The Orange View (on hiatus) Because Apple is great but it isn't perfect


The worst kind of announcement

Google and Samsung took the wraps off the newest Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, which will run Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream. After delaying the kick-off for a week when Steve Jobs died, the two companies then went ahead and fumbled the announcement, in my view.

A nerd bonanza feature fest, the presentation was way too heavy on cool stuff to excite experienced users and way too light on basic great stuff to grab new or unsophisticated customers. A new data management app? New fonts? Yipes. Apple obviously has this down. Even though they say there are 200 new features in iOS 5, they are smart enough to focus on a handful of popular upgrades like the improved camera, Siri the voice assistant and so on.

But the biggest failing of the Nexus announcement to me was the complete absence of detail about actually GETTING the phone. No carrier listing, no availability or pre-order dates, no prices, nothing. There are never going to be lines for an Android phone when even the publicity is handled so poorly.

(Of course, all of this will be moot if the phone performs as poorly as the first hands on report suggests)


Posted by Aaron Pressman

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