.

      So does the Nexus resolve this?  There probably should be 2 separate bars. One for voice and one for data.

      • Emilio Figueroa

        Yeah, that’s true, because with three to two bars I got almost 50Mbps down. http://www.flickr.com/photos/71332725@N02/6449813049/

    • Marc

      I would like to know this as well. As far as I know Gingerbread and below does not provide any way to get the strength of your LTE signal let alone the more important signal quality. Right now, it just reports RSSI (received signal strength indicator) and if it shows from ~-65 – ~-100 dBm then it’s not showing LTE signal strength. 

      Does ICS show LTE signal strength and SINR?

  • Thenew3

    My Bionic with all it’s data issues, can easily do 16Mb down 10Mb up with only 1 bar of signal. (When data works that is).  My Samsung 4G mifi in the same location, at the same time, can only do about 10Mb down and 3Mb up.  So in my experience, it seems Moto’s LTE chipset is faster.  I assume Samsung is using the same LTE chipset in the Galaxy Nexus as they used in the Mifi.
    But Still, I’m getting the gnex as soon as it comes out!

    • Guest

      There’s better stuff coming out, you should wait.  Hardware wise the GN isn’t any better than the Bionic except for the screen and the Bionic will be getting ICS.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Kellex, thanks for combining all 3 into one post. That keeps G-Nex fanboys (like me) and the “others” satisfied. 

    • DomsAmegaDouche

      Like those circle-jerk get-togethers?

      • Dominick DeVito

        Hey, you know what? I get paid to develop, talk and discuss Android.

        Get out of your Mommy’s basement and get a job, troll.

        • ShootAngelsFace77Xs

          Oh, c’mon Dom between you and mclane and angelface no one can pick the biggest loser.  You know you’re a chubby nerd no one likes and you don’t develop anything but your man-tits.  You want a phone that you think will make you cooler but in the end you will still be loathed by women and dogs. Dogs… they like everyone, Dominique. 

          • Anonymous

            Good god, what has happened on this site? That people stoop that low to call people out like that. Keep this up and Droid Life comment sections will be no different than engadget or BGR.

          • Dominick DeVito

            I know, I won’t be spending much more time on this site. Honestly, there’s a time and place for everything. If someone makes a snide comment or reply, then by all means game on.

            Just trying to have adult conversations and trolls have to attack for absolutely no reason. They have nothing better or educated to say. If it makes them feel good about themselves, then let them have their fun.

          • Anonymous

            too late

          • Anonymous

            It’s a shame, because I’ve been visiting this site Dec of 09. I’m glad that this site has gained lot of credibility, but it’s been polluted by insecurities of people, dumb meme’s (u mad bro?) and fanboism over the past few years. 

          • Anonymous

            Agreed.

          • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

            We’re trying our best to stay on top of it, but getting rid of them all isn’t easy. We need everyone’s help to flag inappropriate content 

          • Dominick DeVito

            Thank You

          • bigrob60

            Does Disqus offer a way to have only registered users comment? It won’t stop the B.S. totally but it will help slow it down. This way you could ban the users that habitually cause trouble & they would have to create a new profile in Disqus to comment again. 

          • Anonymous

            I guess there is the option of using a “Gawker-like” starred commentor system.

            Kellex & Tim, please don’t do that.  Those peope are insufferable assholes.

          • Mctypething

            You are? Really? You flag the ‘u mad bro’ posts, but when that guy comes on putting up pictures of d*ck and talks about slurping cum, that doesn’t get flagged. Strong work guys.

          • Guest

            you a dick bro???

          • Guest

            you need to start with banning AnGeLFaCe77!!!  he trolls all nexus threads and post that they are crap and says all moto devices are the best. it’s cool he likes moto stuff but he doesn’t need to come to non moto threads and try to push his opinion on other people. 

          • Guest

            You’re failing miserably.

          • Anonymous

            +1

          • Dominick DeVito

            Okay, buddy – keep telling yourself that. Have a nice day.

        • r8rs

          Whoever is paying you to talk and discuss android is throwing away their money.

  • Anonymous

    My OG is starting to show it’s age!
    It will still be a very good backup phone in case I need it, but I am dying to get the Nexus!

    • Dirk_Diggler

      Same here. I love my Cyanogen OG still, but it is very slow. Feels like a burden when I have to look something up online with it.

    • miscreant

      My OGD literally just restarted itself and came back on with “No Service” until I pulled the battery on it. It’s dying, miserably. I NEED my goddamn G-Nex.

    • Anonymous

      @pezjono:disqus @0c0b5ab66bb5899337183a25fa830170:disqus @76e496651df3d70ea6358cf5773f1a11:disqus You guys are running Froyo, right? I gave up making GB work on my Droid; the lack of RAM and lower frequency CPU just can’t handle it.

      • Anonymous

        Nope, running GB 2.3.4 through Project Elite 6.5. The main phone runs smooth, but when you start opening more than one app at a time it slows to a halt.

        • Anonymous

          That’s my point. The performance is fine…for one app. But no smartphone OS is designed around running only one app. You should consider downgrading to Froyo to last you until the Nexus.

          • Anonymous

            OK, to clarify, I can run more than one app. I can’t do two big apps though. I can’t stream Pandora and play Fruit Ninja without it slowing down. I can easily bring up GMail and Market and Gallery simultaneously without any issues.

      • miscreant

        Full-on stock, homes! Didn’t have any need to root or anything. I have a bad track record with technology. You see, it hates me. Despite doing everything right, something will invariably go wrong. Building a new PC? Expect 2-3 RMAs LOL It’s just my luck, I’m on my 4th OGD, I believe. So I don’t toy with software matters.

