Sometimes, you just gotta hold off on the “Phone Of The Year” predictions until most of the big players have finally played their cards. That assessment cannot ring more true than with what just happened in today’s Google (and Samsung) announcement of the new Android flagship – the much awaited Galaxy Nexus. Coming in November in selected markets, (and will probably roll out slowly to others including the Philippines) the device brings with it a massive HD Super AMOLED screen, dual-core processor, and the newest version of the mobile OS – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With enough new features brought out by the mashup of Gingerbread + Honeycomb and then some, the Google (Samsung) Galaxy Nexus promises to be one of the most sought after devices this year. (Probably next year for us, though.)
The Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus is of course both these manufacturers’ newest flagship phone. Google’s previous one was the Nexus S, while Samsung’s most recent effort gave us the popular Galaxy S II. Bring them together, include some of the highest level components you can muster and you’ll end up with the Galaxy Nexus. First off, it is the first phone to have an HD resolution (1280×720) display, powered by a massive 4.65” Super AMOLED screen. It also has a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, NFC capabilities, 5MP camera with LED flash, front facing camera, and supports up to 1080x30p movie recording. Of course the biggest upgrade has to be the new buttonless front of the device (it uses on-screen buttons like Honeycomb) and it is the first phone to have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Ice Cream Sandwich brings with it a ton of new features and improvements – chief of which is the marrying of the flexibility and UI of Honeycomb with the portability and simplicity of Gingerbread. Noticeable changes include a lot of Honeycomb inspired interface touches – including the task switcher, widget selections, detailed single-style Notifications, and even the on-screen Back and Home buttons. Beyond those, Android 4.0 now has improved speech recognition, face recognition, improved web browser (with up to 16 tabs, offline saving and Chrome bookmark synching), updated GMail, pinch-to-zoom calendar, data use tracking, NFC sharing, improved People
Hub App, and even a faster camera app with one-sweep panorama feature. Video can be recorded up to 1080x30p and a time lapse feature is thrown in as well.
You can check out a preview video of the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich in this video here. Also, there’s Android robots driving Tron motorcycles – so you know it’s legit.
As far as we’re concerned, there really is too many improvements on Ice Cream Sandwich than what we would have time for. Suffice to say, Google and Samsung have a new killer device in the
Nexus Prime Galaxy Nexus and we’d love to see more of it soon. As per usual, no official dates or prices have been announced – especially in the Philippines – so lets calm down for now. We will let you know as soon as we new information though. Until then, we wait. Twiddle those thumbs.
For more info and some pictures, you can also check out the Galaxy Nexus page here.