Of course, if you eat too many ice cream sandwiches, you won’t be skinny… but, you get the idea! Here’s what GigaOm has to say as an introduction to the new Android version (4.0.)
Ice Cream Sandwich: What you need to know about Android 4.0
“At a Hong Kong press event to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, Google finally shared details of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the next version of Android. ICS is meant to clean up the user interface found in Honeycomb, the current platform for Android tablets, and unify the platform for both smartphones and slates.
Based on the presentation I saw from Google representatives, the company appears to have done an admirable job on both counts.
The user interface is more consistent with left and right swipes: a central action for managing information and applications. A new font, called Roboto, is easier on the eyes and looks great on the high-resolution screen of the Galaxy Nexus. And the useful, customizable widgets found on Android tablets make their way to the handset.
Matias Duarte, Android’s head of user experience (and the main designer for Palm’s webOS), said three design principles were used for ICS because ‘people like Android and people need Android, but people don’t love Android.’ The new edition of Android was built to be ‘enchanting, easy, and to make me awesome; it’s powerful and smart,’ claims Duarte.
Some of that power and smartness is seen in the new notifications, which can be accessed from the lock screen. Individual notifications can be swiped away leaving only important items. And the platform now offers facial recognition to unlock the phone; if the handset recognizes you via the front camera, it unlocks.
Text input is vastly improved with an updated keyboard that uses in-line spell checking and a new cut/copy/paste method. Selected text can be copied to the clipboard or dragged and inserted on-screen. Voice recognition for input is now ‘instant;’ as Duarte spoke during a demo, the handset began typing what he said without waiting for him to finish.”