Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Oct 2011 18:27 UTC
Google So, somewhere in the middle of the night (at least for me) Samsung and Google held a joint event, in which they announced both the new Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. While the Galaxy Nexus is a pretty impressive phone, what we got to see from Ice Cream Sandwich surely didn't drop too many jaws.
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by kristoph on Wed 19th Oct 2011 19:58 UTC
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For the rest, the Galaxy Nexus sports a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, which I actually find a little on the slow side for what is supposed to be the flagship Android device. I'm assuming the relatively slow processor (compared to the 1.5Ghz processors which are popping up all over the Android ecosystem) has been chosen to not stress the battery too much. That large display needs juice, after all.


I think this is a very misinformed opinion. First, Ars has shown that the 1.5 Ghz Galaxy S II is virtually identical in terms of performance to it's 1.2 Ghz cousin. Second, there are numerous benchmarks (again Ars, which I know you respect has some) that show that the iPhone 4S (which is 800 Mhz) CPU beats the Samsung II S by a wide margin in browser tests, graphics, etc.

This new CPU may or may not be the same as the Galaxy II S but it should be given the benefit of the doubt, especially in the context of ICS which improves a number of areas.

Windows Phone 7-like People App


Who would have though Google would make a janky clone of Microsoft product. At least they could have improved it; instead it (appears) like a substandard copy.

facial recognition login technology


It does not appear ready for prime time.

Ice Cream Sandwich also introduces a new font, Roboto, which is the default font all throughout Android 4.0. It's designed for high-density displays, and, as always with anything that isn't ZOMGHELVETICAGGNRFFRRRR, the font hipsters are hating on it like crazy. Of course, had Apple used this font, it would've been awesome and beautifully elegant and understated and magical (how's that Comic Sans rip-off Marker Felt that's infesting iOS working out for ya?).


Apple did introduce this font. It's called Helvetica. This is basically Helvetica with some small changes. I am not a font purist so I think it's fine personally.

Merker Felt is way nicer then Comic Sans; put them side by side and it looks very different. Put Roboto beside Helvetica and their impossible to tell apart (for me at least).

The other thing your missing is that the UI is now GPU accelerated which should make a big difference in the usual Android stuttering (though reports suggest it has not gone away).

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