Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone announced for Verizon in USFeature
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 1:22 AM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Press Release, Videos
Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone announced for Verizon in US
It’s official, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been announced and it’s an NFC phone of the hero flavor. There have been months of speculation, including false rumors and poets hinting at what the NFC Samsung Galaxy Nexus may hold in store for consumers. Now we know, and the waiting is nearly over before you have the next pure Google experience phone in your pocket. We do have to say though, that the webcast sucked. Obviously here at NFC Rumors, Near Field Communication is a key element we are interested in and tonight we learned that the mighty NFC is on board as you probably expected from Google. Not only that, but NFC is the core component of Android Beam in the Galaxy Nexus.
Kim Titus started the proceedings at the Samsung Google event to launch both Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. JK Shin came on stage after some cheese from Kim Titus. JK Shin basically announced how happy they were with the partnership.
Kevin Packingham – Samsung
We must say this was no Apple presentation and the speakers seemed as if they were reading cue cards and generally unnatural. However, Kevin Packingham shared that Ice Cream Sandwich had been built on three philosophies: speed, screen, design/OS
- Speed in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes in the flavors of HSPA+ and LTE. Packingham was proud to announce that the Nexus Galaxy is the first Google Ice Cream Sandwich LTE phone.
- Speed, as expected, comes via a 1.2GHZ dual-core processor.
- Screen, as expected, is the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED with a contrast ratio 100,000:1. Again, this was expected to be the resolution, weighing in at 1290 x 720. The screen resolution hits 16:9 for movies.The other mentionable thing is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a 0.01ms response time.
- Design: Soft and natural design – 0.894mm thick at its slimiest dimension, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a bezel that measures in at only 4.29mm. So, users can see content to the edges of the device.
- The back has what Samsung is calling a “Hyper Skin” texture on the battery cover.
- Packingham also shared that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus also has a hidden notification LED.
Also as expected, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a 5-megapixel camera with zero shutter lag. It will record video at 1080p, and stabilization has been improved, so no more shaky shots.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC
It was mentioned that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus supported NFC mobile payments, but they neglected to say anything else. We assume that there is a Secure Element, but Samsung played very coy on this issue which makes us think Verizon got its way and that Google Wallet will not be coming to the Verizon version of the smartphone. Other Galaxy Nexus NFC highlighta include many features we previously saw at Google IO earlier this year. With NFC, you can share contacts, videos, maps, and games. Nothing we haven’t seen before.
Samsung announced that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would be launched in November. They mentioned the USA, Europe and Asia. However, the only MNO mentioned was Japan’s NTT DoCoMO.
Android 4.0 NFC found on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android Beam – share any content between devices. This is not very different to what we have seen before, but it now has better support to beam content from different apps. We also saw this at Google IO earlier this year. As at IO, you can take yourself to a game from one device to another with one touch of another phone running that app. Google called the NFC information sharing “proximity actions”.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus features
Obviously, because the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus ships with Android 4.0, or what is fondly known as Ice Cream Sandwich, the feature list is as long as your arm. From what we have seen this evening, here are the highlights:
- LTE is on board, as we expected with a HSDPA+ version.
- “We are offering advanced cloud connected experiences,” said JK Shin.
- Andy Rubin onstage defines Android by three metrics: simplicity, beautiful and beyond smart.
- There is a new notification system, and what they’re calling “Software Navigation Buttons”.
- No more physical buttons. Everything is appearing on screen.
- Brand new People app.
- A wholly redesigned camera interface, and “zero shutter lag” – whether that’s in Ice Cream Sandwich or on the phone, we’re not sure what’s implied – but the phone itself seems the likely candidate for this feature.
- There’s a brand new innovative way of unlocking the device called Face Unlock.
- “Contour Display” shape that fits perfectly in your hand or right there on your face. “Hyper Skin” backing on the device compliments the lovely feel.
- NFC allows you to work with an app called Android Beam.
