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Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus Event Available for Everyone to Watch Again

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If you missed the live stream of the event last night along with our live blog, you have nothing to worry about. The Android team has posted video from the event so that you can catch up (something I will be doing – thanks in-flight wifi!) or if you didn’t miss it, watch it again to start the drool party all over. We saw the introduction of so many amazing new features last night, I don’t even know where to begin. But, prepare for another onslaught of ICS love all day here at Droid Life. Let’s do this.

  • Anonymous

    open boot loader? verizon? open? verizon?

  • Anonymous

    Why did they do away with the external storage?

  • Anonymous
  • Big Red

    I’m starting to think that I may have jumped the gun just a little bit with buying my Bionic…. Should’ve waited…. :(

  • David

    I finally got to watch the whole video.  I think I just found my new phone; as many before me have said, a worthy replacement for my OGD.  

  • Vincent

    If they wanted to make it a great phone then they should have included a better battery, MicroSDXC slot, and HDMI out.

  • Anonymous

    What in the world was wrong with the audio?  Every time the music played, it sounded like it was coming through a damaged cassette deck.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=862090603 Ozzy-The Widow Maker-Gee

    I believe that with all the advancements that have come forth from Android in only 3 years; I am amazed at just how much more technological and advanced it has become.

    At this point in the game there really is no more ‘iPhone Killer’.. that phrase is now irrelevant, because this new OS and this new device have completely and utterly surpassed any competition and have placed Android on a whole new level that no other company has ever been able to achieve. 

    We are now 2 steps ahead of every competition every time, who only take 1 step at a time.

    Good job Google and well done Samsung. I am sold.

  • Anonymous

    I WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    5 mp? i know megapixels dont matter but come on…

  • Anonymous

    What airline are you flying on that lets you stream video on their wi-fi? 

  • TC Infantino

    Well, this clinches it, I am using my upgrade to get this phone.  Wow what an awesome device with an excellent update to the best OS.  Can’t wait to get this phone and totally blow away my friend who for some reason still sticks with the fruit phone.  I am guessing that since this is a developer phone that it will have an unlocked bootloader, not completely sure though.  I hope so, since I know that the ROM Devs out there will go wild with ICS and I want to be able to completely customize this baby as soon as possible.

  • http://twitter.com/john_ecko js

    I find it very interesting that they avoided showing any kind of fb integration.

    • Anonymous

      It didn’t surprise me, with the push for Google +

    • Anonymous

      Why would they? It already has that when you get Facebook app. Plus they want to push their own social site — google+.

  • rjskalet

    I have watched this three times already and everytime I see it I want it more and more. My patience is starting to wear thin after seeing these features. I just think its funny that everyone at VCU is hype over their new i*hone os but they are missing the innovation and greatness of android.

    • Dunton Marcus

      True, richmond is stuck in the past, everyone seems to favor the outdated ihone bs. VCU alum here!!

  • http://www.droid-life.com Gary

    I want the Droid Razr but with the ICS OS on it. 

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    Is the video better quality than the stream was? The stream was really bad.

    • DroidzFX

      Press play and find out.

      • Anonymous

        Can people get any lazier?

  • Mineral21

    Droid Life, I’d love a summary of the new features and how they work.  I don’t really have time to watch an hour long video.  A quick summary of what’s new and interesting would be great.  Thanks!

    • Jason

      6the post right before the live event has all the specs and new stuff to ICS

  • Anonymous

    ManOMan, I Luv my BIONIC but my oldest daughter will be getting an early Christmas present next month, cause Daddy’s getting the Galaxy Nexus :-)

  • Sven Enterlein

    First of all, the presentation skills of every single speaker were pretty bad… A big fail was that many features simply did not work, e.g. face unlock. Very embarrassing!
    Coming from Honeycomb I was not really that impressed with the features the implemented in ICS since many of them are part of HC already. However, I’ve never used an Android phone (yet!)… I was intrigued by the way that contacts are handled and the notifications.
    I also really like what the phone can do, especially the camera and the NFC. The design is also very elegant (not sure about the size though). All in all, I will keep my hands off any other phone until I have played with it. Only reason for me not to buy it would be if AT&T didn’t get it.

