Oct 7th, 2011

The first time we supposedly got a look at the Nexus Prime on video, it turned out to be a fake of epic proportions. Well, it appears we finally have a glimpse of the device and new software Samsung and Google are set to announce in October 11th. This is a pretty significant UI update, relatively speaking.

In the video we’re treated to a few different things. We’ve gotten a look at the newly-designed launcher that brings it more in line with Honeycomb’s UI. We still have the search bar embedded into the top of the homescreen but it appears to have a white box outlining itself to make it easier to see than before.

New animations for flipping between pages of apps in the app drawer are present. You scroll side to side like in Honeycomb. At the bottom of the homescreen is the launcher dock, something we imagine can be customized. There are two slots for apps on each side of the app drawer icon.

Everything takes a noticeable turn in style from green to blue – again, like Honeycomb. We’re not sure how you feel about this but it’s yet another example of how Google wanted to unify tablet and phone OS into one with Ice Cream Sandwich. We’re not too mad about the new direction in style.

As you can see, the phone itself won’t have capacitive buttons for home, menu, back and search and are instead replaced by software buttons at the bottom. While some may be going “ugh” at the lack of physical buttons, it was pretty quick to get used to on tablets and I’m sure phones will be no different.

We’ve also got a new lockscreen. Again, it’s a “ring” based lockscreen like Honeycomb’s with a twist. You can drag the ring over to the left to immediately launch the camera. You can also drag it to the right to a lock icon, but we’re not exactly sure if this is for unlocking or relocking the device. It’s an open lock so we’ll assume the former for now.

Finally, the camera app has certainly got an upgrade. We didn’t see much there but it looked like it belonged with everything else on the device. It’s a quick video, but we appreciate the lack of blurrycam and we’re glad to finally see what’s in store for the Android world come October 11th.

Oh, and according to the leakster the specs BGR posted yesterday are supposedly the right ones. If you don’t remember, they alleged it would have a 4.65 inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, 32GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor, a 5 megapixel rear camera along with a 1.3 inch front camera, 1080p HD video capture, NFC and more.

Goes to show why everyone shouldn’t trust their own anonymous source (unless, of course, a new Nexus certainly is coming after that – bum bum buuuuuuummmmmm.) Let us know what you think below! [Source, Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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