Nov 16th, 2011

Watching the Samsung/Google launch event of the Galaxy Nexus, I got the feeling there were many features of the Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich that didn’t make it into their (what I felt was) brief announcement. Turns out I was right.

Take the real-time, live video effects feature of the Android 4.0/Galaxy Nexus shown off by Matias Duarte as he visited the “On The Verge” Monday night video podcast. The video effects were shown off briefly to an amused studio audience as the face of Mr. Topolski was altered in real time using the Galaxy Nexus camera.

Before they signed off, Mr. Duarte said something I felt rang true when dealing with smartphone cameras. According to Matias, smartphones shouldn’t be chasing after the super advanced features of the point-and-shoot and DSLR. Instead, a smartphone camera serves another purpose entirely and that’s to “make memories [and] share moments with people.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Perhaps that’s why the Google/Samsung team didn’t feel the need to include an 8MP camera in this iteration of the Nexus? Check out the video below to see the Android 4.0 video effects for yourself.

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