Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich New Features

Posted By Dupont on October 19, 2011
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Android 4.0

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been announced by Google and Samsung at a press conference in Hong Kong. Together with it come Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android SDK. The Nexus is the first Smartphone running on Android 4.0, features a 4.65-inch AMOLED screen and 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Android SDK could be found at the Android Developer web site.

Let’s take a look at the new features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • 1. “Roboto,” Android’s own font
  • 2. Even more live wallpapers
  • 3. Newly-designed lock screen
  • 4. Disappearing homescreen command buttons
  • 5. Tabbed apps/widgets drawer similar to Honeycomb
  • 6. Resizeable homescreen widgets
  • 7. Redesigned foldering capabilities
  • 8. Hardware accelerated 2D drawing
  • 9. Wi-Fi Direct support
  • 10. “Favorites Tray” at the bottom of the screen that travels across the different homescreens
  • 11. Native Screen grab capability (Press Power+Volume Down)
  • 12. Improved notification bar, customizable notifications
  • 13. New Music player notification in tray controls player
  • 14. Improved keyboard
  • 15. Improved typing error correction
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  • 16. In-line spell check and suggestion mode
  • 17. Cut/Copy/Paste similar to Honeycomb, but with animated dragging and dropping
  • 18. Speech for text entry has been improved with no delay
  • 19. “Face Unlock” facial recognition for unlock screen (Did not work in demo)
  • 20. New Browser (Includes new tab management feature. “request desktop site” feature, syncs to chrome, save pages for offline reading)
  • 21. New Gmail (New action bar with compose, search, labels, refresh; offline search by default that searches the last 30 days of email)
  • 22. New Calendar with pinch-to-zoom
  • 23. Updated all of the native Google apps: YouTube, Maps, Google+, Google Music
  • 24. Mobile data usage metrics in system controls, allows users to self-limit their mobile data consumption, and track data usage down to individual app level
  • 25. All-new camera app with slider zoom, facial detection, “zero shutter lag” speed, launchable from home screen
  • 26. Photo editing tools in “edit” menu in the camera
  • 27. Native panoramic camera shot, similar to Sony’s “Sweep” panorama
  • 28. 1080p video capture, continuous focus, includes the ability to zoom while recording
  • 29. Incredible new Time Lapse photography feature
  • 30. New tile-based “People app” interface for contacts, very similar to Windows Phone
  • 31. “Android Beam” NFC-based content sharing with multiple ICS phones (Web Addresses, contacts, maps, YouTube videos, app sharing)

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