Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Android Ice Cream Sandwich unveiled

South Korean manufacturer Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Nexus device that runs the latest Android 4.0 operating system by Google. The official release of the 4.65in-device running the software named “Ice Cream Sandwich” took place in Hing Kong, aiming to replace the “Nexus S” smartphone running the previous version of Android, “Gingerbread.” The device features Super Amoled screen with 1280×720 pixel resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The phone features plenty of extras like a 5 megapixel camera, 1080p video camera, reduced shutter delay for taking pictures, and picture effects. A major innovation is the built-in facial recognition functionality complemented by Near Field Communications (NFC) technology that allows short-range transactions. The device is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

The face recognition functionality, called “Face Unlock,” is incorporated by Google developers into the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, while Android Beam utilizes NFC to share web pages, apps and YouTube videos with other devices that boast the same functionality.

Andy Rubin, Google’s head of mobile, went on to say that Android users are now able to capture and share day life moments with family and friends, taking advantage of redesigned contacts browsing functionality that combines high-resolution photos and updates from Google+ and other social services. He told journalists that Google introduced a new font that is optimized for HD displays and rethought the way the keyboard is working. Users can search emails offline and enjoy more interactive notifications, with the new operating system and the People app, he added. The Ice Cream Sandwich also features voice recognition for composing tweets, emails or texts on customers’ phones.

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