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The Galaxy Nexus may look similar to the Samsung Galaxy S II, but that’s where the similarities end. According to early reviewers, its 1.2-GHz dual-core processor felt faster than the S II. Video after the break. Click here for more pictures. Here’s the bottom line:

Overall, we’re thrilled with how the first ICS handset has turned out. It’s understated, sleek, beautiful and packs a display that’s destined to drop jaws.

[via Engadget]

Ice Cream Sandwich has just been released, and Google / Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone is soon to follow. This latest update ditches passwords “for facial recognition technology to unlock phones.” Plus, there’s an all-new photo editor and an improved keyboard. Continue reading for a hands-on video.

Siri isn’t the only game in town. You’ll be able to speak into the Galaxy Nexus and other Android 4.0 smartphones and type emails, SMS messages, and more with your voice with the text immediately appearing on the screen in front of you.

[via PC Mag]

Finally, we get a nice (yet brief) preview of Google’s upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich update. You’ll spot “a new Google Apps icon which opens up a tray containing a number of featured services put out by the search giant, and long-pressing the home button brings up a vertical Honeycomb-style multitasking menu.” Video after the break.

The notification bar, camera UI and other menus also have a much different look. Granted, all of this could just be a custom ROM built to emulate the latest Google dessert, so we can’t be a full hundred percent certain that it’s authentic.

[via Engadget]

Motorola’s DROID Bionic is headed to Verizon Wireless this fall (September 8 possibly), and it’s definitely no slouch. Featuring a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 8.0MP camera, dual-core 1.0-GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, 16GB of internal memory, and 4G LTE suport. Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.

Physically, the phone feels smooth in the same way a Droid 2 does, though a bit lighter — good news considering the LTE hardware and big display, but not entirely surprising when you take into account the lack of a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

[via Geeky-GadgetsEngadget]

A Taiwan-based geek spent $103 (supplies) and 3-days transforming a trashcan into a fully-functional Google Android robot. It “was painted green and he had to tweak the lid by gluing the flipper part down and apparently sanding the old gap smooth.” Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.

The RC Android bot is powered by an Arduino board and it is controlled remotely by a joystick of some sort. The little bot’s belly has an LCD that can show different messages.

[via TechnabobMICGadget]

At first glance, the Smartpad may appear to be just another dual-touchscreen phone, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that it’s much more. Powered by Android 2.3, it features two 4-inch AMOLD displays, dual-core TI OMAP processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 32GB of internal memory, and microSD expansion. Video after the break. Click here for the first picture in gallery.

For not much extra thickness and a modest amount of extra heft you wind up with twice the screen size and, if indeed that 128GB model comes to pass, about four times the storage capacity of your average superphone of today.

[via Engadget]

Finally, Netflix for Android has been released. It’s currently available for select HTC phones along with the Samsung Nexus S. Streaming over Wi-Fi has been reported as excellent, whereas 3G requires minimal buffering. Video after the break. Click here for the first picture in gallery.

We are slightly frustrated that navigating away from Netflix to answer a text or simply locking the screen forces the videos to buffer again.

[via Engadget]

Microsoft has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Barnes and Noble “based on the Redmond company’s assertion that the Android operating system violates its intellectual property.” According to Microsoft, “the patents in dispute ‘cover a range of functionality embodied in Android devices that are essential to the user experience, including: natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the Web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books.'”

The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights. To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers.

[via Geekwire]