Find out what’s best about Google’s latest version of Android OS.
Google showcased their latest update to their Android Operating System- affectionately known as Ice Cream Sandwich at an event in Hong Kong earlier today. It’s a big update for the Android community but we pick our five favorite features:
1) Support for 1280×720 pixels on Smartphones
The HD resolution of 1280×720 brings Smartphones on par with HDTVs of 32″ but on a screen size of less than 5″, these highly packed pixels will make everything on screen appear extremely crisp. This is the highest resolution that any phone sports today and is a peak at what to expect from the Superphones of tomorrow, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
2) Android Beam
Although NFC has been present on Android devices since the launch of Nexus S by Google, it will finally become mainstream with Ice Cream Sandwich’s Beam feature. You will be able to share images, contacts, links and maps with not just other Ice Cream Sandwich devices by a simple tap but hopefully other devices like the Nokia N9 and BlackBerry 9900
3) Face Unlock
Tired on inputting codes or swiping your Smartphone to unlock it? Ice Cream Sandwich has a Face Unlock feature that, using the front facing camera, will automatically unlock when the owner pops in front of the device. Not sure what will happen if you pop a picture of the owner in front of the device though-
4) Voice Typing
Although not marketed as a Siri killer, Voice typing in Ice Cream Sandwich should certainly help dictating a message to friends or an article to our CMS. Like Siri, we’ll have to wait and see how it works in real life.
5) Interface Tweaks
Ice Cream Sandwich will bring the button-less design of tablets to Smartphones with gestures taking priority over tap-and-hold actions. Google has also reworked on multi-tasking, again, bringing in a honeycomb kind of menu to switch between tasks. Tons of other improvements will also be seen on everything from widgets and notifications to GMail and Contacts app.