Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile Canada have officially announced–without batting an eyelash, unlike some U.S. carriers–that the Google GALAXY Nexus will be arriving in Canada on December 8.
Both companies are currently accepting preorders for the Google GALAXY Nexus. The handset will cost $160 along with a three-year contract. Preorders can be made at Bell.ca/GalaxyNexus or at Virginmobile.ca/Nexus.
Bell is also running its first-of-a-kind online purchasing guarantee for the first 100 buyers who “line up” for the GALAXY Nexus online. Interested buyers can start “lining up” at http://twitterlineup.bell.ca/ at 10:00 AM (EST) on December 1. Participants will need to tweet a message to get a spot in the queue. Once already in the queue, one should return every hour thereafter and tweet anew in order to keep one’s place in the queue. Those who stay in the top 100 will be getting their GALAXY Nexus handsets delivered before the units actually arrive in physical stores.
Also on Best Buy Mobile, Rogers, TELUS
Best Buy Mobile is likewise accepting GALAXY Nexus preorders at its physical stores. Preordering customers have to pay $50 advance payment and will be notified as soon as the units arrive in Best Buy stores.
Rogers Communications and TELUS Canada will also be hosting the Google GALAXY Nexus but, according to reports, the two carriers won’t be releasing the device on their respective networks until January, 2012. No precise dates have been given for the GALAXY Nexus release date on either Rogers or TELUS.
Manufactured by Samsung, it features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display (720p resolution) and is powered by a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor. The Android smartphone comes with a 5-megapixel main camera said to have “zero shutter lag” and that can capture 1080p Full HD videos. It also has a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera for video calls. The GALAXY Nexus is also 4G-capable and has native support for Near Field Communication (NFC).
The GALAXY Nexus is the first-ever Android smartphone to use the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As the firstborn for Android 4.0, it gets to be the first to enjoy some of the new and improved features of Android’s latest version, including the latest versions of Google apps for mobile phones, new lock screen and widgets, Android Beam (which uses NFC for sharing files and data between two NFC-capable phones), Face Unlock (which uses facial recognition for unlocking the handset), and single-motion panoramic photo capture, among others.
The GALAXY Nexus was released in the U.K. market last week. No precise date has been determined as the GALAXY Nexus release date for the U.S. market.