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View Full Version : Google and Samsung Announce Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus

Craig Horlacher
10-19-2011, 06:30 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://lifehacker.com/5851162/first-look-at-the-highly-polished-android-40-ice-cream-sandwich' target='_blank'>http://lifehacker.com/5851162/first...-cream-sandwich</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Google just unveiled their new Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, along with a preview of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, coming to phones next year. Here's a look at the creamy new update to the Android operating system."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/adt/auto/1319042056.usr309.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>Yesterday Google introduced the newest version of Android, version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.&nbsp; Along with Google, Samsung was there to unveil the newest Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus.&nbsp; Ice Cream Sandwich has been anticipated for quite a while now.&nbsp; It's the first version of Android to combine the phone (under version 3) and tablet (version 3.x) versions of the Android OS back into one version 4.0 for both form factors.&nbsp; In doing that Google has brought a number of features and UI characteristics from the tablet version over for Android phones to use as well.&nbsp; They redesigned a lot of the interface and added tons of new features like Face Unlock and new app level data usage details and controls.&nbsp; Follow the "Read" link to see more of the new features.</p><p>I love the look of Ice Cream Sandwich.&nbsp; They say they revamped the UI and while it still looks like Android it does look cleaner and better.&nbsp; I'm glad they brought things like stacks and scrollable widgets over from Honeycomb.&nbsp; I also love their phone implementation of the Honeycomb multitasking interface.</p><p>Don't forget to <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/18/samsungs-galaxy-nexus-gets-official-android-4-0-4-65-inch-hd/" target="_blank">check out the latest Nexus phone - the Galaxy Nexus</a>.&nbsp; It's a high-end phone for sure with 1GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, huge 720x1280 4.65" Super AMOLED display, a barometer, NFC, and most everything else you would expect.&nbsp; Some will be disappointed that the rear camera is only 5MP or by the lack of a microSD card slot.&nbsp; The Galaxy Nexus will be available in November.</p>