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Nov 252011

December 1 is going to be a happy day for Italians who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Google GALAXY Nexus in Italy.  Samsung Mobile Italy has already started counting down to the release date for the GALAXY Nexus and has already put up a sign up page for those who want to be the first to receive information.

The GALAXY Nexus product page on the Samsung Mobile Store Italy site is also already live and provides an overview of the Android smartphone in Italian.

Screenshot of GALAXY Nexus sign-up page on Samsung Mobile Italy

Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to be preinstalled.  This updated version of the latest Android operating system is expected to include the software fix of the self-adjusting volume bug that U.K. customers experienced recently.

The said bug causes the GALAXY Nexus to randomly set the handset’s volume to low, sometimes completely mute it, even while in the middle of a voice call or media playback.  The bug adjusts the volume without user interaction.

Both Google and Samsung have acknowledged the issue.  Google has promised to release a quick fix.  Samsung, on its part, had temporarily paused shipping out more units until it finds out the issue’s culprit and resolve it.

The GALAXY Nexus is the third flagship reference smartphone for Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  Being a flagship handset for Android, the device is supposed to be devoid of any manufacturer or carrier customizations so that users can get a “pure Google” experience.  The new Android version includes several built-in features such as instant screenshots, Face Unlock, and Android Beam.

One of the Android smartphone’s unique features–a carryover of the earlier Google Nexus S’s design–is the contoured display.  While most Android smartphones come only with a perfectly flat display surface, the GALAXY Nexus has a contoured screen, which slightly concaves.

The device also uses Samsung’s HD Super AMOLED technology on the GALAXY Nexus’ 4.65-inch touchscreen (1280×720 resolution).  The technology makes the display rich, vibrant, and vivid even under bright lighting conditions.  The device has also dispensed with the physical function buttons and uses capacitive and virtual buttons instead.

In pixel-speak, the GALAXY Nexus comes only with a 5-megapixel main camera, whereas most other high-end Android smartphones use 8-megapixel main cameras as standard.  However, the GALAXY Nexus is still capable of 1080p Full HD video and image capture.

The secondary, front-facing camera comes with 1.3 megapixels–a clear advantage over most high-end smartphones that only use VGA resolution for the secondary camera.  The GALAXY Nexus’ secondary camera is reportedly one of the few that are able to capture 720p HD video images, which come out clearer and more detailed when viewed on large screens (as compared to VGA-resolution videos).

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