Galaxy Nexus

Dear Google: Android deserves a Nexus Certification Program

If Verizon's ridiculous handling of the Galaxy Nexus US launch has taught us anything, it's that the carriers are still firmly in control of the mobile world, at least in the United States. While there's no confirmation, strong evidence indicates that Verizon's desire for a carrier-controlled NFC payment system, which isn't even anywhere near launching, caused weeks and weeks of delays. Consumers in Google's own country stewed while seemingly everyone else in the world got a hold of the very first Android 4.0 hardware. All we could do was cry foul until the release, something that a few of Google's top brass must have been doing as well.

GSM / HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus gets Android 4.0.2 today

If you picked up a Verizon Galaxy Nexus yesterday, you probably got an over the air update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.2 almost immediately. Today the GSM model joins the party, though there's still not a lot of information available as to what it changes. Google's official stance is that it's for various bug fixes - they must have been small enough to escape the notice of reviewers, importers and international Android aficionados.

Android 4.0.3 Update: Better social integration, camera capabilities, and tons of fixes

Whoa that sure was fast. Google isn't wasting any time and have already announced the next incremental update for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. We just received 4.0.2 on our Verizon Galaxy Nexus phones yesterday and it looks like 4.0.3 will be here very shortly. That is the wonderful part of owning a Nexus -- it gets all the updates right away. All the details are after the break on the new update.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery half off in-stores and online

So you ran out and snatched up a brand new Samsung Galaxy Nexus last night at your nearest Verizon or Best Buy and love it right? The device comes with a hefty 1,850 mAh battery that should last plenty long but we know there are some that want more. In case you didn't know, Verizon is having a 50% off sale on all 4G LTE devices extended batteries and the Galaxy Nexus in included.

Here’s what the Verizon Galaxy Nexus looks like on the inside

These days it's a rite of passage for every new and high-profile gadget: the moment when its tender casing is torn from its frame and all its silicon guts are spilled for the world to see. That time has already come for the HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus, and ZD Net has given Verizon's LTE version the teardown treatment as well. If you're wondering what the inside of the very first Ice Cream Sandwich phone looks like, well, here it is.

Trick your Galaxy Nexus into using Ice Cream Sandwich’s tablet user interface

I'll start this off with a massive disclaimer: do not do this. There's a decent chance that this will break your new Galaxy Nexus phone's basic functionality, and if you don't have a method of restoring a backup or flashing a recovery, you'll be very much out of luck. That said, when Google announced that Ice Cream Sandwich would change its interface depending upon whether it was on a tablet or smartphone, I instantly thought of the smartphone launcher hidden in Honeycomb. Poking around on my rooted Nexus I decided to try the same trick in reverse, setting the LCD density to a much lower value - essentially tricking the phone into thinking it had a ten inch screen. The result? A rudimentary (and very much broken) Ice Cream Sandwich tablet interface on the Galaxy Nexus.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus accessories: extended battery and charger hands-on

Smartphones still aren't most the power efficient of gadgets, and LTE radios gobble up battery power even faster. Though the Verizon LTE Galaxy Nexus already features a larger battery than its HSPA+ brother, no doubt a few of you will already have your new phones begging for more juice long before the day's over. Enter Samsung's extended battery, which give the Galaxy Nexus a slightly extended 2100mAh of power. That's an increase of 250mAh - not a gigantic addition, but it's also not going to give your new phone a tumor on its back.

Adobe Flash Player updates just in time for the Galaxy Nexus

When review units of the HSPA+ "international" version of the Galaxy Nexus came out, we were surprised to find that Adobe's Flash Player was nowhere to be seen on the Android Market. Of course, that didn't mean much to most US users, since Verizon's combined exclusivity and "delays" meant they couldn't get a hold of an Ice Cream Sandwich phone anyway. Well, Adobe's software developers have delivered just in time, and you can now download Flash for your shiny new Galaxy Nexus, no matter where you are.

Galaxy Nexus Tips: Unlock bootloader, root, recovery, more

Now that many of us have a shiny new Galaxy Nexus in our hands, I'm sure many of our readers are looking for a few tips and guides. With this being a Nexus device this will be one of the easiest phones to unlock, root, and fully enjoy but we have all the details round up just in case. Below you'll find a few links to XDA, Google+ and more.

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus launch: retail impressions

As you pour over our hands-on coverage of Android's new favorite son, consider that not all of us here at Android Community got a Galaxy Nexus hand-delivered from a red-clad Verizon cherub. We only have one review unit, so the rest of us (being just as rabid about Android as most of you are) went out and picked one up at retail. Verizon's rollout for the Galaxy Nexus is rather indicative of the attitude they've displayed towards the device so far, so we thought we'd share some thoughts.