Google and Samsung have announced that the Galaxy Nexus smartphone which will be the first Android smartphone to come with Ice Cream sandwich natively installed.

For those readers who don't know, Ice Cream Sandwich is the code name for the fourth major version of the Android mobile Operating system which Google says combines the best of the Android 2.x phone interface with the Android 3.x Honeycomb tablet interface.

The result is a new operating system which, going forward. will be used on both Android phones and Android tablets. A complete list of all the new features and fixes contained in Android 4.0 can be found here .

Coming to North America in November, the Galaxy Nexus smartphone will feature a 1.2 gigahertz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 1280x720 pixels of resolution, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a pronounced curved shape that is intended to cradle the face.

Additional features include a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, support for 1080p HD video capture and a new feature called Android Beam, which uses near field communication (NFC) to let user share webpages, YouTube videos, maps, directions and apps by simply tapping two phones together.

Discuss Android 4.0 and the Samsung Nexus in Digital Home's Smartphone and Tablet Computing forum .

Update: This article has been amended due an error in the name of the phone. My apologies for the error.