Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Is Cooler, Better, Faster
Google has made another entry in the Android OS iteration, called the Ice Cream Sandwich. This new Android
OS is not just a mere update but rather a whole new operating system. Google previously released Android 2.3 Gingerbread which nothing but a little upgraded version of Android 2.2 but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a completely new creature.
Ice Cream Sandwich is profound and packed with whole new arsenal up its sleeves; you might as well drown in it within the first few minutes.
If you think you knew Android think again. It is not the Android you used to know – everything has been overhauled. Say goodbye to the old visuals and screens you used to see. Ice Cream Sandwich utilizes the Honeycomb tablet sensibilities including navigation buttons, darker colors, tabs for recent apps and a more poised look.
So what does Google aim for? Making an operating system that feels same whether you are using a tablet or smartphone, and Android seems to corroborate this goal. Take a glimpse of Gingerbread and Honeycomb in terms of functionality, Ice Cream Sandwich is more of visual overhauling of the OS’ design and organization and there are also significant additions to Android 4.0 which makes it different from its predecessors.
Speaking of design, the new Android OS seems more elegant, smart, simple and well balanced. From the new menu button to menu lists, from notifications pull-down to a more sophisticated settings menu, everything has been redesigned with diligence. You find most of the themes being repeated in most of the integrated apps.
The first thing that you will notice on Ice Cream Sandwich is the home screen, it is downright gorgeous. Google has also altered the typography and has introduced a new one called Roboto which gives a better and clearer view.
Apart from that you will also notice some minor changes on the home screen as well: for instance, you will see a transparent search bar, an icon for Google service and a stylized clock. And you can always create and name folders on the home screen by dragging apps upon one another.
As far as the camera goes Google has introduced the panorama feature. There were several Samsung and HTC cameras that had this feature but it’s now been introduced to the main stream. Along with panorama you have your standard camera and video modes as well.
One of the most interesting things are the integrated photo editing tools. Everything that is required for editing is there, cropping, eliminating red eye, lighting, face glow, rotating etc. along with all this there are tons of effects to choose from. Some of the effects include sepia tones, warmth etc.
We definitely vote Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as a great evolution of the Android operating system.