Verizon Wireless this week confirmed it will sell Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone to utilize Google Inc.’s new Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

The company said the device will be available later this year and utilize the 4G LTE network.

The Galaxy Nexus includes a 4.65-inch display at 1280 x 720 resolution, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, barometer, and NFC technology.

Pricing and carrier information is to be determined.

The new Android 4.0 OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, includes the ability to create folders of apps, list view and flick away currently running apps, take screen shots, save e-mails for offline search, set mobile data limits, Android Beam to bump info to another user, and a new face unlock feature to unlock the phone via facial recognition technology.

Finally, the new OS is said to include improved copy / paste functionality, added photo editing options, and an improved keyboard.

Prior devices in the Nexus line include the Nexus S by Samsung and the Nexus One by HTC Corp.

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