- Google Talk has been enhanced for shooting video and video chat.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specifications
As expected, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a beast. We have cobbled together the NFC phones specifications as best we can at this early stage
|Data NetworkCarrierVerizon||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|CDMA 800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA+ & LTE|
|Announced||Announced October 18th 2011|
|Status||Launch 10th November 2011|
|DIMS||Dimensions||136.0 x 68.0 x 8.9 mm with 11.5 mm at its thickest end|
|Display||Type||Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density)|
|- Oleophobic surface|
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Three-axis gyro sensor
|Audio||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|3G||HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, Rev. A|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, v2.0 microUSB|
|Camera||Primary||5 MP, 2592×1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, Samsung Exynos chipset|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|- Digital compass-NFC (Near Field Communication)- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer/editor
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Adobe Flash support
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
|BAttery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1750 mAh|
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich has some very nice new features. However, we must say the delivery was a little stiff for such exciting features in a new Android OS launch. Nevertheless here is what we learned.
Ice Cream Sandwich Core apps
What is the soul of Android? Apparently it is three design principles which go something like this. Android is enchanting, Android is easy, Android should make me feel smart and awesome. It sounds like amphetamine sulphates to us, but let’s take a look at what they mean.
- Roboto new font. Simple typographic layouts.
- Subtle animation.
- Galaxy Nexus has no buttons, they are all part of the Android UI.
- As you touch buttons they light up.
- Animated wallpapers.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich widgets
- Calendar, email, social circles.
- Widgets found in apps.
- Drag and drop to the home screen.
- Widgets resizable.
- Folders, drag and drop one app on top of another.
- Speed dial contacts folder possible.
- Folders tray at the bottom of the screen can even accept folders.
- Open recent apps from home screen.
- Ice Cream Sandwich allows you to hold down power and home buttons to take screen shot.
- New Notification system.
- Peak from the lock screen at notifications.
- More responsive and accurate text input with inline spell checker. Improved cut, copy and paste to enter text selection mode and then pull the handles to show the text you want to copy.
Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 Talk to touch
Voice recognition not to Siri levels, but cool at dictations.
Galaxy Nexus Securing your device with facial recognition.
The feature is called Face Unlock. Using facial recognition Android 4 can recognize your face. Locked the commentator out. Didn’t work on the demo.
Galaxy Nexus Android Browser
How you manage browser tabs, up to sixteen tabs open. Close tabs by tossing away what you don’t need. ”Request desktop size” want access to bookmarks now Chrome book marks are synced. Save pages entirely for offline reading. Good for tickets.
Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 Calendar app
Pinch to zoom in to see more detail or zoom out to see more of your day.
Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 Data Usage
Chart of data usage, plus projected data usage, and use it to set a warning. Specify a limit to cut off all mobile data at a limit. You can even find out what exact app causes a lot of data usage. Cut off that app and it can only use data when you boot it.
Android 4.0 Photos on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Zero shutter lag. Tap to focus. Detects people faces and focuses automatically. Takes a photo about every second.
- Panorama photos, touch the icon and then tap the shutter to sharp, make a continues movement and you will see a quick preview while the software stitches together the photo.
- All photos can be sent to the cloud. Samsung Galaxy Nexus 1080p,
- Continuous focus
- Zoom while recording
- Time lapse recording
- Video snapshots.
Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 contacts that it likes to call “People”
- People app is an evolution of contacts. Me profile on top. From there, you can see the most contacted people in magazine layout. Inside of the people cart you see contacts updates including photos. Tap on an email, or click to call or SMS or email back.
- Quick response can send a text message when declining a call.
- How you manage browser tabs, up to sixteen tabs open. Close tabs by tossing away what you don’t need. ”Request desktop size” want access to bookmarks now Chrome book marks are synced. Save pages entirely for offline reading. Good for tickets.
Galaxy Nexus Gmail:
- Two line previews in Gmail.
- Action bar for one click email creation.
- Select multiple messages and apply actions.
- Action bars changes based on context.
- Sweep through inbox rather than loading different pages.
- Gmail addresses into chips with email addresses.
- Offline search, last 30 days of email.
Android 4.0 People
- People app is an evolution of contacts. You will find your profile on top. From there, you can see the most contacted people in magazine layout. Inside of the people cart, you see contacts updates including photos.
