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Google and Samsung Launch Galaxy Nexus Android Smartphone and Ice Cream Sandwich OS

Simple. Beautiful. Beyond Smart. That’s the message Google are giving out with the launch of the new Galaxy Nexus and the update to their newest version of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

‘Beaming a video with a single tap or unlocking a device with only a smile sounds like science fiction. Now, you can actually do these things (and more) with a phone that fits in the palm of your hand.’

That is the boast on Google’s blog this morning in light of the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, launched in conjunction with Samsung in Hong Kong at 3am (UK time) Wednesday 19th October, 2011.

The Galaxy Nexus Smartphone Features

The Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65” Contour Display with true high definition (720p) resolution and a lightning-fast dual core 1.2ghz processor combined with 4G LTE or HSPA+ technology.

Ice Cream Sandwich is a mobile Android OS that works on both phones and tablets. Ice Cream Sandwich features new fonts that are optimized for HD displays and hardware buttons have been removed in favour of adaptable software buttons.

Other initiatives include a refined tab manager. As you’d expect with a Google device you can also sync bookmarks with Google Chrome, as well as benefit from what they claim is the ‘best mobile Gmail experience to date.’

The service lets you quickly search through your inbox and search messages even when you’re offline, as well as zoom in on Calendar events with ease.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Contact Updates

Contacts have also had a revamp with the new Ice Cream Sandwich OS update with the new People app, which combines high-resolution photos and updates from ‘Google+ and other social services’. (Editor’s Note: By other ‘social services’ we are pretty sure Google mean Facebook and Twitter, but it looks like Google can’t quite bring itself to mention the F word in the press release!).

The Galaxy Nexus sports a high-end camera with zero shutter lag, automatic focus, and top notch low-light performance. Additional features include: live effects, single motion panoramic camera, quick responses, data usage and Android beam.

This weekend marks the third birthday of the G1, the first-ever Android phone. Today, more than 550,000 Android devices are activated daily.

Starting in November, Galaxy Nexus will be available in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Check out the Nexus website for a product tour and more info.

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