It was a big day for the smartphone space yesterday, with Apple’s financials, BlackBerry’s next-gen OS and Google’s Android update. The next version of Android – 4.0 – is codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, and will run across smartphones and tablets alike. Whizzy features include the ability to unlock a phone using face recognition; resizeable widgets; a revamped browser; and a new People app that pulls in social networking profiles for contacts in the phone’s address book. There’s also a nifty feature called Android Beam, which lets two NFC-equipped Android phones share apps, YouTube videos, webpages, maps and directions by bumping together. The new software was unveiled alongside the first phone to run it: Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. It has a whopping 4.65-inch screen (for comparison, iPhones all have 3.5-inch screens), a 1.2GHz processor, NFC technology and support for 4G LTE networks. It’s out in November. Also unveiled yesterday: Motorola’s Droid Razr, another high-end Android phone looking for iPhone’s blood. Source: Google – Source: VentureBeat  Source: VentureBeat 

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