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Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)

Ice- cream, sandwich and a smartphone; three things that everybody just loves to have. What is the result when you have all these integrated into just one thing? Let me give you a hint: Samsung Galaxy S II.

As Samsung gets ready to ship its latest Samsung Galaxy S II installed with its latest Android software, Indian consumers get ready to launch themselves into the world of things they love most about androids.

Android 4.0 a.k.a ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) is the latest version of the Android for phones, tablets, and more. It takes easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, re-sizable widgets, and deep interactivity to a higher level and adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.

The features that the users will be praising the Android for, are:

Refined and evolved User Interface
Multitasking is a key strength of Android and it's made even easier and more visual on Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently — tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

The Recent Apps list makes multitasking simple.
Jump to the camera or see notifications without unlocking. Stay in touch with the latest apps, stay connected through incoming messages and play your favorite tracks, all at the same time. Have an interactive Systems Bar (for notifications) at each screen.

Home screen folders and favorites tray
Group your apps and shortcuts logically with a new and improved home screen, just by dragging. Also, in All Apps launcher, to get information about an app ,to pre-install, uninstall it or delete it, you just have to drag it and you have it.

Resizable widgets
You can embed live application content directly through interactive widgets, on your home screen. Use apps without having to launch them. Resize widgets to use them and to save space on your home screen.

New lock screen actions
Presenting the slide lock screen to go look for notifications of messages, pictures in camera, managing music tracks, look at album art, all while your screen is still locked.

Quick responses for incoming calls
Quickly select a message, tag it and end an incoming call.

Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs
Managing notifications, recent apps, and browser tabs becomes a cake walk with ICS. With just a swipe you can now dismiss individual notifications, apps from the recent Apps list, and browser tabs.

A spell-checker and a powerful voice input engine
With a soft keyboard text input and error correction through a suggestive dictionary is even faster. To fix misspelled words more easily, Android 4.0 adds a spell-checker that locates and underlines errors and suggests replacement words. With one tap, you can choose from multiple spelling suggestions, delete a word, or add it to the dictionary. You can even tap to see replacement suggestions for words that are spelled correctly.

Powerful voice input engine
Android 4.0 introduces a powerful new voice input engine that offers a continuous "open microphone" experience and streaming voice recognition. The new voice input engine lets you dictate the text you want, for as long as you want, using the language you want.

Control over network data
Data usage controls let you monitor total usage by network type and application and then set limits if needed.

Designed for accessibility
A variety of new features greatly enhance the accessibility of Android 4.0 for visually impaired users. The new explore-by-touch mode that lets you navigate without having to see the screen.

Communication and sharing

People and profiles
Easy accessibility to all of your social profiles, social groups, contacts etc just by using the People app.

Unified calendar, visual voicemail
Organize your appointments and events by bringing together personal, work, school, and social agendas through the Calender app.

New visual voicemail features available in Phone app integrates incoming messages, voice transcriptions, and audio files from one or more providers. Third-party applications can integrate with the Phone app to add your own voice messages, transcriptions, and more to the visual voicemail inbox.

Capture the picture you want, edit, and share instantly
The Camera app makes taking pictures (decreased shot-to-shot speed, built-in face recognition), editing and sharing pictures much easier and user friendly, all in just a tap.

Live Effects let you change backgrounds and use Silly Faces during video
Live Effects is a collection of graphical transformations that add interest and fun to videos captured in the Camera app. For example, you can change the background behind you to any stock or custom image, for just the right moment. Also available is Silly Faces, a set of morphing effects that use state-of-the-art face recognition and GPU filters to transform facial features. For example, you can use effects such as small nose, big mouth, big nose, face squeeze, and more. Outside of the Camera app, Live Effects is available during video chat in the Google Talk app.

Cloud-connected experience
Better cloud connection available for all types of usage like checking emails, streaming music/ videos etc, whenever and wherever you be.

Unlock your phone with Facial Recognition
A completely new approach to securing a device, making your device even more personal — Face Unlock is a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device with your face.

Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP
Support for Wi-Fi Direct lets you connect directly to nearby peer devices over Wi-Fi, for more reliable, higher-speed communication. No internet connection or tethering is needed. You can also take advantage of new features such as instant sharing of files, photos, or other media; streaming video or audio from another device; or connecting to compatible printers or other device.
Also Android 4.0 has a built-in support for connecting to Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP) devices. You can connect to wireless medical devices and sensors in hospitals, fitness centers, homes, and elsewhere.

All this and the experience of Samsung Galaxy S II makes you the one with a "Eureka" device in your hand.

This worth 'ogling at' piece of technology shall be up for grabs in the Indian markets any time now. Thus, we suggest you go and have a look at this glory of technological advancement.