- Tap on an email, or click to call or SMS or email back.
- Quick response can send a text message when declining a call.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Accessories
We heard earlier today about accessories that were being launched with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. However, there was no mention of accessories outside of a dock.
Google Wallet on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC release and pricing details
In the presentation there was no mention of US, Canada or European carriers. We will have to wait for more details. However an earlier leak suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is supposed to hit Verizon on November both for $299 on contract. Although we don’t know whether we get the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the 32GN version for that price.
Samsung and Google introduce GALAXY Nexus
World’s First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a HD Super AMOLED display
Hong Kong – October 19, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, and Google, today announced GALAXY Nexus™, the world’s first smartphone running Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest release of the Android platform. GALAXY Nexus features a 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED display technology at 720p resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.
“Samsung and Google have closely collaborated to push the mobile experience forward. We are pleased to deliver the best Android smartphone experience for customers with GALAXY Nexus. We will continue to move forward with Android to provide the compelling consumer experience in mobile world,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.
“Ice Cream Sandwich demonstrates the Android platform’s continued innovation with one release that works on phones and tablets and everything in between. Features like Android Beam and Face Unlock show the innovative work our team is doing, and GALAXY Nexus showcases the power behind Ice Cream Sandwich,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile for Google.
The first smartphone to feature Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. GALAXY Nexus features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, phone app, and everything in between has been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful, and useful.
Ice Cream Sandwich also features a new People app, which lets you, browse friends, family, and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution, and check their latest status updates from Google＋ and other social networks. GALAXY Nexus features a redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag, and effects like silly faces and background replacement.
GALAXY Nexus is also connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and all other data synced across your devices. You have access to more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™, or, in certain countries, you can buy and read books, or rent movies and stream them instantly from your phone. In the U.S., you can also upload your music to the cloud with Music Beta by Google and listen anywhere, even when offline.
Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Using NFC technology, Android Beam allows you to quickly share web pages, apps, and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping your phones together. You can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk™.
GALAXY Nexus is designed to provide a “pure Google,” experience, and with it, you will be the first to receive software upgrades and new applications as they become available.
It also features a number of Google Mobile services, including: Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™, and a redesigned Google＋ app.
Best-in-class hardware meets the most advanced software
GALAXY Nexus is the first smartphone to feature a 4.65” display with a market-leading resolution of 720p (1280×720), ensuring you can enjoy GALAXY Nexus’ immersive entertainment capabilities and fast web browsing in superior clarity.
Succeeding the original Contour Display of Nexus S, GALAXY Nexus comes with a rounded shape that fits perfectly within your palm or to your face for phone calling. Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover improves the ergonomic feel of the device and makes the phone slip-resistant. At just 8.94mm thick, with a minimal 4.29mm bezel, GALAXY Nexus provides superb portability alongside an expansive screen.
GALAXY Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor, providing superior power and speed, ensuring you can take full advantage of GALAXY Nexus’ enhanced multitasking capabilities with ease, or enjoy the large, vivid display to its full capacity with high-definition gaming or video streaming. LTE or HSPA＋ connectivity combined with a dual core processor delivers high-speed web browsing which ensures you always have the web at your fingertips, wherever you are.
GALAXY Nexus will be available in the U.S., Europe, and Asia beginning in November and gradually rolled out to other global markets.
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Note to Editors:
GALAXY Nexus Product Specifications
HSPA＋ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100
＊LTE version will be available depending on the region.
1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
4.65″ 1280X720 HD Super AMOLED
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
Main(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot
Sub (Front) : 1.3MP for Video Call
Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264
Playback : 1080p@ 30fps
Recording : 1080p Full HD Video@ 30fps
Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC＋/eAAC＋
3.5mm Ear Jack
Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Earth™, YouTube™, Movie Studio
Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation
Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google＋ app
Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)
Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer
1GB(RAM) ＋ 16GB/ 32GB Internal memory
135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135g
Standard battery, Li-on 1,750 mAh
＊ Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.
＊ All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
End Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone press release