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[Video] AndroidPIT's Exclusive Hands-On Video with the Galaxy Nexus

Aaron Tilton
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What a night; After a seemingly endless wait, today’s event in Hong Kong finally brought us the new Google Flagship and the latest version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. And we at AndroidPIT can only say one thing: The waiting was worth it! Let's take a recap of what we saw today.

Galaxy Nexus:

First off: the new phone. Despite rumors, the new top-of-the-line device dropped the Nexus Prime name and opted for the more stylish Galaxy Nexus. The tech read out for the new Samsung phone looks like this:

  • HSPA+ or 4G LTE, depending on the region
  • 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.65 inch 720p HD Super AMOLED „Contour Display“ (with a slight curve)
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 Pixel
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 5mp Autofocus camera with LED flash, „no shutter lag“ and fast Shot2Shot
  • 1080p HD Playback and recording at 30 FPS
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • NFC Chip
  • accelerometer, compass, Gyro, light and proximity sensor, Barometer
  • 16 or 32GB internal memory
  • Size: 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm
  • Weight: 135 Gram
  • Battery: 1,750 mAh
  • In stores starting in November but initial price isn't known

Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich
Now to the tasty stuff: Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0. Google packed this latest development full of major innovation and changes. Many of the changes were already rumored on the web, but some managed to stay off the radar completely. Here's a quick list of all the new features in Ice Cream Sandwich:

  • Roboto: New design from the bottom up
  • Widgets: Redesigned with new animations and customisation
  • Re-designed folders, calendars, multitasking and task-bar, including task-bar driven controls
  • Screenshots are built in (just press volume down and power)
  • Improved voice and text entry with better spell check and copy & paste function
  • Face Unlock: the Galaxy Nexus can be unlocked using facial recognition
  • New Browser: Up to 16 tabs can be opened, Request Desktop Site, automatic bookmark sync and the ability to save sites to read in off-line mode round out the new features.
  • Gmail's new look: Thank's to Roboto you can switch between your mails with a quick swipe just like with the homescreen
  • Data-Usage Android 4.0: New features let you better control and regulate your data usage
  • Photos: Zero Shutter Function (shorter wait times between photos) more effects and filters in the photo app and a built in editor with more functions, a new layout and panorama photos!
  • Video: 1080p support
  • People App: With Quick Contacts you can keep in touch faster through multiple networks and media in real time. Developers can make use of the service too via APIs.
  • Voice Mail: with “New APIs for Visual Voice mail” developers can produce new apps and customers can better control their mail
  • Android Beam: Information can be transferred or “beamed” from one Android handset to the next simply by touching the devices together
  • APIs for developers

Just like we expected, Ice Cream Sandwich brought a load of new features to the Android table. With all the new innovations, we can't wait to get our hands of the new Android system and give it a run through. If you want to give developing a try the SDK is already available to download at Google.

Update: 

But wait there's more: Our own Fabi got the chance to test out one of the new Galaxy Nexus devices in Hong Kong... check out our exlcusive hands-on video. 

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  • 333vs333 Oct 19, 2011 Link

    Good news!

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  • Stuart Halliday Oct 19, 2011 Link

    "Looks totally new" - actually looks totally old-hat. My HTC Desire HD does that using a 3rd party launcher.

    Now tells us about the new sensor - the Barometer?

    No?

    OK, tells us how long the battery lasts for?

    Not that either?

    Hmmm...

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  • Raphael de Miranda Mendes Oct 20, 2011 Link

    Hum. Stuart Halliday: Not so old-hat. It has some pretty interesting new features and the rebuild Settings menu looks great (It looks a little like the iOS menu, really). The new smooth transitions and effects seems great.

    About the battery life I'm pretty sure he couldn't tell (but on 4G it sure drains as hell). Now about the barometer I don't know. Although the phones looks great, with great graphics and cpu and with a clean design. Just that it should be a little smaller since is not comfortable to carry a huge phone like that around everywhere. I'd prefer a 3.5 inches display (as bigger as 4" above is too big, but 4" is fine).
    I'd like to buy it but surely I won't be available here for as soon as May 2012 (I live in Brazil) and the price will be as high as the sky (It won't be less than $900 here) but, after all the cons it sure will be faster and more reliable than iPhone 4S and way cheaper (since the standard iPhone 4S here is as expensive as a MacbookAir in USA).

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does anyone else have this problem? (about charging your smartphone)