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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Preview

0. phoneArena 19 Oct 2011, 08:58 posted on

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has made its debut and it’s every bit as exciting as we thought it would be. It’s probably the biggest redesign of Android after the platform saw the light of day…

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posted on 19 Oct 2011, 06:13 1

1. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I'd really wish this would come to the RAZR. I like the appearance of that phone much more than the Nexus S but I dont want to go with dated software that is wasted on stronger hardware.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 06:22 3

3. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


The RAZR will get this, you just have to wait longer because Motorola will be adding their custom UI to it, and eventually release it. You'll just have to stick with gingerbread in the mean time, and knowing Motorola, you will probably get your update before most other phones.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:14 3

5. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i dont think it will happen all that soon. and what happens to the physical buttons on older devices that get ICS?

and i see the design of the razr being more attractive, but over all they are very similar devices. if you want ICS, just go with the galaxy nexus.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:20 3

8. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Im pretty sure older devices that get ICS will have the virtual buttons removed from the bottom of the screen, its common sense, or there will be an option to have them there or not.

And the update for ICS to the RAZR will probably come pretty quick, my guess is early 2012, which a contract is 2 years, so you will spend the majority of your time with ICS on it anyways...

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 19:59

40. MpowerSkills (Posts: 36; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)


I hope that is the case for the older devices, if not that would really ruin things.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:33

13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


remember the the 1st ICS video leak that was on the nexus s which did not show any virtual buttons and used the capacitive buttons

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:05

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


according to the nexus S leak with ICS devices with "physical buttons" will not have the touch buttons

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:32

30. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


i dont know i just saw that the nexus doesnt have an sd card slot.. thats way not cool

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 00:44

50. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


It does have an SD Card slot, its behind the battery cover (like on every android)

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:29

21. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


will you be able to flash cyanogen ICS (if that ever exists) over the stock RAZR?

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 00:42

49. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


cyanogen has never been available on a moto device

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 18:39 2

36. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Oh nobody comments on the steals from IOS like folders and take screenshots withouth third party apps. Finally google gets smart with features integrated. Hopefully they will fix the issues with Gingerbread and I wont have to take calls on the mess ups of Android.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 01:49

42. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Folders arent apples property.. they have been in MANY MANY Operating Systems.. Most likely in the one you are using to type that.. linux mac osx windows unix even DOS in a manner uses folders directories.. are you really going to complain about it? if so then you got some research to do so you can point the finger at all but the one who started it.. EVEN the crap os Microsoft BOB had folders.. talk about a pos. anywho do your homework.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 18:46

46. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


I was talking about on mobile phones JA. Now as quoted in the forum "In addition, new homescreen folders are created in an iOS-like fashion by just dragging an icon onto another one." Now......like I was saying, nobody wants to say anything when Android copies IOS. And no S*&% computer OSs have folders......but again nobody was talking about computer OSs and nobody was talking about folder directories, I was talking about the look of the folders and how you organize and create them.,

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 00:57 1

51. L3610n (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)


WTH?? My Cingular 8125 windows mobile had folders and that was YEARS ago.. get over it.

I guess it's even though. iOS takes the notification bar while Gingerbread and up have the screenshots.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 22:17

47. ztkells (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


To add. The friends app definitely reminds me of the exact one on the Windows Phone.... Just sayin.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 23:41 1

48. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


I second that. Like I said Nobody says anything when Android steals ideas but everybody was on Apple for putting notifications.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 12:32

53. mattpp31 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


I've been able to take native screen shots with my HTC Sensation 4G ever since I first got it...

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 06:14 4

2. abdane (Posts: 475; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


EPIC ! i just want the ICS on my S2 ! ^^ CANT WAIT :)

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:04 5

4. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Based on Android's history for Official Software Updates, we'll probably see an official ICS on other phones Q2 as the earliest.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:15 2

6. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


umm google updates the software quickly and regularly.. think your talking about manufacturers and carriers.

the nexus is on 2.3.7.. if your phone isnt, thats not google's fault :)

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:22

9. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Yeah, im guessing Q2 at the latest and that will probably be for devices with heavier customizations to android(like htc devices)

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:55

23. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


yeah i'm talking about non nexus phones..

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:20

29. dwd3885 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


It didn't take all too long after Gingerbread source code dropped that Samsung updated the Unlocked S2. Sure, the US carriers took forever, but at least the unlocked got it quickly.

Again, this is a reason to buy a pure Google device.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:19 8

7. Slammer (Posts: 1000; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I'm very impressed with this news. Google's Android has implemented some very nice features. In particular, I have always been a huge supporter of WebOS multi-tasking operation. It is second to none. To have a similar version added to Android, is great news!

