Google and Samsung have just unveiled in Hong Kong both Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the world’s first smartphone with Ice Cream Sandwich.

As for release dates, Samsung has announced that the phone will launch in November in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (including Japan, on NTT DoCoMo). It seems that they are leaving it up to the carriers to make the announcements in each country for themselves.

See our live coverage of the Google Episode of the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 event in Hong Kong just a few hours ago..

You know we’ll post the info as soon as we have the official word.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specifications

  • Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
    Specifications above may differ in the LTE version.
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor (OMAP 4460)
  • Display: 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED display, aspect ratio of 16:9, contrast ratio of 100,000:1, and 0.01 ms response time
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Main (Rear) Camera: 5 MP, with autofocus and LED flash (with zero shutter lag and fast shot-to-shot)
  • Sub (Front) Camera: 1.3 MP for video call
  • Sensor: accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, light, proximity, barometer
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM + 16/32 GB internal memory
  • Dimensions and weight: 135.5 mm x 67.94 mm x 8.94 mm, 135 g
  • Battery: Li-ion 1,750 mAh

The Galaxy Nexus looks like a highly polished piece of hardware, with great new features like Google+ integration, impressive panoramic photo support, and Face Unlock facial recognition capability.

The phone features a 4.29-millimeter bezel (very thin), with a body at just 8.94 mm thin. On the front is the world’s first 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display running at 1280×720 resolution and at an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Internally, there’s a 1.2-GHz, dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor, along with 1 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.

In the camera department, we’re looking at a 5-megapixel shooter that appears able to take very, very quick photos. And, of course, there’s going to be a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front of the device for video calls, too. Plus, the Galaxy Nexus will have HSPA+ and LTE connectivity, depending on your region.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Google intended Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be enchanting, easy, and awesome–design principles that have guided Android developers in producing the best-yet version of what Samsung’s JK Shin describes as “the world’s most popular platform.”  With Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Galaxy Nexus, users are assured of a “pure Google” experience.

Andy Rubin, Android’s daddy and senior vice president for Google mobile, described the new Android version in a press release as follows:

Ice Cream Sandwich demonstrates the Android platform’s continued innovation with one release that works on phones and tablets and everything in between. Features like Android Beam and Face Unlock show the innovative work our team is doing, and GALAXY Nexus showcases the power behind Ice Cream Sandwich.

Among the features highlighted at the unveiling for Ice Cream Sandwich are the following:

  • Roboto font used all throughout ICS
  • redesigned and improved Lock screen
  • more usable virtual buttons (and hide-able, too, when watching videos)
  • resizeable drag-and-drop widgets for the Home screen
  • well-organized folders, with drag-and-drop functionality (“dead simple to use,” according to Matias Duarte)
  • “tossing” out menu items (e.g., in folders, browser, notification items) with just a flick gesture
  • instant screenshot with the press of the Power + Volume Down buttons
  • more responsive and more accurate keyboard with built-in spell checker
  • drag-and-drop copy-paste functionality within keyboard app
  • voice-to-text functionality
  • Face Unlock — “ICS literally knows your face”

  • improved tabbed browsing
  • “Desktop” versions of websites can be viewed on phone, in addition to mobile versions of the websites
  • better GMail app, with offline search capability
  • “extremely readable” Calendar app, with pinch-to-zoom functionality
  • Data Usage settings — can be used to set limits for data usage and to monitor which apps use data connections
  • “insanely fast” Camera app with one-tap exposure setting, “zero shutter lag,” photo editing tools, and panorama photo capture
  • magazine-style layout in Gallery app
  • 1080p video recording, with continuous focus, zoom while recording, time lapse, video snapshots features
  • People app — neat way for organizing contacts and staying connected with them
  • Android Beam — uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for sharing stuff from phone to phone

Google has also made available the Software Development Kit for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which developers can use to create great and awesome apps for the new version of Android.

The Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich tandem is surely a powerful, fun-filled one.

Excited? Picking up a Galaxy Nexus for yourself this November?

Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.
  • Anonymous

    I want this phone sooooo bad!

  • User

    Phenomenal! Motorola Droid Bionic users… prepare to be pwned!

  • user01

    Verizon ninjas…how much thicker might the LTE version be?

  • Jim29466

    But, is it a world phone on Verizon?!!

  • MrTarkanian


  • Anya_xo

    Can anyone comment on how this phone compares to the Galaxy S2? Which one is superior? I am in the market for a new phone and was going to get the S2 but wanted to see whether the Galaxy Prime is better first…

    • Anya_xo

      I meant to write Galaxy Nexus not Galaxy Prime.

    • Anonymous

      larger higher rez screen, pure android nexus, LTE, nuf sed.

  • finally they made it .

  • Anonymous

    yea this reveal just confirmed what i already knew, this is without question my next phone. it’s just so sleek. wish i didn’t have to wait until November but that’s doable i guess. hopefully it’s at the beginning of the month but that 10/10 date we saw looks pretty likely.

  • Danny

    Im really disappointed by the gpu… It has a bloody 1280 by 720 res but has a qui

  • Danny

    I am disappointed by gpu. It has 1280 by 720 res but has a pretty old and weak proccesor..

