Sep 16 AT 2:26 PM Dustin Earley 77 Comments

Anonymous 4Chan user goes hands on with the Nexus Prime, Ice Cream Sandwich


As you can see, there’s quite a bit of information here. Especially on Ice Cream Sandwich. Let’s dissect some of the more interesting things said.

First and foremost, the Nexus being referenced keeps being called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This isn’t the first time that name has come up. In a rather recent report from GSMArena, it was said that’s what the next Nexus would go by. Interestingly enough, that same report also goes on to describe the Galaxy Nexus as having a curved screen and metal body. Just how Anonymous describes it.

As for the rest of the specs on the device, it’s mostly things we’ve already heard. The screen size, resolution and RAM all look familiar, but the processor and battery size are interesting. The next Nexus has been rumored to use a TI processor for quite some time now. If Samsung was able to stick an in-house Exynos clocked at 1.5 GHz inside, this thing would be sure to fly. And with the 2000 mAh battery mentioned? That would certainly be a welcome change, as well.

The information shared on Ice Cream Sandwich may also seem relatively familiar. If you take a look at the first rumored screen shots of ICS and compare them to what was said today, things line up nicely. The blue tones, added polish and new app drawer have been documented before. However there are some interesting new details on the version number and refined app drawer, as well as the Gmail app and the browser.

Up until now, Ice Cream Sandwich was never given a solid version number. 4.0 was highly suspected, but apparently the Galaxy Nexus was using Android 2.4.1. This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, considering ICS is supposed to be the next step after Honeycomb. But anything is possible.

In the leaked ICS pictures, we can see that there are multiple panes to the drawer. One for apps and one for widgets. According to Anon, there will also be a games pane. And for some added customization, you’ll be able to add your own panes, as well. One of the coolest things about the panes, at least in my eyes, is the ability to preview widgets. No more having to place them on the homescreen to find out which one you want.

The Gmail app sounds like it’s been changed to be more power-user friendly. You can now view email previews if your phone is in the landscape position. For tablets, this isn’t really anything new. But on a phone it is. Personally, I can’t wait to try it out. There’s also mention of being able to see more threads on screen when your phone is in the upright position. This is most likely due to the resolution, not some sort of added feature in Gmail.

No technical details have been given on the changes to the browser, but Anon was very clear on one thing: it’s much better. It’s faster, smoother and again, more polished. Should fit in nicely with the rest of the changes made to ICS. The only thing that’s changed in the browser from the original leaked picture to now is the name and icon. Anon writes, “name is still ‘internet,” but the screen shot shows the name Browser. A new icon with a little Andy peeking out from being a globe is also mentioned.

And that’s about it. A lot to digest, no doubt. As I said before, a lot of this information has already made its way online one way or another. Of course there’s no saying that’s not where most of this information came from, but the writer seems too fluid to be simply regurgitating information already found online. What do you think? Real or fake? Either way, one thing’s for sure: it won’t be long until we can finally find out.

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  • wwJOSHdo

    OOOOOOOO! i want it so bad! And when I get it, you will have to click this link!

    • wwJOSHdo

      why be negative? I have a Samsung Transform and I get to upgrade in the coming months and I am considering the Nexus Prime or Nexus 3. Why do people HATE ON OTHER PEOPLE for having something they want or can’t have? It’s stupid.

      • Eric

        Because you’re pimping your youtube page behind a url shortener? You know, basically what spam bots do

        • wwJOSHdo

          lesson learned. I won’t use url shorteners again. I guess the people have spoke!


    Darn Verizon exclusive? After I read that,I could not get exited about anything else

    • DaveC

      I sure hope that part is wrong. If that was confirmed, I’d be at the Sprint store picking up my SII.

    • Daniel

      They want to have preference to stock it, maybe as an exclusive dealer, but it will surely be unlocked and free for all, as all the other Nexus phones.

      • DaveC

        Unlocked is one thing — having a WiMax radio is another. The Nexus One is unlocked but no 3G on AT&T.

        • Jmaxku

          False. I have the Nexus One with the appropriate radios to run on their 3g network. It does exist. Aside from T-Mobile, they’re the only other carrier to have both the Nexus One and the Nexus S.

