Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Announced – Feature List

Filed under News by Kenneth Pennington on October 18, 2011 at 7:25 PM
Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Google teamed up with Samsung to announce Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich today in Hong Kong. The world’s most used operating system is receiving one of its largest updates since its inception in 2007. The update will bring a completely new interface to the operating system.

Features

  • Handles native resolution at 720p high-definition
  • Brand new camera application
    • Image stabilization
    • Continuous focus in video
    • Zoom while recording
    • Tap-to-focus
    • Facial recognition auto-focus
    • Panorama stitching and guiding
    • Sharing options built-in
    • Zero lag time shooting (Galaxy Nexus)
    • Zoom lever
    • Live effects transform facial features, backgrounds, and more during video recording and video chat
  • Gallery application
    • Large thumbnail grid style
    • Organization by people tagged, date, location, etc.
  • On-screen buttons capabilities
    • Hide, rotate, and place properly on the device
  • Face Unlock
    • Unlock phone through state-of-the-art facial recognition technology
    • “Sorry, don’t recognize you” message when it doesn’t work, reverts to passcode or pattern unlock
  • Movie Studio
    • Video editing capabilities
  • Roboto font universal throughout the operating system
  • New lock screen
    • Pond ripple-type animation
  • New wallpapers and subtly animated live wallpapers
  • Text-filled information-laden widgets for Email, YouTube, Gmail, and more
    • Scrollable, stackable, resizable
    • Pick through the “Widgets” tab in your application drawer
  • Application drawer is now horizontal and animated
  • Better, easier folder organization
    • Drag and drop icons to create new folders without longpress or menu buttons
  • Customizable “Favorites Tray” on the launcher
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Easy multi-tasking button with large thumbnail screenshots
    • Applications closed through simple flicks to the side
  • Built-in screenshots capabilities
  • Media types support added for:
    • HTTP/HTTPS live streaming protocol version 3
    • ADTS raw AAC audio encoding
    • WEBP images
    • Matroska video
  • Notifications updated
    • Large images and icons
    • Individually closeable
    • Music controls built-in
    • Settings button linked straight there
    • Control and peek at notifications from the lockscreen
  • Keyboard
    • More accurate, responsive
    • Error correction is better
    • Inline spell checker
    • New theme
  • Cut, copy, paste and now drag options for text
  • Voice actions updated
    • Now it’s instant! No need to throw data to the internet. Instantly enters words as you say them.
  • Browser updated
    • Live view tabs easily accessible from the top button
    • Built-in “Request desktop site” for all pages (when needed)
    • Accessible desktop bookmarks from Chrome, automatically synced
    • Read-it-later, save a page for offline reading
    • Most visited pages
    • Incognito mode
  • GMail update
    • Two line previews
    • New action bar at the bottom of the screen
      • Most common actions are front and center
    • Colored, image laden separations between messages within a thread
    • Swipe from email to email so that you can quickly scan through your inbox
    • GMail transferred email addresses into chips with names and images, delete each individually if needed
    • Offline search for emails — last thirty days automatically synced
      • Change the amount of time saved through options panel
  • Calendar application
    • Updated for multi-touch pinch-zoom for more or less detail
    • Color coding
  • YouTube, Google+, Google Maps, Music — all updated
  • People application
    • Evolution of “Contacts” application
    • Profile for phone’s user
    • Magazine-style people cards
    • Contact details built-in through Twitter, G+, LinkedIn, Facebook, and more
    • Favorites tab
    • Social networking updates built-in with open API’s
    • Quick contacts open to developers, popup centered and translucent
    • Place people on your home screen in shortcuts and folders
  • Dialer
    • High-resolution profile photos
    • Swipe right for favorites
    • Visual voicemail directly in call log
      • Tap-to-play
      • Speed up voicemail playback
      • Pause, volume, and details
    • Decline calls with a quick “Quick Response” canned text message
  • Android Beam NFC Sharing
    • Share pretty much any content
    • Secure and intuitive
    • Simply bump NFC devices and information beamed instantaneously
    • Zooms out of information or application, click to beam
    • Share applications: simply bump and the Market page for the application will come up
    • Open API
  • SDK available immediately
  • Accesibility feature: explore-by-touch mode
    • Audible feedback that identifies elements on the screen to blind users
    • Launched with simple touch gesture
  • Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP
    • Connect to other devices over WiFi and through Bluetooth for sharing files, media, and streaming video/audio
    • Connect to compatible printers
    • Bluetooth Hands Free Profile 1.6 for higher quality audio devices

4 Responses to “Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Announced – Feature List”

  1. any word on what the barometer will bring?

    • Nope. Not yet! Google just glossed over it in the presentation. Sounds like it will be open to use for developers, though. That’s very cool!

      • The barometer is in there so the GPS chip can do less initial math trying to lock on to satellites upon a cold start. ¬†As it is now, GPS units need to guess where they are by using aGPS provided triangulation from the cell towers for the lat/long fuzzy guesses, but there’s one more part that needs to be entered for the chip to start looking in the sky–altitude. Right now, most phone GPS units just guess that part, but dedicated GPS units (car navis for example) have barometric sensors in them, hence the quicker fix. So that’s the main reason…. ¬†However , devs will be able to access the chip for their own creations…

  2. Chingszechan says:

    the best is yet to come…thumbs up

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