Could the DROID 4 find its way into stores on December 8 alongside the Galaxy Nexus? According to the latest info from our friends at Verizon, that’s exactly what the plan is. Well, the Nexus is still up in the air to our knowledge, so let’s just talk about the D4 for a second.
We gave you the first photos of the newest DROID slider almost a month ago now, followed by a mention in Big Red’s device management system. The idea that it could be released before X-mas was talked about, but we’re not sure that we truly believed it could happen that fast. After all, the RAZR hasn’t even been around long enough to accumulate dust. Motorola, puttin’ in work. (more…)
Soooo, the Android team is uploading Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) source right now. It should be done shortly and from there, it’s all up for grabs. This would be the same version as you will see shipping on the Galaxy Nexus, which is Android 4.0.1.
However since this is a large push, please be aware that it will take some time to complete. If you sync before it’s done, you’ll get an incomplete copy that you won’t be able to use, so please wait for us to give the all-clear before you sync. This is actually the source code for version 4.0.1 of Android, which is the specific version that will ship on the Galaxy Nexus, the first Android 4.0 device. In the source tree, you will find a device build target named “full_maguro” that you can use to build a system image for Galaxy Nexus. Build configurations for other devices will come later.
Bets on who makes the first full ICS ROM?
Cheers Borgey, Tom, Stephen and @davekover!
Verizon, for whatever reason, won’t give us an official date for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We have heard November 10, 17, post-Black Friday, and even November 21 as potential options. It’s tough to call any of those “official” though, especially since they change every couple of days. One thing we do know, is that stores have already received their first batch of G-Nex cases ahead of launch. I would highly doubt that we will see the phone tomorrow (10th) with the DROID RAZR coming out on Friday, but if they do announce it as a “web only” exclusive at some point, they could really release it whenever they’d like.
We just received word from multiple sources that Verizon is targeting the week of or just after Black Friday for the launch of the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus. In the screenshot you will see below, the initial marketing push from Big Red will be for the DROID RAZR and HTC Rezound leading up to that weekend, with the launch of the G-Nex coming in just days after.
There is a chance that the device could be out for Black Friday, but the chart below shows it as happening just after in “Samsung’s Holiday Porfolio.” Looks like we have a couple of extra weeks to go before we get our hands on Ice Cream Sandwich here in the states. (more…)
The new Verizon MAP (minimum advertised list) is out and it includes two devices you have all been waiting for. First, you’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Nexus dropping in at a minimum price of $299 (contract price of course) followed by the HTC Rezound at that same $299 level. Those are pretty standard for all of Verizon’s big 4G LTE devices at this point, so not really surprising. The thing we’ll be watching for now is the full retail. If they match up to the Bionic, we could see them around $589.
The other thing to note here is the “MAP Period” beginning date of 11/10. That isn’t necessarily a launch date, but would be sort of surprised to see the phone launch before it can be advertised at a minimum price. Previous rumors pegged both devices anywhere from the 20th of October up to the 3rd of November. Might want to consider the idea that we won’t see either until the 10th now. That’s not official by any means, but wouldn’t be surprised.
Talk about the type of info we love to see on a late Friday afternoon. Loaded (as of this week) into Cellebrite systems, we have three devices that have been on the minds of all Android enthusiasts over the last few weeks: Nexus Prime (Galaxy Nexus?), DROID HD (RAZR?), and the HTC Vigor (Rezound?). While no other details ever accompany Cellebrite listings, we do at least get further confirmation that all of these phones exist along with their model numbers. The Prime as we all know is SCH-I515 and the DROID HD is XT912. The Vigor for some reason is listed under its FCC number as PH98100, but should hit stores as the ADR6425. (more…)
The press invite above just landed in our inbox, giving us slight chills. We’ll be at CTIA covering every minute of what is sure to be the unveiling of Ice Cream Sandwich. The details of this event were unclear at first, but I think it’s pretty obvious now what will be the topic. Samsung and Google have been rumored to have teamed up to release the newest version of Android and this is looking like the event. Galaxy Nexus here we come.
Get excited, folks. Mark down October 11 at 11:30am Pacific on your calendars.
Live stream will be available to all at YouTube.com/Android.
The Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) update for the HTC Thunderbolt is now available for everyone to pull. All you have to do is go into Settings>Software update and “Check new.” Go get it everyone!
Full changelog here.
*Note – If you receive the OTA, please let us know if Google Talk with Video is working. On the leak, it looks like it should work, but it cannot connect to actual video calls.
Cheers Chris, Raymar, and Owen!