19 October, 2011

Android 4.0 Features : Ice Cream Sandwich Key Changes and Updates

Posted: 19 Oct 2011 06:10 AM PDT
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The latest update to Google's mobile operating system called Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has just been officially announced and previewed in an event in Hong Kong.

android 4.0 features
As earlier predicted by TP and other tech blogs, Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to run Android 4.0 OS. As yet, we don't have the exact release date and official pricing details of this handset for the Philippines. Keep tuning in for updates.

So what are new features and upgrades we can expect from Ice Cream Sandwich? Well, we can expect 8 key changes:

1. User Interface Enhancements - The OS now uses a new default fault called ROBOTO, which Google claims to be made for high-resolution displays. The green default color of some elements in the status of Android Froyo and Gingerbread has been changed and upgraded in favor of BLUE. Ice Cream also takes advantage of virtual buttons, which are the quite similar to those found in Android 3.0 Honeycomb; With this, Android 4.0 smartphones can sport a 'buttonless' face, which supposedly makes it easier and faster to navigate. Supposedly.

2. Folders - Ice Cream Sandwich lets you create folders for apps and files right on the homepage. Some say that this is a feature copied from iOS. I say it's nothing new.

3. Face Unlock - Again, this is nothing new. We've seen this technology in Lenovo laptops from a few years back. What it does it that it uses the front-facing camera to recognize your face and - if it works as it should - it will unlock your phone accordingly.

4. Native Camera App Improvements - The new camera application now supports panaroma shots, image manipulation right from the camera, and instagram-like effects called Hipster Filters.

5. People App - Basically, this is exactly like HTC Sense's People widget and Friend Stream. So it's nothing HTC users haven't seen before. Anyway. People App presents all of your friends from social networking sites in a grid and shows you quite everything your friends have shared in their social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

6. New Phone Application - The basic functionality, of course, remains the same but the interface now looks sleeker, supposedly. Oh, there's a new feature called Visual Voicemail, which simply shows you the faces of people who've sent you voice mails, making it easier to pick out which ones to listen to first.

7. Android Beam - Again, we've seen this. Nokia is practically the first company to introduce NFC capability in their handsets a few years back. (I've also tested a similar feature using Nokia N9 and Nokia 701 with Nokia Play 360 Wireless Speaker.) RIM eventually followed suit with BlackBerry Tag. Anyway. Android Bean is an NFC-powered feature that lets NFC-capable Android 4.0 handsets to connect to each other wirelessly and share apps and other content.

8. Data Usage Graph and Data Limiter Built-in! - The revamped Wireless and Networks hub now has this Data Usage Graph showing you just how much mobile data you've used and even comes with Data Limiter, which cuts data once you've hit a certain limit, helping you avoid over-use charges. This is great. At least, users don't have to download a separate application from the Android Market to do that.

So there. Looking forward to reviewing the platform soon.

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011 11:13 PM PDT
This post aims to collate all relevant information about Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the Philippines. Rest assured that this entry will be updated regularly or every time we hear news about Samsung Galaxy Nexus' availability in the country.

samsung galaxy nexus

Today, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, and Google announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the world's first smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the latest release of the Android platform. GALAXY Nexus runs on a 1.2GHz dual core processor and features a massive 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display technology at 720p resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Features

Succeeding the original Contour Display of Nexus S, GALAXY Nexus comes with a rounded shape that fits perfectly within your palm or to your face for phone calling. Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover improves the ergonomic feel of the device and makes the phone slip-resistant. Measuring just 8.94 mm thick with a tapered 4.29 mm bezel, GALAXY Nexus provides superb portability alongside an expansive screen.

samsung galaxy nexus

GALAXY Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor, providing superior power and speed, ensuring you can take full advantage of GALAXY Nexus' enhanced multitasking capabilities with ease, or enjoy the large, vivid display to its full capacity with high-definition gaming or video streaming. LTE or HSPA+ connectivity combined with a dual core processor delivers high-speed web browsing which ensures you always have the web at your fingertips, wherever you are.

GALAXY Nexus will be available in the U.S., Europe, and Asia beginning in November and gradually rolled out to other global markets.

Expect this phone to be priced as a true flagship handset. My guesstimate is around Php 30,000 - 35,000.

Meet Android Ice Cream Sandwich!

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.

android 4.0 ice cream sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich also features a new People app, which lets you, browse friends, family, and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution, and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks. GALAXY Nexus features a redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag, and effects like silly faces and background replacement.

GALAXY Nexus is also connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and all other data synced across your devices. You have access to more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™, or, in certain countries, you can buy and read books, or rent movies and stream them instantly from your phone. In the U.S., you can also upload your music to the cloud with Music Beta by Google and listen anywhere, even when offline.

Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Using NFC technology, Android Beam allows you to quickly share web pages, apps, and YouTube videos with your friends by simply tapping your phones together. You can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk

HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps

*LTE version will be available depending on the region.
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
Display 4.65" 1280X720 HD Super AMOLED
OS Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
Camera Main(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot
Sub (Front) : 1.3MP for Video Call
Video Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264
Playback : 1080p@30fps
Recording : 1080p Full HD Video@30fps
Audio Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
3.5mm Ear Jack
Mobile Services
Android Market™, Gmail™, Google
Earth™, YouTube™, Movie Studio

Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation
Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google+ app
Connectivity Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)
Sensor Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light,
Proximity, Barometer
Memory 1GB(RAM) + 16GB/ 32GB Internal
Size 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135g
Battery Standard battery, Li-on 1,750 mAh

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