Google has officially announced the new version of Android mobile operating system. The Android 4.0 a.ka. Ice Cream Sandwich, consider as the hybrid of the standard Android OS and Android Honeycomb – tablet tailored OS from Google.
Notable features of Android 4.0 is the buttonless design, new gesture controls, and stacked and resizable widgets.
Matias Duarte (the Director of Android operating system User Experience at Google) presented the new Android 4.0 to the public and tell’s that Android has a “soul” – ” “Android is enchanting. Something beautiful, seductive, and something you can easily fall in love with.”
Is the official font-face used in Android 4.0. Designed from the ground up for ICS this font will be clear and will give a line free screen and one great about this font face is it is better even in small screen.
Improve Lock Screen:
The lock screen is almost the same in the current Honeycomb which gives you option for Camera or Phone after unlock.
The ICS is the first OS to support buttonless, no more physical button like the homescreen button. Full touch baby!
Homescreen and Resizable Widget
The widgets can be resize to your liking to avoid bump icons in your screen…pretty slick!
Drag and Drop Folder
This is also a brand new feature where you can drag and drop your apps.
Native Screenshot support
Before you need third-party app to take screenshot and also requires rooting your Android phone but with the new ICS, just press Volume+ + Power, your screenshot is saved!
The keyboard has been improved much, it’s more accurate and responsive. The new spell checker has been added that allows you to choose in similar words. I think I need this more..:)
ICS has this feature to monitor your bandwidth consumption, you can monitor which app is a bandwidth hogger and even disconnect your connection when you almost reach your data limit.
If you don’t want other to open your phone and tired of using the common locking mechanism? ICS supports facial recognition to unlock your homescreen. What if you are sting by bee and have allergic reaction? will ICS recognize your face? Anyone is willing to take the risk? LOL I am just kidding folks!
Better than Siri:
The much improve Text-to-Speech is fast that while you are talking, it is typing at the same time? Unlike the ever famous Siri of iPhone 4S, you speak first then Siri will give the answer.
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is one of kind. I’ve seen how Android improved even the Honeycomb that was for tablet can’t match the improvement and new features added to a brand new release OS.
Good thing about Google is that they listen to people. What people wants, Google gives!
For more outstanding feature of the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ICS visit the official Android site.
Update: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung Galaxy Nexus launching video