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Galaxy Nexus coming to the U.S. in December, if not sooner

Samsung tells CNET that the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus will make its U.S. debut before the year is up.

When will the Galaxy Nexus launch? Soon, says Samsung.
When will the Galaxy Nexus launch? Soon, says Samsung. Samsung

Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus smartphone will make its U.S. debut on Verizon before the end of the year, a company spokeswoman told CNET in an e-mailed statement.

"The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year," the spokeswoman wrote. "Samsung/Google/Verizon Wireless are on track to launch the handset but we don't yet have a firm date."

The Android-based Galaxy Nexus has so far earned high marks from reviewers. In his review of the handset, CNET editor Kent German said that the "Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a big step forward for Android," earning four stars out of a possible five. However, he did say that without Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," the smartphone is "just another Android device."

Talk of the Galaxy Nexus launch cropped up yesterday when Business Insider claimed Samsung said it would be launching the smartphone in December. Technically, Samsung's statement leaves open the possibility that it could launch next week--i.e., in November--though that seems pretty unlikely.

So, what do we now know about the Galaxy Nexus launch? Despite Business Insider's claims, not much more than we did before. The Galaxy Nexus is coming to the U.S., it'll be available to Verizon Wireless customers, and it should arrive on store shelves before the year is out. Samsung isn't saying much more yet.