Three, O2 and Vodafone UK are the first British network to announce that they'll be carrying the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was unveiled at the recent Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong.
In Three's case, the device will run on the carrier's HSPA+ network, which it aims to have rolled out to 80% of the country by the end of 2011. Voda and O2 have kept quiet on the subject of HSPA+ so far.
As there doesn't seem to be any exclusivity agreement in place in the UK, we can probably expect fairly competitive pricing as the three networks battle for their share of Galaxy Nexus customers. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything from the two remaining carriers, Orange and T-Mobile. Hit the source links for more details direct from Three, O2 and Vodafone.
So we're all still fresh from seeing Ice Cream Sandwich in all it's glory, but one of the cool new features unveiled during the presentation was Android Beam.
Taking advantage of the in built NFC chip on the Galaxy Nexus, Android Beam makes it possible to share various kinds of data with another enabled device. The presentation showed loading a webpage on one device, and sending it via Android Beam to another.
The feature also works with sharing Google Maps information, YouTube videos, contact information, and applications right out of the box. The example, Minecraft being played on one device, beamed to the other and up came the Market link for Minecraft.
The API is going to be opened up to developers to take advantage of in their own applications too. While a pretty limited market initially, it seems clear that Google intends to get fully behind NFC technology.
Google hasn't wasted any time setting people up for the Galaxy Nexus. Already, the Samsung Nexus S has been removed from the domain to make way for the Galaxy Nexus. You can check out a list of features for both the device and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich plus, register for updates when they become available. Still reading this? Go now.
We're all waiting for news about the release date for both the Galaxy Nexus as well as the Ice Cream Sandwich update for our existing phones, but in the meantime Google has already released the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK for those of us who like to tinker around. Of course the website is slow, and so is the SDK manager to get the files, but keep at it -- Google has lots and lots of bandwidth.
You can update your existing Android SDK installation via the SDK manager program, and hit the source link to read a bit more. Here, hand me your phone and I'll Beam it to you.
Google has officially announced version Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. It's packed full of new features and has a new look, and unifies the Android experience between tablets and smartphones. Matias Duarte took the stage to go over all the highlights, which include great features like a buttonless design, new gesture controls, and stacked and resizable widgets.
He also made sure we know that Google set out to give Android a "soul" -- make it fit you, and help people love it even more. "Android is enchanting. Something beautiful, seductive, and something you can easily fall in love with." With a new "mechanical skeleton" including a font named Roboto, based on TV motion graphics, web design, and print, it brings a new way to do things with simple typographic layouts and bold spaces. It looks amazing, with new and rich subtle animations, and an all new launcher design that has easy customization features and the running applications preview we're used to from Honeycomb. Notifications can now be dismissed, and the new music player notification allows you to control the music player without leaving any app. The keyboard has been improved, becoming more accurate and has an all new look and feel. Voice input has been updated, and it's now almost instant. Something many have been waiting for, screen capture, is now built in so apps that need root no longer has the ability to do it through software. And while the demo for facial recognition unlocking didn't go exactly as planned, that's coming as well and we'll all have a lot of fun with it.
We're itching to have a look for ourselves, but that will have to wait just a little while longer. For now, we can all discuss and enjoy what we know is coming.
Update: Three has announced that it'll carry the Galaxy Nexus in the UK.
Samsung and Google have just announced the initial launch plans for the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus on-stage at the Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong. The phone will launch in November in the US, Europe and Asia, including Japan, where it'll be available on NTT DoCoMo. No word on network availability for the US or EU just yet -- often carriers like to make these announcements themselves.
We'll keep you posted as more details of network availability emerges.
World’s First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a HD Super AMOLED display
Hong Kong – October 19, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, and Google, today announced GALAXY Nexus™, the world’s first smartphone running Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest release of the Android platform. GALAXY Nexus features a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display technology at 720p resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.
“Samsung and Google have closely collaborated to push the mobile experience forward. We are pleased to deliver the best Android smartphone experience for customers with GALAXY Nexus. We will continue to move forward with Android to provide the compelling consumer experience in mobile world,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.
“Ice Cream Sandwich demonstrates the Android platform’s continued innovation with one release that works on phones and tablets and everything in between. Features like Android Beam and Face Unlock show the innovative work our team is doing, and GALAXY Nexus showcases the power behind Ice Cream Sandwich,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile for Google.
Samsung and Google have just announced the latest in the latest entry in the Nexus line of phones at the Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong, handing out press kits a bit early. It's the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, powered by stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus is the device we've previously heard called the Nexus Prime, a phone that's appeared in a number of leaks over the past few months.
The star of the show is Ice Cream Sandwich, of course, the new version of Android which includes such tasty features as "brand new People app with Google+ integration", as well as panoramic photo support, and "face unlock" facial recognition capability. But the hardware itself is also highly impressive -- the body of the phone is just 8.94mm thick, and the front is dominated by a massive 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED display running at 720p resolution. Inside there's a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, along with 1GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. Camera-wise, you've got a 5-megapixel shooter on the back, along with a front-facing camera for video calls and HSPA+ and LTE connectivity.
Needless to say, we can't wait to get our hands on this one, and we're sure most you can't, either. The Galaxy Nexus is due to arrive in November in the US, Europe and Asia, with a global rollout following later.
We've seen quite a bit of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the past little while but as we get settled in for the full unveiling things are starting to come together -- like the Galaxy Nexus website. When that happens, people tend to get nosy and start poking around and oh what wonders they find. Along with a good look at the front side of the device we can now get a better peek at it's back side. All will be revealed in a few hours.
We'll still never understand why Canadians put up with three-year contracts. But we're definitely feeling a $149 Motorola RAZR on the only Canadian carrier to, erm, carry it. No mention of two- or one-year pricing. Trade-offs, we suppose.
A new software update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is rolling out in Europe and the Middle East, according to reports from Xperia Blog and XDA. The new software version 4.0.2.A.0.42 brings Android 2.3.4, along with a handful of bug fixes for SE's Gingerbread-powered 4.2-incher.
The update isn't yet available in the UK, but seems to now be rolling out via the Sony Ericsson PC Companion in mainland Europe, India, Pakistan and Egypt, in addition to Nordic countries, which got the update first a couple of weeks back. If you've recently received the update on your Arc, be sure to let us know in the comments.
As a lover of my couch, I didn't get too worked up with the MOTOACTV announcement. What did pique my interest, however, is the Smart Actions function that comes preloaded on the Droid RAZR. Motorola says that this nifty little feature is going to improve your battery life by 30%, which is great, since we won't be able to buy an extended battery for the device. Smart Actions will decrease processor speed, slow down data, and dim your display when the battery is approaching crisis levels.
But Smart Actions' purpose isn't solely battery related. For example, as you'll see in the video, it allows you to program a website to open when your alarm goes off. Now that's pretty cool.
A representative for Motorola said that the company hopes to include this on all future devices, but no word on whether or not it can be ported to existing Motorola smartphones.
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