GALAXY Nexus

Galaxy Nexus Hands-on

Galaxy Nexus Hands-on

Samsung and Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in Hong Kong today, and we grabbed some hands-on time with the new dual-core smartphone. Just 8.94mm thick, with a Contour Curve design, huge high-resolution display and choice of LTE or HSPA+ versions, the Galaxy Nexus is a fitting flagship to continue Google's Nexus brand. Keep reading for our hands-on first impressions.

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Galaxy Nexus site goes live, Android page gets Tron-style Ice Cream Sandwich video

Galaxy Nexus site goes live, Android page gets Tron-style Ice Cream Sandwich video

The Galaxy Nexus site is now live following the Google and Samsung joint announcement of the device along with the unveiling of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The smartphone is the first Google LTE handset to run this next-gen platform and the combo touts a slew of new features nicely recapped on the slick new site. Google also posted a fun new video for Ice Cream Sandwich on its Android site, which we've included after the cut.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich core apps detailed

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich core apps detailed

You'll be running around easily through the web with many new features added to the newest version of Google's built-in browser for Android. This browser allows you to use tabs, tabs that sit in groups, and vertical collections of links for easy navigation. You'll be able to swipe through saved sites, get rid of them easily, and see your most viewed sites without effort. Full touch-screen interaction allows you to easily move through large images, and the entire system has a new aesthetic for a hands-off look.

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Google Nexus launch date revealed, design detailed

Google Nexus launch date revealed, design detailed

Kim Titus of Samsung started off the Galaxy Nexus event by introducing the head of Samsung Mobile Communications, JK Shin, who began the show with the announcement that they'd be releasing the world's first Ice Cream Sandwich device. This device would have their very popular Super AMOLED display brand, LTE connectivity, and Google+ integration right out of the box. This was of course the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Shin handed the show off to Andy Rubin of Google who continued to illustrate the device and the ecosystem as one that can "do things you never thought of before."

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus official

Samsung Galaxy Nexus official

Today the GALAXY Nexus has been revealed in Hong Kong to the world as the first device on earth to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This device has a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display with no less than 720p resolution, and it has a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP processor from Texas Instruments. The GALAXY Nexus is the first running what Google calls an entirely new look and feel to Android in Ice Cream Sandwich, along with multi-tasking, NFC support, a new notification system, and what they're calling "Software Navigation Buttons", this meaning that the physical Android home row of menu buttons are no more, everything is now right there inside the display.

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