Sep 16 AT 2:26 PM Dustin Earley 79 Comments

Anonymous 4Chan user goes hands on with the Nexus Prime, Ice Cream Sandwich


As you can see, there’s quite a bit of information here. Especially on Ice Cream Sandwich. Let’s dissect some of the more interesting things said.

First and foremost, the Nexus being referenced keeps being called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This isn’t the first time that name has come up. In a rather recent report from GSMArena, it was said that’s what the next Nexus would go by. Interestingly enough, that same report also goes on to describe the Galaxy Nexus as having a curved screen and metal body. Just how Anonymous describes it.

As for the rest of the specs on the device, it’s mostly things we’ve already heard. The screen size, resolution and RAM all look familiar, but the processor and battery size are interesting. The next Nexus has been rumored to use a TI processor for quite some time now. If Samsung was able to stick an in-house Exynos clocked at 1.5 GHz inside, this thing would be sure to fly. And with the 2000 mAh battery mentioned? That would certainly be a welcome change, as well.

The information shared on Ice Cream Sandwich may also seem relatively familiar. If you take a look at the first rumored screen shots of ICS and compare them to what was said today, things line up nicely. The blue tones, added polish and new app drawer have been documented before. However there are some interesting new details on the version number and refined app drawer, as well as the Gmail app and the browser.

Up until now, Ice Cream Sandwich was never given a solid version number. 4.0 was highly suspected, but apparently the Galaxy Nexus was using Android 2.4.1. This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, considering ICS is supposed to be the next step after Honeycomb. But anything is possible.

In the leaked ICS pictures, we can see that there are multiple panes to the drawer. One for apps and one for widgets. According to Anon, there will also be a games pane. And for some added customization, you’ll be able to add your own panes, as well. One of the coolest things about the panes, at least in my eyes, is the ability to preview widgets. No more having to place them on the homescreen to find out which one you want.

The Gmail app sounds like it’s been changed to be more power-user friendly. You can now view email previews if your phone is in the landscape position. For tablets, this isn’t really anything new. But on a phone it is. Personally, I can’t wait to try it out. There’s also mention of being able to see more threads on screen when your phone is in the upright position. This is most likely due to the resolution, not some sort of added feature in Gmail.

No technical details have been given on the changes to the browser, but Anon was very clear on one thing: it’s much better. It’s faster, smoother and again, more polished. Should fit in nicely with the rest of the changes made to ICS. The only thing that’s changed in the browser from the original leaked picture to now is the name and icon. Anon writes, “name is still ‘internet,” but the screen shot shows the name Browser. A new icon with a little Andy peeking out from being a globe is also mentioned.

And that’s about it. A lot to digest, no doubt. As I said before, a lot of this information has already made its way online one way or another. Of course there’s no saying that’s not where most of this information came from, but the writer seems too fluid to be simply regurgitating information already found online. What do you think? Real or fake? Either way, one thing’s for sure: it won’t be long until we can finally find out.

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