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Developers, start your engines. Fresh Ice Cream Sandwich versions of the SDK and ADT have been released. There is a ton of new stuff to learn and play with. For starters, take a look at the 4.0 platform page here, download the 4.0 SDK here, and instructions for ADT 14 are over here.

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I think I could write a book on all the new things in ICS, but here are the highlights for developers:

    • Unified UI framework for phones, tablets, and more - All the UI elements from Honeycomb, like the action bar and fragments.

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      Late last week, Device Frame Generator made its debut in the Android Asset Studio, thanks to Roman Nurik. Mere moments after the unveiling of the Galaxy Prime at an event held by Google and Samsung, DFG has been updated to include a Galaxy Nexus template.

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      Developers can now create stunning, high-res images for their apps in mere seconds, framing their screenshots with the latest and greatest Android hardware. If you can't wait to check out how your app looks on a Galaxy Nexus, head over to the Asset Studio and give it a whirl!

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      Wow, what a heated hour we've just experienced, eh? Typing away and posting to our live blog, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter, while taking snapshots almost made me cross-eyed, but it's not time to stop right now. The official Galaxy Nexus site, which updates every time Google releases a new Nexus device, now has the freshly announced Galaxy Nexus plastered front and center:

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      If you click the blue dots, you can check out some of the major new features included in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus.

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      Oct
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      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."

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      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.

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      Welcome to the home of the Ice Cream Sandwich launch live coverage. Come back to this page about 30 minutes before Google and Samsung start the event in Hong Kong and join us in the chat. The official start times in various time zones are below:

      • Oct 18 4PM HAST
      • Oct 18 7PM PDT
      • Oct 18 8PM MDT
      • Oct 18 9PM CDT
      • Oct 18 10PM EDT
      • Oct 19 2AM GMT
      • Oct 19 3AM BST
      • Oct 19 4AM CEST/IST
      • Oct 19 5AM EEST
      • Oct 19 6AM MSK
      • Oct 19 10AM HKT
      • Oct 19 11AM JST

      Remember, the whole event will be broadcast live at youtube.com/android - don't forget to tune in.

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      Last Updated: November 5th, 2011

      Those lucky enough to fly all the way to Hong Kong have been given first access to the Galaxy Nexus Press Release - on a piece of paper.

      Update: Here's a picture with full specs.

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      Here are all the details.

      Galaxy Nexus – Main Features
      • Android 4.0 Ice Cream
      • 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED Screen with 720p resolution
      • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
      • Redsigned UI in Android 4.0
      • Improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support, full web browsing
      • Android 4.0 features Software Navigation buttons – brand new
      • People App with Google+ Integration among other features
      • Redesigned camera with panorama mode, 1080p video, zero-shutter lag, silly faces and background replacement features
      • Face Unlock: Facial recognition to unlock your phone!

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      Oct

      Are you ready for some hot app drawer action?

      Someone got a hold of the Galaxy Nexus and made a valiant attempt to film it. Unfortunately they didn't open anything of interest (like, for instance, Gmail) and it seems like the phone wasn't even connected to the internet. Still, there are a few tidbits of precious information in there. Have a look:

      The original upload was taken down, but nothing is ever truly deleted from the internet.

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      Oct
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      Last Updated: November 5th, 2011

      Somebody jumped the gun over at Samsung.com.

      A search for "Galaxy Nexus" on their web site will get you this page. It sports a fancy new press shot of the GS and a one line description, "Sign up to get the latest on the Galaxy Nexus from Verizon."

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      So there you have it. The Galaxy Nexus is on Verizon. The wording makes it sound like it's exclusive to Verizon, doesn't it?

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      Oct
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      Just in time for tonight's big announcement from Google and Samsung, a video has been discovered that appears to be promotional material for NVIDIA's fabled Tegra 3 processor, formerly known as Kal-El.

      Update: It looks like the video has been set to private, but we've got a couple of screenshots for you below.

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      Whether this video and the ICS/Nexus announcement are related is yet to be seen, but we do know that ASUS CEO Johny Chan is supposed to appear at tonight's event in Hong Kong, and that ASUS is supposedly including the Tegra 3 in their Transformer 2 tablet.

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      Pretty much the first thing that gets done to a new Android device when it hits the market is benchmarking. The Android community seems to be obsessed with benchmarking their devices over and over, and comparing the results to other devices. Personally I've always found this practice to be a curiosity at best, mainly because apps such as Quadrant give somewhat nebulous scores, which are hard to compare objectively, and offer little in the way of exact measurements.

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