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Though I usually upgrade more often than every two years (thank you, family plan), when my line was up for an upgrade in July I held off. See, I heard that Android 4.0, code named Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), would be seeing the light of day in late 2011. So I waited. And it got pushed back. And I waited some more. And finally, at 8 a.m. on December 15th, I got the Galaxy Nexus: the first ICS phone.

I’ve had it for a few days now, using it almost non-stop. Here’s what I think.

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Google and Samsung recently released their latest and greatest flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, running Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich). I watched a video review of the device and I was very impressed with Google’s latest offering because it represented some big changes to Android that are going to be fantastic.

I took to my own site and penned an article praising the new phone and OS. Being an Apple-focused site, I threw a bit of iPhone discussion in there, looking at Apple’s ageing mobile interface compared to Google’s fresh, modern, almost Windows Phone-ish interface.

However, Ice Cream Sandwich is helping Google recognise some big improvements to Android that is going to edge them towards a level of customer satisfaction provided by companies like Apple and Amazon, with fully integrated devices and all-in-one solutions. (more…)

I take it you caught this week’s big Android announcement? If not, check out my big overview from yesterday, in which I cover the news about the next version of Android and the new flagship phone.

What did you think? I quite like the look of the Galaxy Nexus, though it doesn’t seem like a world-beater to me. I guess that’s not the point, though – if it were leaps and bounds ahead of all other handsets, it wouldn’t make a very good flagship phone. Still, that’s not a huge criticism; it’s miles better than my HTC Desire, and looks like it’ll be a solid phone for a long time coming – in short, it deserves the Nexus name.

I’m very excited for Ice Cream Sandwich, though. The new concrete features are a little gimmicky and honestly not much that we haven’t seen before through custom apps, but the subtler changes – the new interface design, the approach to gestures, the way that even more parts of Android are opened up to developers – those are great.

What do you think? Vote in the poll and leave a comment to let us know!

Today, Google and Samsung revealed the new version of Android (4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich), and the new flagship Android phone (the Samsung Galaxy Nexus). In case you missed the live streaming announcement, read on to find out about the new features, the phone’s stats, the changes to Android’s interface, and the subtler effects this is all likely to have. (more…)

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