After a week’s delay due to Steve Job’s death, Google has unveiled Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. The new version was released on the new and anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was also announced in the same event in Hong Kong.
With Ice Cream Sandwich, Google got rid of the tablet/phone separation, and Android 4.0 is aimed at revolutionizing the user experience on both phones and tablets running Android. The interface is Honeycomb-based but includes many improvements over the previous versions of Android.
Here’s a quick recap of some of the most important features in Ice Cream Sandwich:
Flexible Widgets & Folders: Being only a small part of the interface revamp, these two features were among the most anticipated. Dragging apps and contacts onto each other will now create folders, and all widgets are resizable, so they can fit different screens and still look good.
Face Unlock: Allows device unlock using only face recognition.
Screenshots: Finally, a built-in ability to take screenshots.
Camera Features: Among the new features you’ll find image stabilization, face detection, single-motion panorama, zoom while shooting video and much more.
Android Beam: Sync contacts, websites, files and more with anyone close by. Works only with NFC-enables devices.
People App: A new way to browse contacts which also integrates with social networks.
This is only a taste of all that’s new in Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out this video for a summary of the new features and an introduction to Galaxy Nexus.