Earlier today, Google unveiled the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS along with the Nexus 7 and Nexus Q at the Google I/O 2012 event in San Francisco. Apart from unveiling these amazing products and services, Google has also reduced the price of its popular smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It is the third Nexus branded phone from Google and the second Nexus phone manufactured by Samsung. The Galaxy Nexus was the first smartphone to ship with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Now, it will be the first smartphone to get the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in mid-July.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core application processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean), 5 megapixel camera with zero-shutter lag, auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Google Play Store, HTML5 Web browser, 4G LTE connectivity, Mobile Hotspot capability, Bluetooth 3.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB on-board memory, Face Unlock, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1850 mAh battery.
Last year, Samsung Galaxy Nexus was launched with a price-tag of $649. However, the price was later reduced to $400. Now, Google went ahead and further reduced the price of this device to just $349.99 without any service agreements. Since, this device will get the Jelly Bean update in mid-July, this is a great deal for the those who are planning to get a new smartphone in the coming days. To get this device, head over to this page.
Looks like someone accidentally pushed the wrong button at the Google headquarters by listing Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ as “soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean” on the Play Store. This puts an end to all those rumors circling around Jelly Bean and confirms that 4.1 Jelly Bean will indeed be the next Android version.
An XDA Forum member, while surfing the Play Store finding an unlocked Galaxy Nexus, found out that the description was changed as the first phone which would be getting the Jelly Bean update. What’s more interesting is that the Galaxy Nexus thumbnail image during checkout had also been changed to a newer image of Nexus sporting a different wallpaper and a modified search widget.
Jelly Bean 4.1 is the next major update to Android 4.0 and is surely going to bring several new features and improvements. However, as the screenshot suggests, the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ would be the first and by my experience, the only phone to sport it officially for a couple of months as other OEMs will surely take some time to deliver it on their phones after customizing it with their own skins.
Google was quick to revert that image and description mentioning Jelly Bean to their original form in just a couple of hours, but those few hours were enough to tease us all Android lovers. Was it an accident? Or an intentional (subtle) move by Google to hint us what we can expect to see at the Google I/O on 27th of this month? We will have to hold our nerves for four more days to find out anything more and of course, we at Techie-Buzz will always be there to keep you updated!
Sprint just became the first carrier in the United States to announce the Galaxy Nexus in the United States, and end Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus exclusivity on it.
The specs of the Sprint’ version of the Galaxy Nexus remain same as its Verizon’s counterpart, which includes a beautiful 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen with a 720p (720×1280) resolution. Internally the Nexus packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of Internal memory. The usual bunch of sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope etc. and connectivity features like GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi etc are also present. At the back of the Galaxy Nexus is a 5MP camera with zero-shutter lag, which is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. Most importantly, the Galaxy Nexus runs on the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Galaxy Nexus will also be the first phone to hit Sprint’s network which will support the carrier’s upcoming 4G LTE network.
Sadly, Sprint did not announce anything as to when the Galaxy Nexus will exactly hit its network, and how much $$ it will cost. What Sprint did announce is that they will be releasing nearly 15 4G LTE devices in throughout this year
Verizon finally announced the availability of its much-awaited smartphone, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. This handset is the third Nexus branded phone from Google and the second Nexus phone manufactured by Samsung. Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone, which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Verizon Galaxy Nexus customers can access the 4G LTE network in 190 markets across the United States.
Verizon Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 Ã— 720 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core application processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with zero-shutter lag, autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, etc.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, HTML5 Web browser, 4G LTE connectivity, Mobile Hotspot capability, Bluetooth 3.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB on-board memory, Face Unlock, Android Market and a 1850 mAh battery.
Verizon customers can finally get the Galaxy Nexus, starting from December 15 at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and Verizon’s official website. Verizon Galaxy Nexus will be available for just $299.99 with a two year service agreement. To learn more, head over to this page.
The announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus powered by Android 4.0 (code named Ice Cream Sandwich) was filled with excitement, and fans were thrilled with the overflowing list of new features and improvements included in the latest firmware release. One of the most interesting and eye-catching feature was the Face Unlock, which allows users to unlock their phone using the face recognition technology.
Although the phone is smart and undoubtedly cool, one question that strikes our mind is, whether the feature is secured or not? The Face Unlock feature is new to Android and people have been wondering how safe the feature is. SoyaCincau, a tech review site revealed that the Face Unlock feature can be bypassed with a digital photo. The author managed to bypass the facial recognition unlock by simply posing a digital photo in front of the phone, and the phone just unlocked itself without any difficulties. Well, that sounds creepy!
The user was able to unlock the Galaxy Nexus, which was programmed to recognize his actual face, by using a picture of himself. He posted a video on his blog, which has gone viral and has created a lot of buzz of late –
A Google representative was contacted by CNET and told that the feature is still in beta and is considered “experimental”, and provides a low level security. Even the interface warns users that “Face Unlock is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password” and that “Someone who looks similar to you could unlock your phone.”
Koushik Dutta, a developer of the Android after-market firmware replacement CyanogenMod, curiously asked in a tweet whether the feature would unlock the device using a photo. In reply to that, Google’s Tim Bray denied it by saying – “Nope. Give us some credit.”
Some of the users thought that this was done by using a trick; however, the user updated the YouTube description to address the question – whether he programmed the phone to recognize his face or the picture –
While some of you think that it is a trick and I had set the Galaxy Nexus up to recognise the picture, I assure you that the device was set up to recognise my face. I have a few people there watching me do the video and if any one of them is watching this video I hope you can confirm that this test is 100% legit.
The Ice Cream Sandwich flavored Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is the latest Google experience handset, was unveiled last month. However, the carriers as well as the manufactures have been pretty tight-lipped about the US launch date and pricing. Google only revealed that the new Nexus will be available stateside in November.
Now, Android Police has leaked a screenshot of Costco’s inventory, which suggests a price tag of $289.99. Since Verizon is listed as the carrier, it is likely that the official price will be Verizon’s standard $299, with Costco subsidizing the difference.
Samsung had earlier announced that Nexus will go on sale across Europe on November 17. The unlocked version is already available for pre-order on Amazon UK for £549.99. Hopefully, folks in US and Canada will also be able to get their hands on the Galaxy Nexus around the same time.
The Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65 inch HD (1280×720) screen, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor. It will be the first handset to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), although both Motorola and HTC have announced that their latest handsets will be updated to ICS. Check out our earlier coverage on the Ice Cream Sandwich to learn more.