Google shows off new Android 4.0 features

Today, at a event streamed live over YouTube, Google detailed it's latest version of Android -- Ice Cream Sandwich -- which is set to be released in the next few months.

Samsung said that;

Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. GALAXY Nexus features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, phone app, and everything in between has been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful, and useful.

The company showed off new features for the platform such as facial recognition, software menu keys, recent apps, and the familiar honeycomb launcher. Google has removed "task manager" like functionality as it believes it knows how to manage apps.

According to the company Ice Cream Sandwich includes "advanced cloud connectivity." The OS features full bookmark sync with Google Chrome, Google+ is built in. Additionally, theres a new People app, and movie studio now works on mobile.

Interestingly enough, the interface looks a lot like that of Honeycomb. The OS can now run on both tablet devices and phones, bringing the two form factors onto the same version of the software.

Android Beam also comes stock for NFC enabled devices now too. You can tap to share web pages, apps and YouTube videos. That's impressive. Screenshotting is also built-in.

In selected markets, you can buy and read books, rent movies and stream them instantly to your phone. In the US, you can upload your music to Google Music Beta.

Google created a new font for Android called "Roboto" which is the font across the OS from 4.0.

Another new feature shown off by Google lets you see your data usage over a month period, and set a limit on it, so you don't get a big bill at the end of the month. It even lets you drill down and see which applications used the data.

This is my Next pointed out that the Galaxy Nexus has the typical Android lag still. This isn't good news. "We saw a good deal of stutter in the Galaxy Nexus before us. Taps were not always recognized and there were occasional delays in performing an instruction." they state in their hands on.

Neither Google or Samsung detailed how 4.0 will roll out to existing phones, nor how Tablets are fitting into this picture.

​Image credit: This is my Next

Source: Samsung press release

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Every Android device I've ever used be it tablet or Phone experience UI lag. Games and such seems to perform nice and smoothly but the regular UI tends to have the jitters be it scrolling and swiping screen to screen or browsing around in the browser. Even on the dual core phones out now, the android lags tend to occassional show up. I don't think its a matter of the hardware not being good enough, its the software/OS since WP7 and iPhone both are in general smoother with lesser hardware even.

pupdawg21 said,
Every Android device I've ever used be it tablet or Phone experience UI lag. Games and such seems to perform nice and smoothly but the regular UI tends to have the jitters be it scrolling and swiping screen to screen or browsing around in the browser. Even on the dual core phones out now, the android lags tend to occassional show up. I don't think its a matter of the hardware not being good enough, its the software/OS since WP7 and iPhone both are in general smoother with lesser hardware even.

Hopefully ICS will be the end of this! I love android as they seem to be ahead of the iphone in features but they still have catching up in the speed department

danisflying527 said,

Hopefully ICS will be the end of this! I love android as they seem to be ahead of the iphone in features but they still have catching up in the speed department

They may be ahead of iOS in terms of features, but throwing more and more features into the OS, but not improving the performance, is stupid. People get ****ed off when their phone acts slow and lags all the time. A mate of mine has an SE Android phone and he hates it because of how slow and laggy it is.

rajputwarrior said,
so android is sill slow? fail...

Watch all the videos released, especially the one just released on the homepage, there doesn't seem to be any lag whatsoever.

rajputwarrior said,
so android is sill slow? fail...

That's my only complaint with Android... I just switched to Sprint and bought a Evo 4g and a iPhone 4, the Evo works great but the iPhone has horrible connection issues and when the phone roams it becomes unusable and can't make calls or anything. Sprint is at a loss and no one else has brought back phones with a similar issue in my area so I am switch to the Evo 4G and plan on rooting it.

danisflying527 said,

Watch all the videos released, especially the one just released on the homepage, there doesn't seem to be any lag whatsoever.

dont feed

danisflying527 said,

Watch all the videos released, especially the one just released on the homepage, there doesn't seem to be any lag whatsoever.

i really hope your right. i'm tired of my transformer having doing unreal games/graphics but having an android UI that lags like a mother when i'm swiping to another home screen. SOOOOOOO annoying. i hope it's right, but that's just on one device, i reserve judgement until i play with it on my eee pad.

NoLiMiT06 said,

That's my only complaint with Android... I just switched to Sprint and bought a Evo 4g and a iPhone 4, the Evo works great but the iPhone has horrible connection issues and when the phone roams it becomes unusable and can't make calls or anything. Sprint is at a loss and no one else has brought back phones with a similar issue in my area so I am switch to the Evo 4G and plan on rooting it.


