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Samsung, Google unveil Android 4.0 smartphone

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd launched its Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone that uses Google Inc.'s Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) OS.

The Galaxy Nexus debut gives credence to Google's promise to continue working with all Android partners even after its $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility bid.

Last year, Google announced at its annual developer conference its plans to bring together the separate phone, tablet and TV versions of Android. The new version is the first with built-in support for near-field communications (NFC).

A so-called Android Beam feature uses NFC links to share data between phones. NFC also provides the underpinnings for Google Wallet, an electronic payment service.

Android 4.0 sports a number of enhancements, mainly at the applications and user interface level. They include an improved browser that can synch bookmarks with Google Chrome, support for Google+ social networking, enhanced mail and calendar programs and Face Unlock, a face-recognition feature used for unlocking a handset.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs on LTE and HSPA+ networks and sports a 4.65-inch AMOLED display supporting 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, including 720-progreessive video. It uses an unnamed 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1Gb RAM and 16 GB flash.

- Rick Merritt
??EE Times

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