Galaxy Nexus Shipments Begin Trickling Into Verizon Stores

Nearly everyone and their mother has pointed out that Verizon’s LTE-friendly Galaxy Nexus should be launching any day now, but here’s a new set of photos for those of you looking for something a little different to ogle. Courtesy of robertlawson225 on the xda-developers forums, we now have our first look at what may be the Galaxy Nexus in its retail finery.

Or is it? The box’s innards certainly look legitimate — the Nexus comes with the standard microUSB cable/AC adapter and a wired headset. The box proper, on the other hand, is mysteriously blank. Could this be a testament to the pure, untainted version of Android that the Galaxy Nexus bears? It’s possible, though I don’t know if Verizon places that much stock in the symbolism of their package design efforts.

There are a few possibilities, all of which are already being hotly debated on XDA. For what it’s worth, my money is on this particular unit being meant for life as a display unit or as the personal plaything of one of Verizon’s in-store device experts. Either way, it looks like the wait is very nearly over.

According to Lawson, Galaxy Nexuses are currently en route to Verizon stores as we speak, and Droid-Life’s sources peg the official release date as December 9. It’s so close, in fact, that I’m beginning to run out of minutiae of obsess over. If you’re anything like me — and I suspect some of you are — check out Jason Kincaid’s thorough dive into how the (GSM) Galaxy Nexus stacks up to the iPhone 4S.