Galaxy Nexus

The Galaxy Nexus is third generation of touchscreen Android smartphones produced in a partnership between Google and Samsung. It has improvements and upgrades from the previous versions, and uses the Super AMOLED display.

In May 2011 it was announced that the Nexus series would continue and bring a third generation smartphone to market. After development was completed the Galaxy Nexus was released on November 17, 2011.

One of the upgrades to this phone is the addition of HDMI support through a Micro USB port, which gives it external HD display to devices such as an HD television. Another feature is the absence of physical buttons on the front. Instead it has on-screen soft keys embedded into the system’s software. On the bottom of the phone there is a headphone jack, and a camera is located on the back in the center and another on the front.

Since the phone’s inception, it has gone through a few upgrades with the latest Galaxy Nexus on November 13, 2012 using the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. There are also several hardware variants of the Galaxy Nexus, making it available for use on a variety of networks.

The storage and memory has also been upgraded to 1 GB of memory and 16 or 32 GB of storage depending on the version.

The phone has a 4.65 inch touchscreen, with a 1.3 mp front camera, a rear 5 mp camera with auto focus and LED flash — both support video recording. Other features include an accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, barometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, and two microphones to omit background noise.

Available accessories include, a desktop dock with an HDMI port, a desk stand with aux 3.5mm jack, a charging port for a second battery, a car holder that lets the phone be a navigational device. Another special feature is that the phone can be used as it is charging.

Image Caption: Front view of the Galaxy Nexus (Android 4.1). Credit: Ryry17354/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.5)