Ice Cream Sandwich first impressions: A bold new Android

The big, robust Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS that Google announced in Hong Kong last night makes Android 2.3 Gingerbread look like an old, stale cookie.

We first heard about Ice Cream Sandwich

back in May at Google I/O, and even though there have been feature leaks leading up the big unveiling, there was a lot we didn’t see coming.

Ice Cream Sandwich is packed with weird and wonderful new features, a dramatically changed interface and fonts, and improved camera software, plus tons more. We won’t be able to get to every feature here, but we will cover the big stuff.

Operating systems unite!
One of the very first clues we had from Google was that Ice Cream Sandwich would combine the best of Honeycomb 3.0 for Android tablets and the Android Gingerbread 2.3 OS to create a single, united operating system that developers would use for all Android devices going forward. We were promised Honeycomb’s “holographic” user interface, more multitasking, a new apps launcher, and richer, resizable widgets. And, for the most part, we got them.

A unified operating system has a serious and direct effect on Ice Cream Sandwich’s interface, and on fragmentation. We’ll dive deeper into both below, but let’s just get one thing out of the way and say this single … [Read more]

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