    • DroidzFX

      Really? Many features? You list one. In fact the only one.

      • Sven Enterlein

        You mean the features that didn’t work? OK, I can definitely remember two: The face unlock and the quick response. Most of the stream was so bad that I couldn’t follow every single detail. I’m not trying to bash ICS or the phone but I would have expected that the cool new features are tested over and over again before the get presented to the public.

        • DroidzFX

          The quick response did work the video cut out and he did not want to re-visit it. Believe or not no matter how many times you test something it does not always work right when you want it to.

          • Sven Enterlein

            I absolutely agree! Maybe the phone had stage fright…

    • Anonymous

      lo @ many features, but really just one… Check out Engadget’s video on facial recog, works perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    I find myself disappointed with ICS. 

    The UI enhancements are amazing… but it’s missing the little things. 

    Smart Dialing?  I don’t want an App, I want it to be native. (All the apps that do this absolutely suck other than the Sense, Blur, and TW dialers.  This SHOULD be native.).
    Power Controls in the Notification Pull Down?  I don’t want an App, I want it to be native.
    Will I get an ICS phone before I get a souped up GB phone (I’m looking at you RAZR)?  Absolutely.

    The phone itself looks incredible and fantastic, I just wish Google would have gone out of their way to get those little details in ICS that really put the cherry on top of the whole package.

    • Anonymous

      I prefer to have control over things myself rather than being limited to whatever the phone does on it’s own.

      I think this is great, but I guess they will never be able to please everyone.

      • Jason

        People will always find something to complain about, noone will ever find that mystical “perfect” phone.

    • DroidzFX

      Your glass is always half empty and the contents is never the right temperature.

      • Anonymous

        I was actually looking forward to this very much… but little features are just missing. 

        It’s a great package, but missing those finer details.

  • Bewara2009

    Here I will say it again, does it have a HDMI? If it doesn’t screw this Razr you are to be mines soon. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s odd you would give up so much for HDMI.  

      LOL… You will show them :)

      • Anonymous

        agreed lol… that being said, I am curious… cant imagine the dock doesnt do it

      • Bewara2009

        I like the ICS but the phone it self could have been  better, so its not worth it just for the OS. Plus I want a good phone that will last me 2 years, And Moto has great built for that .

        • Anonymous

          Seriously. What the heck do you people do with your phones? I know that my OG is a tank and fell off my bike from 3 ft and 20mph with only minor scratches but dang, do you use your phone as a skipping rock across water (which the nexus would be great for btw)?

          I feel like any phone can really be dropped and only get minor damage unless it hits the screen just right. You have to realize that Heavy does not equal strong. Just because a phone uses stiffer metal than a composite polymer (yes, plastic) doesn’t mean it takes falls better. While there are not little springs for suspension in these phones, the materials can be designed to give and spring back. This takes force off the critical components.

          Example. Aluminum is stiffer and lighter than Steel. However, (well made) bicycles made of steel will last longer than an aluminum counterpart because they are more ductile. After repeated falls the metal is less prone to cracking and failing. 

    • kep

      There may be usb to hdmi capability.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30814337 Brian Rokosz

      hdmi out will be on the docking station that connects to the 3 tiny dots on the right side of the phone

  • Interstellarmind

    now just need to hear from HTC Rezound…

    • Anonymous

      For what?  Unless it is coming with ICS without physical keys for me it’s an option. We have to keep in mind that at some point whatever phone you buy now will get ICS in the future. What are you going to do with those keys and the wasted space when ICS comes out later?

      If the Rezound is going to come out with ICS then it may have a chance. But it would be hard to top a Nexus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30814337 Brian Rokosz

    seemed like the Moto show was more exciting, just more “woah” moments…but its all good…going from 4mm to 9mm in a curve sounds cool

  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      4.0 on RAZR, early 2012

      • bigrob60

        Knowing Moto’s timetable early 2012 could be march. I’ll gladly use ICS for around 4 months before that thank you.

        • Anonymous

          but will you be happy with the phone?

