First Android 4.0 Phone Hits Market

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Basking Ridge, N.J. - The first smartphone with Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS has become available in Verizon Wireless stores and the carrier's web site at $299.

The Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus was

unveiled in October

by Samsung, which at the time didn't announce the carriers that would offer it. The OS is a converged OS for Android phones and tablets, and it sports a revamped UI.

The phone features 4G LTE wireless data, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED 720p touchscreen, near-field communications (NFC), 1GB RAM, and 32GB of on-board memory.

The large display is paired with a narrow 4.29mm bezel to keep the phone's overall size small despite the large screen. The display itself delivers a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and a color spectrum exceeding that of most TVs, Samsung has said.

Other key features include curved back, 8.94mm depth, 1080p 30fps video capture, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n with n at 2.4/5GHz, and Wi-Fi hot spot.

Availability through Verizon had reportedly been held up by a Verizon dispute with Google over whether the phone would include Google's NFC-enabled Google Wallet mobile-payment technology. Verizon is a member of the Isis joint venture that backs a different mobile-payments technology.


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