15 April 2013 by Permi Krishna
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), released in October 2011, is the incremented and revised version of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile OS. ICS amounts to 26% of all the Android mobile operating systems, and it is noted for its clearer interface, witty notifications, powerful sharing, faster browsing and NFC (Near-field communications) integration.
Known for multitasking
Multitasking has been made easier and more visual with the release of 4.0 ICS. Much importance has been given to home screen customization by adding interactive widgets. Widgets are resizable, have deep interactivity helping the users to check email, flip through a calendar, play music and stream social media without having the need of launching the application. Web browsing has been improved to a large extent where a user can experience Google Chrome's browsing, supporting up to 16 tabs.
Camera application too has been given a larger push and has rich and versatile capabilities for both image capturing and video recording. While shooting a video, users can actually take snapshots by tapping the screen and letting the video recording continue. The gallery application which shows multimedia content has been redesigned so the files can be managed through the drag-and-drop style. The gallery app also has an inbuilt photo editor and edited images can be saved and shared with a single touch. Smart phones with ICS can take full advantage of cloud services, as the OS is specifically designed to sync the email, photos, contacts, games and apps.
Android Beam, an innovative NFC-based sharing feature helps users to share files across the other paired NFC-enabled devices in a convenient manner. The Android Beam is also helpful in multiplayer game playing and chatting. Android 4.0 ICS introduces a built-in support for connecting to Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP), which uses third party applications to help users connect to wireless medical devices and sensors in hospitals, fitness centers and homes.
What's more, 4.0 ICS also features several more benefits like a face recognition software called Face Unlock, integrated screenshot capture, and improved copy and paste functionality.