Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Oct 2011 18:27 UTC
Google So, somewhere in the middle of the night (at least for me) Samsung and Google held a joint event, in which they announced both the new Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. While the Galaxy Nexus is a pretty impressive phone, what we got to see from Ice Cream Sandwich surely didn't drop too many jaws.
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Finally, we might have vanilla on Verizon!
by WorknMan on Wed 19th Oct 2011 21:03 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I'm hoping that this phone won't be released before it's really finished; it would suck if Galaxy Nexus owners were put in the unfortunate role of being beta testers for ICS, as Xoom owners were for honeycomb.

However, assuming they don't have any serious issues out of the gate, this is going to be the phone to get if you hate all the bloatware that vendors keep putting on top of Android. Personally, I'm tired of these vendors f**king with the stock OS, and it's nice to FINALLY have a Google dev phone on Verizon (hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but everyone is pretty positive it's coming); now I'll be able to enjoy 'vanilla' without having to root the phone and try about a dozen different custom ROMs before finding one that's stable, and I'll be able to install updates as soon as Google releases them, instead of having to wait 6 months for the vendors to feed it to me.

There's been a lot of talk about the Galaxy Nexus as compared to the Galaxy II and Razr, but since the Nexus won't be infected with either Touchwiz or Motoblur, it wins hands down, IMO.

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senshikaze Member since:
2011-03-08

if you get a phone that is supported: cyanogenmod is a fairly light layer over AOSP. really it is just ADW (right now, not sure what they are going to do with ICS) instead of the Stock launcher (not that i can tell the difference between ADW and AOSP, personally).

I am definitely going to try to get this phone if I can.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

if you get a phone that is supported: cyanogenmod is a fairly light layer over AOSP.


Yeah, I am running CM7.1 and love it. Problem is, CM6/7 were hell on my battery, so it took them over a year to finally put out something that I was happy with. I probably could've installed a different kernel, but I am not quite that hardcore ;)

Thing about these Nexus phones is that it really allows those of us who don't really get sexually aroused by endlessly screwing with our phones to enjoy stock, while still getting all the latest updates, without going through all the bullshit. Sure, they'll probably stop updating it eventually, but I'm hoping we'll be able to stay current for at least a year or more.

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iampivot Member since:
2005-08-09

if you get a phone that is supported: cyanogenmod is a fairly light layer over AOSP.


An ever 'purer' version of AOSP is oxygen (http://forum.oxygen.im). It's hailed as the cleanest and most stable version of Android by its users.

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kloty Member since:
2005-07-07

and I'll be able to install updates as soon as Google releases them, instead of having to wait 6 months for the vendors to feed it to me.


That's what I was thinking before buying Nexus One. After it took Google more than half a year to release 2.3 for it, I'm not so sure any more. Let see if 4.0 will be released for Nexus One. Apparently it should be compatible (probably quite slow)

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unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

If I remember correctly, Nexus S had problems with self rebooting 2.3 systems. So updating Nexus One that don't have most of the hardware that 2.3 was developed to support would perhaps not have been such a good idea until they had solved the problems.

I would also guess that they needed to develop other drivers for Nexus One than for Nexus S. Nexus phones usually gets updated if its technically possible.

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geen idee Member since:
2008-09-19

As i remember Gingerbread was released in the middle of December and Gingerbread became available for the Nexus One on 22nd of February (you can check in the xda forums) ... SO your "more than half a year" is just not true.

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