Roundup-Brief Look Over New Features & Updates On Android 4.0 AKA Ice Cream Sandwich

This is the time for operating system updates, frankly. This flood starts with the Apple by releasing their Mac OSX Lion and then followed ...

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This is the time for operating system updates, frankly. This flood starts with the Apple by releasing their Mac OSX Lion and then followed by Ubuntu than Windows 8 developer preview and after that comes iOS 5. And now another operating system with Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich hit on the list. This is only to quote, no forget about this. Because the fourth version of Android has come to rock the world yet again. You should have already heard of Galaxy nexus. It is been opened for display yesterday, and this Galaxy nexus is the world’s first Android 4.0 smart phone. Samsung might be the one lunch and manufacture it. However Galaxy nexus is everything about regarding Google and its latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. This 4.65-inch smart phone is loaded with a brand-new operating system. Whether or not you have been using the Gingerbread or Honeycomb builds, you must know the great things of this Ice Cream Sandwich shortly. It provides highly upgraded user interface, emphasizes lateral swipes, resizable UI components/widgets and choose the high definition picture wherever adorable. The most important note into Ice Cream Sandwich is – it's getting polish, making Android slicker (and more slicker), easier to use/handy to maintain and finally got a lot of consistent across the board. We have taken some major notes in the field of improvement and addition but there is most likely even a lot of to come back. So let's join us after the break for more information.

If you want me to quote a single line about everything in Ice Cream Sandwich, definitely this is the going to rock the world for some times at least. So let’s take a brief look inside some great upgrades of what’s been changed into this.

People

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Filled with solid colors and large tile menu, the People (new contact app) will remind you of Metro UI mostly. Introducing quick contact card with an enormous face (while even click on a contact from a Third-Party app), Android have met a rational wanting. And when somebody calls you, you will see a full screen image of their face instead of those tiny thumbnails which is being there for a long time. Google Voicemail appears directly within an individual app to point out. This makes sense that Google Voicemail may well be a lot tighter in Ice Cream Sandwich. The contact app has gone far beyond brilliant as it pull in high-resolution images of your contacts form Google+ automatically (Of course you have to provide it) and get an in call background image. You can also send a pre-determined message automatically if you are busy or unable to response to someone’s call.

The Browser

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The native browser of Android has been updated with some great feature. However the best among them is surly the automatic bookmark sync with Chrome. Android’s browser can automatically use your Google account to sync all Chrome bookmarks to your phone. Tab management is been updated from the recent one’s to give you much pleasure. You can only “Flick” tabs away to shut them, a cool and brilliant idea indeed. It includes brand new “Save For Offline feature for those articles you want to save to read later, a lot more clear so it’s hardly tearing the page. And another notable thing is it has a cool feature which will redirect you the full version of a web site instead of tiny mobile page with only one tap. Zoom mode and changing font size will help to get better readable view.

Gmail

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In Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, email is less complicated to send, read, and manage. An improved auto-completion of recipients will help with finding and adding frequent contacts quickly while composing email. For easier input of frequent text, users will currently produce fast responses and store them within the app, then enter them from a convenient menu when composing. When replying to a message, users will currently toggle the message to Reply All and Forward while not changing screens. To browse easily across various accounts and labels, there’s an integrated menu of accounts and recent labels inside the app. To assist users for finding and organizing IMAP and Exchange email, the e-mail app currently supports nested mail subfolders, every with synchronization rules. Users may search across folders on the server, for faster results.

Data Tracking

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Tracking your device’s data usage is now easier and slicker as it can be done from Android's settings. Not solely does one have the regular "This is the quantity of information you've used this month" chart, additionally as app-by-app usage to examine that apps are the worst offenders, however you'll be able to pinpoint any block of your time on the graph and see data usage simply for that timeframe. For instance, if you find an unusual increase in the field of data usage during a few days amount of your time, you just need to "zoom in" on those few days and see which apps were using the foremost data throughout simply those days. It is an extremely effective method of tracking your usage. There is also an option to add warnings for once you reach a definite threshold, or perhaps stop data usage entirely once you re-examine a determined level—ensuring that you just never re-consider your data cap.

Camera

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The new camera app is meant to be quick and straight forward to use. It’s been upgraded to lessen shutter lag that means the camera now opens quickly and takes photos instantly, leaving no loading time between shots. Though I am not sure how well this may work on non-Galaxy Nexus phones, however the demo on the Galaxy Nexus looked fantastic. To take a quick snap of an amazing moment of your life, you can also access the camera right from the lockscreen. Anyway, the panorama mode (during which you only scan the camera from left to right and take a wide picture) has never been such brilliant. Video recording has also been improved a bit, with continuous focus, zoom-while-recording and time lapse options, to not mention the power to require snapshots whereas you are recording video.

Gallery

Ice Cream Sandwich have “magazine-style" gallery mode with giant thumbnails for your albums. You’ll be able to browse your library using different identity like by album, by location, or even by the individual tags you have given in your photos. It conjointly includes an easy photo editor, letting you take away red eye, crop, tilt, and even add Instagram-like filters to your photos.

