11 Tastiest Features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google is looking to challenge and even surpass Apple’s new iOS 5. The OS sports a sleeker interface that’s designed to work on both phones and tablets–no hardware buttons here. There’s also Face Unlock for unlocking your phone just by staring at it, Android Beam for sharing info betweeen phones with a tap, and a new People app that combines contacts and social networking. You’ll also find a much-improved browser and a souped-up camera app.

These are just some of the highlights of Google’s deliciously innovative Ice Cream Sandwich. Here’s a quick tour of Android 4.0’s best new features.

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. John Says:

    Finally, a comprehensive list of all the new features. Thanks!

  2. Ted Summs Says:

    Great post and really interesting to see how Google are evolving Android. The usability of Android Honeycomb for a non-techie user is the thing that has held Android tablets back compared to the slick nature of iOS on the iPad. Hopefully Ice Cream Sandwich will resolve a lot of those issue whilst still allowing a technically minded user the opportunity to configure the OS as they like.

  3. Willy05 Says:

    Can ice cream in these new phones synchronize with Outlook without jumping through hoops?

  4. Flame Mee Says:

    “The usability of Android Honeycomb for a non-techie user is the thing that has held Android tablets back compared to the slick nature of iOS…”
    Android CAN be used as a simple app launcher if people want to. All the other features that makes it “too complicated for non-techie users” like widgets, live wallpaper, etc. are entirely OPTIONAL.

  5. i told u so.com Says:

    too bad they are bitting off of all the compeitiors Windows phone mango been had this and it works better then any android bite off. Oh well I guess microsoft will have to sew them over that too. SMH Google will be just a memory soon enough:)

  6. ur daddy Says:

    I told u so.com. “been had this” “Microsoft will have to sew them over…”

    What an illierate little person you must be. Ghetto much, ebofonics much? Lemme guess, you have a windows or iPhone and know nothing of android, right? Android is the way of the future. Why bother posting just to run your mouth about negative stuff?

  7. Incredible Says:

    I’ve been using HTC Incredible for almost 23 years and these are pretty much standard features with the HTC Sense. I’m not really impressed with any of these other than upgraded camera options.

  8. Chris Says:

    I have a custom ROM.. and a bunch of these features are already available. …And they are an AWESOME step forward!!! Good job Google!!!!!

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