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Google and Samsung announce the Galaxy Nexus + Android 4.0 duo “Ice Cream Sandwich”

After postponing the launch of the Nexus due to the death of Steve Jobs, some think the reason was different, but I think we will never know the truth. Google and Samsung yesterday announced the newest smartphone from the Mountain View firm, in addition to the fourth version of the Android operating system. (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich).

Galaxy Nexus

The Galaxy Nexus has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera, 4.65 inch HD Super AMOLED screen (16: 9 widescreen format, 1280 × 720 pixels, with 316ppi), processor dual-core 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, HSPA + and LTE (4G) connectivity, and comes in two versions: 16GB and 32GB. The new Nexus has no physical buttons, in addition to having Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n, NFC and barometer.

The new device, which will hit the North American, European and Asian markets in November, has good hardware however, which matters even if the ecosystem works well; we'll see a little more about that below. See a comparative table between the main smartphones on the market:

Smartphone comparison table

During the presentation of the new mobile operating system, which had problems demonstrating the ?Face Unlock? feature (Face Unlock), Andy Rubin reinforced three features of Android 4.0: ?ease of use?, ?elegant? and ?more than smart?.

Like the new system, it is possible to share contacts, locations and websites via NFC, a feature called ?Android Beam?. The Google social network (Google+) also gained prominence in the device / system, in addition to having favorites synchronization via Chrome Sync, new options for editing photos, filters and the possibility of taking panoramic photos. The virtual keyboard has also been improved in addition to improvements in the design of the system as a whole, such as the use of a new font, called Roboto. Now, users can control data consumption directly on the device, no longer needing third-party apps.

The widgets gained new features, such as the ability to drag, drop and resize. Notifications have also improved, and the new system allows screenshots to be easily captured. The browser also received new features and Gmail was reworked on Android 4.0.

We will see the first reviews of the device to have a notion if it threatens the iPhone 4S, which, according to Tim Cook, should set a historical sales record in the next quarter (something never before commented by Apple executives, say).

(via AppleInsider, This is my next, Electronist)