[OFFICIAL] Android Ice Cream Sandwich Features
The official Samsung and Google event has finally kicked off and we’ve finally gotten an official glimpse of both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Now here are the highlights of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which we didn’t know existed until moments ago:
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features
UI: Roboto is the new super clean typeface used for Android Ice Cream Sandwich; There is a new target sensing lock screen unlock; Non-physical home screen buttons highlight when touched; You can add whatever apps you want to your favorites tray (bottom fixed app tray found on all homescreens); new “recent apps” icon added to spot where original homescreen buttons were (Honeycomb style)
Widgets: Introduction of scrolling in stacks (you can pile widgets up on each other; Gmail widget app that lets you scroll through your emails without clicking in (Honeycomb style); resizable widgets; introduction of folders and adding apps to it a simple drag and drop with thumbnail preview of what’s inside; improved copy & paste, new keyboard; instantaneous voice to text system.
Other: When you hold down power and volume button it takes a screenshot of what’s on your screen and adds it to the photo gallery; you can choose which notifications to clear from your tray; Face recognition unlock screen; High resolution photos for your Contacts (looks great when you’re making a call or receiving one); Easier voice mail access with ability to speed up or slow down message playback; Ability to send pre-text messages easily when you can’t pick up a call; Android Beam allows you to share content between phones in almost “Bump” style (you can beam webpages, maps, YouTube videos, People cards, and even apps).
Web browser: Improved tab browsing; Easier saving pages for offline browsing; Incognito mode.
New Gmail: Now with 2 line previews; New action bar at bottom; you can now swipe through emails instead of having to return to inbox everytime; Offline search addedto go through your emails.
New calendar app: Improved UI with introduction of zooming feature (looks a lot better!)
System features: Data usage monitor whereby you can see how much data each app uses, predict where it will hit by the end of the month and even setup alerts so you are warned about it before getting overage charges (covers both foreground and background data and you can even choose which one to block).
Camera app: Zero second shutter lag; can access the camera from lockscreen; face detection; click to focus; intuitive zoom; set of powerful photo editing tools (cropping, remove red eye, etc); panorama mode; Video camera features include zoom while recording and time lapse.