After the long wait and much anticipation for the newest Nexus to grace the tech world, the Samsung-Google Galaxy Nexus is finally out in the market. Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus less than a month ago and now UK Fandroids can celebrate as the device is now available in their stores. The ICS source code was recently released, a few days ahead of the Galaxy Nexus.
For a quick recap on features, the Galaxy Nexus packs the new Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, a Super AMOLED 720p screen, a 1.3 MP front camera and 5MP back camera with flash, with front and rear speakers, features a textured back cover, NFC ready, 1.2 GHZ dual core processor, 1GB RAM, available in 16GB/32GB, voice recognition software and a lot more amazing features.
Samsung also confirms in a tweet that the Galaxy SII is also geting the ICS update, but no specific date was given as to when the update will arrive. Some are betting that the software update will arrive sometime in the first quarter of 2012.
Hi, good news – the Galaxy S II will be receiving ICS, but there are no dates confirmed as yet. We will keep you posted. – @samsunguk
Since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned in Germany, Samsung thought of a plan to lift the ban: tweak the device. According to Samsung, the changes in the device were to conform with the German ruling, and not a sign that they have surrendered to Apple’s demands. The revamped tablet is dubbed as Galaxy Tab 10.1N. German online shops are already showing off the tablet. Webshop showcases a 16GB model in white, while EP MediaStore has a32GB Wi-Fi model in black, and IM Superstore the 64GB Wi-Fi model. It’s not clear as to what exactly was tweaked in the device, but Samsung spokesman Nam Ki Yung stated that the revamped device will only be sold in Germany.
Another recently launched Samsung device is the Galaxy Note, which the manufacturer claims that this device will replace smartphones, laptops, tablets, and the traditional pen and paper for office use. It features a 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED display and S Planner, which provides tools to manage complicated schedules in an easy and intuitive way. It comes with an S Pen that optimizes note taking, has a 2MP front camera and 8MP back camera with LED flash, HSPA+ 21Mbps or 4G LTE, a 1.4GHz dual core processor, runs on Android 2.3 a.k.a. Gingerbread, 16GB Internal memory which can be expanded with microSD (up to 32GB). Though the Galaxy Note seems to pack awesome features, some are saying that it doesn’t really perform that well.
According to Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor of The Telegraph, “The ‘S Pen’ stylus, the handwriting recognition, the ability to share annotated web pages and clips to easily – simply doesn’t work as well as it needs to to justify the price. Use the Note as a phone and you look like a toddler; use it as a tablet and you may as well have bought the much better Samsung Galaxy Tab, or any one of scores of other devices.”