After weeks of speculation, Verizon Wireless has announced it’s selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the highly anticipated smartphone that is the first to run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Many consider the Nexus, which made its debut in Europe last month, to be one of the first real challengers in terms of sales to Apple’s iconic iPhone since it not only runs Ice Cream Sandwich but also sports the super-speeds of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, something attractive to both business users and the general consumer. VzW said today that the Nexus is now on sale for $299.99 with a new, two-year service agreement.
The Nexus comes with a monster display 4.65 inches a 1.2GHz, dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and a pair of cameras. But it’s the Android update the combo of the best of Google’s smartphone and tablet operating systems that has American Android lovers drooling with anticipation.
It’s widely expected that Verizon Wireless will have an exclusive on the device, at least for a while, but different versions of the phone have been manufactured that are capable of running on either LTE or HSPA+ networks.
The phone has generated mostly excellent reviews across the pond. The Samsung Galaxy S II proved to be a worthy iPhone challenger in other parts of the world, at least at release. We’ll see if the Nexus lives up to expectations.
The Nexus is available at Verizon Wireless retail stores, online at www.verizonwireless.com and at some big-box retailers.