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Rumor: qualche notizia (anonima, non confermata) su Samsung Nexus Prime e Galaxy S III

Posted 17 Settembre 2011 by gbon in Rumors

Questo non è neanche un rumor, è uno … spetteguless. Notizie non sicure, di fonte anonima, ma tutto sommato abbastanza probabili

Credere a un messaggio anonimo? O cestinarlo? Sicuramente il messaggio che è apparso sul sito Androidandme è lungo e plausibile. E le informazioni sono relative al nuovo Salsung Nexus Prime, lo smartphone che dovrebbe essere presentato fra qualche settimana con caratteristiche avanzate.
Per completezza e per chi se la cava con l’inglese abbiamo riportato qui sotto il testo completo, che è apparso sul sito di instant messaging 4chan giusto il tempo di un battito di ciglia, affinchè Androidandme ne prendesse nota.

Vediamo i punti più importanti:

  1. Samsung presenterà a breve in Nexus Prime e nel 2012 un avveniristico Galaxy S II
  2. il Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime disporrà di un processore Samsung Exynos dual-core a 1,5 GHz, 1 GB di RAM, display Super AMOLED Plus di 4,65 pollici e risoluzione 1280 x 720 HD, 16 GB di memoria interna (con slot per schede SD), spessore da 8,8 mm, case metallico e batteria da 2000 mAh, peso di 130-140 grammi
  3. lo smartphone è velocissimo nell’avvio di programmi e in tutte le operazioni
  4. molti detagli riguardano Ice Cream Sandwich, che innanzitutto avrebbe la numersione 2.4 (e non 4.0). Avrà una interfaccia molto migliorata, più ricca di effetti e con funzionalità di accesso rapido ai programmi e ai widget, che potranno esre testati con una sorta di modalità in anteprima
  5. l’interfaccia di ICS sarà ampiamente personalizzabile
  6. alcune app sono state rifatte in ICS, a cominciare dal client Gmail;
  7. il browser web è stato rifatto ed è molto veloce

Per gli anglofoni riportiamo il testo completo dei messaggi apparsi su 4chan.

Se tutto ciò sia vero, probabile o semplicemente auspicabile, non lo sappiamo. Qui sotto trovate il messaggio completo.

Alright so these Samsung representatives dropped by work today and gave our team a heads up about their mobile division and their flagship phones coming out in the near future. Basically they came in with the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. They said it was a beta model, but it looked like a proper retail version. They talked about that phone, their Galaxy S II, it’s success and the Galaxy S III next year which is already in R&D.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

– Samsung representatives showed a working a working model of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus but not the Galaxy S III. They passed around the Galaxy Nexus phone, and we got about an hour to play with it while they were here. The phone looks similar to the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S II, with a round-edged body, but also similar to the Nexus S with a curved screen. It’s a good size, not too big if you’re used to Android phones. It’s a monster compared to iPhones though.

– Reps said that Verizon passed on the SGSII to have an exclusive deal with Samsung to stock the Galaxy Nexus.

The SGN will run on Samsung’s Exynos dual core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Super AMOLED Plus 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, 16 GB internal memory (with SD card slot). It’s 8.8mm thick with a metal body and a 2000 mAh battery (the same as the new one that’s being released for the Galaxy S II).

– It is heavier than the SGSII, weighing in at around 130g-140g because of the metal casing. It feels nice and has got decent weight.

– The phone is blazingly fast; I guess it’s as fast the SGS II. It has no issues with general use and opens apps, drawers, etc. instantly. No lag. I tried opening a whole bunch of apps, but it was still running smooth and would auto-kill once it got overloaded anyway, so you never feel the performance taking a hit.

Ice Cream Sandwich:

– Ice Cream Sandwich is very nice. It works like the current Gingerbread OS but has gotten a major facelift. The menus are a lot nicer and smoother, screens have a ‘glassy’ look to them. It just feels more polished with more animations (fast and smooth) when accessing things on the phone.

– On the demo unit, the Android version was 2.4.1, not 4.0 or whatever people were expecting.

The app drawer has three sections at the top that you press and it goes to the drawer for your selection. There are sections for apps, games and widgets. The apps section is what we are all used to. Just a drawer for all the apps on the phone. The games section is just a drawer for all the games you’ve downloaded; the widgets section shows all the apps that have widgets available. The cool thing is you can click the widgets in the widgets section to get a view of what they look like. So you don’t have to screw around with applying a widget on a homescreen, seeing you don’t like it, deleting it, doing it again with a slightly different setting, etc. to see the difference. On ICS you get a visual representation of the widget, you can swap easily between the widgets the app provides, change the settings in real time, and then you can go ahead an apply it on a homescreen.

– Best of all with the drawers is that you can create and name your own app drawer if you want. I think the ICS comes with three standard drawers mentioned above (apps, games and widgets). The demo phone had app drawers created called “Sports” and “News” that contained all the sports and news related apps that you download. I’m not sure if the sports apps you download automatically go to the sports drawer (with some setting like auto push sports apps to drawer “Sports” or something) or if you have to put it there manually. Either way, it was very good and reduced the amount of searching for an app. With the Galaxy phones, if you didn’t know where the app was–which page it was on–it would take a while to search through it, because they weren’t in alphabetical order; they were just in the order you downloaded them. This is a LOT cleaner, more organized and feels more polished.

– I’m not familiar with Honeycomb, so I don’t know really what it pulled from there. I’m guessing quite a bit, because visually it’s quite different to current Android phones. I always thought that Android phone manufacturers made great phones, but the Android software lacked polish and user-friendliness. I was told the glassy look is from Honeycomb. There are a lot more blues and purples on the phone, rather than green. The icons look different, more shiny. The marketplace app is the same as the current one. Not sure if a new one is being worked on.

– The Gmail app is a lot better looking than the current one. If you flip the phone to the side, it has the preview pane, like how Outlook works, with the emails on the left and the message on the right. It looks really nice. Vertically, it works similarly to the current Gmail app, but looks a lot cleaner. In an email the reply button says “reply” rather than having that arrow. There’s a down arrow next to the reply button that has “reply all,” “save as draft,” etc. The threads are smaller (could be due to the higher resolution screen) and around 10-12 threads can fit on the screen. Other than visual tweaks, it’s the same thing.

– Calendar app is revised, a lot less cluttered, glassy bluish look. New calendar widget available.

The internet browser is leaps and bounds better than what you currently get. It has a completely revamped interface, and the icon is no longer the blue earth icon. The icon is now an Android behind the earth, which is green and blue. Name is still “Internet.” But it’s really easy to use. I personally hated the stock browser for Android, but I’d actually consider using this. It has its tabs at the bottom of the screen now, similar to Opera Browser mobile. The pinch to zoom is better than before, the rendering is excellent, no checkerboards. Zoomed out the text is pristine. Really liking the browser app.


About the Author


Gbon è appassionato di tecnologia, ormai da parecchio tempo. Il suo primo PC è stato un Vic 20, e poi, a seguire, tanti altri. Il primo device mobile invece è stato un Palm m505, l'ultimo un tablet Android. Ha conoscenze di programmazione in linguaggi ormai morti (chi si ricorda di GW Basic o Turbo Pascal?); attualmente programma per iPhone e Android.

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