Samsung/Google Ice Cream Sandwich/Galaxy Nexus keynote Liveblog

Well today is the day that Samsung and Google are set to hold a delayed keynote in Hong Kong. We’ve seen the Ice Cream Sandwich Android on the invite and plenty of Galaxy Nexus leaks, including on Samsung’s own site. But Chris, Henry and I will be liveblogging on this very page at 3am BST to let you know what is happening – if you are awake. We have Pepsi and chocolate to get through this so here goes!

04:01 And now I shall leave you. Henry’s internet went down half way and Chris fell asleep before it started but I struggled through and I hope you enjoyed the liveblog. Goodbye!

04:00 Demo units are outside the auditorium but unfortunately I am not in Hong Kong so I will just have to hang around and wait until there are demo units in The Carphone Warehouse for hands-on time.

03:59 That’s that.

03:58 ICS SDK and APIs are available now!

03:57 Demonstrating with Minecraft, app information can be shared.

03:56 Android Beam is NFC based sharing. Touch two ICS phones and things get shared. This reminds me of the HP TouchPad and Pre3 sharing features. They were good devices even if DOA.

03:55 Quick Response messages can be personalised and are there to make declining calls less arrogant.

03:51 Bright and vibrant People app being shown off. 50 Cent is one of Hugo’s friends, yet he is showing off Matias from earlier.

03:49 1080p HD video with time-lapse features being demoed. The footage looks crap on the YouTube feed.

03:48 Google+ users can autoshare everything they take to Google+.

03:47 Take panoramic shots with one smooth movement.

03:46 New Gallery app allows for easy photo editing. It saves copies and can sort photos by location using geotags.

03:45 Camera app has minor upgrades with ZERO shutter lag. Shame the only current ICS phone has a crap camera on the back…

03:43 New data usage setting projects your data usage, tells you which apps are using data and can cut off all data when reaching a limit. Users can also cut off data for particular apps. I do like this and I want this on my HTC Wildfire.

03:40 Pinch to zoom in the Calendar. Swipe through days.

03:39 New action bar across many ICS apps and updated Gmail with 2 line previews. Swipe from conversation to conversation like swiping through homescreens.

03:37 Bookmarks sync with Chrome on PCs and a new save-for-later feature very similar to the Reading List in iOS 5.

03:35 Face unlock is failing on Matias Duarte due to his excessive amount of make-up. Great way to demonstrate a new feature there. Tim Cook should take note (and ROFL).

03:34 Updated keyboard (Swype is better) and instant talk-to-text. Not exactly Siri levels of speech recognition.

03:33 Remove notifications with a flick. iOS 5, anyone?

03:31 Press power and volume down to take a screenshot. That’s not new Matias Duarte. iOS has had that for years.

03:29 New folder mechanism looks suspiciously similar to iOS. Drag and drop. Apple should sue as their IP is being stolen by the little green guy.

03:28 New widgets are categorised like apps. They are already resizable.

03:26 No buttons. They are virtual and are on the screen. Tactile feedback is dead thanks to Andy Rubin and an Ice Cream Sandwich.

03:25 Live wallpaper update and strange new lock screen. I dislike this font.

03:24 Roboto is the new typeface for Android. Total makeover time.

03:23 This guy says that ICS is seductive and enchanting. I am scared.

03:22 People don’t love Android. I hate Android.


03:20 The phone has NFC (Google Wallet alert) and is out in November in the US, Europe and Asia.

03:18 The HSPA+ model is 8.49mm thick. Nice, but pathetic compared to the Motorola RAZR from earlier today.

03:16 If you want to see what’s going on then please click here to watch the keynote. Screengrabs are playing up on both mine and Henry’s laptops.

03:15 4.65 inch Super AMOLED HD screen. Ice Cream Sandwich is designed for 1280 x 720 in 16:9 ratio.

03:12 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED screen. LTE and HSPA+. 1.2GHz dual core.


03:07 Andy Rubin on stage to unveil this thing.


03:03 Kim Titus on stage

03:00 Let’s go!

02:51 First impressions of the phone: processor and screen are both seeming to be good quality and the RAM and storage seem to be good also. However the camera is a bit lacking compared to phones such as the iPhone 4S with its 8MP sensor compared to this lowly 5MP.

02:45 The event doesn’t start for 15 minutes and we already know everything. Engadget are reporting on a press release that says all you need to know about Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus. My job seems to be done already!


02:34 Only 5MP camera on the back. Slightly surprising considering we are seeing 8 and 12MP cameras as the norm.

02:33 Yes, it has a barometer.

02:32 Official spec sheet courtesy of Gizmodo

Galaxy Nexus
Network HSPA+ 21 850/900/1900/1700/2100; EDGE/GPRS (LTE will be available depending on region)
Processor1.2GHz dual-core processor
Display: 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED
OS:Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Cameras:Rear cam: 5-megapixel, Front cam: 1.3-megapixel for video call
Video: Playback and recording at 1080p (30fps, MPEG-4/h.263/h.264)
Connectivity:Bluetooth 3.0, USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC
Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, gyro, light, proximity, barometer
Memory: 1GB ram + 16/32GB storage
Battery: 1750mah standard battery
Size: 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94; 135g

02:22 This is my next are reporting that the phone is already official. Have a look here.

02:08 The YouTube page is live!

02:01- We think we have done it but will it work?

01:55 Xavier is attempting to teach me how to do a Print Screen but my laptop doesn’t want to. 😦

01:36 Chris seems to have vanished and gone to sleep while Henry is writing a review of Mango. I am watching Distraction on 4Music and somehow staying awake. ICS best be good after this.

00:51 The tension in our Windows Live group chat is palpable. Thought you’d want to know.

Watch the keynote live here.


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