          • bigrob60

            So far I should be. Will just have to wait ’till it comes out. Being a nexus it will be supported & updated consistently. Which is number one in my book now before upgrades. I posted a rant about that further down in this post about that. And the specs look great for me. Coming from OG Droid. We’ll see.

  • Jak_341

    Am I the only one feeling underwhelmed by ICS? A lot of the features didn’t work or looked pretty bad.

    • DroidzFX

      Yep just you.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you.

      No Smart Dialing.
      No Pull Down Power Controls.

      Google, hire some CM7 devs please.

      • Samyhussain

        this machine is a  phone before anything else, so why do they always leave the smart dialer out???  Its probably a strategic decision for manufacturers to push their touchwizes and senses…maybe
         

    • Anonymous

      Maybe you didn’t watch the same thing as we did. It was amazing!  It wasn’t the phone or ICS that didn’t work, it was the presentation.  ICS is a huge improvement and I can’t wait to get it on this phone.  I feel bad for those that buy a phone with physical keys now that will be useless when ICS rolls out to their phone.  Getting the Nexus is a no brainer. Or if you don’t want the Nexus just wait for other phones that come out designed around ICS. 

      This is just my opinion. But that is why they make different phones. You have choices and can get whatever you like.

    • Some Random Dude

      looked pretty bad? the hell were u watching?

  • Anonymous

    What is selling, the phone or 4.0?  They haven’t sold me on the phone compared to the Razr.  Obvious that 4.0 is great, but is the phone worth getting only for 4.0?

    • Anonymous

      for me, its that this phone is pure google… Razr is sexy, 4.0 is hip, but vanilla ICS on a Nexus device on VZW… thats all that matters for me!

    • Anonymous

      OS aside what sells you on the Razr?

      I think the Razr looks really sweet but i’m not sold on the corners, I’m not a fan of the top mount ports, and I’m not a fan of the hump (compared to the Nexus). I also won’t be a fan of the useless buttons after ICS.

      The Nexus on the other hand has a really nice curve, a nice screen (ICS native) I think the 3 prong connection will me much more widely accepted. Being a Nexus it will have a large dev following (regardless of OS)

  • Anonymous

    Have to wonder when VZW will announce availability… I’m sure they will have their own presser soon.

  • Anonymous

    Other than the neat 4.0 stuff, the phone details arn’t worth the time.  I really wished that they had got into depth regarding phone features.  Not that they would have covered this last night, but my main question obviously is docking.  Does the Nexus dock or not?

    • Anonymous

      You must have missed the dock somehow.  Yes it does.

  • bigrob60

    I wonder how many times they practiced this. It needed a lot of polish. And whoever the guys name was that introduced the phone was in the way of every slide. They should have designed the power point(?) show w/ markers so the guy could stand and not be in the way. Also why was there no emotion from anyone? Compare the 4s announcement w/ this one. There was clapping, smiling and tons of emotion. Hardly a peep from any one at this event. Something has got to be done about this. 

    • http://twitter.com/acles003 acles003

      I felt the same thing. They seemed uncomfortable standing up there, and it made me appreciate the presentation style of Steve Jobs that much more. I will never buy an iPhone, but damn, those presentations made you feel like you were communicating via telegram if you didn’t own one. The presenters needed more emotion, the face recognition failed, the video cut out a few times. Luckily, ICS seems much more polished then the presentation of it. They really need to release new phones in America. I’m hoping Google & Samsung will do something in the US with Verizon when it’s finally announced. 

      • bigrob60

        The Nexus/ICS event revamped my faith in Android. I’m at the point now were it’s either Nexus or iphone(treason here I know :[). I can't afford to buy a phone whenever I want. So when sign on for a contract I want to make sure my phone is updated in a timely fashion. Case in point: the HTC security flaw. It's been weeks and still has not been fixed. If it were iphone, apple would have plugged that in a few days. If I'm spending hard earned money on my phone it better work and be supported. HTC is reviewing ICS then deciding what to do. Really! It's an easy choice. Update. I'm looking forward to the Nexus b/c it will have updates straight through Google & will be supported for years to come. Which is what is important to me in a two year contract. End Rant. :]

        • kep

          I’m with you.  I hate to say it but I was almost considering a *phone and I really don’t care for apple that much.  This phone is the reason I’m sticking Android now.  The Razr actually said to me “expect to get updates once that are super buggy and never get any more”.  Seriously the amount of stuff motorola put on that thing just screams delayed updates.

