WHY ANDROID V4.0 OVER ANDROID V2.3?
Android v4.0, or IceCream Sandwich, is the new buzzword among mobile geeks. Even when we review phones, anything less than ICS seems so yesterday now.
Unlike Apple, which offers OS upgrade to all users across the world in one go, Android users have a long wait. Google announced ICS last October, but till date we only have a handful of phones running the latest OS. While HTC One X and One V come with ICS onboard, many new phones such as Sony Xperia S, Samsung Galaxy Advance still run on the older Android v2.3. But thankfully, companies are now looking at upgrading the phones. Sony recently made ICS available for its Xperia lineup launched in 2011.
So what does ICS bring to the table?
Until the launch of the Ice-Cream Sandwich, there was a different version of the operating system for smartphones and tablets. But ICS brings together the best of both worlds and will run on both.
The ICS interface looks similar to the Honeycomb (Android v3.0) OS for tablets. Google focused on doing away with the touch buttons for home, back and menu and replaced them with onscreen keys while showing the OS on the Galaxy Nexus. But this doesn’t seem like a compulsion as these keys are present on the HTC One X.
However, the biggest delight is the enhanced multi-tasking as you can now launch a running app with a touch or shut it with a single swipe. There is also an option to resize widgets and access camera without unlocking the phone. As Android phones hog a lot of data, users can now track the data usage from the settings itself. Android 4.0 is focused on improving camera performance and comes with a redesigned gallery and a powerful photo editor. An enhanced browsing experience, improved email with auto-completion, Wi-Fi Direct for connecting to nearby peer devices and face unlock are some of the other highlights of the new version.
Overall, ICS offers a better user interface while also enhancing the overall performance of an Android smartphone.