So it's over - we've just finished watching one of the best Android presentations to date, and there's a lot to talk about. One of the primary topics on my mind right now is Ice Cream Sandwich, but more important than that is the device which will first bring it to our hands.

At tonight's announcement, Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, the first Ice Cream Sandwich device ever, set to hit the market "in November."


The presentation didn't give us any clearer picture of who exactly will be getting this device first, though the presentation pointed to LTE and HSPA capabilities, but it was made clear that the Galaxy Nexus will see a worldwide distribution, including the USA, Europe and Asia initially, and expanding globally at an unspecified date.

Additionally, many of the specs we've been hearing about were explicitly confirmed during the announcement, which stressed the Nexus' speed, screen, and design. In case you didn't see our earlier story, here is the full list:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED Screen with 720p resolution
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 features Software Navigation buttons
  • People App with Google+ Integration among other features
  • Redesigned camera with panorama mode, 1080p video, zero-shutter lag, silly faces and background replacement features
  • Android Beam, which uses NFC to easily share content with other Android users with a simple bump of phones
  • All the Google Apps you love from Android Market and Gmail to Movie Studio and redesigned Google+ app
  • 8.94mm thick, 4.29mm bezel
  • LTE and HSPA+ connectivity
  • Available in USA, Europe, and Asia beginning in November and then rolled out globally

Overall, the Galaxy Nexus looks like an absolute monster, bringing together a slew of incredible features, both in hardware and design, and packing what looks to be the best iteration of Android yet. Of course we'll be back with more information as it becomes available. Until then, I'm just crossing my fingers for a Sprint version!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Dlove67

    I don't get it, the hardware seems a step-back from the SII, not that the software isn't amazing.

    • Zomby2D

      It's an upgrade to the Nexus S, not to the GS2. If you want to see a souped-up GS2, wait for the GS3 next year.

    • rol

      It's only the camera that's a step back from GS2, the rest are either the same or better.
      Super Amoled HD! And the device looks sexier than the GS2.

      • IamBeast

        The camera is faster than the GSII, but we don't know about how clear the pictures are yet. The CPU+GPU in the Nexus isn't as great as the CPU+GPU in the GSII. The Display is better like you said, but the way the device looks depends on who you're asking.

      • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

        I'd say it looks like the camera is a step up. Maybe fewer mega pixels, but the quality looks like the best of any phone anywhere.


    They made NO mention of GPU acceleration throughout ICS. This worries me.

    • James Jun

      Don't worry, 2D GPU acceleration is mentioned on the Android Developer site. It's mandatory for all apps on 4.0.

      • TOMMMMMM

        Do you have the source? I'm kind of curious.

        • nikeairj

          Romain Guy (A big Android dev at Google) says that hardware acceleration started at Honeycomb, so ICS will have it too. It's in there.

    • olaf geibig

      For ICS devices it's mandatory to support it. From the official android docs: "All Android-powered devices running Android 4.0 are required to support hardware-accelerated 2D drawing."

      It's just the question if the app developers have enabled it in the manifest which is quite simple: http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/manifest/application-element.html#hwaccel

      As this feature is available since 3.0 I guess lot's of apps are already using it or they would be too slow on a 1280x720 tablet screen.

  • NBAJ2K

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Sprint version as well! With Sprint moving towards LTE next year, I'm wondering if that's even going to happen, and if it does, possibly not till early next year.

    I didn't like that Wimax wasn't even mentioned.... but maybe thats because its only for Sprint

  • http://www.twitter.com/standateeze Aashrey

    Any idea when ICS rolls out to the other Nexus phones?

  • NBAJ2K

    What is a step back in hardware besides the camera megapixels, which possibly uses better optics?

    • Postal Jim

      So many fools get caught up in the MP number. It's not the # but the quality of use. People just are trained to think "Bigger is better." Not so; look at chip speeds. 1.2 from one manufacturer is faster than a 1.5 from another. Too many people just see the numbers and assume it's better.

  • [email protected]

    I'm so excited for this phone!!!! I don't care if I'm leaving the states in a couple of months.. At least I will have an amazing phone to play with and I can always download the updates.. :-) What a day today was

  • redd

    man Sprint needs this. I need this. this crushes an iPhone on many levels.

