Unveiled: 19th of October 2011 (delayed from October 11th) Since then? No concrete release date? Check Delays on rumoured release dates? Check Bloatware? Check Carrier interference? Check (Or maybe not if you believe Verizon.) Two of the biggest things I admire with Apple and its products is it's ability to announce then release in a swift manner and it's ability to release handsets without any carrier interference. For me the best thing about a "Nexus" android handset is a pure, no nonsense Android experience with Google and its primary OEM in control but the Verizon GN seems anything but at the moment. Lets see how Nokia, Microsoft and T-Mobile handle the Lumia launch in the U.S. Hopefully they'll show Google/Samsung and Verizon how it's done.