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Galaxy Nexus December 15th Launch Date

As an update from a earlier post today, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has finally received a release date for the U.S.

Many sources have been saying the the release will be later this week on the 15th. The sources consist of second party vendors, different tech blogs, as well as some tipsters who originally leaked phone pictures and videos to the public.

What each of these sources is saying is that Verizon retailers literally have the Galaxy Nexus in their stores right this minute but will not be able to sell them until the 15th of this month.

Galaxy Nexus Sale in Canada, Still No U.S. Release Date

The Galaxy Nexus and Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich have finally arrived in North America but not in the U.S.

Last Thursday, Android fans in Canada were able to purchase Samsung’s new Galaxy Nexus smartphone as it launched on Canadian carriers Bell for $159.95 and Virgin Mobile for $159.99, along with each company’s respective data plan.

Unfortunatly for many, the Galaxy Nexus does not yet have a release date or even a price set for the U.S.

The Nexus has been on sale overseas in Britain for weeks now and is even launching across Europe in the next few days.

Whenever the Galaxy Nexus hits the States, it’ll be available on Verizon’s 4G LTE network (something we’ve known since mid-October), sporting a massive 4.65-inch touch screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor and 1 gigabyte of RAM.

The new handset will also have a 5-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting, and no physical buttons on the curved face of the device. The back of the Galaxy Nexus looks, well, a lot like the Galaxy S II and the LG Nitro HD.

Follow me on Twitter for updates when the phone is released in the U.S.

Want Upgrade To Ice Cream Sandwich Early?

Although many of use are still waiting for the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich Android update, there might be an opportunity for some of you to get it early.  CyanogenMod has developed their own version of Ice Cream Sandwhich and is offering it to certain mobile phones right now.

CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for Android phones.  Essentially it’s a ROM that brings all kinds of new features and controls to Android, along with a slick interface.  The members of CyanogenMod have been working hard these last couple weeks building “CyanogenMod 9”, which is based off of the open source code for Ice Cream Sandwich that Google just released.

Unfortunatly, CyanogenMod 9 is only available for the Samsung Nexus S (alpha version) , and the Galaxy S (beta version) at the moment.

The builds have been available for about a week now, and the chatter on the user and developer forums has been mostly positive, with the exception of a few persistent bugs involving MMS and a few other things.

BE WARNED.  The downfall here is that there’s always some risk associated with modding or rooting and it’s possible to end up with a bricked phone. Be sure to use an app like Titanium to backup everything on your phone before attempting to install CyanogenMod.

Galaxy Nexus Comes To The U.S. This December

Looking for a Christmas gift to give a certain someone this year?  Or maybe just want to treat yourself to something new?  You might want to look into the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Verizon.

Recent reports are showing that the highly anticipated smartphone will be arriving at stores in the U.S. this December.  The Galaxy Nexus has been deemed “a big step forward for Android” by CNET editor Kent German in CNET’s report reviewing the phone.

Reports from Business Insider claim that Samsung will in fact be launching the phone before years end.  That is all that is known at this point but it is a safe bet that we can be expecting the device to arrive before December 25th which will make a lot of people’s Christmas that much better.

Ice Cream Sandwich Rumors

Only 48 more hours to go and new rumors about the new Android upgrade are still coming up.  The newest of these rumors shows that Ice Cream Sandwich will feature some photo-editing tools.

If a number of uncovered camera icons are to be believed, the next build of Android could make it much easier to touch up photos.  AndroidPolice,  indicates that users will have the ability to perform standard editing techniques and apply effects to pictures without the need to download additional software.

Currently, Android users must rely on applications such as Picplz, Photoshop, or Color Touch Effects if they wish to enhance photos. Many of Android’s apps then allow the user to share the images across social networking sites, e-mail, and other avenues once finished editing.

No one is sure how effective or useful these new features will be, but it is to be expected that Android users will continue to stick to their favorite photo-editing apps.

Verizon Wireless Now Tracking Customers

The cellphone company, Verizon Wireless, has recently made changes to their privacy policy that clears them to track their subscribers’ Web browsing, location and app usage habits.

The change in Verizon’s privacy policy covers all customers of the company by default, automatically opting-in subscribers, though they can opt out of this if they want.

According to an article on the carrier’s website, they are tracking customers in order to “make ads you see more relevant.

