It’s almost cruel running this story, but news is news. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has already begun shipment to a few Verizon and RadioShack stores – and there’s a picture to prove it. The bad news is – we’re not getting one. Another leaked email states retailers must not under any circumstances sell these units unless they receive word from corporate.

It’s really starting to look like December 14th as the final launch date, but lets not kid ourselves – we still haven’t a clue. Yet, we have come away with some very important information from all this. One, we know the device exists – and two, we know precisely where it is! The fact may be that Verizon didn’t want to launch three superior phones in such a short timespan. The Motorola DROID RAZR and HTC Rezound are amazing devices, and they may just want our Galaxy Nexus to shine on the pedestal it rightfully deserves. However, there’s no excuse for the lack of advertising and absence of information.

We shouldn’t have to piece together info for months that could easily be conveyed to the public in a matter of seconds. To give you a rundown, this is how crazy it has actually become (and just from the month of December): On the 1st we saw an internal Best Buy flyer for a possible December 11th release date. Next, on the 3rd it was rumored we may see the Nexus December 17th. On the 5th it was confirmed for December 9th through an internal leaked email, and later that day we saw phones arriving in Best Buy stores. The 6th, more internal documents had confirmed the December 9th launch – and the the very next day we’re told it’s going to be a no-show. And alas, here we are. With the Galaxy Nexus in stock, and no way to buy it.

[via Phandroid]