Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich), based on the Linux kernel 3.0.1, was released on October 19, 2011. Google officials, Gabe Cohen, stated that Android 4.0 was "theoretically compatible" with Android 2.3x devices that were produced at the time.
Some of the advantages include:
- Home Screen
We can change the size of the widget as we like, so that it will look more comfortable. Application icons can be dragged into folders. But the Ice Cream Sandwich is superior to the iPhone because we can put someone’s contacts or some kind of speed dial shortcut into the folder too, and even put people in favorites.
A little update on the keyboard is the inline spell checking ability. Unfortunately it still doesn’t support Indonesian.
In the past, we could not share a simple android screenshot, as easily as on an iOS device. Well, now Android has exactly the same screenshot capability, with a cute little Polaroid animation to highlight the action.
Even if it’s locked, the notification is still visible so that it’s easy to know if there is a text or a missed call.
A significant change lies in the browser display. This browser can open up to 16 tabs! the appearance was not horizontal in general, but vertical and overlapping. Often we are confused by the difference between desktop and mobile desktop, now in the Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich version, it will make it easier to view the desktop web by simply selecting the full screen option.
We can select several emails from gmail at once to speed up archiving. We can also flip through your emails horizontally, to read faster, and even search for up to 30 days back, even without being connected to the network.
7. Video and photos
All Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices allow us to share photos directly from the camera, and see all images. As with the iPhone, we can do some basic editing on the camera.
8. Pretty design
This Android OS has a different appearance from Gingerbread. Certainly more elegant, and notification features have been enriched and more interactive. Even Google is also making improvements with a number of new fonts that are optimal for HD displays.
9. Face Unlock
The latest Android operating system is making improvements to existing features and adding new features related to security. The “Face Unlock” feature allows you to recognize your face and can unlock it using your face.
- Google +
In addition, the Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes with Google +. More value we can do teleconferences with up to ten people using the Hangout feature on Google+.
Lack of Android Ice Cream Sandwich
At the beginning of its appearance, the Android operating system Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 promises various improvements when compared to the OS Android 3.0 Honeycomb (tablet only) and Android Gingerbread 2.3 and Android Froyo 2.2. The most striking thing is the UI or appearance of the latest Android operating system. But did you know that there is a shortage of Android phones that use the latest Android operating system? In the Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating systems, you will find a physical button, the * Home, Back and Option buttons. The three physical button designs will also be found on Apple's mobile phone. However, for the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 operating system, you will not find the button. Instead, the function of the button will be replaced by a virtual button.
In theory, this would be a very useful thing. Application developers can change the UI of their application products according to the type of application used. Of course this will make the application in line with the UI of an Android mobile phone. Not only that, this will also facilitate the user when switching from landscape mode to portrait mode. However, this turned out to be one of the shortcomings of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 mobile phone. This arises because at this time not many mobile phones are actually designed specifically for the latest Android operating system. Of course this leads to less efficient optimization.
As you can see above, the distance between the Home button and the spacebar is too tight. Of course this will be difficult for you when typing using a virtual keyboard on the mobile phone with the Android operating system Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. If you consider the lack of an Android phone on this one as a trivial thing, wait a minute. Imagine when you are typing long enough, and you accidentally pressed the * Home * button. It could be that the words you type will disappear, because when you accidentally press the Home button, then you will exit the application that you are currently using.