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This week Google and Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, the first phone to use Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich). The new operating system has several notable changes such as the ability to use facial recognition to unlock a screen, as well as NFC (near field communication) technology that lets users share apps, Web sites, YouTube videos, maps, directions, and more by simply tapping two Android 4.0 phones together.
Google will be making changes to both Gmail and its Reader news and Web aggregation tool. A leaked YouTube video shows off the new Gmail interface, which is designed to be cleaner, simpler, and more intuitive. One of the biggest changes is that the Gmail window will automatically adapt to whatever size the user chooses.
Starting in November, Sprint is imposing data usage limits for customers using 3G/4G mobile broadband devices. That means if you use Sprint to get online using a tablet, netbook, notebook, USB card, connection card or Mobile Hotspot device your monthly data allowance will no longer include unlimited 4G effective when your next billing cycle starts.
According to an unnamed source cited in the Wall Street Journal, Samsung Electronics topped Apple in smartphone shipments this quarter, moving more than 20 million units. Samsung also raced ahead of Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone manufacturer. Nokia shipped 16.8 million smartphones in the last quarter.