The next new major release of Android, known as Ice Cream Sandwich and stamped version 4.0, has finally been unveiled at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
A week after Apple unveiled their iOS 5 platform, it’s now Google’s turn to show their latest offering with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This OS brings with it new features while also uniting the two Android divisions, separated into Gingerbread for Smartphones and Honeycomb for tablets.
Google promised an interface whose main functions were easily accessible and a design which had been reworked so that it was better adapted to high resolution screens. The normal buttons at the bottom of the screen have been reduced to three (the search function has gone) with these being virtual on the screen.
We find the Back, Home and Last Applications buttons. These will always be present, although they can be minimised if you need to view apps on a full screen. The Last Applications button provides access to a multitask mode and uses the same system as Android Honeycomb by displaying a miniature of the latest applications launched.
The notification system has maintained the same general features previously seen which have seen it be such a success, with details show at the top of Smartphones and along the bottom system bar for tablets. The creation of folders is easy and you can slide one application over another, while useful information related to applications can be seen when holding down the icon button. This will also allow you to quickly install and uninstall the applications.
Multitâche ; widgets redimensionnables
Android 4.0 also calls on dynamic widgets and custom sizes, while the Screen Lock allows you to directly access certain functions, like the digital camera, without having to unlock the handset and look for the corresponding application. It is also possible to directly view current notifications.
Google has also reviewed their platforms input methods, promoting a faster and more precise keyboard, as well as an error correction and suggested word improvements, with the words in question being underlined.
Screen Lock et accès direct à l'APN ; dictée vocale
Android 4.0 also has a voice recognition system with an "open microphone" which allows you to dictate text, with pauses and instructions being used to represent punctuation. Once again, possible interpretation errors are underlined, making it possible to quickly correct.
Gestion de la consommation data
Finally, the new Android introduces a fine management system which looks after your data consummation, with graphs displaying your mobile 3G and Wi-Fi use. It is also possible to add alerts and fix consumption limits. Another strong point is the data consummation manager is an individual application which runs as a background task.