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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich complete guide

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich complete guide

It's time we learned about a whole new version of the Android mobile operating system from Google, this one numbered 4.0 and titled Ice Cream Sandwich. Google describes this version of Android as having improved multitasking, brought resizable widgets, added rich notifications and customizable home screens, and increases interactivity to a much deeper level. Google chose Samsung to represent this version of Android with the Galaxy Nexus, a device that will be the next hero device running vanilla Android, here with 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Android Face Unlock might be fooled with a photo

Android Face Unlock might be fooled with a photo

Google has admitted that the Face Unlock feature in its new version of Android could be fooled by a photo of the user, telling SlashGear that the security system is still in its early stages. The Ice Cream Sandwich feature - which logs into an Android 4.0 device by recognizing a pre-registered face, rather than using a PIN code or other credentials - struggled to recognize Google head of user experience Matias Duarte under the keynote lighting earlier this week, but could, we're told, still be convinced by a snapshot.

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Samsung exec denies Galaxy Nexus Apple patent workarounds

Samsung exec denies Galaxy Nexus Apple patent workarounds

Samsung's head of mobile global product strategy has denied reports that the Galaxy Nexus was designed specifically to work around Apple patents, despite Samsung mobile president Shin Jong-kyun suggesting that was the case earlier this week. Asked by AllThingsD about whether Samsung had created the new Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with Apple IP in mind, Won-Pyo Hong claimed "that wasn't really part of our discussions when designing the device" and went on to dismiss the claims as mere speculation.

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Verizon gets Galaxy Nexus exclusive (at first)

Verizon gets Galaxy Nexus exclusive (at first)

Up until last night, the rumor mill for the new Samsung device Galaxy Nexus was equaled only by the recently squashed notion of the iPhone 5 - all that's changed, but one point remains up in the air: will Verizon get the exclusive here in the USA? The answer appears to have come at first in a post from just a few hours ago showing the device complete with a Verizon 4G LTE logo emblazoned on the back of the device. So we're sure it's coming to Verizon, at least - then just moments ago we've been tipped by a mister Matthew D.L. about an answer he received to the same question we're asking here - will anyone else get this device, the first Android with Ice Cream Sandwich?

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Galaxy Nexus spotted with Verizon 4G LTE

Galaxy Nexus spotted with Verizon 4G LTE

Google and Samsung jointly announced last night the much anticipated Galaxy Nexus, which will be the first smartphone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although no particular carrier was mentioned for the device, it's long been rumored that Verizon opted out of the Samsung Galaxy S II to get first dibs on the Galaxy Nexus, and now it looks to be confirmed in a set of pictures from Google employee Romain Guy.

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Galaxy Nexus gets priced SIM-free

Galaxy Nexus gets priced SIM-free

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been priced, with one UK retailer claiming the smartphone will cost £429 pre-tax ($680) for the 16GB model. According to Clove, the first stock of the new Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone is expected in the UK in early November; however, the company also says that the 32GB version of the handset currently isn't scheduled to go on sale in the country.

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Samsung: Galaxy Nexus designed to avoid Apple patents

Samsung: Galaxy Nexus designed to avoid Apple patents

Samsung has admitted that the new Galaxy Nexus was designed specifically with bypassing Apple patents in mind, mobile president Shin Jong-kyun saying that the company "will avoid everything we can." Talking to Yohhap News, Shin said Samsung "take patents very seriously" but due to the complexity of intellectual property there was no guarantee that the Galaxy Nexus would be immune from ligitation.

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Android 4.0 upgrades just “weeks” after Nexus release says Rubin

Android 4.0 upgrades just “weeks” after Nexus release says Rubin

Ice Cream Sandwich should begin appearing on existing Android smartphones "a matter of weeks" after the Samsung Galaxy Nexus goes on sale in November, Google's Andy Rubin has confirmed. Rubin didn't specify which Android OEMs were expected to push out v4.0 first, while speaking at AllThingsD this morning, but did suggest that the delay between the first official Ice Cream Sandwich Googlephone and others getting to enjoy the new platform would be minimal.

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Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Hands-on

Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Hands-on

Android is now three years old, and with v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Google has given it perhaps the biggest update yet. With elements pulled in from Gingerbread and Honeycomb, ICS also has plenty of new functionality debuting on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We've spent some hands-on time with Android 4.0 on the new Nexus, so check out our first impressions after the cut.

The big takeaway is how consistent Android feels in this 4.0 release. Google has obviously worked hard to not only introduce new features but bring the older functionality up to speed so that everything fits together seamlessly, addressing a common criticism by iOS users that Android can feel piecemeal. The Roboto font looks great on the Galaxy Nexus' high-res display, and the animations shown in page transitions and when you tap on-screen icons like the new virtual buttons for home, back and menu are eye-catching enough to be interesting but not so involved as to slow the overall experience down.

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