For all you Christmas shoppers still looking for the perfect gift and not content to give that other popular smartphone to your loved ones, we have good news. The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally is released before Christmas.
The phone will run on the brand new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich.)
· Redesigned user interface – software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones, and a dedicated recent apps button to make multi-tasking easy
· Face Unlock – use state-of-the-art facial recognition to unlock Galaxy Nexus
· Android Beam™ – quickly share Web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two compatible phones together
· Redesigned Camera – introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag for instant photo capturing, and effects such as silly faces and background replacement
· People Application – browse friends, family and co-workers; see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks
· Cloud Services – keep email, contacts, photos, music, browser bookmarks and other data synced to the cloud, available across multiple devices so customers never lose important data
· Google Music – upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud, discover and buy new music from Android Market™, and stream it instantly on Galaxy Nexus and from the Web for free
· Google+ – Create a Google+ account right from the phone and check status updates, manage circles, quickly share updates and photos, video chat with up to ten friends with Mobile Hangouts, and chat with groups of friends with Google+ Messenger
· Support for Google Mobile™ Services – Gmail™, Google Maps™ with 3D maps and free turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube, syncing with Google Calendar™, a redesigned Google+ app and access to more than 300,000 apps, millions of eBooks, thousands of movies to rent, and millions of songs available to download from Android Market
Additional features include a dual-core 1.2 GHz application processor and HTML5 Web browser, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with zero-shutter lag for instant photo capturing, autofocus and LED flash with full 1080p recording as well as a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat, 1 GB RAM and 32 GB on-board memory.
So it’s a pretty fast phone, giving the Apple 4S a run for its money. You can also see how Google is positioning its social network, Google+, as a default application that users launch right out of the gates. I expect all or at least most Android devices will include Google+ integration going forward, further positioning the social network as something of a universal portal to the internet. Google the search engine is on its way to becoming Google the social media site – on your phone, tablet, and PC.