  • Wrru

    Any word on the case construction? Plastic or metal?

    • Postal Jim

      Infuse, GSII type case, but "refined". Same nearly indestructible plastic case, just made a bit better from what they said at the event. Awesome show.

  • taylord

    WiMax isn't mentioned for Sprint because they're switching to LTE. Incidentally that's the reason I want to go with Verizon instead of Sprint when my ATT contract expires in December: if I get a 4G phone from sprint, it'll be WiMax; when the end of 2012 rolls around, Sprint will cut off WiMax support and I'll be dead in the water. It doesn't help that Sprint 4g in my area is poor to say the least, while Verizon's 4G is very good. Big Red, you beckon.

    • NBAJ2K

      The unlimited data is the only reason I haven't switched yet. Hoping Sprint Picks it up. Verizon may say that 95% of users use <2gb of data, i guess i'm part of that other 5%....

      debating on switching to Verizon still tho

      • Nocturnhabeo

        I keep wondering where they are getting this number all of my friends who use android are hitting that 2gb cap almost every month. I have the unlimited but still...

        • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

          I'm with you, though my wife uses hardly any. I've only gone over 5GB once, but always seem to come close

  • taylordd

    WiMax isn't mentioned for Sprint because they're switching to LTE. Incidentally that's the reason I want to go with Verizon instead of Sprint when my ATT contract expires in December: if I get a 4G phone from sprint, it'll be WiMax; when the end of 2012 rolls around, Sprint will cut off WiMax support and I'll be dead in the water. It doesn't help that Sprint 4g in my area is poor to say the least, while Verizon's 4G is very good. Big Red, you beckon.

  • John

    I would have liked if they would have covered battery life. That worries me.

  • Holmgren

    Definitely having buyers remorse with my Bionic.

    • [email protected]

      I feel you, but you know what I can sell my Bionic and just use the money to get a G-Nex..

    • Postal Jim

      Get on ebay, stat!!!!!

  • DHo

    Does this have a LED or is it similar to the Nexus S? I've heard that it doesn't have a microSD.. why are we taking steps backwards?

    • Taskman

      Step back compared to Nexus S?
      It's a reference phone mainly so was never meant to be the next generation in specification.
      I have the SGS II and might swap just for pure Google experience itself

  • Goojman

    Overall it seems like a great phone but i'm satisfied with my GS2

  • truth

    it has an LED at the bottom of the phone

  • Michael

    It might be amazing if it wasn't saddled with a 5MP camera as the competition rolls out 8MP cams. You can always tell it's lame when the article leaves out a crucial detail like that. Great phone for non photogs though.

    • Adam

      Clearly, you didn't take the time to read any other comments (on this or any of the other dozen or so threads that cover this) before posting your own uneducated comment.

    • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

      In all reality, the difference between 5MP and 8MP on a mobile sensor is marginal - more pixels =/= better quality. Not by a long shot.

      I'd rather have a highly sophisticated sensor that's a little smaller, than a crappy one that's larger. Of course the average consumer is just going to grab the higher number, without any regard to the actual quality of the sensor.

  • Taskman

    Now I have not seen a in depth comparison but based on what have been written/said the camera is equal to SGS II if not even better. MP doesn't mean a thing at all when using this small sensor. This a follow up to Nexus S which is what you should compare it to.

  • Tuan

    Honestly, I am surprised by the amount of people who complain about the camera. The sensor used for these phone cameras are tiny and increasing the number of pixels will only degrade and make the pictures look "noisy." Its shocking because one would think techno geeks would have that knowledge.......

    • Nocturnhabeo

      *eh hem
      They might refer to them selves as techno geeks however so do hipsters.

  • Wam31

    And the worst feature (besides the one year old GPU) goes to...... the right side power button !!!
    Crap !

    The rest was pretty amazing. that's just too bad. I'm gonna have to wait for SGS3...

  • swats2013

    ahhhhh i wish they would just say which carriers get the phone. I REALLY want another nexus phone after having the nexus one, but I would hate to sign my life away to verizon for 2years at almost $100/month