Google Insider Tells the Best of Android 4.0 ICS Not Shown Yet

October 19, 2011

I’m sure by now, you’ve heard of this little thing called Ice Cream Sandwich. If you’re one of the millions that watched and heard about all of the new features announced at the Samsung/Google event yesterday – then you might think you know everything there is to know about Ice Cream Sandwich, right?

Actually – there was a ton of great stuff shown – but due to time constraints, among other things – the presenters didn’t get enough of an opportunity to show how significant Ice Cream Sandwich is in terms of an upgrade to Android. There were many great features shown off that made us go “awe” in reaction to the great features. Personally, my favorite feature was the face unlock. But, lets go over the features that were not announced or shown off at the event in Hong Kong.

According to a Google employee, these are some features that the Android team did not cover:

  • Updated Settings
    They’ve seriously revamped the Settings screen organization. Items are arranged much better now, and it’s easier and usually fewer actions to find what you are looking for.
  • Disabling Apps
    ICS adds the ability to disable an app outright. Don’t like an app that came preinstalled? Disable it! Its resources never run and its launcher icon is gone until you re-enable it. (This doesn’t free up any space — it can’t, since pre-installed apps are included in the read-only system storage. But it does put them “out of sight, out of mind.”)
  • Camera Controls
    The camera controls have been redesigned and are easier to find and mess around with.
  • Improved Download Manager
    It looks better and is easier to find and use, and to see and clear any downloads you might have.
  • Support for Encryption for Phones
    Honeycomb added full-device encryption, but ICS brings it to phones.
  • Audio Effects
    There’s a new audio effects API. Nuff said, really. :)

Add these features to the already announced and demo’d features and you have Ice Cream Sandwich. Its looking mighty tasty now isn’t it? Who’s excited to get their hands on some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness? I know I am.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    the closest place to get ICS for me, as of now, is frozen-section in Wallyworld, but that will only make me want the REAL ICS more when it comes out :

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

    I don’t know if I’d consider those extra things the “best” of ICS – but it does make me even more excited to grab one up!

    • Anonymous

      yea they seem like great features but the “best” is almost certainly a stretch. the overall UI overhaul takes center stage in my book. Android finally looks like a unified OS with a consistent design philosophy.

  • Anonymous

    Cool!