Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for Tablets – Video of New Features
Android 4.0 has just arrived on the Asus EEE Pad Transformer Prime tablet PC. This is the first tablet PC to receive the upgrade to Google’s Android operating system, also known as Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It takes a lot of the great features from Android Honeycomb, plus also adding some polish and great new user-intuitive features.
What’s new with Android 4.0?
First up, Android 4.0 brings a more refined experience. There’s an update to the font used and that means that it’s easier to read some articles or information online. The general theme of this Android update is to add polish to the operating system.
Multitasking capabilities are improved. Android Honeycomb allowed you to pull up the apps that are in use and shut each one down if they’re taking up too much memory. But, this upgrade of Android makes that experience a lot more intuitive. Instead of clicking on a fiddly cross to shut and the apps down, you can now just swipe them away with your finger and they will disappear.
Folders are a new addition to this version of Android. You can now select each app or game, place them on top of each other, and it’ll create a folder that you can then name. This means you can tidy up your applications and games by placing them all in logical folders.
There are also significant improvements to certain stock Android applications. For example, the Gallery application has been totally redesigned. This means that it now has a more slick and professional look, and a photo editor has been added. You have lots more options to enhance your photography after you’ve taken an image by applying various effects to the photos and tidy up things like red-eye.
The Camera app itself has also been improved and you now can take still photos, video or create a panoramic photo. High-definition video at 1080p is supported and it’s good to see that it runs smoothly on the Asus tablet. You can also take your videos and transform them with various new effects.
The on-screen keyboard has had an overhaul too. It now is simpler to use, is better at auto correcting errors, and word suggestions. It’s more accurate and definitely quicker to input text. I’ve tried it on the Asus Transformer Prime and the haptic feedback gives you vibration when the key has been hit spot-on, again a small tweak improved the experience.
Apps and widgets are now housed in the same area of Android 4.0. This is great as it means that it’s easier to set up your home screens exactly as you want them.
Other features include improved accessibility, web browser enhancements, you have a unified calendar that means all your calendars are consolidated into one, the email app has been tweaked, and there are also better options for sharing content.
All-in-all, it’s a really strong improvement for Android.
If you want to see some of these features in action I’ve put a couple of videos together below. Check out the first video to see the new features of Google’s Android 4.0 operating system. Also Gizmodo recently ran a very thorough update on the new Android 4.0 features here. The second video gives you an overview of how to use Android 4.0 too.
Demo introducing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.0 Tutorial, Walkthrough, Guide for Tablets (Ice Cream Sandwich)
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