        • DRUDroid

          I’m on my 10 OG… just saying

        • Anonymous

          Jeezus. That sucks mang.

      • Christopher Riner

        yeah, and because of this same fact I was just waiting for the cyanogen mod team to come out and say there wouldnt be any ics love on the og.  Great phone:  the og droid is to android smartphones what elvis presley was to rock and roll.  You just wouldn’t see elvis in a speedo shaking his junk to “im sexy and I know it”

  • Anonymous

    Remember when the Bionic was going to be the best phone ever….and then after it was delayed a million times it was just wasn’t that great.  I’m not saying that will happen with this device but it’s getting old…

    • http://twitter.com/muffnman Muffnman

      No, it really isn’t.  Sliced bread has nothing on Ice Cream Sandwich.

      • Anonymous

        I agree that it probably won’t happen with this phone but it’s starting to feel like what happened to the bionic.  My OG is still kicking but it’s time for something new.

        • Anonymous

          You forgot, it is forbidden to say anything negative about the Holy Grail

          • EC8CH

            I think most people who are interested in the G-Nex know and except it’s limitations: no expandable memory, plastic exterior, prior lackluster samsung antenna design, etc.  I don’t think anyone should mind that these shortcomings are mentioned, they just remain extremely interested because of all the positive aspects of the phone.

            And while the delays that have pushed the VZW release past the end of November into early December of frustrating, they are no where near the cluster that was the Bionic release.  Not until they scrap the current design and go back to the drawing board, release the phone months from now only to be replaced the the Nexus RAZR.

        • Jason

          With the new return policy, go get you a new phone to use till the gnex comes out and it will make the wait much easier. I got a rzr and that phone is pretty sweet compared to the OG. $35 restock fee is definetly worth the hassle of dealing with that slow @ss phone anymore.

    • Anonymous

      This phone has yet to be “officially” delayed. Verizon said the end of this year, unlike the Bionic where they released it 6 months after they originally targeted

      • Anonymous

        Touche

    • Gino Fratto

      it came out 2 weeks ago over seas… last week was the original rumored target date here… it is still set to come out in a week… 2 tops… we are talking a total of 1 month from the European release date… get over it..

  • Anonymous

    I think there are just as many pictures as the lockness monster but yet people can not prove it exists.   All joking aside I will empty my wallet to get one of these.   But patience is a virtue….

  • http://twitter.com/Phaze08 Cody Revels

    I for one, enjoy all this hype, it keeps me excited about the device. I heard 4.1 had major radio improvements ‘LTE as strong as He-man.’ as well as a new screensaver type thing. From the looks it just shows the clock in blue, its a little reminiscent of blackberry devices when plugged in.

    • Anonymous

      i hope the radio is strong.  according to reports/reviews, my 2nd phone option, the rezound, has great signal strength.  so, i really hope we see solid, stable lte with the nexus.

  • Gino Fratto

    4.1… holding out makes sense now.. they ACTUALLY were working on something…

    • Anonymous

      If they delay it long enough it would have 4.2 on it so not sure it really means all that much other than Verizon just keeps delaying things.

  • DroidzFX

    patiently waiting….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    While we wait for this release, the resale value of my Bionic is dropping like a rock. By the time it releases, I may not be able to afford it anymore.

  • who gives a shit

    Dont care

    • DroidzFX

      Thanks for sharing!

    • John

      I do. So obviously someone does.

    • Anonymous

      don’t care about you not caring. 

    • bigrob60

      Then don’t read. Or better yet, don’t troll the comments

  • GotSka81

    For the sake of accuracy, it’s worth noting that it got 8Mbps down and around 3 Mbps up.  MB and Mb are not the same.

    • Eh

      From article: “it still manages 10MB down and 8MP”

      You forgot MB, Mb and MP are not the same too, haha.

      • GotSka81

        I considered pointing it out…but I thought I’d give Kellex a break since I’m busting his nuts over one thing already ;)

        • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

          Thats the spirit, I am sure the guy has enough on his mind trying to scrap together anything he can on this device for us.

          Thanks Kellen and Tim and everyone else form Droid-Life, you rock

          • Guest

            so lame…

          • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

            so troll…

          • AnotherDude

            Doesn’t he do this for a living or is Droid-Life a hobby of his?

          • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

            Was a hobby now a living

      • Anonymous

        I love me some 8 megapixel uploads…sonnnn

      • James

        Where did he get 8 up from? It’s not in the video.

        • ISmart

          Simple, using the max 5 Mbps upload speed from the video with the per pixel size of a photo the Nexus takes at default setting, you get 8 megapixels per second upload speeds. That’s how fast you can upload your photos to your social network of choice.

    • John

      +1

      /pet peeve

      • Lewis

        Ya, now he does.

        • John

          hah

    • Nick

      It’s important to be accurate here. MB stands for Megabyte and Mb (stands for Megabit). It’s important to know that there are 8 bits in a byte. These bandwidth tests measure in Mbps (Megabits / sec). Therefore, the results are actually showing 8Mbps (as GotSka81 noted), meaning you could potentially download 1 Megabyte per second at that speed.

  • Anonymous

    Still not in my hands… hurry up VZW!

  • Rob Wallace

    Obligatory “Shut up and take my money, Verizon!” comment.

    • http://twitter.com/wynalazca Andrew Webber

      Obligatory “I don’t care anymore until Verizon gives us an official date” comment.

      • GotSka81

        Obligatory Obligatory comment.