Android Beam

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Android Beam is an innovative, convenient feature for sharing across 2 NFC-enabled devices, It lets folks instantly exchange favorite apps, contacts, music, videos — virtually something. It’s incredibly easy and convenient to use — there’s no menu to open, application to launch, or pairing required. simply bit one Android-powered phone to a different, then faucet to send. it's an NFC-based feature that lets users instantly share info concerning the apps they're using, simply by touching 2 NFC-enabled phones along. When the devices are in vary — inside many centimeters — the system sets up an NFC association and displays a sharing UI. To share no matter they're viewing with the opposite device, users simply bit the screen. For developers, Android Beam may be a new means of triggering virtually any sort of proximity-based interaction. for instance, it will let users instantly exchange contacts, got wind of multiplayer gaming, be a part of a talk or video decision, share a photograph or video, and more. The system provides the low-level NFC support and also the sharing UI, whereas the foreground app provides light-weight information to transfer to the opposite device. Developers have complete management over the information that's shared and the way it's handled, thus virtually any interaction is feasible. For larger payloads, developers will even use Android Beam to initiate a association and transfer the information over Bluetooth, while not the requirement for user-visible pairing.

Even if developers don't add custom interactions primarily based on Android Beam they will still have the benefit of it being deeply integrated into Android. By default the system shares the app’s Android Market URL, thus it’s straightforward for the user to download or purchase the app directly. For sharing apps, Android Beam pushes a link to the app's details page in Android Market. On the opposite device, the Market app launches and masses the small print page, for straightforward downloading of the app. Individual apps will build on Android Beam to feature different sorts of interactions, like passing game scores, initiating a multiplayer game or chat, and more.

Voice Input

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich comes with new brawny voice input technique which offers a boundless "Open Microphone" experience and flowing voice identification. The new voice stimulation engine allows exploiters prescribe the text they need, for as long as they want, applying the speech they want. Users can address continuously for a lengthy period, even breaking for separations whenever needed, and prescribe punctuation to create perfect sentences. As the vocalize stimulation engine enters text, it emphasizes possible command faults in gray. After prescribing, users can pat the emphasized words to quickly substitute them from a list of suggestions.

Widgets

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Android 4.0’s (Ice Cream Sandwich) homescreen is now more powerful and customizable as you can now resize the window of and widget. Users can do much more than add shortcuts — they can embed live application content directly through interactive widgets. Widgets let users check email, flip through a calendar, play music, check social streams, and more — right from the home screen, without having to launch apps. Widgets are resizable, so users can expand them to show more content or shrink them to save space.

Key Things to Note About

Google has made lots of enhancements in this Android Ice Cream Sandwich. These enhancements are not only within the means of appearance and feel but also from the homescreen to the notification drawer also from the keyboard to the application menu. We have noted some key points in a bulleted order so that you can have a quick look of what Android is being going through.

  1. A brand new trendy updated lock screen which have one of the most demanded facial recognition option that allows you to unlock your phone will front-facing camera and also added the ability to lunch camera only one gesture. Till now (up to honeycomb), we have to use a third party application like Visidon Applock for using face recognition system.
  2. Widgets are now stored in a new tab inside the app drawer – making it easier to add featured application on your home screen. Additionally, you can also resize the widget window.
  3. There's been a be approach on the field of consistency with the improvement of gestures work. For instance – inside the app drawer, you now only need to swipe from left to get the different pages of applications, almost like the home screen.
  4. Notifications are now pictured. Those picture notification will surely make the notification thing more productive and prettier too. Also a small contact footer has been added e-mail notification, call management and text messages.
  5. The new Ice Cream Sandwich’s dock is highly customizable. You can even place folders to the dock for fast access to apps and contacts.
  6. Another new feature is taking a screenshot now built-in. That means you can now snap screenshot without any application. One of the most important updates to help Android for growing more power surely.
  7. If you are a CyanogenMod user, then this will bring the greatest pleasure for you. You can now swipe from left to right to delete the notification from the drawer. So your notifications are no more going to be cluttered and from now on they will get organized cleanly.
  8. Notification drawer can now be opened right from the lock screen, while your phone will yet remain locked. Truly another great thing to note.
  9. Your speech will be decoded by Speech-To-Text in real-time. After speaking of a word, you will see that word has shown up within the window instantly – before you advance on to the ensuing one. Previously you have to speak of a whole sentence and then you could see that shown up into the text editor.
  10. This version gets a new keyboard with an easier and highly targeted recommendations bar. This also gets inline spell checking too.
  11. Copy and Paste has never been so easy as it is now. This feature is been updated radically. Now you have to just mark text and drag it inside your text editor (or wherever you want to paste it) and your text will be copied there instantly.
  12. About the camera app – it’s getting on its goal by making the capture process faster. Well, Google promised that they will make the process real-time, yet lot to do about it. But the improvement is inspiring.
  13. I forgot to note about the automatic sync of bookmark with Google Chrome using Google account. That’s definitely a great upgrade.

That’s what we think about Android 4.0 AKA Ice Cream Sandwich. So what do you think about it? Share you thoughts and join the world of freedom.

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Android Developer’s Official Page

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6 comments :

  1. Read the whoIe articIe but no info about hardware acceleration! It was supposed to be the best thing with this ice cream sandwich!

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  2. @Brasco: Me too surprised. I checked everywhere but nothing about hardware acceIeration not even on officiaI bIog.

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  3. It has hardware acceleration indeed though they haven't made a big issue with it. Check http://briefmobile.com/android-4-0-is-faster-with-hardware-acceleration

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  4. I love the user interface of Ice Cream Sandwich. It looks like metro to me.

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  5. Android Ice Cream Sandwich does really sucks. The ICS on Android 4.0 isn't anyway compatible with most of the apps. As an example scrolling the list of tweets in Twitter is laggy where it isn’t in Gingerbread. Some games inexplicably won't work where they need worked on Gingerbread on the same/similar hardware. several developers haven't (as yet) supported the Galaxy Nexus once I am assured their apps would work while not issue. On the previous version of the Facebook app I couldn’t access the menu (now fixed). 

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  6. Yeah, agree with you. They pushed some uncompleted feature here like the speech to text not working properly for me.

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