Ice cream sandwich debuts with Samsung galaxy nexus

The highly awaited android 4.0-ice cream sandwich is out finally!

It was to be launched way ahead , but Google postponed it in order to pay homage to the big daddy -Steve Jobs, and so it was launched on the 20th of October in a media event at Hong Kong ,though there have been a large amount  of leaks the official launch hit the spot light world wide ,shown below is the all new home screen of Ice Cream Sandwich

 

The name ice cream sandwich is unique and catchy,there is some thing common to all android OS code names,they are all named after yummy desert items  in alphabetical order

the previous versions of android are

“Cupcake”- V 1.5,

“Donut” – V 1.6,

“Eclair” – V 2.0/2.1,

“Froyo”, – V 2.2

“Gingerbread” – V 2.3,

“Honey Comb” – V 3.0/3.1/3.2(only for tablets)

The currently released  android version is ice cream  sandwich or ICS , the next version of android is code named Jelly Bean!

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The first phone to run ICS is the much awaited “iPhone killer” samsung galaxy nexus

Here is the samsung galaxy nexus! :

Before we see the new features of ICS,we shall she the hardware aspect of the galaxy nexus

The Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65-inch 720×1,280-pixel HD Super AMOLED curved glass display,a dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor (ARM Cortex-A9) with an accompanying PowerVR SGX540, 1 GB of RAM, a 1,750 mAh battery, 1.3 MP front camera and 5 MP rear camera capable of 1080p video, 4G, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, Barometer, and NFC  and it has 16 or 32 GB of internal memory.

The phone has no physical buttons on the front, and instead features on-screen soft keys embedded into the system software (part of Ice Cream Sandwich). The 3.5 mm headphone jack is located on the bottom of the phone, and the camera is located in the center of the rear side. The phone will have 16/32 GB internal storage depending on model.

Now let us have a quick look into the features  of Ice cream sandwich

  1. SCREEN GRABBER-The first and foremost feature which we loved about the ice cream sandwich is the native feature to take screen shots of your android screen,though this is a simple feature, it is very useful for bloggers like me, while reviewing android apps,screen shots can be taken by pressing the power and the volume keys,before this process was cumbersome,now phones running on ICS can take screen shots in a jiffy!
  2. LOCK SCREEN-The lock screen has been drastically modified, you can launch apps from the lock screen directly B-)
  3. FACE UNLOCK- you can just unlock the phone by pointing your phone’s front camera to your face,how ever during the launch function, the Google engineer pointed his face and the phone didn’t unlock the first time!
  4. ANDROID BEAM-Google has made use of NFC(near field communication) technology,you can share,pictures,contacts,bookmarks,maps,files etc etc etc to another ICS mobile by just tapping the phones together for a second,click here to see a video on how android beam works
  5. VOICE TYPING-though this feature is already there in previous android releases , this has underwent a major over haul
  6. UPDATED CAMERA APP the camera app opens at once when  you  press the camera button , and takes pictures without any delay,pictures can be taken with the from camera also,
  7. PEOPLE APP- the contacts application has been renamed and has gone through a major over haul,the contacts you have added are displayed in a whole new UI
  8. RESIZEABLE WIDGETS- you can resize widgets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. APP FOLDERS- like the iPhone you can add apps to folders, in order to group them together
  10. BROWSER- Android stock browser is one on the not so nice software that comes with android, but now the browser has been totally redesigned!
  11. DATA USAGE TRACKER- you can monitor the amount of data transmitted over GPRS/3G/4G/Wifi etc , you can restrict the data usage by setting warning messages and trip off limits and save a lot on your bills!