The latest version of the Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the new Galaxy Nexus smartphone have been announced by Samsung and Google in Hong Kong.
The Galaxy Nexus will be the first device to launch with the latest version of the operating system (4.0). This introduces a new interface as well as integration with Google+.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich key features
- New look interface
- Google+ integration
- Soft navigation keys rather than physical buttons
- Improved multi-tasking and notifications
- Face Unlock – facial recognition software that can be used to unlock the phone
Like the Samsung-made Google Nexus S the Galaxy Nexus has a slightly curved screen, although this display is larger, measuring 4.65-inches from corner to corner.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus, key specs
- 4.65-inch (slightly curved) capacitive touchscreen
- 1280×720 pixel Super AMOLED display
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB of Ram
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) OS
- 5Mp camera with 1080p video recording
- HSPA+ and wi-fi connectivity
The Galaxy Nexus also has LTE connectivity, although without 4G arriving in these shores anytime soon we’re not sure if this will be included on the UK version.
Google has strong-armed Samsung into including a colour coded LED notification light for missed calls etc (present in the original Nexus made by HTC but missing from the Google Nexus S) while the integration with Google+, coupled with the front facing 1.2Mp camera, means it’ll be easy to ‘hangout’ with your friends.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Nexus will be available to buy in the UK sometime in November, although there’s no news on network availability or price yet.
Ice Cream Sandwich is also likely to be made available as an update to other Google Nexus phones around the same time.