Samsung Galaxy Nexus Launches Nationwide Today

Despite rumours that it could be delayed, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released in the UK yesterday, and will be available in most Phones4U stores today.

Google’s new flagship phone is the first Android device to feature version 4.0 of the operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. It went on sale at one branch of retailer Phones4U in London’s Oxford Street, with other shops following today.

The Galaxy’s The Limit

An employee at the Oxford Street store told eWEEK Europe that over 130 phones had been sold at the branch since yesterday and that most Phones4U stores in the UK would be stocking the device from today.

The phone is currently available on Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and O2 tariffs and is expected to be available from these operators in the coming days.

The Galaxy Nexus boasts a 4.65” high definition Super AMOLED screen capable of offering a 720p resolution. It is powered by a 1.2GHz processor, has 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel low-light optimised rear camera.

The phone follows in the footsteps of previous Google flagship models the HTC-manufactured Nexus One and the Samsung-built Nexus S, which is also expected to receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Ice Cream Sandwich aims to unify the elements of the smartphon- focused Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the tablet-oriented 3.0 Honeycomb branches of the platform.

The software will include improved camera controls, multi-tasking, data counters, support for near-field communications, a redesigned interface and a brand new contacts system as well as a number of new security features which should make the phone more difficult for hackers to hijack.

Steve McCaskill

Steve McCaskill is editor of TechWeekEurope and ChannelBiz. He joined as a reporter in 2011 and covers all areas of IT, with a particular interest in telecommunications, mobile and networking, along with sports technology.

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