Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich ) is the latest version of the Android platform for phones, tablets and other devices to provide easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets and deep interactivity besides adding powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.
According to the informations available on android.com, Android 4.0 makes common actions more visible and lets you navigate with simple, intuitive gestures. Refined animations and feedback throughout the system make interactions engaging and interesting.
The website further informs as to how screens in Android 4.0 are designed to be content-rich and customizable. Widgets let the user check email, flip through a calendar, play music, check social streams, and more â right from the home screen, without having to launch apps. Widgets are resizable, so the user can expand them to show more content or shrink them to save space.
Besides, the lock screens allows the user to do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, the user can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, one can even manage music tracks and see album art.
When an incoming call arrives, quick response through text message can be delivered without needing to pick up the call or unlock the device. On the incoming call screen, one has to simply slide a control to see a list of text responses and then tap to send and end the call. Besides, the user can add his own responses and manage the list from the settings app.
The soft keyboard in Android 4.0 makes text input even faster and more accurate. The device can fix misspelled words more easily. Android 4.0 adds a spell-checker that locates and underlines errors and suggests replacement words. With one tap, one can choose from multiple spelling suggestions, delete a word, or add it to the dictionary.
For specialized features or additional languages, one can download and install third-party dictionaries, spell-checkers, and other text services.
Android 4.0 has also introduced a powerful new voice input engine that offers a continuous “open microphone” experience and streaming voice recognition. The user can can speak continously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences.
The official website also informs that a variety of new features greatly enhance the accessibility of Android 4.0 for blind or visually impaired users. Most important is a new explore-by-touch mode that allows the user to navigate without having to see the screen.
In the phone app, a new visual voicemail features integrates incoming messages, voice transcriptions, and audio files from one or more providers.
The Camera app includes many new features that facilitates the user to capture special moments with great photos and videos. After capturing images, the user can edit and share them easily with friends.
Since Android has always been cloud-connected, Android 4.0 adds new browsing and email capabilities to let the user take even more with them and keep communication organized. Besides, the Android Browser offers an experience that’s as rich and convenient as a desktop browser.
In Android 4.0 , email is easier to send, read, and manage. For composing email, improved auto-completion of recipients helps with finding and adding frequent contacts more quickly. For easier input of frequent text, one can now create quick responses and store them in the app, then enter them from a convenient menu when composing. When replying to a message, the user can now toggle the message to Reply All and Forward without changing screens.
Android 4.0 also introduces built-in support for connecting to Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP) devices. With support from third-party apps, the user can connect to wireless medical devices and sensors in hospitals, fitness centers, homes, and elsewhere.