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Galaxy Nexus finally drops … in the U.K.

By Corey A. Washington –

It seems like eons ago when Android 2.3, also dubbed Gingerbread, was so highly-anticipated that Android 2.2 owners were clamoring to be a part of the Gingerbread crowd. Arguably, no Android update has been able to reach a fever-pitch of anticipation like Android 4.0 on the brand new Galaxy Nexus.

For months Android fanboys have been left in the dark without an official release date of the latest Nexus successor. Rumors about the release date for the Galaxy Nexus were rampant, but at least one part of the globe is now enjoying delicious Ice Cream Sandwich since the Nexus landed in the U.K. November 17.

By leaps and bounds Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, represents an evolution for the Android platform. The user interface of the Android OS has been completely revamped, making certain actions easier to perform with less menu options to sort through.

Some of the most exciting new features also include:

• The ability to take panoramic pictures
• Advanced photo editing features
• Facial recognition to unlock the phone
• Re-sizable widgets, including third-party widgets

Although Ice Cream Sandwich is definitely enjoying the spotlight, the Galaxy Nexus is definitely no slouch. The Android smartphone field has some stiff competition from at least two very impressive contenders, including the HTC Amaze 4G and the recently-released Motorola Droid RAZR. Which smartphone can be declared the best remains to be seen, but the Galaxy Nexus has more in its corner than just the latest Android OS.

Processing power isn’t too far ahead of the curve as the smartphone runs on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. The Galaxy Nexus also carries 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone also supports 4G.

The Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65-inch display, an HD Super AMOLED screen, 1280x720 resolution, and something new added to the mix – a fortified glass display, bucking the trend of using the usual gorilla glass display.

The new Galaxy Nexus also has a 5.0 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and can shoot 1080p video. Users have the option of scaling down the resolution of both the videos and photos.

The Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 are both welcome additions to the smartphone world. Now, if only we could get an official release date here in the U.S.

Corey A. Washington is a contributing writer covering technology for Black Voice News. He can be reached at corey@blackvoicenews.com.

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