Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Finally Arrives to Tablets

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Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest of the Google’s mobile OS and it is intended to reduce the fragmentation issue in the Android world. It is recently rumored that Fuzhou Rockchip, a Chinese tablet manufacturer is planning to update their tablets with the Ice Cream Sandwich. The update is expected to be released on the first week of December. If this true, Fozhou’s tablets can be the first Android 4.0 tablet in the market as the release of Asus Transformer Prime is likely to be delayed.

The Android 4.0 is essentially an attempt to unify to major builds of the Android: Gingerbread (2.3.x) for smartphones and Honeycomb (3.x) for tablets. Fragmentation is the biggest criticism in the Android world, which causes a number of possible problems including incompatibilities and poor reliability. Developers are not fond of having to create an app for an Android version and rebuild it to run on a different OS build. Developers always consider unification as a step in the right direction and this may further increase the popularity of Android devices. Owners of Honeycomb tablet will get these enhancements from Ice Cream Sandwich:

  • Better integration witch social networks
  • Unlock via face recognition
  • Optimized video and camera software
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) for credit card payments
  • Visual voicemail
  • Virtual buttons in the user interface
  • Easier way to create folders
  • Better copy and paste functionality
  • Built-in photo editor
  • Better browser with up to 16 tabs
  • Android Beam, exchanging data via NFC
  • Wi-Fi Direct

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