          • DaveC

            Well I stand corrected on that part but it doesn’t change the main point of my comment. I don’t believe you’re going to be able to walk into a VZW store and buy a WiMax enabled phone.

    • Sturoid

      Google would be absolutely stupid to make Verizon an exclusive launch partner for this phone unless they give them like a 6 week exclusivity or something in the states and still launch the GSM version worldwide at the same time. If this is Samsung making this then you will likely be able to use it perfectly fine on at&t as all recent European Samsung GSM products are using the same hardware like the GS2 that works on AT&T

      • nosense


        The Nexus S in Europe is a exclusivity of Vodafone.

        Anyway, from what this news implies, the user seems right about Nexus Prime. Definetively my next phone IF it wasn’t for that tabletlike screen…the only chance being the screen makes the whole frontal section of the smartphone.

        • Brian

          OH HELL NO!

          Vodafone in Australia is the worst here in Australia :| They had exclusivity for both the Nexus one and Nexus S too…

          Hopefully I will be able to nab one online somewhere.

  • TatiG

    It’s Prime Time

  • jonaRamone

    we want pics!!!

  • keridel

    i cannot believe that anybody will get an exclusive on the nexus.

    i have a feeling that this will be the samsung variant of the nexus prime.

    just like the nexus 1/ desire variants. 1 google, one branded.

    • noriega713

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Dustin Earley

      Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus Prime?

      • keridel

        thats my thinking yeah..

      • msgnyc

        I was thinkin more along the lines of Google Nexus Prime and Samsung Galaxy Prime/Droid Prime myself.

    • samsunggggg?

      Google might be letting the nexus manufacture to put their name infront of nexus ao that they can advertise the phone for real.

      The real reason they never advertised nexus one/s is probably because they didn’t have manufacture name. If they advertised nexus one/s it’d be same as giving full credit to Google and manufactures don’ t want that.

      Plus, with the purchase of Motorola mobile the manufacturea are getting little nervous and worried. So by Letting Samsung to lable the nexus it would recuperate their lost trust.

      • Boss

        Yes this sounds right and it will just mean that if Google’s awesome phone gets more advertisement then it will mean that they will make the phones better each year and can make more improvements due to the phones being more successful.

    • mercado79

      this sounds spot on. if it is a true google experience nexus phone, there’s no way it’d be a verizon exclusive. maybe they get to launch it first, but other than that, it wouldn’t make sense. i like how you described it though. the nexus one / desire analogy sounds likely.

      • NeoJesus

        Verizon will get it for the first 3mos, then it’s a free for all on the other carriers. That’s what exclusivity means.

        • Sturoid

          3 months would kill it for the rest of the world cos their would be other phones out in that time that people would then start considering. I hope its only a US exclusive that they get and not a worldwide exclusive which is the only thing im worrying about

  • brianmac

    Sounds like this is where Android and iOS phones will be judged equally and the iPhone will come off second best.

    • snowbdr89

      Dont ever put an android device in the same catagory as the ijunk!!

      • kazahani

        Don’t be a fanboy. iPhone is a good choice for some people.

        • Zack

          Asylums are also a good choice for some people

  • Interpol91

    Definitely quite a lot of info to take in. However, the one that stuck out most was that it will be a Verizon exclusive. I doubt Google will let one carrier hold exclusive rights to it for long but maybe it was just a Nexus Prime variant made just for Verizon…crossing my fingers!

    • Dustin Earley

      I still don’t know how to take that. I just can’t bring myself to believe the next Nexus will be any sort of exclusive.

  • Christopher Chavez

    As the kids say…. “PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN” Or something like that xD

    • proto

      The proper term is ” “Pics or GTFO” lol

      • okungnyo


  • alamoe

    Those leaked screen shots are looking more and more genuine now.

  • T3chFr3ak07

    Really hope this is true. Seeing a lot on the 4chan thread about people doubting that samsung will come to some retail location to let them play with these phones. I know working in retail that all my reps usually know about future phones and get to play with working models anywhere between 6-9 months before they are announced our released. My sprint rep came in to my store with his EVO a month before it was released so we could play with it after we put it on his account but he had know about it for months before. Most of the facts check out from everything we have heard just wish they would finally announce a release date already and maybe get a few shots from Mr. Blurrycam of a few of the phones out in the wild.

