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The Galaxy Nexus — which will hit stores this November in Asia, Europe and the U.S. — will be the first device to run Ice Cream Sandwich, an operating system that will eventually make its way to tablets too.
The look and specs of the Galaxy Nexus, which had been rumored for months under the name Nexus Prime, are slick and mostly meet the standard of higher-end smartphones today.
The Galaxy Nexus carries over the curved glass screen look of the Samsung Nexus S smartphone that launched last December. The new phone looks slim too, coming in as thin as 8.49 millimeters, though some versions of the phone may be a bit thicker depending on the internal hardware used, Samsung said.
On the hardware side, the new Samsung smartphone will feature a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor, a massive 4.65-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a built-in barometer, NFC technology for mobile payments, 1 gigabyte of RAM and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting.
All of that is up to par with the top smartphones on the market — the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Droid Bionic and the iPhone 4S — but one lagging feature is the Galaxy Nexus’ 5-megapixel rear camera. The rear camera can shoot an impressive 1080p video at 30 frames per second, and there is an LED flash too, but top competitors nowadays are offering all that with 8-megapixel cameras, leaving the 5-megapixel choice as a bit odd.
Details on how much built-in storage memory the Galaxy Nexus will get or how much it will cost have not yet been released.
The Galaxy Nexus will feature no physical buttons on the screen of the device, a departure for Android. Every Android phone so far has come with four buttons across the bottom of the screen for search, home, back and menu.
Now, the buttons Android uses are part of Ice Cream Sandwich and appear and disappear as the operating system or an app need them. This is a similar tactic to that of Android Honeycomb, Google’s first tablet-specific operating system, which has been on the market since March.
Ice Cream Sandwich will use a new font called Roboto, which Google said will be easier to read and was designed specifically for clarity and beauty on smartphone and tablet displays.
The Galaxy Nexus falls into Google’s Nexus program, which means the new phone will run a pure, unaltered version of Ice Cream Sandwich with no preinstalled apps from carriers and no user-interface changes from Samsung.
The new version of Android features a rotating list of recent apps that allows for easy switching between apps and works similar to Honeycomb in this regard.
The ability to take screenshots is finally part of Android. To take a screenshot, a user simply needs to hold down a phone or tablet’s power button and volume down buttons.
Google is promising an improved keyboard in Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as improved cut, copy and paste, improved talk to type and a new "face unlock" feature that uses facial recognition technology to secure a phone rather than traditional passwords.
Matias Duarte, who heads Android’s design and user interface, attempted to demo face unlock at the Hong Kong event (streamed on YouTube) on a Galaxy Nexus handset, but he couldn’t get the feature to work.
Another useful feature added to Ice Cream Sandwich is the software’s ability to save large amounts of recent emails for offline search. By default, offline search will save the last 30 days of a user’s email on a phone or tablet, but users can change that time period as they see fit.
Data usage controls are also being added in the new operating system, which enables users to choose if and when their phone alerts them that they’ve passed a certain amount of data consumed.
Users can even set their phone to stop using cellular data altogether once they’ve passed a certain limit. All of this will help them prevent over consuming data and racking up high phone bills.
The influence of Apple’s iPhone and popular iOS apps such as Instagram and Hipstamatic can be seen in the addition of new built-in photo editing options for Ice Cream Sandwich, which were described by Google engineers in the presentation as adding "hipster" photo filters and adjusting angles in photos.
Wireless sharing between two phones (for transferring contacts, links or even apps between phones within an arm’s reach) can occur using a feature called Android Beam, which looks like it works just like the Bump app available on Android and iOS and built by San Francisco start-up Bump Technologies.
Google said it would include Android Beam technology in its Ice Cream Sandwich developer tools, which were released Tuesday.
Apple is expected to hold a press conference in the coming weeks to introduce its fall lineup for the iPhone and iPod touch. Most of the rumors have been focused on the next iPhone revision, and there has been very little information about the next-generation iPod touch.
MacRumors has received information indicating that the next iPod touch revision will be a very minor change, with the primary addition being the introduction of a new white model. Only minor changes are expected for the existing hardware, with the addition of an oleophobic coating for the display and a revised ambient light sensor seemingly being the main differences. Otherwise, we expect the models to be nearly identical to the current fourth-generation iPod touch model.
Our information confirms previous reports by Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who had indicated that there would be few, if any, distinguishable changes from last year’s iPod touch model.
White parts for the iPod touch leaked into the supply chain back in July, offering the first suggestion of the imminent introduction of the white iPod touch but with no major case changes. As shown above, these white iPod touch screens could be installed onto the existing fourth-generation iPod touches.
This news would conflict with ambitious reports of 3G-enabled iPod touches this year, and also extinguish speculation that the tapered iPhone 5 case design might actually have represented the fifth-generation iPod touch.
