Samsung, Google Show Off Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Google and Samsung announced the Galaxy Nexus overnight, the first Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Android smartphone. It came a week late after the companies decided to postpone the event out of respect for Steve Jobs. If you caught a glimpse at the leaked specifications earlier, the announcement brought few surprises. The source cited by BGR totally nailed this one.

The Galaxy Nexus comes with the following specifications, as expected:

  • 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution
  • 8.94mm thin
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB /32GB on-board storage, expandable by microSD card
  • 5-megapixel camera with no shutter lag, full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • HSPA+ or LTE, depending on carrier
  • Near field communication (NFC)
  • 1,750 mAh battery

The software powering this nifty smartphone, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, is equally impressive. The next generation of Android offers a refreshing interface and improved usability, as well as a bunch of new features — such as phone unlocking by face recognition, resizable widgets, Android Beam (Bump-like feature, utilizing NFC) and mobile data tracking (handy if your carrier imposes a data cap).

The Galaxy Nexus will be released in November, but developers can already start working on the new Android platform. Learn more about it on the Android Developers Blog.

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