Saturday, October 08, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Ice Cream Sandwich make a video appearance

Although Samsung and Google have postponed their Oct. 11 event, which was to unveil Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) [admittedly, we're not sure ICS is numbered 4.0] as well as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (nee Samsung Nexus Prime), that doesn't mean leaks have stopped. The event was delayed, the companies said, out of respect for the death of Apple's Steve Jobs.

In terms of the importance of the announcement, ICS and the Galaxy Nexus are Android's version of the iPhone 4S announcement. There was some disappointment at the iPhone 4S announcement, as many were expecting a radically redesigned iPhone 5 to be launched, so we hope there won't be the same measure of disappointment at the Galaxy Nexus.

That said, we've got a look at what is supposed to be a Galaxy Nexus running Ice Cream Sandwich. The device is similar to what rumors have claimed, meaning no more hardware buttons, and the platform indeed looks more like Honeycomb, the tablet version of Android, than Gingerbread, the latest smartphone version of Android.

That all makes sense as ICS is supposed to merge the Honeycomb and smartphone experiences of Android.

Avira Antivirus Premium 2012Still, there's plenty of room for disbelief. On the other hand, this was leaked by a Romanian website, which actually lends credence to the leaks, as you might recall that back in June it was none other than Samsung Romania that all pretty much confirmed the Galaxy Nexus (then the Nexux Prime) on their Twitter feed.

The Galaxy Nexus' hardware specs are in question, but it will be a beast of a phone, no matter what, one that can stand toe-to-toe with the iPhone 4S.

Take a look at the video below and see if it whets your appetite.

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