Wrapping Up Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Features to Expect of OS

Wrapping Up Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Features to Expect of OS

We know that many of our readers are big Android fans and are enthusiastic about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus (aka Nexus prime). We recently reported on a Samsung and Google event that is expected to unveil the Galaxy Nexus and also the much-awaited new operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later this week. We’ve given you a lot of information on what to expect of the new handset but now we’ve rounded up some details of new features and improvements of the new OS, plus a sneak look.

First off we want to look at some basics on what’s anticipated from Ice Cream Sandwich. Whereas the previous Google OS, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, was optimized for tablet devices, Ice Cream Sandwich has been designed as one OS fits all, which should be a very welcome move. A report over on FoneHome informs that the actual interface of Ice Cream Sandwich will be very similar to Honeycomb with resizeable widgets, an app launcher, multitasking panel and a holographic UI. Another bonus will be the capability to attach peripherals to your device by using it as a USB hub. We’re also told that Ice Cream Sandwich will include new features such as face-recognition and head-tracking and aside from this other Android services will include an overhaul, such as Google Music and the new social network Google +.

For a more in-depth look at what Ice Cream Sandwich will offer we can get a really good idea from an article over on Android Police that looks at the new Photo Editing feature. Although this is not confirmed for the launch of the new OS, it’s clear that the Android Gallery could benefit from this added feature and icons for it have been leaked by Android Police. If you check it out at the above link you’ll see various icon images for photo editing tools such as crop, straighten, redeye and sharpen and there are 19 in total for photo effects. Pretty impressive stuff!

As well as this yet another article by Ron Amadeo of Android Police has leaked some of the Ice Cream Sandwich widgets and they are Gmail, Email and Calendar. You can see images of these at the link directly above and they are shown alongside their Honeycomb equivalents for comparison. So there you have it an idea of what’s coming from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a prior look at some details.

We’re interested to know if you’re eagerly waiting for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be released, or what’s expected to be the first handset launched with Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Let us know with your comments.

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  • Paulwilson1973

    I’m eagerly awaiting the release of ICS before I upgrade my handset. Not sure whether to go for the Samsung handset or maybe wait and see if Nexus 2 is released with ICS.

  • Debbie Turner

    I’ll tell you what Paul, if the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t released with Ice Cream Sandwich I’ll eat…ahem, an Ice Cream Sandwich!

  • Lizzylulu

    If the battery life is good and it doesn’t overheat count me in.

  • Ariel Oren

    The Nexus 2 is also made by Samsung, dipshit!

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