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Complete Details On the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android "Ice Cream Sandwich"

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Kim Titus kicked things off and mentioned how awesome Google and Samsung are together. He introduced JK Shin, the Samsung president, and said that the next big product is going to be announced. I wonder what it'll be... Anyways, he brought out Andy Rubin. He mentioned that Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" is set to be easy to use, beautiful, and wants to go beyond what current smartphones do. They showed off quite a sexy video of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - making it official!

Kevin Packingham showed up on stage to tell us that Samsung has been doing great lately with the Galaxy S, the Nexus, and the Tab Series. The Galaxy Nexus will, obviously, be the first LTE smartphone running Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich".

Complete specs of the device: a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD Contour display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, 1GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 16GB / 32GB of internal storage, a front-facing 1.3MP camera, a 5MP AF camera with an LED flash and 1080p video recording, a 1,750mAh battery, WiFi a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 support, NFC, accelerometer / gyroscope / barometer, LTE / HSPA+ connectivity depending on where you are, an 8.94mm thin and slightly curved body, and Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich". Sadly, they decided to go with this TI OMAP CPU instead of their own Exynos dual-core 1.5GHz and a 5MP camera instead of an 8MP one. Oh well. Anyways, this will be available this November in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Japan will be getting it via NTT DoCoMo and there was no word on a Canadian launch but hopefully it'll also be available in November along with the US.

Getting to the software, ICS has 3 design principles which I mentioned earlier. ICS has a new typeface called Roboto which you'll find all over Android now. The buttons are on-screen which you should already know by now. The Android app and widget screen are finally scrolling the same way that the homescreen does or like the iPhone does which is great. The favourites tray is now customizable which is also great. Like Honeycomb, there's a recent app button which shows you large thumbnails of your most recent apps. Notifications are also even better than before! The virtual keyboard is also much improved and looks a whole lot better than before - the text to talk feature also got better. Face Unlock is exactly what it sounds like but didn't work when they tried to demo it on stage.

The Gmail app is revamped and has 2-line e-mail preview which you will love. The new Calendar app is also looking very sexy. In the Settings, there's a data usage which will be great for those data hogs out there or for those who don't want to pay more for extra data. Of course, the lockscreen can put you right into the Camera app and you'll be able to share it instantly to a bunch of different services (Flickr, Twitter, Google+, etc.). You'll also be able to photo-edit your photos using the Gallery app right on the spot - there's Instagram-like photo filters and other great stuff. In the Camera, there's also a Panorama mode which is just awesome. The Contacts app is also redesigned and looks great - it appears to take design cues from Windows Phone 7. Android Beam uses NFC and you'll be able to touch your phones together to share information. It's a lot like webOS's Tap to Share feature. The Android ICS SDK is available right now for developers which is also awesome! Kim Titus ended up wrapping things up quick so look out for every website to get their hands-on with these very shortly.

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