Android 4.0 Review

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is the latest version of the Android platform for mobile phones, tablets, and more. This is based on the things people love most about Android-easily rich notifications, multitasking, home screen, resizeable widget, and deep interactivity — and add a powerful new way to communicate and share.

Focusing on Android brings the power of Android to the surface, making the action more common 4.0 looks and lets you navigate with simple, intuitive gestures.
The animation is smooth and the feedback the whole system makes the interaction is interesting and exciting. A typeface that entirely new high-resolution screen optimized to improve readability and bring modern polished feel, to the user interface.

Virtual keypad in the system Bar let you navigate directly to the back, home, and the latest applications. Bar system and virtual keys that are present in all applications, but it can be dimmed by the application to full screen view. You can access the contextual option Bar in each application action, displayed at the top (and sometimes also at the bottom) of the screen.
Multitasking is the key strength of Android and it's made easier and more visual on Android 4.0. Latest Apps button allows you to jump directly from one task to another using the list on the system Bar. This list appears to show thumbnail images of applications used recently-in a small switch to the app.

A rich and interactive notifications let you keep in touch with the constant stream of incoming messages, play the music tracks, see real-time updates from applications, and much more. On a smaller screen devices, a notice appears at the top of the screen, while the larger on the screen device they appear at the Bar system.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is a Linux-based tablet OS kernel 3.0.1, released to the public on October 19, 2011. Gabe Cohen declared that Google's Android 4.0 it "theoretically compatible" with 2.3.x Android devices in production at that time. The source code for Android 4.0 starts available on November 14, 2011. The update introduces a variety of new features, including:
  • Virtual buttons in the UI, in place of the capacitive buttons or physical
  • Separation of the widget in a new tab, laid out in a similar way to the application
  • Easy-to-make folder, in the style of drag-and-drop
  • A customizable Launcher
  • Enhanced visual voicemail with the ability to speed up or slow down your voice message
  • Pinch-to-zoom function in calendar
  • Integrated screenshot capture (achieved by pressing the Power and Volume down)
  • Improved error correction on the keyboard
  • The ability to access the application directly from the screen lock
  • Improved copy and paste functions
  • Better sound integration and continuous, real-time speech dictation text
  • Enable Face, a feature which allows the user to unlock the handset using facial recognition software
  • A new web browser tabs, that allows up to 16 tab
  • Automatic synchronization of bookmarks with Chrome browser users
  • A new typeface family for UI, Roboto
  • Usage Data section in a setting that allows the user to set the warning when they are approaching the limit specific use, and disable the data using when limit has been exceeded
  • The ability to turn off applications that use data in the background
  • Improved camera application with zero shutter lag, the interval settings, panoramic mode, and the ability to zoom when recording
  • Built-in image editor
  • The layout gallery, organized by location and people
  • Refresh "people" app with social network integration, update status and hi-res photos
  • Android Beam, near-field communications feature which allows the rapid exchange of short distance from bookmarking web, contact info, directions, YouTube video and other data
  • Support for WebP image format
  • Hardware accelerated UI
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Record video 1080p to stock Android devices

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