Google and Samsung just announced the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. As expected Ice Cream Sandwich is Android version 4.0 and features a lot of things found in Android 3.x Honeycomb. They announced that there would be both a 4G/LTE version and an HSPA+ version of the device.
They announced the device would be available in November, coming to Japan’s DoCoMo first. They didn’t say anything at all about Verizon Wireless or AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint for that matter. We will have to wait and see what they say about US carriers.
For more check out our liveblog after the break
10:59am: Event is done, November launch for Galaxy Nexus with LTE and HSPA+
10:59am: No official date just yet, only November
10:58am: ICS SDK available right now for developers to start now.
10:57am: If someone is playing a game, you can beam the other person to the game on the Market by bumping the phones together, Beam has open API’s for developers shipped with Beam
10:56am: Beam is like bump integrated into Android, bumping phones shares anything
10:55am: Android Beam is new NFC sharing between Android devices
10:54am: Quick response allows to ignore calls with texts
10:52am: New phone apps shows people in large pictures, with visual voicemail integrated into call log with awesome UI
10:52am: Quick contacts now allows users to see large photos and updates, and adds people to homescreen
10:50am: New people app also allows swiping to view latest social network updates, with open API’s for third party app support
10:49am: The phone now recognizes people, with people app with new UI and “me” profile. New contact details with info in magazine- style layout
10:48am: 1080p allows for zoom while recording, and photos during video just by tapping on the screen, and time lapse video
10:47am: New gallery app is magazine style, panorama now an option with fantastic built in stitching for fantastic photos
10:47am: Everything in the new UI is consistent with new, beautiful gestures.
10:46am: New photo editing tools built in the camera app, and edits are saved as a copy.
10:45am: Camera allows for easier zoom with slider, and very fast shot counts with high resolutions
10:44am: Camera now allows opening from lockscreen, shutter time is less than one second. Share with any apps with open sharing api’s
10:42am: New “data usage” chart allows you to manage and view current and predicted data usage. Also allows to automatically set data to shut off at certain point, and allows to see what apps use what data, and cut off background data for specific apps
10:42am: New calendar has pinch to zoom features, and updated UI, all with consistent UI changes
10:40am: New Gmail has offline search, actions bar, and updated UI
10:34am: New browser has updated UI and incognito.
10:30am: Honeycombs most recent apps icon now on Ice Cream Sandwich. You can flick applications away
10:29am: Folders customizable and can be apps, bookmarks, and contacts. You can organize them anyway you want
10:28am: Widgets screen (drawer) next to App drawer. Widgets are now resizable
10:25am As rumored: Galaxy Nexus has NO Buttons
10:24am: modeled Ice Cream Sandwich off a magazine layout that just sucks you in
10:20am: November: US, Europe and Asia. Japan: Domoco
10:20am: Barometer capability and NFC
10:19am: Full HD Capture, reduced shakes in your images.
10:19am: 5 megapixel HD camera with zero shutter lag
10:18am: hyperskin textured back
10:17am: contour display 8.94mm thin. 4.29mm bezel
10:16am: 1 one hundredth of a second response time
10:15am: Galaxy Nexus is HD superAMOLED 4.65 inch display. 1280×720 resolution 16:9
10:14am: Screen and Display: 80% of people who buy smartphones put display on the top of their list. HD superAMOLED. The most colorful display on the market contrast ratio of 100,000 to 1. It is very energy efficitent
10:12am: Fast Fast Fast, it’s a huge step up. Both Galaxy Nexus devices have been developed around a 1.2ghz dual core processor
10:12am: Packingham talking about speed
10:10am: Kevin Packingham former Sprint device guru is now the Samsung device guru
10:09am and it’s unveiled, the Galaxy Nexus
10:08am video rolling
10:07am: Andy is wearing his signature outfit and he just announced that Ice Cream Sandwich is Android 4.0
10:07am: Andy Lubin LOL Andy Rubin on stage now
10:06am: Google+ integration
10:06am: LTE Technology and HSPA+ version
10:05am: Today Samsung and Google unveil the first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphome
10:04am: JK Shin is on stage
10:03am: Kim Titus on stage. He doesn’t look like a banker
10:02am: Animation on screens, wow right on time
10:00am We’re getting ready, like all of you!