The Android Ice Cream Sandwich has been unveiled and there are certain features which are worth to discover on this Android update. As always the update of any version fixes the bugs from the previous version, the Android Ice Cream Sandwich has does that and also has new features founded at every fold of Android interface.
Here is the confirmed overview of Android Ice Cream Sandwich i.e., Android 4.0 accordingly with the user interface and looks.
The Ice Cream Sandwich homescreen mostly gets the Honeycomb equivalent interface. You can now swipe any apps away to close it. As Android is for open source, the quick links on the bottom of the screen are up for user based customization which includes app folder. Noticeably the app folder gets smoother creation and animations are pretty amazing.
The Ice Cream Sandwich notification bar is just like the Honeycomb interface that we have seen on the tablets. The notification bar now will allow the users to swipe away the notifications individually with swipe to remove instead of normal clear button that we saw until now. The notification bar now can be lowered directly from the lockscreen too.
Google has made a big effort to improve both camera and the video recording with the new OS. The addition to the camera app is the continuous focus, selective focus, zooms while recording videos, 1080p HD video recording and it would also include an enhanced video editor.
Lock Screen with Face Recognition Unlock
Certainly the coolest feature is the new lockscreen in which forward facing camera can be set to unlock the screen with single user face. This provides the seamless and effortless unlocking of the device.
The default browser in Android would also get a face lift with a crucial feature which would compete with third party browsers. The browser is faster and provides stability improvements and allows easy access to full website than the default mobile view. Now also save the pages for the offline reading and there is option of auto sync of bookmarks with your Google Chrome installed.
Data Usage Feature
The Data usage feature present in the Settings will clearly display the graph of what is using your data consumption. You can also set data limit on your Gmail Sync, browser data use and over all limit. Learn more about Data Usage in Ice Cream Sandwich.
Near Field Communication is taking its shape into reality and no other phone than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would be the better device to test out NFC. Along with Galaxy Nexus there are other handsets like Galaxy S II which now comes with pre-installed NFC Chip. With Ice Cream Sandwich OS phones, NFC module would be made available to all the handsets running this version.
Android Beam is the feature in Samsung Galaxy Nexus which uses NFC technology to quickly share webpages, videos, apps, pictures and even Google Maps that you are browsing on your phone with the nearby phone. We have just gone through broad explanation of Android Beam and share content.