It’s that time of the year again! The first major Android update of 2011, (Honeycomb was only for tablets), comes aptly titled – Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0. Scroll below to learn what this latest Android version can do for your smartphone.
The evolution of mobile operating systems has a fascinating timeline. As the technological features of cell phones advanced in leaps and bounds, the OS of cell phones had to adapt as well, in order to support the advanced machinery. Earlier mobile operating systems had simple calendar and organizer software along with small games and basic applications. Not any more. Today the average cell phone’s operating system is as important as the cell phone itself. In fact, it may even be more important. Poorly designed software cannot manage powerful hardware. Smartphones wouldn’t be so “smart” without a suitably smart OS, capable of tailoring to all sorts of needs. Today’s mobile OS must pander to a variety of users, be they corporate, kids, or average users. Which is why the mobile OS industry is in a continuous loop of upgrades and improvements to better the existing OS versions. The latest entry in the cut-throat arena of mobile OS is the Google Android 4.0 or the Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Android OS, on the whole, is the most used smartphone OS in the U.S. and is an extremely popular mobile OS worldwide. Its newest avatar, the Ice Cream Sandwich, not only has a lot of exciting new features, but is also a mobile OS compatible for use on a tablet. This latest OS is currently present on the just-released Galaxy Nexus smartphone. So what is special, different, and new in this mobile OS? The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features are outlined below, divided into sections based on the following characteristics. Click on a link to jump to a specific section.
Everything You Need to Know About the Android 4.0
The Android 4.0 lives up with to its “geeky but intelligent” reputation with its rich feature set but should also be lauded for its attention to detail. The unique features of this OS are tabulated below.
From the long list of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features, it’s easy to see that the latest Android OS has a bold, new look with intuitive and user-friendly features like the offline email search or the visual voicemail. It is also trying to be creative with fun, different functions like the face unlock feature. Of course, the Ice Cream Sandwich will face infinite comparisons and showdowns with the iOS 5. But it is difficult to pick one operating system over the other, especially when their features are completely different. The Ice Cream Sandwich is a very sweet and unique update in the Android universe. If your Android phone can handle the upgrade, this latest version is a must-have for Android lovers and a great version for newcomers to join the Android fan club.