It's been what seems like an eternity since Google stopped selling the Nexus One directly through Google struggled with support and logistics involved with selling a consumer electronic, and shelved the concept, instead offering its next Nexus device, the Nexus S, through retail partners. In a surprise move today, the search giant has resumed selling devices directly, this time with the Galaxy Nexus GSM/UMTS unlocked model.

The smartphone (which we've reviewed) is the same GSM/UMTS Galaxy Nexus variant which has been on sale before, and is being sold through the Google Play store for $399 unlocked with free two day shipping in the US. That's not bad at all considering other retailers have been pricing the same device at $400 or up (a quick check puts it at $450 at newegg currently). As a reminder, the GSM/UMTS Galaxy Nexus works with HSPA+ on both T-Mobile AWS (1700/2100 MHz) and AT&T (850 / 1900 MHz) in the USA. This time around, Google is prepared to deliver support and handle all the logistics involved with directly selling smartphones to users online. 

Source: Google Play, Google Mobile Blog

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  • zorxd - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - link

  • pikahatonjon - Thursday, April 26, 2012 - link

    the galaxy nexus that google sells directly through google play is actually 399 with mandatory $10.50 two day shipping and mandatory tax(at least in CA) which makes it come out to ~$446
    it doesn't come with free 2 day shipping.
  • niva - Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - link

    got one as soon as the deal came out, couldn't be happier.
  • Golgatha - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    except no microSD card slot. Fail.
  • shelysaxton - Monday, May 14, 2012 - link

    Samsung galaxy nexus is a touchscreen slate android smartphone. I like this wonderful and smart one bcoz it's the world's first phone to run android 4.0 ice cream sandwich. I also interest to buy from Google play store. Thanks for news update!

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