Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is going to usher in not just a lot of new useful features but also fun ones–such as the real-time video effects that Matias Duarte recently demonstrated in the pioneer episode of On the Verge.

Tech blog The Verge (formerly This is my next…) managed to set an appointment with none other than Google’s Matias Duarte to perform a quick, live introduction of ICS’s so-called fun video effect features.

In his demo, Duarte describes how ICS’s native camera app lets you apply real-time video effects on the fly. By using the built-in feature called “Silly Faces,” for instance, you can create specially rendered effects on people’s faces like manipulating their eyes, nose, and mouth to create caricature-like and wacky looks just for fun.  You can disorient a subject’s head while keeping everything else in the video unscathed.

What makes it more interesting is that those special effects happen in real time, compared to the traditional way of capturing the footage first before you could apply special effects.

All of these fun camera features together with other neat tricks can be found in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which debuts in the recently launched flagship handset, the Google Galaxy Nexus. Check out the video below and tell us what you think about the cool special effects that ICS’s native camera can do:

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.