Android ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Google's latest operating system Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) offers a massive array of improvements over its predecessors, brings the best of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and provides a raft of innovations.
ICS with its fresh look is much more user friendly than previous Android versions. Here are five cool features of Google's new OS.
Android Beam: The only Ice Cream Sandwich innovation that is really new, Android Beam allows users to share information with NFC technology. Just place your ICS handset next to another Android Smartphone or tablet and pass on whatever you are doing, be it watching a YouTube or playing the Minecraft app.
New Look Screen: Lock Screen now lets you jump directly to the camera app from home screen, simply by dragging the lock icon to the camera icon. This functionality was earlier found in Android phones from HTC and Samsung with 3rd-party apps that had this feature, but it is nice to see it on Android.
New Home Screen: Home Screen has a brand new look. The Google search widget at the top is seen through, just like the one in Honeycomb for tablets. Since the Galaxy Nexus does not have buttons, Ice Cream Sandwich adds virtual function buttons at the bottom of the screen. They disappear when not needed.
App Menu: Google?s new operating system ICS also features a new view for all apps. There is also a separate tab where home screen widgets may be viewed and sorted.
Screenshot: The most awaited feature is now available without the need of any add-ons to capture a screenshot image. Android phones or tablet can now take screen shots of your Smartphone or tablet screen at any time, by the pressing of Home and Power buttons together.