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Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Unites Smartphones & Tablets

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 06:00

Updates, updates, updates. This is something you will be aware happens periodically, if you follow Android news. As soon as a new OS (operating system) is released, you can be sure there is an even newer one waiting just around the corner. To prove the point, Ice Cream Sandwich will be followed by a Jelly Bean (?) update in the very near future.

Previous Android updates include Doughnut, Cupcake and Eclair.

The one thing you can never be sure of is whether that shiny new Android tablet/smartphone will receive any such updates at all. This, in part, depends on your phone manufaturer and carrier, and if they will support your phone (as a custom modification will be required), but the crux also rests on your Android phone/tablets other things such as phone memory.

If you're an average smartphone user rather than a tech nerd, whether you phone runs Android 2.1 (Froyo) or 2.3 (Gingerbread) will be of little significance. The same goes for Android tablets. Unless you know Gingerbread from Ice Cream Sandwich, you may as well be stranded in the middle of the ocean without a life belt.

The short and curlies of the story is that if you are simply after a great, affordable android phone 2.2 (Froyo) will suffice just as a cheap tablet running Froyo will do the job.

So What is Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich?

Ice Cream Sandwich will eradicate the need for Android smartphones and tablets to use two seperate OS's for optimal use. As it has stood until now, Android tablets have ideally needed to run Android 3.0 ( Honeycomb) and upwards. Honeycomb is designed to take full advantage of Android tablets screen size. You can buy a multitude of entry-level tablets running 2.1 (Froyo) etc but your experience may not be as fantastic if you choose to do so. The features that Ice Cream Sandwich will bring to the table are as follows:

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

1. Face Recognition

Imagine being able to unlock your phone with face recognition. Only your very own mug will gain entry into your phones hidden depths, via a front facing camera. In the event that your phone doesn't recognise your face due to any number of reasons such as poor lighting, you can always use a default pin to gain access. It remains to be seen how accurate this function is as it is still early days and it's not exactly retina recognition is it? Just remember to hide your passport photos as these could be used to gain unlawful entry to your phone!

Face recognition.

2. Beam

Beam allows you to send files, photos, apps and most other content to other NFC (near field communication) enabled phones that run Android 4.0 by gently tapping them together, much like Android app 'Bump' allows you to do. We all know how niggly Bluetooth can be, so Beam will be a welcome alternative.

Beam.

3. Can't Take a Call? Send a Text

You know the situation. You mobile rings, and as expected, it happens to be the most incovenient timing possible. So what do you do? Ignore it? Answer it and risk embarrassment, being late for an appointment or simply losing that much needed sleep? With Ice Cream Sandwich, this need never be a problem ever again. Instead of being completely rude you can now send a text. As the phone rings, swipe upwards and you'll see a list of messages ready to send with the press of a button. If 'What's up?' or 'I'll call you right back' wont suffice, create a custom message to send instead.

4. Improved Web Browser

Google recognises that, just like myself, you can never have enough tabs open when browsing the internet. Afterall, there are just too many great articles on any topic you can imagine floating around courtesy of millions of websites. So besides your surfing experience being even smoother and faster than ever before, you can now open up to 16 tabs at once. Bookmarks can also be synced via a Google Chrome account. Offline reading, a feature that 'Read it Later' Android app also allows, will enable you to access content when you're without a connection.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Unites Smartphones & Tablets - Part 2

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