Verizon still hasn't announced an official release date for the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus, much to the chagrin of lots of Android fans wanting their Ice Cream Sandwich fix. But some leaked internal shots show that Verizon's retail employees are beginning to receive training on the Galaxy Nexus, as well as a crash course on Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus release can't be too far away.
Previously, Verizon's training for its high-end phones has predated the retail release by at least a couple of months - see the HTC Thunderbolt and Droid Pro for comparison. Since the Galaxy Nexus was only officially revealed last month, that would make a November release a very fast turnaround indeed - if, in fact, it is slated for November. The DROID RAZR and HTC Rezound are also mentioned in the training, which is a good sign as far as timeframe is concerned.
The latest leaks out of Verizon indicate either a November 17th, November 21st or after Thanksgiving. At this point we've seen so much back and forth and hearsay that your guess is as good as ours, but Google did promise that the international release would follow the European debut on the 17th. The consensus is that Verizon isn't exactly bending over backwards to promote the Nexus, with the DROID RAZR and the HTC Rezound both launching within a week. Get the lead out, Verizon - we're screaming for Ice Cream.
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