  • CJ

    I can see Verizon striking a deal with Google to get the Nexus first, but an exclusive deal doesn’t seem right with a Nexus branded phone.

    Me being on Sprint and finding out a few days ago my one year upgrade will no longer be valid after the new year, this phone better hit Sprint before the end of the year or I’ll be jumping on the Galaxy SII bandwagon really quick.

    • Sturoid

      Well just look how long it took for the Nexus S to eventually get onto Sprint and AT&T, I don’t know if those were exclusive deals that T-Mobile had or just more down to them sorting out the hardware first before they got them.

  • Louis

    Ok we gonna have a big problem if the part about verizon is true or turns out to be true

  • Tony

    Notice he said Super Amoled PLUS meaning goodbye Pentile screen, that’d be the biggest awesome factor for me besides ICS!!

  • Nyx

    Although more polish to the phone is appealing, this is just a UI upgrade backed by better hardware.

    Although it sounds pretty great, I just don’t see anything dramatic going on. Gingerbread added NFC, for example… what does this add, other than UI?

    We’ll have to wait and see, of course… but I was hoping that a detailed first-look would have resulted in “OMG they added !”

    • Jonathan

      ICS will have face tracking and it’s one version for phone and tablet. Also it has the hardware acceleration from honeycomb

    • http://None CaribGrackle

      ICS not good enough for you? You want it to make coffee for you in the morning? I see the new Nexus as a leap on software, backed by some already good and developed hardware. N1 added the second mic for noise-call cancellation, N2 added NFC; I’m sure N3 will have something special, and even if it doesn’t it will still be the flagship phone for ICS.

  • Kris

    What no mention if it had physical buttons or not? I really hope its all touch buttons like on the Honeycomb tablets and more screen space!

    • ben dover

      my thoughts exactly!

      If I were to play with a nexus prime, the screen and no buttons would be the first thing I noticed. unless it DOES have buttons and this guy sounds like he’s not super up and up on the rumors so to him it’s just standard and didn’t think to report on it.

      • hnn

        i agree. who wouldn’t comment on the buttons, unless there were the standard 4 (or 3, i guess) and they weren’t aware that ICS is believed to be moving away from needing any.

    • Jeffroid

      This is one thing that had been puzzling me. Remember on the keynote that they mentioned ICS will be a UI across all devices (tablets and phones) and that they will bring in honeycomb goodness into phones.

      So then, if ICS uses touch screen keys on phones, how about all the previous phones that contain capacitive/hardware buttons? so now will I be having both touch screen keys AND capacitive buttons on my Nexus S?

      not to mention the introduction of touch screen keys will definitely take up my screen space on 4 inch Nexus S

      • DJ

        well if they did have touch screen buttons, it seems to make the most sense that ics would be able to recognize if the phone had capacitive buttons and therfore disable the touchscreen buttons

    • Vectrex

      No, I really hope they don’t do the honeycomb thing. It’s bad enough on a 10 or 7 inch screen to have all that wasted space of the permanent mostly black status bar, but on a 4 inch screen it’d be terrible. If they do that I really hope it can be swiped away to get actual fullscreen unlike honeycomb

  • cheese

    exynos processor? NOOOOOO i’d rather have TI OMAP 4460 + PowerVR SGX 540 than a exynos + ARM MALI-400 GPU.

    • Rovex

      Why would you want an inferior package? The Exynos is better. You under estimate the Mali, its locked to 60fps and as such seems slower than it really is. It is actually faster most of the time than any other GPU, but its score is limited by the times it hits the 60fps lock.

      The CPU part of the package is no contest for the Exynos. The OMAP is a dog in comparison.

  • Nathan

    for me i just want it inn my hands as soon as it is done but that verizon detail made me stop and think a second. :\

  • Alias_Venker

    I hope it doesn’t look like the SGS II or Nexus S, i mean both devices look great but i was hoping for something different considering its the new Google phone.

  • inviolable

    Not that I don’t want to believe any of this, but ‘ anonymous,’ ‘anon,’ and 4chan make me cringe any time I see them.

