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After waiting and waiting….. and waiting some more, Verizon Wireless has finally announced that the Galaxy Nexus will indeed be released tomorrow, December 12th, 2011. Why is this so huge? Well, this is the first, and quite possibly the only Nexus device to come to Verizon Wireless. Back in October Google, Android, and Samsung announced the phone which would be operating the all new Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone, along with the brand new operating system are offering an amazing combination of such features as facial unlock recognition, a 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD screen (720p), NFC (Near Field Communication-which can be used for mobile payments, transferring of files, and a host of other possibilities that will come as more developers design new apps that take advantage of the technology), and curved glass (re-enforced, though sadly not Gorilla Glass from Corning, which many Android phone enthusiasts have come to value greatly). To see the full list of specs and to receive the official updates, go to http://www.google.com/nexus/#/indexWhat makes us excited is that this phone has abilities that no other Android phone (or any other smart phone that we know of) has, like the ability to completely disable apps. For Verizon Wireless customers, this is huge because 1. Many people can’t stand the “bloatware” (Verizon installed apps) and hate that they are required to have them taking up space on the phone. What this feature does is allows users to disable the apps so that they do not operate while disabled. Unfortunately the apps are still taking up that space on the memory bank in the phone. And 2. With so many new customers on tiered data plans, where they are limited to only 2GB of data each month (or more depending on your plan), the ability to turn off high data using apps is a major benefit. In Android 4.0 there are other features that give users more detailed information on what apps are using up the most data and can monitor how much data is being used at any given time.

One of the other features that many are excited about, including the folks of Google and Samsung, is the integrated Google+ video conferencing. This app allows users to use Google+ to video chat with up to 9 other people. There are other apps out there that allow Android phones to video conference with multiple users, but this will be the first time that and Android phone uses Google+. This is a great marketing tool for Google to promote Google+ as it attempts to compete with facebook in the world of Social Networking.

This by far is in no way a full listing of the new features that are to come on this amazing device and Android 4.0. This is a highlight of some of the things we’re excited about. We’ll have a full review of the device coming soon. Please comment and let us what you think and what you’re excited about.

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