Samsung and Google launch Galaxy Nexus

Samsung and Google have announced Galaxy Nexus, the world’s first smartphone running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest Android platform. Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display technology at 720p resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.

Simon Stanford, Head of Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “We’re extremely excited about the Galaxy Nexus and the wide range of features it offers consumers. The collaboration with Google to launch the world’s first smartphone featuring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display is evidence of Samsung’s continuing passion for innovation within the market.”

Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. For the first time Galaxy Nexus will also feature software navigation buttons.

Ice Cream Sandwich comes with integrated Google+, allowing you to ‘hang out’ with friends and talk over Google+ Messenger. Galaxy Nexus features an improved 5 megapixel camera, introducing single-motion panorama mode, 1080p video capture, facial recognition, reduced shutter delay, and effects including silly faces and background replacement.

Galaxy Nexus is connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and all other data synced across your devices. Galaxy Nexus gives users access to more than 300,000 apps and games available from the Android Market and you can also buy and read books. Google will be bringing more services to the UK over the coming months.

Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Using NFC technology, Android Beam allows you to quickly share web pages, apps, and YouTube videos with your friends by simply tapping your phones together. You can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk.

Galaxy Nexus is designed to provide a “pure Google” experience and with it users will be the first to receive software upgrades and new applications as they become available. It also features a number of Google Mobile services, including: Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth, Movie Studio, YouTube, syncing with Google Calendar and a redesigned Google+ app.

Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone to feature a 4.65’’ display with a market-leading resolution of 720p (1280×720), ensuring you can enjoy all entertainment in vivid colour and clarity.

Succeeding the original Contour Display of Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus comes with a rounded shape that fits perfectly within your palm. Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover improves the ergonomic feel of the device and makes the phone slip-resistant. From just 8.94mm thick and with a minimal 4.29mm bezel, Galaxy Nexus provides superb portability.

Galaxy Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor, providing superior power and speed. Ensuring you can take full advantage of Galaxy Nexus’ multitasking capabilities with ease and enjoy the large, vivid display to its full capacity with high-definition gaming or video streaming. HSPA+ connectivity combined with a dual core processor delivers high-speed web browsing ensuring you always have the web at your fingertips, wherever you are.

Galaxy Nexus will be available in the UK in November.