  • nice images these are same as we posted on

  • Mark

    IMO, unless you have to have a larger screen just because that’s what you love, then the Nexus is best. But, IMO I think that if the Galaxy S2 gets ICS then that will be the better phone – it will have Samsungs touchwiz and a much better camera (5mp vs 8mp).

    • Dan

      DOH! Don’t do that. When you say that an 8mp camera is “a much better camera” than a 5mp camera, you make yourself look silly. It’s just higher resolution, not “much better”. First, if two digital cameras have the same size and type of sensors, then the camera with the higher pixel count will have more visual noise in the image. That’s physics, not marketing hype and there’s nothing “much better” about an image with a higher signal to noise ratio. If the manufacturers were creating spec sheets for informed consumers, they would tell you the physical size of the sensor, the type (brand/generation) of sensor, the ISO of the sensor, and the type of optics. All of those things have a much larger effect on perceived image quality than the difference between 5mp and 8mp. Luckily for the manufacturers, they’re creating spec sheets for sheeple so they just throw that gigantic megapixel number out there and watch drool fly.

      Second, a 3 megapixel camera is around 1984×1488 pixels. That means a mere 3mp image is higher resolution than the BLU-Ray image you see on a huge, 1080p display. 5mp is somewhere around 2560×1920 depending on aspect ratio. What in the heck are you planning on using to view that image?

      Maybe you want to view that image on a movie screen at the local theater? You’ll need a super, high-res image for that gigantic screen, right? Not so much. 98% of all digital projectors in theater use today (commercial theaters, not home theaters) are 2K projectors. That means their resolution is 2048×1556. That’s less than 3.2 megapixels, so I guess that totally explains why Avatar looked so grainy and horrible.

      The fact that the Galaxy Nexus “only” has a 5mp camera is probably REALLY good news because it most likely indicates that Samsung has used a sensor that has a lower pixel count in exchange for better signal to noise at a higher ISO. It might also indicate that they’ve used higher quality optics. In english that means clearer, sharper, more accurate pictures that can be taken much more quickly.

      • Mark

        1. You need an expensive professional camera for a 5mp picture to be better than a standard 8mp picture. I have both 5mp & 8mp digital camera’s and the 8mp camera takes a better picture everytime – and it’s a cheaper camera!
        2. You make a big assumption about the sensor etc being the same in both phones – you shouldn’t assume, it makes an ass (of) u (and) me – you in this case.
        3. The rest of your post is just you trying to look smart, but it’s an epic fail, you you look like a tool!
        4. Have you ever looked at a low res pic enlarged too much? They get very grainy and look terrible. If it’s a good 8mp camera (which the galaxy S2 has) you can enlarge the picture more and still have a good quality image. Seeing I’m in China and my Christmas presents for my family mainly consist of photo books, canvas pictures etc, 8mp vs 5mp is a relevant factor for me!

        • Patrick D.

          Mark, just stop. You don’t understand anything.
          I 100% agree with Dan.

          • Mark

            Oh, but I do. For Samsung to put in the sensors etc to make the 5mp better than their 8mp in the S2, they would probably have to charge more than the iPhone. I know a 5mp camera can take a better picture than an 8mp camera if it’s got better components, but we’re talking about phones here, where the software does more for the image quality than the sensor does.

            Also, my comment was based on the fact that I had read the article on this website reviewing smartphone cameras ( and it shows the galaxy s2 to have a good – very good camera. The only 5mp camera on the list (iPhone) came second last (last place went oto an 8mp camera btw). So if the galaxy s2 has a good to very good camera on it, then the 5mp camera in the nexus would have to have some expensive sensors etc to make it a better camera. Also, the Galaxy S2 came first in the video review, even beating the Nikon Coolpix P300 (Control Subject)!

            Try doing a bit of research before shooting someone down in flames. Your arguments although correct, do not fit all circumstances, and this is one where you are wrong!

          • android

            I 100% agree with you mark i was thinkinh of getting galaxy s2 and wait for the update aswell (hopefully it will be on s2) only reason because the 8mp camera anf im pretty sure the galaxy s2 will beat the nexus 5mp camera.. unless it has better sensor which i highly doubt that they would sacrafice the 3mp for better sensor.. and they did not say they had upgraded the camera when unveilling live. Only reason i can think of why the decrease to 5mp is because the new feature with apparently 0 sec shutter lag hence it was decreased to 5mp rather then left at 8mp because it prob wasnt fast enough for 0 sec shutter lag. sorry typing on phone and sorry for mistakes.

        • nexus on the brain

          Dude, you’re incorrect here…Dan is correct, time will tell. Once in store take side by side pics, this 5mp (they should not even give that spec) will look much better than the 8mp in the GSII

  • Guest User

    What about the external memory slot (microSD)…is it there or not ?

    • Anonymous

      looks like there is no memory slot for SD. We are now officially living in the cloud. who needs physical control of their info anymore ;-)
      this phone supposedly will come with either 16 or 32 GB of storage, so that should be enough for the average person. And then there will probably be some sort of Gcloudor dropbox integration for the Uber user.

  • Happydavidlim

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  • This phone look stunning! It’s screen despite complains that it’s not AMOLED plus looks amazing

  • This phone look stunning