Whew, the wait is over and the next superphone from Google is finally here and it indeed is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So far all I can say is WOW! For full specs of the Galaxy Nexus click here. The event is finally starting to wrap up in Hong Kong but don’t worry, we have hands-on pictures and video with the new Galaxy Nexus so check it all out after the break.
Hopefully you all watched live as Google and Samsung unveiled the new device, and if you did you’re probably drooling from the mouth as am I. Now I’m sure a few will still want to see a list of specifications so just to be nice I have the full list for everyone to check out. This thing has an amazing 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD display with a 1280 x 720 resolution and will look incredible, then a blazing fast 1.2 GHz dual-core processor to speed things along. Check out the list:
-Android 4.0 Ice Cream
-4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED Screen with a 1280 x 720p resolution
-1.2GHz dual-core processor
-Redesigned UI in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
-Improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NF support, full web browsing
-Android 4.0 features Software Navigation buttons
-People App with Google+ and social network integration
-Redesigned camera with panorama mode, 1080p video, zero-shutter lag, new faces and background replacement features
-Face Unlock: Facial recognition to unlock your phone
-Android Beam uses NFC to easily share all content with other Android users by tapping the phones together
-Pure Google Experience Device
-8.94mm thick, 4.29mm bezel
-LTE and HSPA+ connectivity for a wide carrier launch
-Available in USA, Europe, and Asia beginning in November on multiple carriers
I’ve covered tons of the new changes of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and you can see more details on that here, and if you watched the event live you saw it all too. I’ll skip all those little things as we’ve known the specs and information for a while now, and instead get right into the good stuff — hands-on pictures and video.
Google really has reinvented the wheel here with Ice Cream Sandwich. Everything is extremely polished, simple, user friendly and just gorgeous. From the new application launcher tray, widget selector, People app with HD tiles of all the important people in your phone and more. They’ve really stepped it up a notch and iOS5 should be afraid, very afraid. As far as size is concerned, with no dedicated capacitive buttons the larger screen fills that space and doesn’t make the device actually larger. What we have is an average sized smartphone that will feel very similar in size and nothing out of the ordinary, yet have that brilliant 4.65″ display.
While this is still Android and something we completely understand. Everything is newer, prettier, re-sizable and HD. Everything is HD from pictures of friends and contacts, tiles and more, nothing looks average and the entire device is as crisp and clear as possible. Google is moving away from the long-press to do things on a touchscreen and will make as many things as possible be done via swipe gestures instead. While many things will remain the same, plenty has changed.
Galaxy Nexus hands-on:
We could go on for a long time regarding all the latest changes but instead we’ll just let you check out all the videos and photos and see for yourself.