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List of Features in Ice Cream Sandwich UI & Android OS

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.

Home Screen

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.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Notification Bar

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.

Elegant Notifications


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.
Lockscreen Notifications

Default Browser

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.

Mobile Data Limit


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

Android Beam

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.




  1. sai

    May 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Will Ice Cream Sandwich be available for Samsung galaxy ace? or soon?.
    now am using andriod 2.3.6 gingerbeard.

  2. soumya

    April 22, 2012 at 3:04 am

    can i update my galaxy i 5510 2 ics?

  3. rajath

    March 20, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Hi Android Advice team,

    Since Samsung is rolling out ICS officially, I am using Galaxy S2 I91000G and i still dont see official ICS update for my phones, does Non G version will get its update or not? if Yes, when can we expect the ICS update?

  4. sam ghosla

    February 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    i want it for galaxy r….plz suggest wht will it cme

  5. aka

    January 31, 2012 at 1:42 am

    is there ice cream sandwich on galaxy mini

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      yes it is there, we will soon be coming out with the same!

  6. aka

    January 31, 2012 at 1:40 am

    is there ice cream cake on galaxy mini

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      we are working on the same and will be coming out with the article v soon

  7. varun

    January 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    when will i be able to upgrade my samsung galaxy mini S5570 to android 4.0 ??????????????/

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      it will not be coming due to hardware limitations!

  8. rajath

    January 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Android Advice Team,

    I would like to know if Galaxy SII i9100G will be getting official ICS update? Since Samsung has stopped shipping i9100 and selling only i9100G.

    I am using SII i9100G and would like to know of ICS update as i m very curious, If yes, when will i be getting update?

    Would appreciate if you can provide me details.


  9. Rajaganesh

    December 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Is there any OS Updation for Samsung Galaxy Pro (B7510)

  10. jacky mulchandani

    December 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    i this table on another page u say that samsung galaxy s 1 will not get any isc 4.0 upgrade!!

    whereas while going through some other pages on your site i see you telling other people that it will get android 4.0 upgrade!!!

    could you pls clarify what is going to happen nt was is nt going to happen!!!?????

    • Yogesh Patel

      December 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      There is difference in Stock firmware and custom (third party) firmware. Android 4.0 custom firmware will be available for Galaxy S and it was expected to for official update but Samsung pulled out updating it. It was of the custom (unofficial) one that we were talking about.

  11. Kevin

    November 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks Neal. Though what do you mean unofficially? Bare with me as i am new to this.

    I was having a read though this ( article on how to upgrade to the ICS Alpha version and see that it is specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S GT i9000 I also do see the disclaimer on how it should not be followed for a i9000t. Ive noticed that a lot of the aritcles you have on your site are for only the Galaxy S GT i9000 and no other similar models like the i9000t.

    So what about the i9000t? Would I be able to use the same articles to update the device? Having done some research on the net I found that some fourms are saying using the i9000 ROMs work on the i9000t. I dont know if this would apply also to OS updates.

    On Wikipedia i found this ( where the i9000t models form factor is identical to the GT-I9000, not really sure on what this means, but would it mean that the phone is indeed identical to the GT-I9000?

    I havent actually purchased the i9000t as yet, but am thinking about it as these models work best for where I am currently located (The Bahamas).

    I would really appreciate your thoughts.


    • Yogesh Patel

      November 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Unofficially is means not from the company manufacturer and so its from the third party.

      Identical phones of Galaxy GT I9000 are different from its original ones and we have mentioned clearly that for which phones what firmware is applicable.

      Surely we will publish an article if there is any custom firmware available for i9000t.

      • Kevin

        November 26, 2011 at 1:00 am

        OK thank you Yogesh.

  12. Kevin

    November 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    What about the Samsung galaxy S i9000T? Would it be available for this model as well?

  13. Daksh

    November 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    will ice cream sandwich available for Samsung galaxy fit ??????????????

  14. Jaydips patel

    November 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    is ICS available for gt i9003 SL???


    • Yogesh Patel

      November 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Yes, it will arrive soon! Keep checking this blog.

  15. karan

    November 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    yo can ice cream update for galaxy ace plz du tell thank u

    • Amit Bhawani

      November 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Yes we will let you know when its available.

  16. jinav

    October 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    is icecream sandwich available for samsung galaxy ace GT s5830

    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      as of now its not available for any phone other than Nexus!

  17. vasanth

    October 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

    did ice cream os avilable for samsung galaxy fit gt5670…if have pls send download link to my mail…thnx..

  18. Mostafa

    October 24, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Awesome Features .. But Will Samsung galaxy Mini handle this update smoothly ?

    Thanks In Advance & Keep up the great work 🙂

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 4, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Dont think so

  19. Atik

    October 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Fingers Crossed, I really hope that I will be able to download it from Android Advices, Odin version. Kies Sucks big time. Neal, we are counting on you and the Android Advices Team for the Galaxy S2 ICS. Cheers.

    • Yogesh Patel

      October 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Yes Atik,
      As soon as it arrives, we would be writing those articles.

  20. raunaq Kothari

    October 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Will icecream sandwich will be available for galaxy ace 55830, Samng galaxy s I9000 and Galaxy sl 19903.

    • Yogesh Patel

      October 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      It will be after few months.

      • Chinmay

        October 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

        Will it be available officially or through Odin?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          October 24, 2011 at 10:27 am

          yes for some phones it will be available via through respective PC Suites and while some of them via Odin and other flash tools!

  21. Gaurav

    October 21, 2011 at 11:25 am


    Just want to know, will it be available to SGS2.


    • Yogesh Patel

      October 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      SGS 2 would be among the prime contenders for ICS update.

  22. rao, kv

    October 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    When I expect the Icecream Sandwitch update for nexus s?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      it will be soon released, no ETA on the same!

  23. Sivakumar

    October 20, 2011 at 8:34 am

    When Ice Cream Sandwich OS comes for samsung galaxy mini or galaxy pop or samsung s5570.

    • Yogesh Patel

      October 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Could take few months to arrive.

  24. boo15

    October 20, 2011 at 4:17 am

    how about in galaxy s i9000?its availble now for it?

    • Yogesh Patel

      October 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

      yes its available.

  25. haider

    October 20, 2011 at 1:49 am

    will ice cream sandwich be available for galaxy s.

    • Yogesh Patel

      October 20, 2011 at 9:35 am

      yes it will be available.

  26. Frank

    October 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    will it be available on Samsung GT-i9000?


    • Yogesh Patel

      October 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Yes, it will be.

  27. prashantn

    October 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Ah, the gap between the Samsung and Apple, will still be narrowed down. Good, the customer is the beneficiary.

  28. Ajay

    October 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Will Ice Cream Sandwich be available for Samsung galaxy s2 soon?


    • Yogesh Patel

      October 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Yes, as soon as its available we will update it on our blog.

      • Phirun

        October 23, 2011 at 7:03 am

        Will Ice Cream Sandwich be available for HTC Nexus One or not?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          October 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm


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