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Samsung unveils Galaxy Nexus

Samsung unveils Galaxy Nexus
Tim Green


Devices / Samsung / October 19th 2011 at 10:05AM

Comes with Ice Cream Sandwich, NFC, HD Super AMOLED and 1.2GHz dual core processor. But no 'Prime'.

This is the long-awaited third 'Google' phone, and the first to feature Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

Everyone thought it was going to be called Nexus Prime, but it possibly sounded too much like a Bond Villain or West Indian pace bowler.

The new OS supposedly improves multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and web browsing. The device will also feature software navigation buttons.

Significantly, Ice Cream Sandwich comes with integrated Google+, sucking users into Google's big plan to dominate the social media space.

Elsewhere there's a 5 megapixel camera, introducing single-motion panorama mode, 1080p video capture, facial recognition, reduced shutter delay, and effects including silly faces and background replacement.

Even more wacky, it introduces Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone.

And this is the second NFC-enabled Nexus, so there's Android Beam, which is like Bump – and therefore allows two users to quickly share stuff by tapping your phones together.

Simon Stanford, Head of Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “We’re extremely excited about the GALAXY Nexus and the wide range of features it offers consumers.

"The collaboration with Google to launch the world’s first smartphone featuring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display is evidence of Samsung’s continuing passion for innovation within the market”.

It will be available in the UK in November.