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Android Phones & Tablets Get Common OS

Sales of the “co-developed” dingus are set for next month; pricing was not disclosed

After waiting a brief interval for tears shed over Steve Jobs to dry, Google and Samsung, the biggest seller of Android phones, met in Hong Kong and unveiled Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones powered by the brand new Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Apple-loathed Android operating system.

Sales of the "co-developed" dingus are set for next month; pricing was not disclosed.

The move came a few days after Apple sold a reported four million of its new iPhone 4S in 72 hours, a personal best.

Source: Samsung

Ice Cream Sandwich, now officially Android 4.0, is using facial recognition programs that enhance security and photo sorting as a come-on. It's unclear whether users having a bad hair day will be locked out of their phones.

The widgetry is also said to include improved multi-tasking, upgraded voice technology that converts dictation into text, a new font called Roboto and Android Beam near-field communication technology for sharing share web pages, apps and YouTube videos.

Ice Cream Sandwich is also tablet-ready, giving Android its first common platform like Apple, an additional reason to write apps for it.

Apple's still got the point on apps while Android has captured smartphone market share, setting off a global patent fight between Apple and Samsung. Apple dominates in tablets.

Samsung admits the Nexus wasn't designed to avoid conflicting with Apple patents. It claims to have different hardware and software designs so who knows whether Nexus will change.

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