The release date of the highly anticipated Android 4.0 smartphone Samsung Galaxy Nexus via Verizon Wireless in the U.S. market is creating as much buzz as the launch of the Apple iPhone 4S did. And the latest buzz is that the Ice Cream Sandwich phone will hit stores Dec. 15.

Because Verizon missed its supposed release date on Friday, Android fans are beginning to grow wary. Earlier, rumor mills churned that Verizon would release Galaxy Nexus on Dec. 9 (apparently due to the fact that this date was mentioned on a purported Verizon equipment guide via DroidDog). The equipment guide reportedly initially said Galaxy Nexus was set to launch to all channels on December 9, but later the language was changed to Launch date is coming soon.

And now, according to Droid Life, Verizon is telling ALL employees, stores, managers, and indirects that December 15 is the new target.

Galaxy Nexus will be on sale for $299 with a two-year contract.

The features of Samsung Galaxy Nexus are as follows:

• Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
• 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
• 4.65 Super AMOLED Display
• 5MP Rear- and 1.3MP Front-Facing Camera
• 32GB Internal Storage
• Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct
• Face Unlock, Android Beam & More
• 3.5mm Audio Jack
• 1GB RAM
• 4G LTE (region specific)

Can't wait to get your hands on Galaxy Nexus? Hate Verizon? Well, there' a solution. Walk across the border to Canada, where it's selling for $650 unlocked. Yay!

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