The Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich Are Official

By  |  Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

The Android world has a new flagship phone, and Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, is finally official. In Hong Kong, Google and Samsung have announced the Galaxy Nexus, the first phone to run ICS. Here’s a video about it:

The Galaxy Nexus may be the ultimate Android handset to date–if so, it makes the reign of the Motorola Droid RAZR, which was announced Tuesday morning, the shortest on record.

The Nexus has a 4.65″ 720p display, 4G, and NFC capability, and it’s got the teardrop-shaped case that people thought the iPhone 5 would sport. But the real news is Ice Cream Sandwich. It owes a lot more to Honeycomb, the tablet-friendly version of Android, than it does to Gingerbread, the most recent release for phones. It ditches the physical buttons, has thumbnails for multitasking, lets you unlock your phone via facial recognition, and generally looks slick.

I’m hoping it’s the first phone version of Android that doesn’t feel like it was created by nerds who don’t know much about interface design–and that the stuttering problem which This is My Next’s Vlad Havov noticed when he tried out the Nexus disappears before the phone ships.

More thoughts to come…

 
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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Addy Miller Says:

    I am finding it really interesting, but the face unlock could be a little hassle after a time. This is the only thing I noticed from the video that would affect me, of course there would be provision for it.

  2. @hurtle24 Says:

    I gotta say that android thing is fugly, why is the screen so big?

  3. iphonefamily Says:

    Really? Looks like the iPhone works to me. The Nexus didn't work too well with ICS during the event. Kinda funny. So you choose a buggy OS phone over one that works? I've got a broken car you might be interested in.

  4. The_Heraclitus Says:

    Umm, because that is the size tablet it was demo'ed on.

    Time for you to rent an IQ.

  5. video maker Says:

    Galaxy nexus is really doing well to outcome the Iphone but i do not think that they can beat them. Iphone is really develping them a lot and i think they will be the biggest sellers in the world. :)
    Thanks