Samsung’s second Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, is already on sale in the UK, but those in the United States are still waiting to get their hands on the first smartphone to sport Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich.
According to one tweet from a mobile phone retailer, they expect to be able to begin putting that right pretty soon, with the handsets going on sale on December 9th. Earlier reports had pointed to a release around that time, with the 8th or the 9th mentioned.
Negri Electronics today tweeted that the 9th is the day they hope to begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the third Android phone to receive the Nexus moniker, meaning it is a vanilla Android experience.
Based on the information we were given by OUR contact at #Verizon, we are set to have stock on 12/9. We will update here when we know more
The news will no doubt be music to the ears of eager purchasers who cannot wait to get their hands on the shiniest Android phone in town.
Complete with the first release of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the handset also features a massive 4.65″ screen, living right on the edge of what many deem to be the limit for a smartphone’s size. Initial reports and reviews suggest that despite the huge size, the Galaxy Nexus does actually feel very comfortable in the hand thanks to its svelte chassis.
The fervour for the Galaxy Nexus does not seem to have been dampened by issues reported in the UK relating to a possible RF interference bug.
Early adopters in the UK have discovered that certain RF interference can affect the new Galaxy Nexus in a rather strange way. Placing another phone near the Galaxy Nexus can, for example, cause the Android phone’s volume switch to activate, causing erratic behavior with no physical pressing of the buttons.
Many have pointed the finger at poor RF shielding within the handset, though Samsung has been quick to suggest that a software fix is in the works. We’re interested to see how a seeming hardware bug can be fixed in software, but we’re willing to give Samsung the benefit of the doubt on this one. At least, for now.