Apple products are known for their connectivity issues.

soldier1st said,

Apple products are known for their connectivity issues.

i think that has to do with networks more then the phone. went all over europe with my iphone 4 never had a problem, as soon as i came back to canada all the connectivity problems were back, effin rogers.

rajputwarrior said,

dude have you used an adroid tablet with "hardware acceleration"? LAG like a mother... i know this cause i have one.

I don't know, my galaxy tab 10.1 is quite smooth, and I'd say ICS would make it smoother, But I'm only judging by the videos and for using years of iphones I still can't go back because android has too many cutting edge features 0.0, non laggy android = best mobile platform, when they can sort there **** out.

rajputwarrior said,
so android is sill slow? fail...

iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0 lag like a mother.... too. Anyway, nice try troll.

BK201 said,

iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0 lag like a mother.... too. Anyway, nice try troll.

no it doesn't. apple devices run faster because of the of the relationship iOS has with it's hardware (As in it's easy to optimize an OS to run on one type of hardware). and look there are other posters here who are saying the same thing... troll.

BK201 said,

iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0 lag like a mother.... too. Anyway, nice try troll.

That having been said, it unfortunately remains the case that Android isn't as swift and responsive as iOS or Windows Phone (or even MeeGo Harmattan on the N9). Or at least it wasn't on the demo phone we got a look at. The subtle, pervasive lag that has characterized the Android UI since it inception is still there, which is not a heartening thing to hear when you're talking about a super-powered dual-core device like the Galaxy Nexus.

http://thisismynext.com/2011/1...ch-pictures-video-hands-on/

(i like that you have runaways from the other news story after i owned, and owning you again in this one, i'm looking forward to doing it over and over again)

rajputwarrior said,

(i like that you have runaways from the other news story after i owned, and owning you again in this one, i'm looking forward to doing it over and over again)

You call this "not trolling"?

BK201 said,

iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0 lag like a mother.... too. Anyway, nice try troll.

Must be just you. My (and my friends) iPhone 4 with iOS 5 runs much faster than iOS 4. There is no lag AT ALL, and the animations are all fluid.

rajputwarrior said,

dude have you used an adroid tablet with "hardware acceleration"? LAG like a mother... i know this cause i have one.

Which one do you have? convenient you left that out. I bet it's a tablet from dealextreme with a resistive touch screen and android 1.6. Galaxy Tab 10.1, no over clocking. It'll be a cold day in hell when my UI experience lags at all.

SirEvan said,

Which one do you have? convenient you left that out. I bet it's a tablet from dealextreme with a resistive touch screen and android 1.6. Galaxy Tab 10.1, no over clocking. It'll be a cold day in hell when my UI experience lags at all.

transformer.

bbfc_uk said,
Must be just you. My (and my friends) iPhone 4 with iOS 5 runs much faster than iOS 4. There is no lag AT ALL, and the animations are all fluid.
If you haven't noticed yet, BK201 is the official Android troll.

rajputwarrior said,

no it doesn't. apple devices run faster because of the of the relationship iOS has with it's hardware (As in it's easy to optimize an OS to run on one type of hardware). and look there are other posters here who are saying the same thing... troll.

Really? Not to defend Android or anything, but iOS?

Based on your reasoning, you either don't realize or disregard facts like Windows 7 being significantly faster than OS X in native application benchmarks, raw CPU/GPU benchmarks and even native OpenGL games. *Which starts increasing exponentially as you add more CPUs/Cores due to OS X horrid SMP performance, and even with the new APIs, the remaining OS and Apps that still cause thread queue/funnel locks.

Which is strange since Windows 7 runs on over 50,000,000 'different' base hardware devices (CPU, GPU, Chipset, etc)
(This doesn't even get into different speeds and brands of RAM, or upper layer hardware devices like Hard Drives, all the way up to input devices, sensors, etc, which has over a 'potential' 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 different PC configurations.)


Android sucks because Android is a poor non-modular kernel model with a horrible JVM and a lot of duck tape that Google slapped together after purchasing the technologies and still don't have a clue how to construct an OS or an OS platform.

BTW, not to trip your trigger, but WP7, even with a single core 1ghz CPU, a low/medium GPU in an early generation Snapdragon SoC runs circles around an iPad2 and even the iPhone4s in most operations, especially graphics. (And Microsoft isn't focusing on one phone.)