Android 4.0.3 is Released
The Android 4.0.3 has been released as an incremental update to Google’s latest Android version the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Tech Lead of Android SDK, Xavier Durochet said that the update will become the base version of Ice Cream Sandwich and it should be used by manufacturers of smartphones and tablets to upgrade their existing devices or to be used in new ones. The update added some optimizations and fixes for Android devices and also some useful API’s for app developers. It has a new API level of 15 and includes APIs for various features, such as additional camera capabilities, calendar enhancements and improvement in accessibility. There are also minor improvements to Bluetooth, graphics and spell checking.
The Android 4.0.3 is perfectly usable and stable. Owners can update their Nexus from Android 2.3 to the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Google announced that users can get OTA (over-the-air) update for the Nexus S; however the update is only available for the GSM version. Users upgrading their devices will immediately notice significant changes including the way homescreens work. Users can visit the Android support site to get tips on upgrading from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0.3. It is also possible to download the compressed .zip version of the OS and make manual update. This method is appropriate only for more advanced users due to higher level of complexity and risk. Some users reported that the recovery screen is blank after the update process is completed. The issue occurs on Nexus S that uses LCD screen and it can be solved by enabling the flashlight.