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Samsung and Google announce dual-core Android Galaxy Nexus smartphone, arriving this November

World's first handset to feature Ice Cream Sandwich OS

Samsung and Google announce dual-core Android Galaxy Nexus smartphone, arriving this November
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Google and Samsung have officially unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, the world's first handset to be powered by Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Nexus houses a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and is available with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. LTE and HSPA+ connectivity are both on board, too.

Screen-wise, the Galaxy Nexus boasts a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED "Contour" display, with a "market leading" resolution of 1280x720. It features a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper - capable of 1080p video capture - and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Other interesting hardware features on the Galaxy Nexus include NFC technology, which allows you to make wireless payments with your mobile, and the usual range of sensors, such as an accelerometer and gyroscope. Perfect for gaming, then.

The software

As mentioned, Ice Cream Sandwich will come preinstalled on the Galaxy Nexus, and this latest version of Google's mobile OS brings "an entirely new look and feel to Android".

The redesigned interface features improved multitasking, better notifications, facial recognition, the ability to share content with your friends via NFC, and connection to "the cloud".

Like Apple's recently launched iCloud service, Android's cloud-based storage system will keep your emails, contacts, and other data synced between your devices.

Find out more about Ice Cream Sandwich's hottest new features here.

The Galaxy Nexus will hit the US, Europe, and Asia in November, and will gradually roll out to other markets.

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