Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Google Announced Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) OS [Features, Promo Video, Release Date and other Details]

Google has finally announced their latest Operating system which is called as "Ice Cream Sandwich" or Android 4.0. This new OS was much anticipated and much rumored but finally it's here. Along with that Google and Samsung also announced their new smartphones called as "Samsung Galaxy Nexus" which was previously rumored as Nexus Prime.
So what new we got in this Ice cream Sandwich OS, The new features which are different and added into Ice cream Sandwich OS is that it have NFC-based Android Beam which is same like NFC Technology and used for sharing between two phones, It also Ice Cream Sandwich revamps Android camera and gallery features, Ice Cream Sandwich also have an Face Unlock feature. More details below.

Here are the list of Features which comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich:
  • Option to use virtual buttons in the UI, instead of taking up capacitive touch buttons
  • Widgets are in a new tab, listed in a similar list to apps
  • Folders are much easier to create, with a drag-and-drop style similar to iOS
  • A customizable launcher
  • New phone app with visual voicemail functionality that lets you speed up or slow down voicemail messages
  • Pinch-to-zoom functionality in the calendar
  • Gmail has offline search, a two-line preview, and new action bar at the bottom
  • Swipe left or right to switch between Gmail conversations
  • Integrated screenshot capture by holding power and volume down buttons
  • Improved error correction on the keyboard
  • Ability to access apps directly from lock screen (similar to HTC Sense 3.x)
  • Improved copy and paste
  • Better voice integration
  • Face Unlock, a facial recognition service
  • New tabbed web browser, allowing up to 16 tabs
  • Browser now automatically syncs your Chrome bookmarks
  • Modern "Roboto" font
  • Data Usage section in settings lets you set warnings when you reach a certain amount of use and disabling data when you go over your limit
  • Ability to kill off apps that are using data in the background
  • Camera app: zero shutter lag, time lapse settings, zoom while recording
  • Built-in photo editor
  • New gallery layout, organized by location and person
  • Refreshed people app with social network integration, status updates and hi-res images
  • Android Beam, a NFC feature that lets you exchange websites, contact info, directions, YouTube, etc.
New People App Integrated in IceCream Sandwich OS, Google has also added this new App which is the updated version of Contacts App, In this new App Google+ is automatically integrated which provides all the images.

Face Unlock Feature, This new feature allows you to unlock your Phone using you face instead of Password. So it's much secured and reliable to use.

IceCream Sandwich OS Promo Video:

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