John B.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:23

10. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


i see 'mediascape' O_O from SE
hahahahha

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:42

22. vu2ikl (Posts: 11; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


i think SE has learned it's lesson. The 2.3.3 in new xperia range is though SE skinned is not thaaat heavily altered. SE arc will definitely get update fast this time. call me optimist :p

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:27

11. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If I can run 2.3.7 with a CYNOGEN MOD ROM on my Captivate, then I am sure this will be out for most phones that can handle Gingerbread. The visual multitasking has been seen on CM already....looks really nice, this 4.0.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:32 5

12. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


Yawn... pretty much rebaked Honeycomb. 6 months for the hardware vendors to adapt and 8 months for the apps to work right.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 18:59 1

37. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


I second that

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:43 2

14. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


Oh wow you will be able to take screen shots.. took them long enough.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:59 6

16. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 255; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


o wow... didnt the iphone last year just get a flash for the camera... yawn... took em long enough.

and o wow... didnt the iphone just get 4G... took em long en....o wait...

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:43 2

43. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


how do you like push notifications?.. oh wait you only have them for gmail..

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:56 2

24. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


actually we have had screen shot from android 2.2. SMH!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 15:01 2

34. cramos (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


you had to download an app for it, SMH TO YOU

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 17:53 1

35. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Or you could just get HTC Sense 3, which came with it...

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:44

44. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


that's on HTC not any other phone, you have to download an app or root the dam thing..

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 19:00 1

38. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


I second that as well

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:58

15. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 255; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


I WANT ICS!!!!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:15

18. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


I get the quick text msg reply pop up when ignoring a call on my droid 3, how is this new?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:33 2

25. frustyak (Posts: 148; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


I think that was put in by Motorola; it's not part of the stock Android OS.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:05

19. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


The interface looks great.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:05 1

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6380; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


FINALLY A FULL VIDEO. So tired of reading live blogs

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:38

26. frustyak (Posts: 148; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


What I really love about the screenshots are the fonts; as much as I like Android, I hate the default Android fonts, especially when compared to iOS and WebOS. What I want to know is will these be the fonts in the stock Android 4.0, or are these Samsung-supplied fonts that will only be found in the Samsung phones like the Galaxy Nexus?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:17

32. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Any of the fonts you are seeing from ICS currently are stock Android, so it has nothing to do with Samsung.

What is quite possible is that companies like Motorola and HTC may decide to use different fonts depending on what kind of skin they put over ICS (if any at all).

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:03

27. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


Coming up next after Apple-Samsung strife is Microsoft-Google one! Samsung nd Google: bring something of ur own. :P

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:18 1

28. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Looks like WP7 and Android had a baby... And I love it!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:44

31. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Victor. Nice job! I think is one of your best posts I've read! Keep up the good work! Very Very informative.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:47 2

33. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


How embarrassing that they couldn't even get their facial recognition to work.
They also said that they did it first, but Nokia Symbian phones have had that for months,

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 19:02 2

39. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Anroid not get something to work......................NO WAY. That never happens.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 01:30 1

41. nanozander (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


loving EVERYTHING in ICS announced so far. Only thing i hate is the 3 function buttons occupying part of the screen. I hope this layout isn't mandatory. As in manufacturers have the choice to choose weather if they want to use onscreen functional buttons or physical/capacitive buttons.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 11:53

45. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


what happened to blindtype, they bought out the company over a year ago and it still hasn't been released into the os.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 07:33

52. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Man. Wow. Now that android has some of the features i love from WP7 and iOS, as well as updated and new features that seem much more complete than ever before I'm actually considering upgrading from my nexus1. i barely use the thing anyway cuz android as it is now isn't my slice of pie. But with ics and the the new nexus I'm very tempted. Not to mention the significant hardware improvements. It actually feels like android can compete km more than just numbers now(please don't bash that, I'm not downing android, its just my opinion)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 20:31

54. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


all this bs debating about which operating system is better is ridiculous... are you seriously waisting your time on phonearena telling people your OPINIONS? its soooo subjective its overwhelming now. get over it Apple users, as for Android users, let Apple users believe they have better devices... is it really that big of a deal. there is no winning argument until one company goes under.. simple fact. if you prefer IOS, then stick with IOS and stop complaining. If you prefer Any other operating system, then stick with it and stop trying to change peoples opinions... SUBJECTIVE YOU MORONS.. (Coming from an ICS user :) )

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 21:40

55. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


I may be a geek for this, but.. Watching Andriod progress from the begining has actually been exciting. Remembering back in the days where blackberry and iphone were basically your smartphone options and both lacking so much... and then, Android!
I appreciate the style in which this article was writ. Here are some quips that made me laugh...

"Oh, and it has Incognito mode. And Flash. You know why." ...
"No artificial intelligence or hot tempered answers" ...
"and put you to sleep with robotic lullabies" ...

That guys suit is pretty sweet, too.

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