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  • Tboltuser

    Unfortunately, I think I am out…no SD, no HDMI…deal breakers for me.  (Perhaps they will do HDMI over microusb, but you’ll need a cable)

    • bigrob60

      I don’t care about the HDMI but if no SD, that makes it a tough pill to swallow for my last new every 2

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30814337 Brian Rokosz

        the hdmi out will be on the docking station hence the 3 little dots on the right side, which is fine with me

        • bigrob60

          That works.

          • Anonymous

            I actually like that even more. less hardware on the phone to break. The 3 prong is kind of like the macbook charger, it really can’t break physically.

    • http://www.youtube.com/billtvshow Billtvshow

      I’ve been wondering about the microsd slot for weeks, as no one has been saying anything about it in any of the spec leaks and I just kind of assumed it was a natural inclusion.  I went from about 90% getting this phone to about 25% instantly.

      • Anonymous

        Have you ever switched out your micro SD? I never have taken mine out of my OG.

  • http://twitter.com/darkzero7 Anthony Mai

    I gotta admit, I was worried that the event would be underwhelming and I’d find myself trying to reserve an iPhone 4S. Yeah, I’m def pre-ordering the Galaxy Nexus as soon as I can. I must have this phone!

  • Anonymous

    Few questions… hopefully addressed today!!

    So we know there’s no SD slot – is this a big deal (especially with the increase of cloud usage)?How bout HDMI? Through the dock at least? If not, dealbreaker?Battery apparently is removable… do we know anything about battery life?The HSPA+ model was specifically said to be super thin (8.4mm or something like that?)… how bout the LTE? Kinda scared me that they specifically mentioned how thin the HSPA+ model was, but said nothing about LTE.

    • Anonymous

      Yes.  The lack of microSD is a deal breaker.  If I did not want a microSD, I’d use an iPhone.  I guess I’ll wait another 2 months for Moto to release the Droid RAZR ICS Edition with better hardware than the current RAZR.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve had sd cards on all my Android phones to date and only took one of them out once.  I don’t think it is a big deal at all as long as we have enough space. I also had HDMI on my DX and never used it once.

      The battery is going to depend on how heavy a user of all the technology you are. If you use heavily everything that is available you will use more power. But I think the battery will be very reasonable. But one thing that is amazing is that we now have the power to control the use of batter from each app on our phone with the tools offered in ICS. By using those tools we will be able to better manage our power use app by app!

      I don’t really know exactly how thick the phone will be but it looks ok to me.  It surely won’t be any thicker than whatever we have now.

      To top it all off it’s a Nexus phone on Verizon!  In my opinion it is a dream come true.

      • Anonymous

        I tend to agree… but then again I bought the Tbolt because i thought it was sexy and really wanted LTE, and now I regret… just don’t want to be ignoring the shortcomings because I’m so damn excited for the new elements

  • Anonymous

    the crowd is zzzzzzz

  • Tyrelsackett

    Would just like some kind of word from VZW.  Also does it have MicroSD card or not?

    • bmo$

      No it doesn’t Lte panda confirmed on his twitter.

  • Anonymous

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  • pon

    Can someone confirm, 1) MicoSD card slot?   2) removable battery????????????????????/

    • EC8CH

      I saw in another blog they said the back cover was removable, so there is most definitely a removable battery.

    • asgaroth

      No micro sd. Word has it there are two versions a 16 & 32 gb internal storage. Yes there’s a removable battery.

    • Anonymous

      Removable battery but no sd slot

    • Kidd_Funkadelic

      Over at Engadget, they have pics of the back off that shows a removable battery and a slot for sd card, despite the same article saying Samsung claims otherwise.

