In addition to announcing the Nexus 7, Nexus Q, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O today, Google also dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus down to $349 at its Google Play Store.
The price drop takes $50 off the normal price of the regular $399 Samsung Galaxy Nexus price tag. The device is the unlocked HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus and it’s compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile.
It will also be the first smartphone to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update that will be arriving at some point in July.
Google originally started selling the unlocked Galaxy Nexus in April, although it wasn’t the first time that the company has directly sold its branded smartphone. Google originally sold the Nexus One, its first Nexus smartphone, directly to consumers, but it stopped the practice in the weeks after its launch.
Read: Galaxy Nexus Review.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is also available on-contract at two carriers not called AT&T or T-Mobile. Both Sprint and Verizon offer the 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus and both offer it for cheaper than the $349 asking price for the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus.
Of course, both of those require contracts while the HSPA+ model does not. That makes the $349 asking price pretty appetizing.
Again, the HSPA+ version of the phone will be the first to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which means owners will be the first to have access to features like Google Now, customizable widgets, speed improvements, and new features for the Galaxy Nexus’ camera.
Those interested can find the device for sale at the Google Play Store.