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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung Galaxy Nexus Officially Unveiled with Enhanced Features

Written by Maria Krisette. Posted in Android, News

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Published on October 19, 2011 with No Comments

Google has staged its new version of Android OS in Hongkong, monikered as Ice Cream Sandwich, which was officially unveiled with enhanced features and overhaul designs, and also known as Android 4.0. The new OS comes with massive redesigns on its user interface, and it is packed with cool features. Some of the new main features on the new Android 4.0 include a NFC-enabled feature called Android Beam app, which uses built-in NFC so that users can easily share their contacts, websites, apps, and more. In Android 4.0 it you can also have offline search in your Gmail, new lock screen features, and a rich feature of unlocking method called “Face Unlock” which uses a facial recognition to prevent strangers from using your phone without your permission. Ice Cream Sandwich has a plethora of new enhancements in almost everything with the Android OS. Android 4.0 runs on the new released Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is unveiled today. You can check out the video below on the new features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Here are the enhancements you can enjoy in Ice Cream Sandwich

  • You can have the option of the virtual buttons in the UI, instead of using the capacitive touch buttons
  • Widgets are arranged in a new tab. They are listed similarly to apps
  • You can create folders easily, by drag-and-drop style, same as in iOS
  • It has a customizable launcher
  • You can speed up or slow down voicemail messages with a new phone app with visual voicemail function
  • Zoom function in the calendar
  • Offline search on your Gmail with two-line preview and a new action bar at the bottom
  • You can swipe left or right when switching between conversation on Gmail
  • You can capture a screenshot by holding volume and power buttons
  • Enhanced in error connection on the keyboard
  • You can access your apps directly from the lock screen (just like the HTC Sense 3. X)
  • Improved copy and paste feature
  • Enjoy better voice integration
  • Fancy Face Lock feature for facial recognition service
  • New features on tabbed in the web browser, allowing you up to 16 tabs
  • The browser automatically sync your bookmarks in Chrome
  • It has “Modern Roboto” font
  • It sets warning for data usage when it has reached its certain limit
  • You can terminate the apps which uses data in the background
  • Zero shutter lag on the Camera app, including the time-lapse settings, and you can use the zoom while recording
  • It has a Built-in photo editor
  • New gallery layout, organized well by location and person
  • It has social network integration, for your status updates, and enjoy hi-res images
  • Android Beam, NFC features so you can share your contacts, info, websites, Youtube, etc.
  • If you don’t like the pre-loaded apps, you can disable them. According to Android Engineer Dan Morrill aside from the mentioned features and enhancements, you can disable any app, and while it will take up some space in ROM, it will not take away any of your precious resources, or clock cycles.

Source: Slashgear via Engadget