Google has been conducting a re-launch of sorts of its flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. With 4G LTE variants already available on Verizon and releasing soon for Sprint, an unlocked GSM version of the device is now available for sale on the US Play Store for just $399. As a reminder, the specifications of the device include:
Since it is an unlocked, no-contract version, buyers can use Google's Galaxy Nexus on either AT&T's or T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. Only available in the US for now, Google has plans to expand its Devices offering to other markets soon.
Ever since news broke about Google's second venture into retail land, Android fans have been praising the fact that this variation of the Galaxy Nexus will be updated directly by Google. It's no secret that Android updates have been sluggish, especially in the US. At least officially, that's due to the network testing required before carriers can release the updates to devices on their network. Since the Google GNex isn't tied to any carrier, the updates will come from Google itself, hopefully in a timely manner.
But rumors indicate that there might me more than meets the eye behind this story. As Android and Me's Dustin Earley speculates, the GSM Galaxy Nexus might be the first device to receive the update to the next iteration of Android, codenamed Jellybean.
While the Android 4 rollout is just now picking up speed, we've already heard a lot of chatter about Google announcing Jellybean as early as June, at its annual Google I/O event. Adding fuel to the rumor mill is a crash report received by AndroidPolice, courtesy of an established developer on the Google Play Store, Yuku Sugianto. The crash report suggests that a “takju” variant of the Galaxy Nexus (now confirmed as Google's newly released unlocked GSM version) was running Jellybean. It's highly possible that Google is testing its latest OS version in the wild. You can view the complete crash report and analysis here.
If the report is real, it's likely that Google's GSM Galaxy Nexus will be one of the first devices to receive the Jellybean update. Along with the specs and the price point, this possibility makes the device that much more attractive. Of course, crash logs and reports can be faked easily, but in this case, it might be something more than wishful thinking on our part. All we can do is hope for the best.
What are your thoughts? Will you be buying the unlocked GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus?