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#1 Reimar

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 12:58 AM

30 Awesome new features in Android 4 'Ice Cream Sandwich'

By Tim Conneally

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In Hong Kong today, Google and Samsung unveiled Google's new flagship Android device, the Nexus Prime, a 4.65" Super AMOLED-toting, 1.2GHz LTE and HSPA+ smartphone. However nice the hardware of the new device is, it is second to the fact that it is the first device to run Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the newest build of Android that unifies tablets and smartphones under a single OS for the first time.

"People like Android, they need Android…but they didn't LOVE Android," said Google's Matias Duarte in today's presentation. To remedy this, Google has not only introduced new and practical functions to ICS, but gave it a slicker look, faster responsiveness, and some extremely impressive bells and whistles.

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Here are 31 of the most interesting new features:
  • "Roboto," Android's own font
  • Even more live wallpapers
  • Newly-designed lock screen
  • Disappearing homescreen command buttons
  • Tabbed apps/widgets drawer similar to Honeycomb
  • Resizeable homescreen widgets
  • Redesigned foldering capabilities
  • Hardware accelerated 2D drawing
  • Wi-Fi Direct support
  • "Favorites Tray" at the bottom of the screen that travels across the different homescreens
  • Native Screen grab capability (Press Power+Volume Down)
  • Improved notification bar, customizable notifications
  • New Music player notification in tray controls player
  • Improved keyboard
  • Improved typing error correction
  • In-line spell check and suggestion mode
  • Cut/Copy/Paste similar to Honeycomb, but with animated dragging and dropping
  • Speech for text entry has been improved with no delay
  • "Face Unlock" facial recognition for unlock screen (Did not work in demo)
  • New Browser (Includes new tab management feature. "request desktop site" feature, syncs to chrome, save pages for offline reading)
  • New Gmail (New action bar with compose, search, labels, refresh; offline search by default that searches the last 30 days of email)
  • New Calendar with pinch-to-zoom
  • Updated all of the native Google apps: YouTube, Maps, Google+, Google Music
  • Mobile data usage metrics in system controls, allows users to self-limit their mobile data consumption, and track data usage down to individual app level
  • All-new camera app with slider zoom, facial detection, "zero shutter lag" speed, launchable from home screen
  • Photo editing tools in "edit" menu in the camera
  • Native panoramic camera shot, similar to Sony's "Sweep" panorama
  • 1080p video capture, continuous focus, includes the ability to zoom while recording
  • Incredible new Time Lapse photography feature
  • New tile-based "People app" interface for contacts, very similar to Windows Phone
  • "Android Beam" NFC-based content sharing with multiple ICS phones (Web Addresses, contacts, maps, YouTube videos, app sharing)

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Developers can get their hands on ICS right now to begin taking advantage of these new features, or to customize their existent apps and widgets to use the new UI components, styles, and of course the new font.

Consumers, however, will have to wait until November to get their hands on ICS, when the Nexus Prime launches worldwide.

Source: BetaNews

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 10:28 AM

Nice !

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 10:43 PM

Thanks for this info.

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 05:14 PM

When and where can i get it for my HTC nexus one?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 10:09 PM

When and where can i get it for my HTC nexus one?


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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:03 PM

I'd say less than half that was "new" as such - but developers like feature lists. Apple would spin the fact it had a camera for an hour and proclaim it the best thing ever. Or even 2 cameras and practically invent video calling by calling it facetime lol. Not dissing them, and probably it's a bigger jump for base 2.3 users (custom roms already incorporate many of these) but a new font? improved keyboard? wifi direct? better notifications area, including music app? Already around as either 3rd party tools or parts of those custom roms.

What I want... Google Music in the UK :D Currents is US only and it'll work, but obviously the wrong setup, and Netflix even made it over here eventually... so c'mon Google :D
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Tablet App: Endgadget Tab, Swiftkey Tablet, Google Currents, Feedly/Pulse...
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 08:49 AM

cant wait till I try it.