Contrary to earlier Samsung press statements of a Singapore release of the Galaxy Nexus in the first quarter of 2012, Samsung representatives have told CNET Asia that the Galaxy Nexus will be arriving in Asian markets before the year is over.

“All markets in Southeast Asia–Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines–are expected to launch the Galaxy Nexus in Q4 2011,” wrote a Samsung representative to CNET Asia.

During an event in Jakarta, Indonesia, a Samsung representative verified the announcement that Samsung is trying to release the smartphone in Singapore before Christmas.  This places the Galaxy Nexus’ Asian release date much earlier than was originally announced in an earlier press statement from Samsung.

The Galaxy Nexus will be running the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), and its release also heralds the coming of the latest OS to other mobile devices.  Samsung has already announced that both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II will be endowed with the latest ICS.

Samsung has yet to confirm whether the earlier Galaxy S will be receiving the ICS update.  The Google Nexus S, which is a variant of the Galaxy S, has been confirmed for upgrading to ICS.

Consumers will most likely get the ICS updates on their Galaxy S.  However, with Samsung already pushing out two updates for the device–Froyo and Gingerbread–it might be unlikely to continue adding some support for a one and a half year-old model.

What do you think?  Will the Galaxy Nexus receive a warm welcome in the 6 Southeast Asian countries mentioned by Samsung?