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Verizon Working On Fix For Galaxy Nexus 3G/4G Signal Problem.

  • December 19, 2011 2:18 pm

Have you had any issues with your Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus, specifically on the 3G/4G reception front? While we’re still waiting for our review unit (late to the party, we know) we haven’t really seen or heard too much in the way of user complaints about any kind of reception issues — certainly nothing like there was with the iPhone 4 during the “antennagate” drama. Despite that fact, there’s apparently something amiss because Verizon’s official support Twitter account (@VZWSupport) tweeted the following:

“The signal strength issue is currently being investigated. We don’t have an ETA, but a software update is being developed. ^MS”

So there’s a software fix in route. What needs to be fixed hasn’t yet been discovered. With that said, they could do the same thing Apple did with atennagate — recalibrate the signal bars and how they report cell signal strength in coverage. The only problem: it’s not really a fix. Then again, such scenarios such as the iPhone 4/atennagate and apparent Galaxy Nexus reception issues merely highlight the simple fact that signal bars are borderline useless in determining actual coverage strength and/or quality.

So we’ve gotta ask: Have you had any reception issues on your VZW Galaxy Nexus?

Today’s Galaxy Nexus Release Date Is: Thursday, December 15th.

  • December 9, 2011 11:18 am

Want a Galaxy Nexus but bummed to find the December 8th/9th release date didn’t pan out. No worries. Today’s Galaxy Nexus release date is *spins wheel*…December 15th.

At this point we wouldn’t put too much weight/hope behind Galaxy Nexus release date claims. WIth that said, several GottaBeMobile sources/VZW reps have confirmed that Google’s latest and greatest software and phone will in fact officially hit stores next Thursday, December 15th. We too have called a couple stores in the area and received a similar December 15th nod.

The reasoning behind the delay (most recent launch date was today, December 9th) hasn’t been made public nor leaked. We’d chalk it up to Android 4.0 and it’s bevy of new features and fancy new UI as the main culprit. Whatever the case may be, we’re just glad to finally (and again, hopefully) be in the home stretch.

Legitimate “Google Phone”, Galaxy Nexus, Won’t Ship With Google Wallet Per Verizon’s Wishes.

  • December 5, 2011 9:22 pm

If there was ever an example to perfectly exemplify Google’s problem with Android, the Galaxy Nexus is the shinning example. But wait a minute? Isn’t the Galaxy Nexus the who’s who of Android phones in 2011? Well, yes. Yes it is. Unfortunately there’s a big problem. Google’s latest and greatest “Google Phone” and first device to showcase Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus, won’t ship with one of Google’s own services — Google Wallet.

This omissions was confirmed by Computer World’s JR Raphael whom cites a Google spokesperson as giving the official word and saying it was ultimately Verizon’s decision to nix Google Wallet compatibility. In it’s place will (unconfirmed) will likely be Verizon’s own mobile wallet NFC-based solution.

In short: this is unacceptable. A “Google Phone” is supposed to be just that — a phone chock full of Google’s own services which offer an escape from traditional manufacturer and carrier bloatware. Speaking of which, the Galaxy Nexus will also have to deal with some new software additions of its own. Yup. Bloatware.

Android 4.0 is great and all, but the “one more thing” moments with the Galaxy Nexus are really starting to change our mood from ecstatic to disappointed. You could argue we’re making a mountain out of a mole hill. To that we’ll simply invite you to look at the bigger picture. The Galaxy Nexus is one phone, one phone that Verizon has now somewhat gimped. With that said, what does that do to the imaginary line Google had drawn for Nexus branded hardware, hardware that has up until now been free of just about any and every piece of manufacturer and carrier BS?


AT&T Loving Samsung Galaxy Nexus Two Steps Through FCC.

  • December 2, 2011 11:14 am

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus and its super speedy LTE may be a sure bet, AT&T’s variant on the other hand isn’t. That is until we spotted this: FCC certification for an HSPA+ version of the latest Nexus device.

Nerd excitement aside, the GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA II/IV bands that are used by AT&T here in the U.S. don’t necessarily guarantee a U.S. release — other carriers around the globe share the same bands. Nonetheless, AT&T’s recent polling of customers asking if they’d be interested in a Galaxy Nexus outside of Verizon’s grip is something worth considering.

AT&T users: Are you holding fast on Ma Bell hoping a more GSM-loving version is coming your way?

Samsing Galaxy Nexus Finally Finds Vodafone in UK

  • December 1, 2011 6:49 pm

Vodafone customers in the UK can finally rejoice as Samsung’s latest high-end Android phone has now joined their favourite network. The Ice Cream Sandwich riding smartphone was originally only found on the O2 network from high street retailer Phones4U since mid November.

With a free handset setting you back at least £41 monthly over a 24 month plan, which is on par with O2′s offering yet with a higher text allowance, Vodafone’s offering proves a very prominent offer. Pair the great tariff with a great phone packing a 4.6 inch 720p AMOLED display, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1Gb of ram and a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording in 1080p, and any Brit can pick up a piece of technology paradise in time for Christmas.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus can be purchased on O2, Vodafone, T-mobile and Orange in phones4u and the respective network stores today.

South Korean Galaxy Nexus Owners Will Get Choice Of Larger, 2,000 mAh Battery.

  • November 29, 2011 8:09 am

Being that we absolutely flog every phone we touch, a robust battery and efficient power management is a must. Unfortunately even the most optimized phones, hardware and software, sputter out long before we’re done. There’s always the ability to plug in (if available), but what if you’re on the road? For that you have two options: a second, spare battery or an extended battery.

The Galaxy Nexus is the “Jesus Phone” of Android for 2011, bringing with it a high bar in terms of hardware specs as well as showcasing Android’s biggest release yet, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 1,750 mAh battery is already one of the largest smartphone batteries you’ll see shipped from the factory. But those needing even more will get a rare opportunity (provided you live in South Korea) as Samsung is making available a 2,000 mAh battery for the Galaxy. Again, the extended battery is only available for South Koreans. Bonus: It comes with a slightly re-designed battery cover to accomodate the bigger battery.

We don’t get this option. Bummer. We know.

Normally we’d begin to worry about unsightly bulk being added to something as sleek and sexy as the Galaxy Nexus, but as you can see above the added size is minimal with only a slight bump appearing on the bottom of the phone.

If you’re interested in scoring a battery such as this, now would be a good time to make a South Korean friend or two.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Launching December 8th?

  • November 18, 2011 6:48 pm

It looks like the long awaited Verizon bound (LTE toting) Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally has a release date compliments of a leaked screenshot showing — December 8th. Props to @TechFanatiX for the scoop.