Nexus Prime is DROID Prime, exclusively for Verizon?

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Ever since we first caught word of the Nexus Prime, we’ve been waiting eagerly to catch word or hints from Samsung. The next in line of the Nexus phones would be the first to feature Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” and a Super AMOLED Plus display. We’re now hearing that the Nexus Prime may actually be the DROID Prime, which would make it exclusively for Verizon.

We already knew that Verizon was passing up on the Galaxy S II, and we figured that the carrier was holding out for some more impressive version of the Galaxy S II, or GS2, but it looks like something sweeter is on the way. But because the DROID Bionic is coming September 8, it might be a while – maybe December or January – until we see this thing. And will it be packing support for Verizon’s speedy 4G LTE network?

BGR reports:

Apparently, “Verizon doesn’t think the Samsung GALAXY S II will be competitive with the iPhone 5 when it launches.” Instead, not only is Verizon launching the Samsung DROID Prime, a device that is sure to be the new flagship Android phone ahead of the holidays, but the company will have the handset as an exclusive. The DROID Prime is expected to be the first smartphone to launch with Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” and we have been told the model number is SCH-i515.

We’re hearing that the iPhone 5 may hit all the major U.S. carriers, which is great news for Sprint, who’d been wanting the Apple smartphone for some time, but it still looks like Verizon has the lockdown on the better Android handsets.

[Via: BGR, photo]

  • vbscript2

    I highly doubt that Verizon really thinks the GS2 wouldn’t be able to compete with iPhone 5. After all, it is the only phone that is outselling iPhone in the markets where it is released. However, I do not doubt that they think either the Galaxy S II LTE or the Nexus Prime/DROID Prime/whatever-it’s-gonna-be-called would be a better competitor against iPhone 5 (and every other phone on the market, for that matter.)

  • vbscript2

    I highly doubt that Verizon really thinks the GS2 wouldn’t be able to compete with iPhone 5. After all, it is the only phone that is outselling iPhone in the markets where it is released. However, I do not doubt that they think either the Galaxy S II LTE or the Nexus Prime/DROID Prime/whatever-it’s-gonna-be-called would be a better competitor against iPhone 5 (and every other phone on the market, for that matter.)

  • Hasg

    Verizon sold out to apple and the iphone… time to short verizon stock

    • http://www.facebook.com/hazydave Dave Haynie

      Nope. And not because Verizon’s even remotely noble or anything — just greedy, like all the rest. AT&T has to play Apple with a little bit of the kid gloves approach when they had the exclusive. But once Verizon got in the iPhone game, AT&T seemed to solve their Android issues overnight, even as far as launch the Motorola Atrix, which is probably still better than anything actually on Verizon today. And by then, Apple needed Verizon more than Verizon needed Apple — Android had already overtaken iOS in the handset market. So Apple doesn’t have the power to manipulate Verizon as they did AT&T. 

      Verizon wants it all… Apple and Android. And in particular, there are millions of original Droid owners (like me) looking to upgrade some time this fall. Verizon doesn’t want us going to AT&T or Sprint. 

      And don’t forget, the original Droid was a “first-OS” phone, for Android 2.0, just as the Xoom and the Nexus phones were for their original OS releases. And it was a “Google Experience” phone, too… it’s not absolutely necessary for a phone to be called “Nexus” to be released without being messed with. So we’ll see. 

    • Spanishkitten

      What does that mean?

  • Anonymous

    This is laughable at best…Verizon will never be first to ANY GOOGLE PHONE all it will be is there verison of the google phone. Google will not allow verizon to have exclusive right over Sprint or Tmobile. Mark my words on this one…

    • Enoel69

      Agreed 1000 %…Droid Prime doesn’t equal a Nexus 3. Droid Prime equals a top of the line Verizon flagship ICS phone to go to bats w/ the iPhone 5. Make no mistake there will be a new Nexus coming…probably the Samsung I9250 w/ a 4.65″ 720p Super Amoled HD screen, 1.5Ghz dual core or maybe HTC may make a return as the OEM of choice for the new Nexus or maybe LG. We just have to wait a few months to find out.

    • Anonymous

      You may be eating your words soon, as you have no idea what Google’s plans are.

    • Sevenstars

      Your knowledge of anything Android (including your EVOs) is laughable. Verizon had a “Google phone” long before Sprint did. It was called the Motorola Droid, and I know you just put your fingers in your ears and go “blah blah Sprint Evo Sprint Evo” when you’re being corrected, and make up ridiculous arguments, but like it or not, accept it or not, it was the first phone with Android 2.0, it was Vanilla Android (with the exception of a few sounds and the boot image). It, along with Verizon’s massive ad-campaign also did more than ANY single phone to put Android squarely on the map. A lot of non-techies refer to everything Android as “Droids”. I have a friend who calls her EVO a “Droid EVO” (I keep correcting her, I was the one who told her to buy the EVO in the first place because it runs on WiMax – other than that, it’s a Droid Incredible with a larger screen and a WiMax radio). Again, whether you like it or not, accept it or not, there may not have even BEEN an EVO if it wasn’t for the OG Droid taking Android from an obscure OS to a household name. I know you pride yourself on your ignorance, but sometimes, it’s just embarassing even scan-reading your posts.
      I know you’ll probably post something retarded (in typical richard yarrell fashion) along the lines of “I make you laugh” or I’m a bum, or have sex with ducks, but really, separate your 4 brain cells from your rectum – even if it’s for 5 minutes.

      • Comisssssh

        wow, you are such a loser ahahhahahahahahah

        • Comisssssh

          all of you are total losers

    • Spanishkitten

      shut up!

  • Westppc

    If it is a Verizon version, that means it will have bloatware so who cares. I just hope that it doesn’t take 7 months or so just to get the”real” google version of it on at&t like it took for the Nexus S which I would never buy since it’s specs were loooooong outdated by the time it came to them.

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