Galaxy Nexus

galaxy nexus front read and side viewThe 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. The design is similar to the Nexus S with rounded corners and has a slightly curved design meant to contour to your face when held – there are no physical buttons on the Galaxy Nexus.

There is a 1.3MP front facing camera, but the same 5MP rear facing camera remains which is feeling pretty old now with the wave of 8MP cameras now standard on new devices, and given the Galaxy SII has one of those higher quality shooters, it seems odd the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t.

NFC, Wifi and Bluetooth are all on board, although Bluetooth is only v3 not v4 that supports low power connections like on the new iPhone4S. There is 16GB or 32GB storage options, with no mention of a microSD port for additional storage. The Galaxy Nexus also introduces Android Beam, which uses the NFC capability to instantly share webpages, YouTube videos, maps, directions and apps by simply tapping two phones together.

The Galaxy Nexus will be available globally from November, you can check out the Google Video below for more information:

Ice Cream Sandwich

ice cream sandwich logoAndroid 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) was fully designed to support both phones and tablets. There is a new font designed for HD displays, support for multi-context soft buttons which are now on-screen only, resizable widgets something people have been asking for for a long time, and improved keyboard and notifications.

The browser has also had a huge upgrade and now features desktop style tabs, bookmark sync with Chrome, and both GMail and Calendar clients have had improvements with better offline mail support and pinch-to-zoom diary view.

Competing with Siri the Google voice recognition system has been improved with much faster recognition times converting words to text as they are spoken instead of waiting until the user stops speaking to process them.

The camera software in ICS has been improved bringing features like continuous auto-focus for rapid shooting improvements, and a new image gallery with built in editing features and filters.

The ICS developer SDK will be made available immediately, but we’re waiting for details on which devices outside the Galaxy Nexus will be receiving the ICS upgrade, and hoping we can test it out on our Motorola Xoom soon!