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Samsung Galaxy Nexus and ICS announcement: Live Coverage!

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus and ICS announcement: Live Coverage!

Welcome to our Live Coverage post, dedicated to the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and Ice Cream Sandwich - the latest version of the Android operating system by Google. As you might guess, we'll be treating you with up-to-the-minute updates during the course of the event, so that you can be in the know of all that is happening right now over in Hong Kong, where the announcement takes place.


We’ll be starting our liveblog around 7:00pm pacific time | 10:00pm eastern time. We expect it to finally bring Google’s answer to iOS 5 - Ice Cream Sandwich, a statue of which has already been erected at Google’s HQ. Samsung is expected to back it up with the Nexus Prime, a 4.6” technological behemoth with a curved glass display, dual-core processor, LTE and everything else you can imagine save for a built-in coffee machine.


Live event tracker

21:59Ray from PhoneArena thanks you as well... :) Well, that's all, folks, thanks for being with us once again!
21:58Kim Titus is back on stage. He thanks everyone for being there today.
21:58The ICS SDK is available right now, by the way. You hear that, developers?
21:57If developers pick up that technology, they will be able to use it for lots of different stuff like initiating multiplayer games.
21:56Android Beam is a new NFC feature that can be used to transmit web pages, maps, YouTube videos, and more.
21:54You can answer a phone call using a Quick response, it sends a pre-defined text message to your caller.
21:53There are new APIs for visual voicemail integration with the call log.
21:50The People app has been totally redesigned.
21:50
21:49"We've put people at the heart of Ice Cream Sandwich."
21:49Continuous focus, zoom while recording, time lapse and video snapshots will all be available with the Nexus's 1080p video recording.
21:47Panorama shots are coming standard with Ice Cream Sandwich, they are now doing a demo of how you do that.
21:46
21:45Now here's something more interesting - built-in photo editing capabilities!
21:45Face detection is built in the camera app, and so are digital zoom and touch to focus... nothing new here.
21:43There's a new data usage tool, which will be able to make predictions of how much data you'll be using, based on your usage history.
21:41The calendar app is taking advantage of pinch-to-zoom, allowing you to see more details within the bounds of a single view.
21:40Users will now be able to do offline searches in their Gmail inbox.
21:38You can select multiple messages and manipulate them.
21:38Gmail has also been redesigned - you get a preview without having to open a message.
21:37Save for offline reading is also available.
21:37They've built in the option to call the desktop-version of a site! No more scrolling to the bottom of the page...
21:36They are now looking at the internet browser. Tabs will use the same interface as the multitasking functionality.
21:35It uses facial recognition to unlock the phone... Matias just failed to unlock his phone using Face Unlock!
21:34With ICS, they are implementing a new unlock method - Face Unlock.
21:32
21:32They've been giving the QWERTY keyboard "a lot of love"...
21:30Power + volume down will now take a screenshot, no matter where you are in the interface.
21:30Matias is now paying attention to the new multitasking interface - the one we know from Honeycomb.
21:29Homescreen folders will work similarly to iOS.
21:28Widgets will now be resizable with ICS, so you'll be able to customize your environment even further.
21:28
21:27Multiple homescreens and widgets are here to stay it seems. Surprised?
21:26Galaxy Nexus will have no buttons on the front, it will have virtual ones.
21:25There goes the new lock screen.
21:24They've been looking at the latest trends in graphics design for inspiration.
21:24Roboto will be the name of the new UI style for ICS.
21:23"Android is enchanting!" - It sure is, Matias.
21:22
21:21Matias Duarte is now on stage!
21:21So much for the Galaxy Nexus, now they are shifting the focus to Ice Cream Sandwich!
21:20Samsung Galaxy Nexus will launch in November across the US, EU and Asia.
21:20He's now talking about the 5MP camera with zero-shutter lag and 1080p video recording.
21:19The back will have something called Hyper Skin - some kind of texture making the phone feel good in the hand.
21:18The bezel around the display will be just 4.29mm.
21:17The idea of the curved design is to be ergonomic - being very sleek and comfortable to use.
21:17He'll now go through the design of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
21:16They have come to conclude that a real estate of 4.65" will actually work pretty good with ICS.
21:14
21:14The Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Nexus will have an HD resolution.
21:14So that's the combination they were hinting about - great hardware and new OS in ICS.
21:13He talks about all the good stuff that comes with LTE, which will be supported by the Galaxy Nexus, of course.
21:12He outlines four key areas: speed, screen, design and OS.
21:11"Samsung is now number 1 manufacturer of Android-based smartphones."
21:11The Galaxy Nexus will now be introduced by Kevin Packingham, senior VP for product innovation.
21:10
21:09They are rolling a video about the Galaxy Nexus now.
21:07
21:07Now it's time for Mr. Andy Rubin to show up on stage... it's the father of Android!
21:06Super AMOLED, dual-core processor, and LTE will all make it into the new phone, as well HSPA+, for some markets...
21:05"Today Samsung and Google unveil the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone!"
21:05
21:04Talks about the success of Android, and the partnership between Samsung and Google.
21:04J.K. Shin, Samsung president is now taking the stage!
21:03
21:03Kim Titus from Samsung comes on stage.
21:01
20:58Hey, it's Ray S. here, getting ready to liveblog the Google | Samsung event tonight. So, who's wanting that 4.6" ICS behemoth?

