All About Ice Cream Sandwich And Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The D-day, for all the Android fans and enthusiasts is here – the Galaxy Nexus from Samsung and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are now official. Brilliant. Loads of new features have been thrown in here – inspired and drawn from other OSs.

Samsung and Google made the announcements jointly at their Unpacked event, held in Hong Kong. It was supposed to take place somewhere in the US and which got postponed out of respect for Steve Jobs. Well let’s not go there.

Starting off, the Galaxy Nexus sports a massive 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD display. That’s a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. And a pixel density of 316 PPI. That’s quite close to the ‘Retina’ display of iPhone 4. Well, it should be awesome. And it’s curved, a bit, the glass that is, and not the actual screen, ala Nexus S, which also was from Samsung.

And apparently, the surface is oleophobic – it hates oils. Meaning? Lesser possibility of it getting dirty. Thank ye, Samsung.

Course, the Galaxy Nexus will come with the latest version of Android – v4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Loads of bug fixes and some improvements and a few additions – either inspired or fixed. More on that later.

There are no hardware buttons on the front. Making and receiving calls on the go will be a pain, as I’ve learnt the hard way. But it could be. I always prefer physical call and end keys. Not that they were there on any Android of late, anyways.

There’s a 5 MP camera on the back. Aided by a single LED Flash. And it is capable of doing 1080p video recording @ 30 FPS. We’ll leave the experts to determine whether that’s good or not, or until we use it ourselves. Lets not pass judgement on that just yet. There’s a 1.3 MP front facing camera as well, which can be used to make video calls and also, unlock your phone. Yep. Face Unlock has been added to ICS. Sweet.

Oh, did I say the camera comes with a Panorama mode? And timelapse? And you can zoom in and out while recording? There’s continuous Auto Focus as well.

On the processor front, there’s a 1.2 GHz dual core, Cortex A9 based processor. Then there’s 1 GB RAM. And the Galaxy Nexus comes in 16 GB and 32 GB variants. And there’s no memory card slot (kills a bird.. angry bird).

The Galaxy Nexus supports LTE and HSPA, and NFC. And there’s a 1750 mAh battery. Lets just hope it would be enough to last for a day.


Ice Cream Sandwich

Probably the biggest attraction of the day, Ice Cream Sandwich was also announced at the event. I’m mentioning the highlights here –

  1. Google Beam – Basically, NFC technology, ala Nokia Just Tap. Pair two NFC devices just by touching them and send across files wirelessly.
  2. Works on both tablets and phones. That was the basic premise for Ice Cream Sandwich
  3. Roboto Font – Made specially for HD displays, the Roboto font enhances readability, obviously.
  4. Resizable widgets, better Notifications and Keyboard
  5. New People app. Ala People Hub on Windows Phone, just not as good, thoughAndroid ICS 4 People App
  6. New Data Usage app, so you know how much data you’ve used and have control over itAndroid ICS 4 Data usage app
  7. New Homescreen. Open Camera and Phone right from the shortcuts here. Roboto font definitely looks sweet here
  8. Zero shutter lag in Camera, and response time of just 0.01 ms (the touchscreen/UI)
  9. Native Screenshots capability
  10. Face Unlock = More security
  11. New Browser – Incognito Mode, offline page viewing etc
  12. New Gmail and Calendar appsAndroid ICS 4 Gmail app