Sunday, September 25, 2011

MC2 Post 1146 From Froyo and Gingerbread to Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich


How to Make Sense of All the 
Flavors of Android Phones and Tablets.

The Android era: From G1 to Ice Cream Sandwich


Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0?)
The shift from Android 2.2 Froyo to Android 2.3 Gingerbread was fairly modest, so it makes sense that Ice Cream Sandwich will do heavier lifting. Already, leaked screenshots and details paint a picture of the confection to come--although it's still wise to take these with a grain of salt, since nothing is confirmed and much can change before a design reaches its final stages.

    New interface to unite smartphone and tablet UIs
    Blue themes
    New placement of Google search bar
    Redesigned app launcher
    Redesigned notification bar (shows thumbnail images)
    Richer resizable widgets
    Camera will include panorama mode
    Redesigned Gmail app
    Google Shopper app for NFC
    Facial tracking software
    Google movie rental services

Rumors points to October or November as the OS' launch date, with the Samsung Nexus Prime rumored to be Google's flagship Ice Cream Sandwich device.



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