Truly a step up Android 2.3 Vs Android 4.0

If you want to make Ice-cream you're gonna need something sweet. Google's Ice-Cream Sandwich is just that. It takes the sweetness of Android Honeycomb, dissolves it into the background and gives us something not just sweet but smooth too!

Android Operating Software has taken a much needed evolution from version 2.3 (a.k.a. Honeycomb) to version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and in doing so Samsung and Google have produced a mobile phone that is a true game-changer.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest "Google" phone, the world's first phone boasting Google's 4.0 operating software. It's dubbed a "Pure Google" phone in that it receives the latest updates from Google without going through operating networks and manufacturers - basically means you get the hottest software straight out of the lab as opposed to waiting for it to trickle through chains of red tape and lots of middle men/middle companies.

Enjoy this video direct from Google:

 I was fortunate to be invited to the launch of the the Galaxy Nexus and got trained by Google Geeks on the ins and outs of the phone. Still buzzing from my new Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Nexus piques my interest in another way.

Getting a walkthrough the Galaxy Nexus with the Google Team

Whilst the Galaxy Note packs some of the most advanced mobile phone hardware on the market, The Galaxy Nexus boasts a radically new operating software - something that has been long awaited. (You can imagine how chuffed I was to learn the Galaxy Note will be getting a software update to Ice Cream Sandwich soon... I think..!)

So what's new?

Well the Galaxy Nexus boasts some incredible hardware too. The captivating 4.65" Super AMOLED HD screen, the curved ergonomic design, the Near Field Communication chip (absolutely awesome in action.. maybe I'll post up a video of it in action soon...!) not to mention the 1.2 Ghz dual core processor (seriously I remember buying single core 133 megahertz desktop PC's!)

Picture of Samsung Mobile CEO introducing the Galaxy Nexus
at the launch that we attended in London earlier this month

There is a lot to say about Android 4.0, much has to be experienced... It takes the best from 2.3 and the 3.0 tablet series, giving you a fresh and user-friendly way to use the phone. There is advanced multi-tasking and a very cool task manager that allows you to 'kill' certain apps quickly and cleanly as well as switch in between them. The notifications bar has been revamped and is more user friendly. As has the widgets... allowing you to re-size them, interact with them and group apps together easily on your home screens. All round win-win.

The new operating software builds of years of research and development, making Mobile Phone use even more fluid and user friendly. The way the phone looks and feels is very new, fresh and slick. There are a number of ultra-cool features I got to check out:

Face Unlock

Simple as it says... Unlock your phone just by staring at it! The camera recognises you and then unlocks the phone. This gives security, speed and ultra-cool-ness. Nothing more unique than your face!


Truly awesome use of Near Field Communication - simply tap two phones together and you can send contacts, files, links and even youtube videos (down the second you were watching it) from from Nexus to another. This is so fast and rapid it will blow your mind. Mobiles will never be the same.

Camera +

Some may say... But it's only a 5megapixel camera. Well it's not about the size, it's what you do with them. Megapixel's are like car tyres, they are only useful up to a point. What's more important is the car itself. And The Galaxy Nexus is an awesome car. The camera is optimised for low-light and has a great and easy to use panorama function. Check the video!

Data Usage tool

This is a great feature that is long overdue. Worked into 4.0 is the ability to track exactly how much data each app is using and you can control and cap individual app use. This is an essential feature amidst the price wars between networks. Take control of your Data usage with the Galaxy  Nexus like never before possible. It just makes sense.
Android 4.0 offers so much more than it 2.3 predecessor. It's a true "update" and I can't wait to see it on other devices soon! Let me know your thoughts and check out the Google Nexus Website for some great clips, gallery's and features:

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