Delaying its launch in tribute to former Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, Samsung and Google took the stage in Hong Kong today to unveil its first smart phone running on the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. This operating system intends to combine the applications used on tablets as well as smart phones.
The new smart phone, Galaxy Nexus, includes 1.2 GHz dual core processor “that really flies”, according to presenter Kevin Packingam. The new handset mirrors the Galaxy S II model and obtains a screen of 4.65 inches and Super AMOLED HD (1280×720) touch-screen with 16:9 aspect ratio and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. According to Packingham, Galaxy Nexus has “the best display in the industry”.
Today, Samsung is the top seller of Android phones and is a biggest challenger to Apple. In the unveiling event, Samsung said the phone will have access to 300,000 applications and games from the Android store as compared to Apple’s 425,000 apps.
Further, world’s number 2 handset maker said it wants to launch Galaxy Nexus in two versions: HSPA version and LTE (Long-term evolution) version, which is expected soon. The phone will run on high speed LTE networks as well as HSPA+ networks, depending on market demand.
Google’s Android operating system is already the most used OS among users. It powers 190 millions devices raising the number from 135 million in
mid-July. Till date, both Apple and Google are locked in an acrimonious legal dispute in 10 countries. Apparently, it’s a fight to gain the top position as the world’s biggest smart phone vendor, as Android is just a few points down the line from becoming the number one choice.