Ice Cream Sandwich Overview

We just finished watching the Google/Samsung Announcement. They announced the new Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).

Simply put – Android 4.0 looks amazing! There are a ton of great new features. Here are some highlights that have us particularly excited.

Offline Gmail
You’ll be able to search Gmail by default offline for up to 30 days, and can set that to any length you want.

Notifications in the Lock Screen
Now when you get notifications you can pull down the bar from the lock screen

Virtual Buttons
The buttons have been hard coded into the OS…freeing up a lot of space for larger screens without increasing the size of the phone too much.

Data Usage Monitor/Cutoff
For those of you with limited data plans, you can monitor data usage and set the phone to cut off data when you hit a pre-defined limit

Finally! You can take screenshots without root (we see some enormous applications for education here)

Wicked Fast Camera
Camera shots are instantaneous! And you can do panorama shots.

Quick Response to Calls
Instead of ignoring calls in a meeting, you can swipe a few stock responses that fire a text message back to the person.

With NFC technology, Android has come up with amazingly simple ways to share content with other Android users. If you’re using an app, touch phones and your friend is taken to the market. If you’re at a webpage, touch phones and your friend is taken there. Very cool possibilities here.

We see some very interesting applications to education that some of these might yield. Stay tuned, we may post something about that soon.

  1. #1 by Mohsin on October 21, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    WOW. Absolutely outstanding. A very unique design of an Android. Functions are also looking great. Thank for sharing.


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