Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich In-Depth Review

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To put it simply Android 4.0 builds on the things people love most about Android — easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, re-sizable widgets, and deep interactivity — and adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.

‘Simple, beautiful, beyond smart’ is how the guys at Android put it and rightly so as this new Android Operating System turns out to be just BRILLIANT.

Refined, Evolved UI

Focused on bringing the power of Android to the surface, Android 4.0 makes common actions more visible and lets users navigate with simple, intuitive gestures. Refined animations and feedback throughout the system make interactions engaging and interesting. An entirely new typefaceoptimized for high-resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished, modern feel to the user interface.

Virtual buttons in the System Bar let users navigate instantly to Back, Home, and Recent Apps. The System Bar and virtual buttons are present across all apps, but can be dimmed by applications for full-screen viewing. Users can access each application’s contextual options in the Action Bar, displayed at the top (and sometimes also at the bottom) of the screen.

Multitasking is a key strength of Android and it’s made even easier and more visual on Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets users jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently — tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

Rich and interactive notifications let users keep in constant touch with incoming messages, play music tracks, see real-time updates from apps, and much more. On smaller-screen devices, notifications appear at the top of the screen, while on larger-screen devices they appear in the System Bar.

Home Screen Folders and Favorites Tray

A revamped Home Screen Folder allows users to simply drag apps on another to group them together. From the All Apps launcher, users can now simply drag an app to get information about it or immediately uninstall it, or disable a pre-installed app.

Devices that sport a smaller screen now have a customizable Favorites tray that is easily accessible from that is easily accessible from the Home Screen.

Resizable Widgets

It enables users to access live application content directly through the interactive widget.Widgets are re-sizable, so users can expand them to show more content or shrink them to save space.

Newer Lock Screen Functions

Users can do more than just unlock their devices from the Lock Screen page as a simple swipe can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, users can even manage music tracks and see album art.

Incoming Calls and Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs

When an incoming call arrives, users can now quickly respond by text message, without needing to pick up the call or unlock the device. On the incoming call screen, users simply slide a control to see a list of text responses and then tap to send and end the call. Users can add their own responses and manage the list from the Settings app.

Android 4.0 makes managing notifications, recent apps, and browser tabs even easier. Users can now dismiss individual notifications, apps from the Recent Apps list, and browser tabs lists with a simple swipe of a finger.

Better Text Input and Spell Checking