Google and Samsung held a joint event on October 18 in Hong Kong, China, to reveal the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system and Nexus Prime smartphone. Both of these new offerings feature a number of notable functions, according to the Guardian.

The news source reports that the Nexus Prime has a curved body, to make it comfortable for handheld use. Technical details and smartphone accessories of the device include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, near field communications (NFC) technology for short-range communications and a 5 megapixel camera that is capable of capturing 1080p HD video.

Some of the prominent features of the Ice Cream Sandwich OS include Android Beam, which allows users with equipped phones to share links, apps and videos by tapping the devices together. It is also fitted with a system that allows the phone to be unlocked through facial recognition processes.

The Nexus Prime will be available in the U.K. in November – no U.S. release date has been announced as yet.

ZDNet reported that the Ice Cream Sandwich interface has been characterized by Google as resembling a "magazine-style" layout, which is evidenced through a number of screenshots taken from a video stream of the event.