Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Galaxy Nexus: Why 5 And Not 8 Megapixel?

Image representing Android as depicted in Crun...Image via CrunchBaseI am not bothered. 5 megapixel photos are great. But that is one detail that is a little bit of a sore spot. Why could Google not have put a 8 megapixel camera in there?

Other than that it is looking great. It has a bigger screen - no need for tablet - than the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4S does not have 4G like the Galaxy Nexus does. And the Nexus phone is lighter than the iPhone 4S, a little bit, bigger screen but lighter.

Galaxy Nexus
Galaxy Nexus Goes Live

This Is My Next: Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ official: release in November, SDK available today
Android 4.0 is an open source release, which means any hardware manufacturer that wants a crack at it can download the source and sell a device with 4.0 on top — Honeycomb never attained that status. ...... The UI has been revamped extensively, with that clean, futuristic look ..... Instead of hardware buttons, the OS now provides its own software back, home, and recent apps buttons right on the screen. ...... The whole experience is apparently specifically designed for 720p screens, with the software buttons disappearing when you watch a movie for a full-in widescreen experience. ...... you can unlock the phone with your face now ..... syncing bookmarks with Chrome is now default functionality, and Google is using the Galaxy Nexus’s built-in NFC for the new Android Beam app, which lets you share content, maps, contacts, apps, and more by tapping the back of your phone to another NFC Android phone. ....... The browser has also been tweaked with an option for a desktop view of sites, and you can save a full page for offline browsing as well. Tabbed browsing works just like the app switcher. Gmail has been significantly tweaked to work within the OS’s new UI paradigms. Even better, Google is adding offline email search, with 30 days of mail stored by default and longer periods available if you’re feeling nostalgic. Deeper in the phone there’s a visualizer that offers a useful chart of your data usage, which should help you toe that 2GB line. ......... a new People app that pulls photos from Google+ to flesh out your contacts. Google is also offering a phone-friendly version of its Movie Studio app that originally debuted with Honeycomb on the tablet (a nice pair with the Galaxy Nexus’s 1080p video). The camera app has added a panorama mode, “silly faces,” and a background replacement mode, but there’s also a whole photo editor built-in if you need to do some serious work on your photos or run some Instagram-style filters before uploading to your sharing service of choice. ....... Android 4.0 will be released worldwide in November
This Is My Next: Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich: pictures, video, and hands-on
emphasizes lateral swipes, resizable UI elements / widgets, and high-def images wherever possible ..... A good chunk of its screen size expansion actually treads into the area vacated by the row of capacitive keys that were previously standard issue on Android handsets, the result of which is that it isn’t that much larger than the original, 4.3-inch, Galaxy S II. It’d probably be right to characterize the Galaxy Nexus as the natural outcome of splicing the Nexus S with the GSII. It has the same concave screen curve as the previous Android flagship smartphone, while its rear is very much inspired by the Galaxy S II, including the feather-light plastic back cover and gentle protrusion in the lower half. ...... the Galaxy Nexus surprises by being quite a bit lighter than one might expect from just looking at it ...... all-plastic external construction ...... a metallic inner frame to ensure the phone’s frame is rigid enough ....... the first so-called HD phone ..... a 1280 x 720 resolution, and we’ve got to say that the experience of using such a device is well worth the price of admission. ...... The sheer amount of stuff you can fit on the screen at one time is terrific and the high resolution finally gives us a large-screened smartphone that truly expands the onscreen real estate. Google’s continued push toward more expandable and resizable widgets will really pay off as more phones move to this crazy new res. On top of that, the Super AMOLED panel is what you’ve come to expect — incredibly bright with extremely vibrant colors. ....... Back, Home, and Recent Apps ...... The Recent Apps link brings up a visual multitasking overview, which is very similar to the design in Honeycomb and shows a vertically scrollable list of the latest applications you’ve opened. ....... the company believes it knows how to manage apps’ resource usage and doesn’t want you to ever worry about “killing” them. ...... Above the pervasive three buttons is a five-icon launcher row. Your app drawer’s in the middle, as is to be expected, and it’s surrounded by the most commonly used applications, like the phone dialer, messaging app, and browser. The notifications screen has seen a few nips and tucks as well, with the ability to dismiss alerts by swiping them away. Importantly, Google is saying that it’s moving away from the use of the long press in Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s all about swiping from here on out. ...... You can now swipe to the side to move between different conversations. That allows you to start a mail-reading session by opening the latest unread message and then progress through the rest by swiping right, never returning to the inbox overview. ...... the side-swipes are prominent is in the browser, which features a tab management tool not too dissimilar to the Recent Apps menu. It too allows you to dispatch unwanted items by pushing them off to the side and into some digital abyss. Syncing of your Chrome bookmarks is now also built in, so if you’re a loyal Google products user, there’ll be almost no setup required when picking up an Ice Cream Sandwich phone — just about everything you care to keep synced is now indeed being maintained by the Google cloud. .......... The new People application pulls in high-resolution images of your contacts from Google+ (provided they’re on it, of course) and populates their profiles and your in-call background with them. Just another subtle little way in which Google is exploiting its extremely wide ecosystem. Also new when receiving calls is the option to respond with a pre-canned text message — an option that Samsung and LG have built into their latest Android skins — you can swipe to the sides to choose whether to take or reject the call or swipe up to bring a list of responses explaining your indisposition. ........ camera app comes with a promise of zero shutter lag and indeed we saw a Google rep bash away at the capture button with practically no delay between shots. ...... Google is taking the speed of photography on Android devices seriously. ....... the software is being continually improved and optimized (i.e. it’s not yet fully baked). ...... The subtle, pervasive lag that has characterized the Android UI since it inception is still there, which is not a heartening thing to hear when you’re talking about a super-powered dual-core device like the Galaxy Nexus.

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