Android 4.0 's Best Five New Features For Users

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1) Better, more universal, interface
Some people, and I am one of them, are not mad that the version of Android vendors all looks and works differently. It's annoying to relearn the basics of work each time you change the device from one manufacturer to another. In ICS, the physical back, buttons for Home, Search, and the menu have been replaced by virtual buttons that appear at the bottom of the screen in the system tray and you can always navigate to the bottom instantly , home, and recent applications. Context options for the application you are running in the foreground are always in the action bar at the top of the screen.

Android 3.1 's multitasking interface sliding appear in ICS and comes with a persistent soft button. A related feature and neat is that you can close an application to knock on your thumbnails.

The new Android also automatically lets you drag an application icon on the home screen to another to create folders automatically. This organization makes the interface much easier. I confess that I envied the iPhone and iPad users this feature for a long time and I'm glad to see it finally come to Android.

ICS Android also comes with easy to read "Roboto" from the source. Of course, while sellers still make their own adjustments, the largest of all the effects I seem to lead to an improved interface and more consistent.

You do not have to take my word for it, see for yourself on Google unwrap ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, ICS ZDNet photographic tour.

2) the applications better.
ICS has over unification developer only in their favor. ICS includes many APIs that will lead to some very useful. For example, the new universal social networking API will soon lead to better social network applications, no matter whether your favorite social network is Facebook, Google +, or Twitter.

Some ingenious applications are already built. For example, the People application. It is a universal address book that not only includes the usual e-mail addresses and lists of contact numbers, but can also add in their social networking contacts. The camera user interface, which has also been a weakness in Android as far as I'm concerned, it has also greatly improved.

Another application that any business user will welcome with open arms is that Android finally makes it easy to use virtual private networks (VPN) s. In addition, the ICS comes with the standard VPN client compatible with Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) protocols IPSec.

3) Talk of the transcript.
OK, not the Apple iPhone 4s' auxiliary propulsion Siri voice but the voice transcription is done in real time with very little latency. Although I have not used it myself, all I've seen demos of it is very impressive.

Looking ahead I can see some brilliant developers creating their own version of Siri's voice to present the text ICS. It's only a matter of time. I await the day that I can say "Earl Grey, hot." My phone and if you can not, can at least point me to the nearest coffee shop that also makes a cup of tea.

4) Better and faster browsing Web
Although Google has not brought its Chrome browser to Android, however, much of the goodness of chromium in the Android Web browser built.

The Android browser is based on updated versions of WebKit and the V8 engine core JavaScript engine crankshaft. Google says that, "In the benchmarks run on a Nexus S device, the Android 4. 0 browser showed an improvement of almost 220% in the Android 2.3 browser on the V8 test suite and more than 35% of SunSpider JavaScript benchmark 9.1. When running on a Galaxy Nexus device, the Android 4.0 browser showed an improvement of almost 550% of the V8 benchmark and almost 70% in the SunSpider benchmark. "That's how fast bad compared with what once was.

On top of that you can now synchronize the native browser bookmarks ICS Google Chrome. You can also set options so that you always get the full "desktop" versions of their favorite websites instead of mobile versions. There are many other minor improvements, the net effect is to make web surfing much more enjoyable.

5) Use of monitoring data
Well, certainly not sexy, but with all telephone companies in the world of the addition of any restrictions for subscription data to know exactly how much data you have left before running out of time "free" or width the band is becoming a necessity. You can also use this tool to see which applications are sucking the data map. I can already say that you will be surprised to see some programs that use the network when you think your phone is sitting doing nothing.

Putting it all together and what do you get? I think you get not only the best Android each time, I think you get the best mobile operating system for all of them to date. 
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