Oct 21 2011

17 Cool Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Features That Will Make You Say Wow

The very name ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ will surely leave you lip-smacking but this one has nothing to do with something to satisfy your taste buds. Techie freaks surely know what’s been talked about here. Android 4.0 OS, nick named ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ has just been introduced by Google and Samsung at a press gathering in Hong Kong. As anticipated, the latest version of Android OS comes with plethora of features.

NFC-enabled Android Beam, offline search in Gmail, amazing lock screen, Face Unlock to name the few are the amazingly cool features. Well, it won’t do the real justice if I sum up all the features in one paragraph. The cool new ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ includes stupendous features that definitely deserve a special mention and talking them individually would actually make the consumers well aware of what all are the promising features of what we can all the latest buzz from Google.

Hit a jump to read on about the Google Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ features . Listed below are the nitty gritty details that will surely make you all get well acquainted Android 4.0 OS. Not only this, the screenshots along jotted along with the features discussed will make it all the more interesting to sit back and read on till the end.  So, be ready for the yummy treat and if you would love to make it the part of your tech world; do let us know.

Google says Ice Cream Sandwich it incorporates all the best bits of Honeycomb, the Android tablet OS, and much more. Listed below are some of the cool features of the Ice Cream Sandwich. Check them out!

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1. Android 4.0: Simple, beautiful and smart

Undeniably, Android’s best features are hassle-free multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets and profound interactivity. Android 4.0 builds offers all these and besides this adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.

2. Face Unlock

As the name hints, it’s a facial recognition technology to unlock phone. This is one of the most promising features of Ice Cream Sandwich that enables the users to unlock their handsets just by looking into the front-facing camera.

3. Flexible widgets

Ice Cream Sandwich has stock of widgets that are easily resizable. The home screens in Android 4.0 are designed in such a way that these are content-rich and easily customizable. It lets users not just add shortcuts, instead embed live application content directly, check email, flip through a calendar, play music, check social streams, and more right from the home screen without the need of launching apps. As already mentioned widgets are resizable to enable the users expand them (to show more content) or shrink them (to save space).

4. Refined User Interface

Android 4.0 comes blessed with nice user interface. It lets users navigate with simple, intuitive gestures which are engaging and quite interesting. It has an entirely new typeface that is optimized for high-resolution screens thereby improving readability and offering the refined and trendy user interface.

5. Folders and favorites tray

New home screen has customizable ‘favorites tray’ visible from all home screens offering a new way to let users group their apps and shortcuts logically. These can be easily dragged one onto another. The All Apps launcher enables the users to simply drag an app to get information about it, uninstall it or disable a pre-installed app. Users can easily drag apps, shortcuts, folders, and other items in or out of the ‘favorites tray’ for accessing the same from any home screen.

6. Gallery app with photo editor

The Gallery app makes it easier for the users to manage, show and share photos and videos with people they wish to. The redesigned album layout shows more number of albums and offers larger thumbnails. Users can easily sort albums by time, location, people and tags. Gallery includes a powerful photo editor to let users crop, rotate pictures, set levels, remove red eyes, add effects and much more. The all new improved ‘Picture Gallery widget’ enables users to look at pictures directly on their home screen, also it displays pictures from a selected album, shuffle pictures enabling users to flick through the photo albums to locate the image they want.

7. Responding to incoming calls

Whenever you get a call from your family or friends, you can quickly respond by text message (incase you are tied up). So, if you don’t answer the call, the person at other end knows the reason. That’s not all, you can text without unlocking the device. Simply slide a control to check your text responses and tap to send back.

8. Improved text input and spell-checking

With the soft keyboard the text input goes faster and pretty accurate. Also spell check and word suggestions are improved with default dictionaries and much more accurate heuristics. The spell-checker in Android 4.0 locates and underlines errors and suggests replacement words. Just simple tap can help you choose from multiple spelling suggestions, delete a word, or add it to the dictionary.

9. Android Beam for NFC-based sharing

Android Beam is an innovative, convenient feature that enables users share across two NFC-enabled devices. With the cool Android Beam, exchanging favorite apps, contacts, music, videos infact almost anything becomes easy. Users don’t have to undergo the lengthy process instead simple touch on the one Android-powered phone to another then tapping will send the data.

10. Calendar

The cool new Android 4.0 comes with calendar app that enables users add events to the shared database and manage dates, attendees, alerts, reminders and much more.  Also, the Calendar app defines a set of public intents for creating, viewing, and editing events for lighter-weight access to calendar services. It can let users add events directly from lists, dialogs or home screen widgets.

11. People and profiles

The cool new ‘People’ app offers richer profile information, a large profile picture, phone numbers, addresses and accounts, status updates with the added feature of enabling people connect on integrated social networks. “Me” profile includes, the user’s own contact information for easy sharing with people. Navigating across the system and simply tapping a profile photo displays ‘Quick Contacts’ t with shortcuts to phone numbers, text messaging, and more.

12. Versatile Camera

The all new Android 4.0 comes with rich and versatile camera capabilities. Features like continuous focus, zero shutter lag exposure and decreased shot-to-shot speed help capture clear, precise images. Also, there is a stabilized image zoom that lets users compose photos and video the way they want. While shooting video users can take snapshots at full video resolution by simply tapping the screen.

Built-in face detection, single-motion panorama mode, easy assembling of continuous imagery into a single panoramic photo, hassle-free sharing of pictures by email, text message, Bluetooth, social networks, and more are the other notable features.

13. Gmail

In the Android 4.0, Gmail supports two-line previews and sports a new context-sensitive action bar at the bottom of the screen. With the gesture support users can swipe left and right between emails.

14. Web browsing

Managing sync Google Chrome bookmarks, jumping to the favorite content speedily and saving it for future reference all is easy. Users can request full desktop versions of web sites, set their preference for web sites save a copy for offline reading, easily find and open saved pages, browse a visual list and much more quite easily. Also, users can increase the browser’s zoom levels for proper readability. All in all, it Android 4.0 OS offers the powerful web browsing experience.

15. Sharing with screenshots

Android 4.0 OS makes it easier for the users to share what’s on their screens easily by simply taking the screenshots. There are buttons to easily snap a screenshot and store it.

16. Notifications

Rich and interactive notifications enable users keep in touch with incoming messages, play music tracks, see real-time updates from apps, and much more simultaneously. Ntifications appear at the top of the screen on the smaller devices while on the larger-screen devices they appear in the System Bar.

17. Locking feature

When the screen of your smart phone is locked, you are unable to do anything without unlocking it.  But this is not the case with Android 4.0 OS. From the slide lock screen, users can jump directly to the camera and take picture or pull down the notifications window in order to check the messages or even manage music tracks without unlocking the device.

Customizable launcher, visual voicemail functionality to let you speed up/slow down voicemail messages, pinch-to-zoom functionality in the calendar, improved copy and paste, better voice integration, modern Roboto font are some of the other cool notable features that we can’t afford to miss while talking about the range of  Android 4.0 OS Ice Cream Sandwich features comes loaded with.

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  • i want to know this Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is compatible for all previous high end phones?

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