Enterprise Networking: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Teardown Shows Tidy 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Smartphone
Next to Apple's iPhone 4S, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is sure to be one of the hot holidays sellers in the United States when it goes on sale from Verizon Wireless, possibly as soon as Dec. 8. The Galaxy Nexus, the GSM version which launched in the U.K., has the distinction of being the first smartphone in the market to run Google's vaunted new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system. The new platform offers software navigation keys in place of physical buttons, facial unlock capabilities and Android Beam, a near field communications (NFC) utility that lets ICS phone owners tap devices together to share content. Of course, with the new OS and hardware, some folks might be curious as to how the phone is constructed. That's where the crafty guys at iFixit come in. Check out their process for dismantling the Galaxy Nexus in this slide show.