Christmas has come early for many Android fans among us, with Santa bestowing on us the latest OS update, say ho-ho-hello to Android 4.0. Deliciously named as Ice Cream Sandwich, the OS update delivered a whole host of new features, which have ultimately improved on the previous installments. We’ll be the first to admit we had trouble getting used to the new OS update at first, but after a few hours, we were like giggly school children playing with a new toy. There’s a lot to get excited about with the new OS update, here are 5 reasons why Ice Cream Sandwich could possibly be the best OS update yet.
Android 4.0 is a powerful little OS update, and we had no problem with having several browser tabs open at the same time. The same can be said with YouTube, and we had several videos all going at the same time, we were indeed shocked. A quick swipe of the screen can close any other tabs you have open at the same time, easy and simple stuff.
Ok, so we understand that a lot of people may regard this feature as a complete novelty, but it’s a great bit of fun! We faced very few problems getting the face recognition up and running, and in no time at all we had a basic level of security on our Nexus device. A pattern unlock feature can also be set with the face recognition locking system for double protection. We tried the face recognition on several items in the Android office, and found out that pictures in magazine can lock and unlock your phone, but alas, Android plush toys can’t.
Android Beam uses NFC technology to connect you to another device with NFC technology allowing you to share webpages, audio and images between the devices. The process is remarkably quick, and being able to share data between phones with ease is a brilliant feature. As well as the usual data you usually share, Android Beam can also be used to share contacts between phones.
Improved text input
Both the keyboard for messaging and for typing in numbers has been vastly improved. You’re a lot less likely to hit numerous buttons at the same time, and when typing out a phone number, the keys are well spaced. We’re looking forward to seeing if any third party developers can match the standard of the Android 4.0 built-in keyboard.
Better camera function
We were pleased to see a variety of changes on the camera and video side of things with Android 4.0. There’s better image zoom and a tap-to-zoom feature, a big plus for those looking to shoot some videos. As well as face detection, there’s a lot to like about how Android has improved the camera and video aspects of its OS.
We really like the way Ice Cream Sandwich looks and handles, and there’s plenty to get excited about. We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg of things we liked about the update, there are plenty more out there. So what are you waiting for? Go try it for yourself!