      • Anonymous

        link to that pic? haven’t found it…

        • Kidd_Funkadelic
          • Anonymous

            looks like a sim slot to me. :(

          • Jason

            Looks there could be another slot to the left, kinda looks like it is indented in as well. maybe sim goes there and sd card on the right?

          • Jason

            dang edit won’t work. after looking at other pics the left side doesn’t look indented but maybe on the other model it could be the sim slot. The one on the right clearly has the angled corner for sd card.

          • Kidd_Funkadelic

            Oh, I hadn’t thought of that :( Are SIM cards the same size as the micro SD? That slot looks a lot like the slot on my Fascinate.

          • Anonymous

            SIM has the diagonal cut on the one corner. After reading some hands-on on Phandroid (which are extremely depressing… Rob is rather a downer in his review), it’s pretty clear theres no MicroSD… but I’m still hoping that somebody uncovers a secret hole (lol)… if for no other reason, because I have always used “expandable storage” as one argument against my i*hone buddies… to have a “pure google device” with that element missing really knocks out my argument

          • bigrob60

            In this photo. The right one looks like a sim slot b/c of how long it is. But on the left, total ringer for SD slot & looks like a grey lock switch on the right side of it. Or it could be reversed w/ the Sim installed(non removable) or I’m completely wrong. :]

            http://www.engadget.com/photos/samsung-galaxy-nexus-hands-on/#4538666

          • Anonymous

            actually, on TOP of the SIM slot could be an SD slot… shit idk. everything I’ve read seems pretty certain that there’s no expandable storage, but looking at this again, I’m not sure. Fingers crossed.

          • bigrob60

            LOL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000395370412 Logan Lopez

    iOS what?

  • Anonymous

    ICS love all day at droid-life is great. ICS + Verizon love all day at droid-life is what I’m really interested in.

  • Jason

    Now all we need is a date!!! I will be pre-ordering this on day one!!

  • bigrob60

    With all the ICS love we better bring some hand soap to clean up w/. :]

  • Francisco Sandoval

    I’m so glad to see that Android has really come into its own with ICS. Gotta love technology.

    • Anonymous

      That’s probably going to be an LTE problem until phones start shipping with better radios next year.

  • EC8CH

    I hope that screen backdrop looked better in person cause it looked horrible on video.

    • bigrob60

      The screen looked good in the long shots but it was interfering w/ the close ups. 

      • EC8CH

        makes you wonder if they bother to do dress rehearsals of these things

        • http://twitter.com/darkzero7 Anthony Mai

          They probably just wing it.

        • bigrob60

          I just submitted another post discussing that very point. :]

  • Anonymous

    While I was watching the stream last night, I was throwing money at my screen, but it wouldn’t take it. Why won’t you take my money?! 

    • Telephoneteck

      i wax doing the same thing! ive creamed myself more in the last 12 hours than any other time in my life!

      • Telephoneteck

        *I was

        • Jarred Sutherland

          You can edit your comments, with the edit button.

          • bigrob60

            I think only if you have an account w/ Disqus and not posting as a guest. Not sure though.

          • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

            *magic*

          • Guest

            u cant edit as guest

    • Anonymous

      becuse you weren’t paying attention to the bottom of your screen when it said, call me and I will take your money, just call the number below. :)  Will take Credit & Debit only lol

      • bigrob60

        But if you take credit & debit only he can call up his bank/credit issuer and claim fraud to get his money back. 

        • Anonymous

          Hmmm, good point!! Ok, the next option is for him to place the money in a colored envelope with a Thank You letter and a coupon for some Ice Cram Sandwiches from Safeway. There good too go lol

          • bigrob60

            Nice!

          • Anonymous

            lol

  • Telephoneteck

    love it!

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  • Kianjudah

    Thank God!!! I need a fix!

  • Anonymous

    I want to violate the T-Mobile girl while recording it on my Galaxy Nexus.

    • TomHolmes

      Does it make me a bad person that I’d prefer to violate the Galaxy Nexus?

      • John

        well…not a BAD person…just, one of those
        ;)

      • Anonymous

        You wouldn’t be a bad person if you let the T-Mobile girl watch.