The road for Samsung's Galaxy Nexus to arrive on Verizon has been a long and winding one, but at long last, the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone will debut on Big Red this Friday.
Originally slated for a November release, the Galaxy Nexus was discovered over the weekend hiding in Verizon's final retail boxes.
Then came an internal memo leak pointing to an official launch on Dec. 9.
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Galaxy Nexus will sell for $300 with a two-year contract, but don't think the delay on Verizon didn't introduce a few changes to the device.
Google's flagship Nexus Android phones are usually hailed as being the best Androids in town because of their stock OS (no skins, no bloatware, etc.), but Verizon being well its big old fat self; removed the Galaxy Nexus' Google Wallet NFC mobile payment system. Replacing Google Wallet will likely be Verizon's own rival NFC mobile payment system ISIS.
The usual Verizon bloatware apps will also come pre-installed, including My Verizon Mobile and VZ Backup Assistant.
Not only that, but Verizon's 4G-LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus is actually slightly fatter than the international HSPA+one, but you also get a battery that's 100 mAh larger (1,850 mAh v. 1,750mAh).
Other outstanding specs include a contoured 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280x720 resolution, Android 4.0 ICS (which is said to be amazing), an 8-megapixel rear camera, 32GB of storage, micro USB port, 1GB of RAM and a fast 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
If you've been holding out for the Galaxy Nexus, this Friday's your lucky day.