Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
At dawn today, from HongKong, it has finally made the presentation of the new Galaxy Nexus and nothing better to nourish the bowels of this terminal with the expected new version of Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich , which will be the relay expected to Gingerbread and Honeycomb. During the presentation he has made a complete tour of the changes of the official applications to mobile services in addition to the news of which had to repasaros below.
Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich is already the official version of the new operating system for phones and tablets with Android. The event has only been spoken of the new terminal of Samsung, but nothing has been discussed for tablet version, which is supposed to be the same. However we will do the review as such have told us directly.
Ice Cream Sandwich, a tour of the interface and applications
There have been many changes and innovations presented this morning. We already knew that the final interface would have some similarity with Honeycomb, which will retain details like management and multitasking widget. They have made it clear that all core applications has been redesigned, so we find something new, brand new.
Typography is one of the most basic pillars Android and information must recognize that they had not seen from the beginning, so we were dragging a bad visual with the new ICS have decided to solve. This could not have designed (or manager) A new typeface , specifically for the Android platform and thought to cover different bodies and styles. His name is Roboto and sans serif type (not terminated). We’ll have to see it in action but from the images shown we feel that, at least, be more pleasant than today.
Since the own screen unlock we find the first surprises:
We see that we can now choose to unlock the screen or launch the application of your camera. We can access the notification bar directly and within this to control music playback. To protect the terminal you can still opt for the digital key system, the figure now also face recognition, although in the event it appears that the latter has not worked as it should.
The desk ICS also has some interesting news:
The first thing that stands out is that the desktop is intended for a terminal without physical or tactile buttons on the body, so now the control buttons are on the screen, as in tablets with Honeycomb. These buttons will disappear when we are in the video playback mode, for example. The area for the application dock also suffers change, because now you can customize, as simple as dragging the icons to the dock, or take away. As with Honeycomb 3.2 widgets can be resized. Screen resolution enough to enjoy them. Folders in general have changed in form of management. You can also include them in the dock area of applications. The way to create them is as simple as joining two applications. They can also be used to include contacts of our agenda. The management is very simple and intuitive.
The multitasking management follows the steps of Honeycomb, but adding the ability to complete a task simply by moving it off the list. All very visual and easy to do. Another curious detail is that we can control spending data traffic . ICS will see which applications are consuming data, with a history of consumption in the foreground and in the background (background). We can configure the terminal to not exceed a maximum consumption, but also castrate applications we choose and even ban the consumption selective second plane. All very clear, as they have wanted to emphasize; so there are no unpleasant surprises and allow the user to control and decide everything. They’ve really done a great job in this area.
The menu of applications and widgets also follows the line of Honeycomb, except for the transition animations of each new screen. Options menus are also new and follow that line without too austere details and using the black as the predominant color and blue background to highlight the options.
Ice Cream Sandwich, taking advantage of the camera and NFC chip
Regardless of the physical specifications of the camera, it really takes advantage of it is thesoftware that processes and make photographs . ICS have managed to fill a number of necessary functions, with the inclusion of the camera will be enhanced.
Face detection and red-eye removal. It includes a small suite of tools for photo retouching, filters and cuts. Possibility to take pictures in burst. Panoráficas Photo generator. Touch the angle of the picture. Video mode have continuous zoom, but we can also do manual zoom while recording. We can get photos from a video. Possibility of a lapse time.
With the NFC chip we wanted to present a new utility, regardless of which will be used with Google Wallet. In this case we use this connection to exchange information with other Android terminals that have this connection. From there you can move videos, contacts, and data applications by simply bringing both terminals. Google has stressed that he expects game developers to take out this new functionality.
And nothing else to review. Let’s wait until they have the Galaxy Nexus to see how fluid is the system and applications. To do this we have to wait until October , but the final decision will telephone companies as in previous models.
UPDATE : Many of you have not been able to see quedaros event live on YouTube, and that the time has been quite unfortunate for Europe. Anyway, there is already a video recording of the entire event . Enjoy!
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