The new models are expected to be announced alongside the iPhone in the first week of October with availability in the middle of the month. The iPod nano is also expected to get a minor revision at the same time.
Other reports have pinpointed dates in the first or second week of October for the actual announcement date. We’ve heard similar whispers, but suspect the date has been a moving target. Finally, we have also heard independently that the Golden Master of iOS 5 is targeted for September 23rd, lining up with the iCloud data reset
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Goodness, Samsung seems to be carpet bombing the smartphone and tablet right now – they will now have smartphones and tablets of all shapes and sizes. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is already pretty great (read Albert’s review here), but there are always people who preferred the original Galaxy Tab’s 7 inch size – it is roughly the size of a notebook, whereas the 10 inch might be too big for some people’s tastes.
The biggest complaint of the original Galaxy Tab was that its operating system was not necessarily made for tablet implementation, something which bothered us as well. “Half-baked” was an apt term. Now that great size can be combined with the power of the Honeycomb tablet. Samsung also threw in a 1.4Ghz dual core processor, and a massive 5,100mAh battery, giving up to ten hours use. Running Android 3.2 it is also running the latest TouchWiz skin, which we are still on the fence about. Guess we have to try it out.
The device we are more excited about is the Galaxy Note phone, which will have a massive 5.3 inch AMOLED screen but more significantly a capacitative stylus. Obviously this will make it a very big phone to use, but if you have big hands it might be less of an issue, because it is still a very thin phone so it should be comfortable in your pocket. This is the closest someone has come to combining a tablet and smartphone in one device. That new screen packs a 1280 x 800 resolution – just to put that in perspective, that is still the resolution a Macbook Pro 13 inch screen ships with…
I highly recommend you check out the video:
If it is in any way close to as good as the Galaxy S2, Samsung might have a (slightly niche) winner on its hands.
What is next Samsung? A 12 inch tablet?
Apple announced the new update for iTunes to fix some known issues with the earlier version.
In my opinion, Apple is preparing the final release for the new iTunes to be compatible with the new iOS, and they will keep releasing more fixes like this more often in the next few days.
What’s new in iTunes 10.4.1
iTunes 10.4 is now designed for OS X Lion. You can now use iTunes with OS X Lion’s new full-screen app capability, which allows you to use iTunes and other apps without distractions. Navigate between your full-screen apps with a simple gesture.
iTunes 10.4.1 provides a number of improvements, including:
• Fixes a problem where the media keys on some third-party keyboards work inconsistently with iTunes
• Addresses issues with adding artwork to songs and videos
• Resolves an issue which may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie
• Fixes a problem where iTunes may take longer than expected to open after waking your Mac from sleep
• Addresses issues with VoiceOver support
RCR Wireless claims to have multiple sources telling it that Apple is planning on incorporating 3D technology into the next-generation iPad.
?The fact that the iPad 3 is 3D is a dead cert,? one Hollywood insider close to the big movie studios told RCR, adding that the screen would be the real magic. She went on to say that the big film studios were currently running around like blue arsed flies trying to gear up to release plenty of 3D content in time for Apple?s next launch.
Besides this “Hollywood insider”, they also cite sources from iPad manufacturer Foxconn about the 3D plans.
We’re not sure about the reliability of these sources, but Apple has clearly been exploring 3D technology over the years as evidenced by numerous patent applications. Not all of this research has been in the typical 3D technology found in recent movies and television sets. Some of the research has been in pseudo-3D technologies that involve head tracking that was effectively demoed in a recent iPad app. 3D, of course, has also been a big recent trend with the release of many 3D TVs, 3D movies, and Nintendo’s 3DS handheld gaming console.
Also interesting is that this isn’t the first time this has been suggested. Earlier this year, Japanese blog Macotakaracited their own sources who said that Apple’s LCD supplier was beginning to manufacture small glasses-free 3D LCD panels for the iPod touch, though they suggested it might involve user head-tracking to accomplish the effect.
Well, it’s happened again – Apple’s online store went down briefly this morning, meaning that the secretive company was stocking its virtual shelves with new product. As expected, when the curtain was pulled back, we all had new iMacs staring us right in the face, and they brought with them the customary slew of incremental upgrades over last year’s models. If you were paying attention when Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro earlier this year, a lot of this is going to be familiar to you.
Former Engadget editor Joshua Topolsky has revealed possible new information on the upcoming iPhone 5, but that information seems to contradict other recent claims. Topolsky reiterates from his previous Engadget report that the next iPhone is to be completely redesigned, and that it looks ?more like the iPod touch than the iPhone 4.? The new phone will be thinner and have a “teardrop” shape which goes from thick to thin, similar to the MacBook Air.