Samsung reveals new Android phone

Galaxy Nexus runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, features new sharing system

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Samsung reveals new Android phone Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy Nexus smartphone at an event in Hong Kong. The phone runs on Google's latest Android OS, the Ice Cream Sandwich.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 19, 2011

Samsung has revealed its first smartphone running on the latest version of Google's Android operating system, which combines software used in tablets and smartphones, according to Reuters.

Features of the new smartphone include Android beam that allows two phones to connect back-to-back to share news articles on the internet and Google maps.

The new device features a 4.65-inch high-definition super AM-OLED display and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, as well as face recognition to unlock the phone.

The launch of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone kicks off in November and comes as rivalry intensifies between Samsung and Apple to win a greater smartphone and tablet market share.

Samsung said the phone will have access to more than 300,000 applications and games, versus over 425,000 apps from Apple's App Store.

Samsung and Google delayed the earlier planned launch of the high-end smartphone as a mark of respect after the death of Steve Jobs and instead launched it this week in Hong Kong.

"This will be our strategic product for year-end holiday season, as [Apple's] iPhone 4S just came into the market," JK Shin, president and head of Samsung's mobile communications business, said at the launch in Hong Kong.

The launch is also the first major phone launch after Google announced its planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.

Google's Android mobile software is the world's most widely used software platform powering 90 million devices, up from 135 million in mid-July 2011, according to Reuters.

The latest version of Android, named Ice Cream Sandwich, is designed to unite tablet and smartphone platforms, potentially attracting more application developers and consumers to the Android camp.

According to Samsung, sales of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones topped 30 million units and market analysts predict that Samsung may overtake Apple as the world's biggest smartphone vendor in the third quarter.

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