Google Inc. has teamed up with Samsung Co. to launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone in the world to run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

It has a 4.65-inch Super Amoled HD screen with a resolution of 1280x720 and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor together with 1GB of RAM. There are two storage options - 16GB and 32GB.

It weighs 135 grams, is 8.9 mm thick and has a 1,750 mAh battery to power the device. It features a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and has full HD recording capabilities.

According to launch details, the device will incorporate Near Field Communications (NFC) technology and HSPA+ and LTE connectivity. The device will have Bluetooth 3.0.

However, the primary selling point of the phone must be the Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System, which is a major revamp of existing Android platforms. Google has created a brand new font that has reportedly been optimized for HD displays and eliminated all hardware buttons, in favour of virtualized buttons, much like the Honeycomb platform. A combination of the Gingerbread and Honeycomb platforms, the Ice cream Sandwich adds a new-look, extra features and even more levels of customization to keep the user engrossed and efficient.

In addition, there is also a facial recognition feature that allows you to lock and unlock the phone with the power of your looks.