We finally got our first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich--the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system.
Samsung Electronics and Google took the wraps off the Galaxy Nexus, the latest Android handset to carry the flagship smartphone moniker, during a Samsung event in Hong Kong. It also marked the debut of the latest version of Android, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. (Each iteration of Android is named in alphabetical order after a sweet treat).
For Samsung, the introduction of another flagship Google phone underscores its growing influence as an Android vendor. While the company was slow to shift away from basic phones and move into the smartphone game, it has more than made up for lost time with the success of its Galaxy line of Android mobile devices, particularly with its recent line of Galaxy S II phones in the U.S. It also made the previous Nexus phone, the Nexus S.
Google execs also took the stage to announce the next version of its mobile operating system--officially known as Android 4.0--which is clearly designed to unify the Android experience.
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