In less than three weeks, Google’s current Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, is going to turn one year old. That means we’re due for an upgrade. Over the summer The Wall Street Journal said that we’re going to see multiple Nexus smartphones launched during the holiday shopping season, but that rumor is now being challenged.
Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus might have been overshadowed by the snappier Galaxy S3 or HTC One X in the past few months, but it’s still a darn solid phone that won’t let you down. And now might be the best time to get it, as Walmart is basically giving it away with any Verizon contract.
A few days ago we told you that Samsung may just launch a new Nexus device in the near future, its third handset reportedly conceived with Google in as many years, the Galaxy Nexus 2, aka the GT-I9260. That model number is awfully close to the Galaxy Nexus’s GT-I9250 number, which is why almost everyone in the tech news-reporting business is speculating that we’re looking at the second-generation Galaxy Nexus device.
Now that the iPhone 5 has been officially launched in several markets, we’re able to compare it with the hottest Android handsets in town. In fact we have already pitted it against the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus, the HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD. In case you’re also interested in durability tests, you’ll also have to see our iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 drop test performed right on iPhone 5 launch day.
As you already know, yesterday was iPhone 5 day. The new iOS smartphone was launched in nine countries and will roll out in 100 markets by the end of the year. Naturally, the device will be compared to every existing and upcoming high-end smartphone. In fact, we have a few such comparisons ourselves featuring the iPhone 5 against some of the hottest Android handsets available (and yes, they include video).
One of the perks of being a Nexus device includes Google provided, factory restoration images. Today, Google has made Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 (JRO03L) available for the global variant of the... Nexus S (soju) as well as Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 (JRO03R) available for the Nexus S 4G (sojus). These will do you good if you happen to flash a bad ROM or do run into issues tweaking and customizing...
AOKP Jelly Bean Build 2 is an extension of Build 1, in that the feature gaps in 1 have been filled in and then some. I mean, seriously, look at this Christmas list of items and tell me if you find anything missing!
Verizon will start rolling out a software update to fix the 4G radio issue on the Galaxy Nexus starting September 14. This is a problem that has been addressed on the leaked Jelly Bean firmware, but we know how Verizon likes to take it sweet time in rolling out those software updates. Fortunately, as per a leaked Best Buy internal memo, a software fix is coming for the defective Galaxy Nexus.
A distant rumor suggested that we will see a variety of Nexus-branded devices this year, but so far the only new Nexus in town is Google’s budget-friendly tablet, the Nexus 7. But with three months left in the year, there’s plenty of time for Google and its partners to launch a bunch of Nexus smartphones, especially since Samsung, Sony and LG are all rumored to work on one such devices: Galaxy Nexus 2, Xperia Nexus and LG Nexus.
According to various fresh reports flying all around the web, those of you living up North should be filled with excitement by now, as the JB update has begun to roll out to various Galaxy Nexus models. Yeah, that’s right, various models all at once, go figure!