  • pjax

    cosmetic changes. I’m not yet impressed

    wow me google. wow me.

    • belinda90

      get an iphone 5, its much much superior…you can call it iphone nexus

  • Dirge

    Sounds good so far. I really don’t see why it being a Verizon exclusive is such a bad thing. The original Nexus One was a T-Mobile exclusive, and yet no one complained about that. But now that Verizon might be the exclusive carrier, everyone cries foul. Hypocritical much?

    Anyway, I’m ready to trade in my Droid Charge for this Galaxy Nexus if it does come to Verizon.

    • Inhuman

      Verizon plans are expensive
      Verizon is committed to filling their phones with verizon bloatware, hence the “droid prime” name change they will use.
      Verizon is cdma so no sim card , no traveling with your phone as well.. = sucks!
      Overages on every damn thing.
      Besides their coverage, verizon sucks donkey balls.

      • Dirge

        Well, how long has it been since Verizon had worked with Google and an OEM to bring a Google Experience phone to their network? Since the original Motorola Droid. It’s been almost two years, so I think it’s fair for them to finally bring a Nexus to their lineup.

        If it really doesn’t come to other carriers(at all or after some time), there’s always the Galaxy S II and future superhones. :)

    • msgnyc

      well for the N1 being a timed T-Mo exclusive, you could atleast stick a sim in there and use it on any GSM network.
      Verizon….. cant do that now can we? Verizon exclusive means exactly that.

  • Oreo

    Ha Ha and after I find out Verizon starts throttling 3g Users after 2gigs ha ha.

  • rainai

    For the most part, the guy sounded like he was describing Honeycomb. So I guess it’s true that ICS will unify phone and tablet experience.

    I can’t wait for this and the rumored SGS III!!!

  • Rovex

    I think its all made up rubbish. Just read the 4Chan thread, what a load of iOS fanbois! I would have expected a little more individuality from 4Chan users, but apparently they are iSheep idiots as well. How disappointing and embarrassing.

  • oldergod

    Why making smartphone this big seriously.

  • 127

    In 2015 we will have phone pumps instead of dick pumps – promise!

  • vossejongk

    Its almost a shame to still call this piece of hardware a phone…

  • serious

    Google marketing is bad, need too much characters for rumor.
    look at Apple, they are too professional, only some images and some characters.

  • SarcasticOne

    seriously hope the verizon thing is false…
    most parts of the world dont have CDMA networks, i cant see google/samsung only making a device that will work on one carrier in one country when the nexus one/S was in multiple countries

    was hoping to pick up a nexus prime and import it to australia for use on a network here… dont like these rumours

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  • James

    What happened to getting rid of hardware buttons? I thought that was supposed to happen with ICS? I want a phone which is all screen on the front! :(

  • newjaruz

    I don’t think exclusively sotcking a phone means you have exclusive right to sell it. What we might see is the Verizon version sold in stores while other carriers don’t sell the device but have it sold through Google’s online phone store. That’s what it sounds like to me.

  • muadhnate

    According to @tfleming223 the nexus will be available to all carriers. If that means that it happens concurrently with Verizon, I’m not sure. But it also looks like ics will be released around October 31.

  • Mike S.

    All of you a-holes who are complaining about a Verizon exclusive realize that Verizon has never gotten a Nexus phone. At all. Right? Couldn’t be happier. I dont care about exclusivity, just bring a Nexus to Verizon finally.

  • mewanticecream

    In summary, if you bought the Bionic you’re having buyers remorse.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Nice load of information, I just want to the phone to finally come out and see how ICS looks-like. As for the phone, I hope the exclusivity thing is not true, that would just mean I have to wait even more to get my phone work properly around this parts with my current provider.

  • SliestDragon

    Hopefully it isn’t a Verizon exclusive for long. Not sure how long I’d be able to wait before I’d jump ship. Excited for this phone!

  • Nathan

    It is a special deal right maybe it some exclusive content on the phone with some other thing like a month exclusive for the phone, or maybe something that will get consumer more interested in it, but we wouldn’t know until launch date sadly, i just with they can at least spill the bean one who getting this is so annoying -.-