Samsung and Google Announce The Galaxy Nexus– This Is The Future Of Android
Thought the Droid RAZR raised the bar for Android phones? Think again. Google and Samsung have finally taken the wraps off of the future of Android and Android phones with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus– and put simply both look absolutely incredible.
As always we’ve got all the info you’re gonna want and need to know after the break, so read on.
Let’s start with the future of the Android phone, the Galaxy Nexus.
Just like last year with the Nexus S, Samsung and Google have teamed up to show off their vision for what future Android phones should be. And just like the Nexus S last year,the Galaxy Nexus really changes everything for Android phones.
Design wise the Galaxy Nexus is one of the nicest phones we’ve seen. It’s not as thin or as strong as the Droid RAZR (it’s about 2mm thicker– or in other words it’s still crazy thin– and it isn’t waterproof), but with its large 4.65 inch curved screen and no button design it’s just impressive. And speaking of that screen, all we can say is wow. Samsung and Google have given the Galaxy Nexus not only one of the largest screens we’ve ever seen on a phone, but what promises to be one of the best looking too. The Galaxy Nexus packs Samsung’s latest and greatest Super AMOLED HD screen that is right up there with the iPhone’s amazing Retina Display and is pretty much like a HDTV in your pocket (seriously, this screen is insane).
Speed wise the Galaxy Nexus is no slouch either, with its 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (same as most of today’s top Android phones and means that everything you do should run fast and without any freezes or lags). The Galaxy Nexus also packs a pretty impressive camera and while it’s just 5 megapixels, there’s literally zero lag which means that the second you press the capture button the picture is taken (in other words, you’re actually getting the moment you want when it happens instead of a few seconds after it’s over). There is also a 1.3 megapixel front camera for higher quality video chat (and for unlocking the phone with your face… but more on this in a minute).
The Galaxy Nexus also has support for NFC (or near-field communication, a new tech that allows for you to do things like use your phone as a credit card or Android Beam– again, more on this soon) and even a barometer (which Wikipedia says is used for measuring “atmospheric pressure”– in other words, the temperature. This may also make the GPS work even faster in finding your location which is a more practical reason for why this is in here).
In terms of what network it will run on, as rumored the Galaxy Nexus is coming to Verizon and it will have support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. Unfortunately though that’s all we know as Verizon, Samsung and Google haven’t said anything yet about an exact launch date or price (rumors are that it’ll be out in November for Verizon’s usual 4G phone price of $300 with a new 2 year contract and data plan).
So with the impressive hardware now covered let’s move to the next big part of the phone: the all new software, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the next major version of Android for both phones and tablets and from what we’ve seen, it looks to be pretty amazing.
As you’d expect, Google made a bunch of improvements to Android here, but we’re only gonna focus on ones you’re really gonna want to know about.
- No more buttons below the screen– You know those buttons below each Android phone’s screen for home, search, menu and back? Well as you can see from the pictures of the Galaxy Nexus above they’re now gone, instead replaced with onscreen, virtual Back, Home and Multitasking buttons at the bottom of each app. This should mean we’ll see some nicer looking Android phones in the future with just a camera, speaker and screen on the front of the phone.
- Face Unlock– Probably Ice Cream Sandwich’s coolest feature: the ability to unlock your phone with your face. Yeah, this is insanely cool and will definitely impress all your friends.
- Better multitasking– One of the biggest problems with all the older versions of Android was how hard it was to actually close apps. You’d leave them thinking they were closed but then later find out that they were still be running in the background, slowing down your phone and draining your battery. In Ice Cream Sandwich Google looks to fix this problem, and now once you press that multitasking button you’ll see a pop-up of all you recent apps, allowing you to either tap on them to reopen them or swipe them to the left or right to actually close them. We’re really glad Google finally added this.
- Android Beam– Like Face Unlock this is also something that will really impress your friends. Using the built-in NFC chip (also found in phones like the Nexus S), you can just tap your Android phone with your friends Android phone to instantly share things like contact info, directions or even things like links to the game you’re playing, app you’re using or YouTube video your watching (you can’t transfer the actual app but this will instead open up the Android Market on your friend’s phone so they can download it for their phone).
Also new in Ice Cream Sandwich are folders (for grouping apps and even favorite people and keeping your phone better organized), a data usage limit (so you can tell your phone to warn you or turn off your 3G/4G when you’re near your monthly data limit– great for making sure you don’t run over and have to pay your carrier even more money), an updated notifications bar (where you can now swipe away alerts), better photo editor and video effects, and better voice control (seen above. It’s not Siri, but it should now be better for sending texts or searching the web with just your voice).
There’s a lot more in Ice Cream Sandwich, and for all the info on everything else that’s new see Google’s Android site here.
There you have it, everything you need to know about the all new Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
So, what do you think: you like everything that’s new in Ice Cream Sandwich? And if you’re on Verizon and have an upgrade coming up– which phone do you want as your next phone: iPhone 4S, Droid RAZR or Galaxy Nexus? Share your thoughts in the comments.
More info: Google