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Galaxy Nexus official, brings Android 4.0 in November

updated 10:25 pm EDT, Tue October 18, 2011

Google and Samsung make Nexus

Google and Samsung at their joint Hong Kong event unveiled the Galaxy Nexus. The new flagship is the first Android 4.0 phone and is a showcase for the platform: it drops physical navigation buttons in favor of all touch and borrows the visual multitasking as well as other elements. Google+ is now built into a Windows Phone-like People Hub, and the NFC inside can now be used to share data between phones through Android Beam.

Other additions include post-shot photo editing and a Face Unlock feature that lets users access the phone just by looking at it., Chrome Sync for browser bookmark syncing, and revamped core apps with much more visually rich, easily comprehensible menus. Gallery now includes post-shot photo editing, and users can snap panorama shots just by sweeping the phone.

A heavily modified version of Samsung's Galaxy S II HD LTE, its cornerstone is a 720x1280, 4.65-inch curved Super AMOLED screen in a design that's still just over 8.9mm thick. A dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP4460 chip like that in the Droid RAZR powers the phone, along with 1GB of RAM, but an extra highlight is the back camera. Samsung is using just a five-megapixel sensor but promises "zero shutter lag," much like what Apple is doing with the iPhone 4S.

A "pogo pin" connector lets users dock the phone on its side and both charge up as well as get access to docking apps.

Asia, Europe, and North America are getting the phone in November with 16GB and 32GB versions as options. Verizon and certain other carriers will get a full LTE version, while others will get a pentaband HSPA+ model. Verizon's model hasn't been mentioned, but is expected to cost $300 on a contract.

by MacNN Staff



  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I simply do not find this impressive or attractive in the least. Aside from the data usage controls, I do not find any of these features to be anything that would interest me. And the design? Ew. Sorry, just not feeling it.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    competition is good

    I don't see any slam-dunk "iPhone-killing" features there, but it's not just copy-cat stuff either.

    The only thing I don't get is the curved screen. It seems like a very subtle concave curve, and I just don't understand point. Maybe if I held one it would be immediately obvious.

    I wonder how the battery life is.

  1. ASIMO

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks fine.

    This is likely a great phone and a very commendable Android update. I'll have definitely have to check it out when deciding to finally step up from my iphone 3G, though I can already imaginel as if the phone is too big for my taste. Played with a friend's new Galaxy SII with the 4.5" screen last night, and it definitely felt almost uncomfortably big as it is – but it did feel a bit lighter (or about the same) and less dense than the iphone 4 and as a result felt more durable especially for lacking that great-looking but idiotic glass back.

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A phone only...

    an engineer could love. that is one big FUGLY phone. You put any kind of decent protective case on this and it becomes a monster.

    It is funny how radically different Apple thinks and designs from all the other smart-phone makers.

    I'm sure it will be a great performing phone...but no thanks. I don't want everyone to think I have a large tumor growing on my leg when I put my phone inside my front pocket.

  1. glideslope

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Battery Life?

    No mention? LOL, no surprise there.

  1. David S.

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a Bad Little Tablet

    I've got a Nexus S and it has two major flaws - it's battery life is nowhere near as good as my iPhone 4S and it's just too damn big! I shudder to think what this monster screen model will be like in your pocket. I think it's time to say if it's screen is bigger than 100mm it's a tablet not a phone.

    One of the things that most amazed me about Android is something that has been automatic with the iPhone since day one is still not part of it. With the iPhone when you leave a known wifi hotspot the phone automatically switches wifi off and 3G data on, and reverses this when it's next near a known hotspot. It's quite automatic and needs no configuration beyond initial login to the wifi hotspots. Android doesn't do this, in fact you need not one but two separate apps from the Android store to get this functionality - one to switch from wifi to 3G as you leave and another to switch back to wifi when you return to one of your known hotspots (this doesn't always work either, sometimes you find wifi disabled and have to switch it on again manually when near a known hotspot). Four years after the first iPhone showed this functionality!

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You're kidding right? So yea, it's not as nicely built as an iPhone 4, but some of the features are pretty damn impressive, and there's significantly more screen resolution than the iPhone, and at about the same dpi. I don't know what the point of a curved screen is though - seems to me that would add cost and be more fragile, and more expensive to replace.

    Of course you know it's not a phone... It's a Dell streak with a cellular radio added. :)

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