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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: 5381; 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: 5381; 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: 3180; 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: 5381; 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: 14151; 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: 5381; 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: 14151; 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: 3180; 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: 3180; 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: 14151; 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: 14151; 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: 397; 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: 76; 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: 14151; 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: 3180; 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: 14151; 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: 14151; 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: 3042; 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.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:18

19. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the phone isnt as big as other huge phones like the streak since it doesnt need all those buttons. more display, less area.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:22

25. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Wow I need some rest, that was a huge fail on my part. My apologizes.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:13

76. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no apologies needed com-padre.. lol

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:17

18. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


love when he said "when you compare it with any device 4 inches or greater, you wont find its equal"... lol.. slick way to get past the retina ppi

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:19

21. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nearly bezeless.. hspa+ version thinner than LTE version (duh..lol.)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:20

22. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


just took a side shot at "anyone claiming thin design or good battery life while using old tech.. we do it with top end tech" .. lol

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:21

24. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


built in video stablization and camera enhancements...

barometer..

pogo pen?


time for ICS updates! :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:24

28. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


poking at android's weak points.. lack of devotion, ease of use... building to ICS enhancements..

sounds like iRobot speeches. lol.


sounds like they want to build a rabbid loyal iphone like fanbase.

ROBOTO

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:29

33. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


search bar is see through.. cool looking.

virtual screen buttons can be turned off to hide useless buttons per applications. kinda neat.

honeycomb app widgets.. scrollabe/stackable/ ect.

ICS swypes left and right through apps, not big scroll bar. when swiping the new page "flies in"..

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:30 1

35. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


simplified folders with easier drag n drop..

folders in "favorites" tray at bottom of screen.. now customizable with stock android by dropping app to bottom bar.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:33 1

37. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ICS uses honeycomb multitasking scroll window, but adds "flick to turn off" functionality. take "app window" and flick it out of the list and it turns off.

NOTIFICATIONS:
now has images
built in music player controls even usable from within apps
"flick to remove" singular notifications instead of just "clear all"
notifications from lock screen

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:35 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


improved cut/paste/ spell check.. which was already way ahead of iOS :)

TALK TO TEXT
instant text to screen as you talk.

it still acts like T2T (aka its not 100% accurate at full speed speech though it only made 1 mistake for him)

can pause longer between sentences before time out

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:36 1

41. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


FACE RECOGNITION

it didnt recognize him.. hahah lol.. woopsie.

woulda been really cool had it worked properly :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:42 1

51. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


browsing

mobile still default
DESKTOP VERSION ENABLED IN STOCK BROWSER!!! WOOO HOOO!! :)

*full sync with google chrome

*dl pages for offline reading, saving important pages like schedules, tickets, ect

*incognito mode.. for all your porn needs! lolol



Gmail updates
*new action bar.. changes as you use them "most common actions used" are shown on bottom.
*action bar is contextual.. changes depending on where you are in gmail (inbox, reading email, ect)
* "chips". basically its name tags..
*can search up to 30 days of email, even if its not synced for that

G-Calendar
*simplified interface
*P2Z to see more/less calendar details.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:45 2

55. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


*tracks data usage..
with PROJECTIONS of future usage!
*ability to set warnings for "thresholds" of data usage.. your choice..
*specify your own data limit controls and shut offs..
*ability to track individual apps and data usage during any period
*ability to set usage parameters for individual apps

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:51 1

57. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


CAMERA TIME

*drag lockscreen to the left to go right to camera.. near instant camera opening from lock

*improved instant sharing :)

*auto face detect/focus... touch to focus anyhere

*zero shutter lag!
*multiple shots per second!
*built in photo editing tools built into gallery app.. FINALLY.


*new "magazine style lay out".. no more 3d layout of gingerbread/honeycomb.

*panoramic photos.
super quick panoramic hardware "stitching"
worked wonderfully!

of course includes instant upload from G+.. which rocks btw.

1080P video
continuous focus
FOCUS WHILE RECORDING
time laps
VIDEO SNAPSHOTS.. take pics while taking vids!!

veeeery pretty video. even in LOW LIGHT.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:56 1

60. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


People app

very.. umm.. windows 7 like in initial presentation.

much deeper integration of services under contacts than WP7 though.

1 stop shop for EVERYTHING under contact name... EVERYTHING.. contacts to facebook, to tagged pictures as well as emails and such.

tapping contact picture brings up a quick box to decide how they want to contact him (shows every way possible)

profile photo now is background for phone calls

new APIs for VISUAL VOICE MAIL integration into call log!

can "speed up/slow down" voicecalls.. not fast forward.. speed up.. ya know.. make em sound like a mouse.. lol

can "swype up" when someone calls and send a "quick responce" like "go bugger off" instead of just ignoring the call.. lol

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:59 2

62. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Android Beam

android to android content sharing.

share anything from one phone to the next.

touch phones together to share what was on screen (phone B instant loaded the web page phone A was looking at when they touched)..

COOL.
instant porn sharing for the next time a celebrity gets their phone hacked.. lol

ok.. or to share directions n videos.. n pretty much anything (no not gamer scores.. lol)
BUT
if you have a game on your screen, and touch another android, it auto takes phone B to the market to download it!!!

use it to join games, share photos, whatever a DEVELOPER CAN THINK UP!


s-u-p-e-r-c-o-o-l

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:34 2

38. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


NO MORE ACCIDENTAL PRESSES WOOHOO!!!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:23

26. roldefol (Posts: 3180; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


HTC may soon have something to say about that...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:04 3

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


This is what a live feed is for buddy... thanks for posting exactly what PhoneArena posted above... minute by minute commentary.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:09

72. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i posted in much much greater detail. :)

think of it as the bonus u get on a special edition DVD.. you can skip right past it if you like .:)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:13

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


LOL- Yes, better detail and a bit of comical commentary ;)

I will admit though, the fact that the facial recognition for the unlock feature did not work was hilarious!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:19 1

84. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol..
i guess this is how ibots feel every year. I havent been this excited for an android update in ..well.. ever.

at least he took it in stride when it failed. jobs would have yelled at the phone for "seeing him wrong".. lol.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:17 1

82. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


ICS looks awesome dont you think...no one can say android is ugly and not user friendly anymore...i just want it now,i never thought i would be more excited for ICS than the galaxy nexus!!!!!!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:18

20. roldefol (Posts: 3180; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I noticed he only mentioned the thickness of the HSPA+ version... meaning the LTE one may be thicker.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:24

27. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I wouldnt be surprised if it was thicker.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:25 2

29. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Said once and i'll say it again. Android doesnt allow its devices to grow. Sgs2, Atrix 2, Galaxy Nexus, droid bionic, droid razr. The consumer has choices but to many honeslty.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:20

87. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


only an iOS user would say too many choices is a bad thing.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:26 1

30. roldefol (Posts: 3180; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Full screen 720p video! Wooo!

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