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posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:57

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The most interesting thing here might be the OS since manufacturers now can add more robust hardware to it

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:38

45. tooBADtooSAD (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


why don't they talk about how weak the gpu of the nexus is compared to the likes of the powerVR 543mp or even the mali 400?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:05

69. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


because any manufacturer can put ICS on the hardware you want

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:02

65. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


NFC is hands down the most exciting addition in my opinion!! It will be awesome to see what developers do with this.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:58 1

2. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And PA is still calling it the Nexus Prime, despite the words "galaxy nexus" plastered all over the event stage.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:59 1

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


maybe like me they liked the name :'(

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:02 1

7. tooBADtooSAD (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


ignorance is a bliss

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:00 3

4. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Nexus prime sounds better than "Galaxy Nexus" IMO

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:00

5. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i wish it would have stayed the prime..
lets get it on!!

is there a live feed somewhere?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:04

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Here and "this is my next" and youtube but my net is crap today :/

http://www.youtube.com/androiddevelopers

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:21

90. tooBADtooSAD (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


hardware wise the Nexus is inferior to the gs2

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:01 1

6. tooBADtooSAD (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


1.2ghz dual core Ti omap 4460, 1 gig ram, and a 5mp camera. I knew this phone can't beat the gs2! For all of those saying the Prime is ALL! HA!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:04 1

9. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they both have their ups and downs.. wait for the official announcement and any surprises before making final judgements.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:10

11. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


People really need to get over the 5 MP/8 MP thing. Just because Apple caved to market demands doesn't mean Samsung must follow suit. Just give me a really great camera and I'll be happy.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:31

36. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


In my opinion, I think the Galaxy Nexus is simply the constant variable in the next gen world of superphones. First 720p Resolution screen and ICS, so more and more androids will come out constantly improving the specs of ICS phones.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:52

59. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Well, there it is, folks. No lag photos. I'll definitely take that over a 3 second shutter lag on an 8 MP camera.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:40

47. tooBADtooSAD (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


what ups do the 4460 have over the exynos?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:07 4

10. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nerds watch it live :)
http://www.youtube.com/android

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:11

12. gadgets369 (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


its working for u? on a mac and its not.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:15

16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its working. its a google event, they probably blocked apple stuff.. lol.

j/k

im sure there are millions streaming right now.. jsut give it time it took a few minutes for the feed to load up

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:21

23. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Working just fine on my iMac in Safari (:

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:45 1

54. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I love you remixfa !
I don't know if I want the Galaxy Nexus or Moto Razr !

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:11

74. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


between the 2? nexus all the way... though the razor is a very nice phone no doubt.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:37

103. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Nexus has the edge in visuals and aesthetics and the OS seals the deal.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:11

13. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


it looks awesome!!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:13

14. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Just announced LTE version.... =]

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:14

15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


confirmed HSPA+.

TMOBILE HERE WE GO! :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:30

34. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Or att...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:13

75. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it said fastest 4g

that negates ATT's HSPA.. lol

id be surprised if it isnt on all 4 carriers though... when it drops is the bigger question.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:16

17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The screen doesnt look 4.6 but maybe it's just i'm so huge to phones with 4 inch displays being towers.

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