Google unveils Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 Ice Cream SandwichGoogle finally made its official release of Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich. Packed with more new features than you can imagine and a polished look that will make your hair stand on the back of your neck!

According to Matias Duarte, Android 4.0 was created with 3 principles in mind:

  1. Enchant Me
  2. Simplify My Life
  3. Make Me Awesome

Here are the goodies that ICS has to offer:

  • Designed with 16:9 1280×720 as the native resolution
  • New “Roboto” font throughout OS
  • Navigation buttons are virtual, but can hide when not in need
  • Side swiping will be used across the platform (say goodbye to scrolling apps menu)
  • Make folders by dragging and dropping icons onto each-other
  • App launch is now customizable
  • Quick application switching with previews (swipe a preview off screen to remove from list)
  • Built-in screenshot taking
  • Improved notifications, including music controls
  • Swipe to remove individual notifications (ehem, kang’d from CyanogenMod?)
  • New and improved keyboard with in-line spell checker
  • Improved cut, copy, and paste, usable throughout OS
  • Instant talk to text
  • Face Unlock!!!!
  • Redesigned Google Apps
  • All new browser that syncs with Chrome from your desktop (and much more)
  • Completely new Gmail experience (it’s awesome)
  • Pinch-to-zoom in calendar
  • Data usage management
  • New camera with easier sharing capabilities, panorama mode, 0 shutter lag, etc.
  • Photo editing capabilities
  • Take photos while recording video
  • People app that pulls info from all services that are linked
  • Full-screen high res pics during calls and ability to reject calls with quick response message
  • New phone app with built-in visual voicemail
  • Android Beam – allows you to send things via NFC by just touching phones together

It’s easy to see why Android is taking the world by storm and makes Apple’s newest iPhone4s a joke, Siri-ously!! –Greg