The new Apple iPhone 4S has not been out for more than a week and already gadget fans and consumers have an alternative in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which features the newest Android 4.0 software being called the ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ due to the phones Samsung Google team-up which is bringing together software from phones and tablets.
Another unique feature to this phone is the facial recognition software which is being employed to unlock the handset.
Available from November
The launch took place in Hong Kong where Andy Rubin, Google’s head of mobile, revealed the details of the team-up and highlighted the forthcoming birthday of the first ‘Google phone’ which was called the G1.
In the launch he revealed that Android devices are being activated at a rate of 550,000 per day and the newest Samsung phone is number nine in the line of Google phones.
The latest Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a slightly curved 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1280×720 pixels and includes a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.
The phone will be available for purchase from November with two companies ready to offer it to customers.
The Ice Cream Sandwich is what brings the ‘Face Unlock’ software and as mentioned before this uses facial recognition to unlock the phone, Android Beam uses NFC to share web pages, apps and YouTube videos.
New font for HD display
Talking about the changes introduced to the phone using Ice Cream Sandwich, Andy Rubin has said: “We rethought how you browse your contacts with the new People app, which combines high-resolution photos and updates from Google+ and other social services. It’s also easier to capture ans share your life with family and friends.”
He went on to say that a new font was created to take advantage of the HD display, and any old hardware buttons have been exchanged for software buttons.
The phone also includes a much improved keyboard and allows emails to be searched will offline.