The policy change also clears Verizon to share the Web browsing data to produce “certain business and marketing reports” and then share that information with “other companies to create business and marketing reports.”

Information that will now be tracked and shared by Verizon includes:

Mobile Usage 

  • Addresses of websites visited, search terms
  • Location of your device
  • App and device feature usage
Consumer Information
  • Information about your use of Verizon products and services
  • Demographic or interest categories provided by other companies
For those who want to opt out of Verizon’s new information sharing practices, the carrier said its subscribers can do by filling out a form available at www.vzm.com/myprivacy or by calling 1-866-211-0874.

Steve Jobs Leaves Four More Years of Apple Products

Former Apple CEO has died, but it is looking like we will be seeing his “fingerprints” in most Apple devices in the next four years to come.  The Daily Mail reports that  Jobs left behind plans for at least four generations worth of iPads, iPhones, iPods, and MacBooks.

In order to protect the future of the company he co-founded in 1976, Jobs spent a year preparing plans for four more cycles of these gadgets, the Daily Mail said.

Besides this, Jobs also fought for approval of the plans to build Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino which will be housing 12,000 Apple employees.

 

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Delayed

Earlier today, Google announced the delay of the expected launch of Android’s latest upgrade, Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest in a series of operating systems named after sweets, was anticipated to combine previous smartphone and tablet versions, known as Gingerbread and Honeycomb, into a cohesive whole.

Recent plans for the Samsung event on October 11, where the Ice Cream Sandwich and a new Samsung phone running on the operating system were expected to be unveiled, has been canceled.

The reason? A Google spokesperson said it was out of respect for the loss of Steve Jobs.

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall,” the companies said in a joint statement. “We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

Apple Regretting Their “New” iPhone With Competition Coming From Google

Earlier this week, many fans of Apple products found themselves disappointed when the unveiling of Apple’s “new” iPhone (the iPhone 4S) when noticing that everything about the phone was the same with some minor upgrades that didn’t live up to the hype that the media gave.

Apple may start to regret their choice on releasing the 4S with competition showing up from Google.  Just 24 hours after the launch of the iPhone 4S, Google released a trailer saying that “something BIG was coming” which was a preview for their upcoming, much anticipated, Nexus Prime which many people believe will be the first phone to run on Android 3.5 Ice Cream Sandwich.

This week Samsung unveiled in its home nation of South Korea the monstrous Galaxy S II HD LTE, complete with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED handset with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution — 50 percent more pixels than the iPhone 4S display.  The Nexus Prime is expected to get an LTE modem and a similar high-resolution screen.

Not much is known or could be told from watching the video but there are a lot of people excited for it and now with disappointed Apple fans, Google might be seeing an increase in business in the upcoming months.

Apple Launches iPhone 4S at Apple Event

Earlier today at the much anticipated Apple event,  Tim Cook announced the release of the new iPhone, the iPhone 4S.  From a quick look at the phone, it looks to be the same as the previous version (iPhone 4) but on the inside, the 4S holds many advantages over the iPhone 4.

The new 4S will continue to have the 3.5 inch Retina display just as previous versions that we have all come to know and love.  Besides this, the phone will have a brand new dual-core A5 chip alongside a new dual-core GPU that has been said to boost graphic performance 7x.  The antennae around the sides (which caused many users so much trouble) have been revamped and iOS will intelligently switch between two different sets on the fly to avoid dropping calls no matter how you hold it.

On the back of the phone there is a 8-megapixel camera which has a CMOS sensor which helps capture better pictures in low-light situations.  The improvement in visuals also extends to video.  The 4S can now record 1080p video  and has a new image signal processor for image stabilization and facial recognition, making the handset’s camera comparable to many point-and-shoots.  This new camera is also said to be faster than most smartphone cameras out there needing only 1.1 seconds before being able to shoot the first picture and only half a second between successful pictures.

Besides these new features on the iPhone 4S, the phone is the first to “test” out the new vocal recognition software, Siri.  Just tap the mic on the keyboard and start talking to enter text, check the weather, get directions or perform web searches.

The 4S will come in both black and white, starting at $199 for 16GB and $299 for the 32GB, but the big news is a new 64GB model coming in at a whopping $399. You’ll be able to pre-order this friday, October 7th, and it’ll start shipping on October 14th in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, and Japan.

Side note, is that Apple is officially welcoming Sprint to the family here in the states while Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Three will all be carrying it in the UK.