Google's New Android OS: Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Updated on: January 12, 2019


Here it is a good news for android lovers  Google officially  announced their  new era of  android OS called "Ice Cream Sandwich V.4.0 "with Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone" today,So its a time to look into the Ice cream Sandwich and its new features ,optimization  w.r.t previous android versions like Honeycomb,Gingerbread etc . Really they made phenomenon changes  with some advance features like facial recognition ,Android Beam using NFC(near field communication )  etc. Make over is really appreciable from all user point of view.

Ice Cream Sandwich android V4.0

Ice Cream Sandwich android V4.0

Android V4.0(ICS) is designed to work with the Galaxy Nexus' with  16:9 aspect ratio, and 1280x720 native resolution,Some new font-face like Roboto is embedded in this version

  • Some Features Of  Ice Cream Sandwich & Samsung Galaxy Nexsus:

1. Customizable Home Screen launcher & Task Manager:

ICS support  placing ,scrolling and re-sizing  of home screen widget according to users requirement ,apps are easily droppable like Honey Comb, Live wallpaper is optimize to carry good animation speed, 'favorite tray' can carry folders apps and contacts. Folders are more attractive ,we can assign icons to them by simply dragging over it to corresponding folder.You can take screen snap using  "Power+Volume down" button combination


Customizable Home Screen

Task manager operate like honeycomb but here you cam 'flick 'any task from group

Multi tasking Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Multi tasking Android Ice Cream Sandwich

2. Face detection Lock Screen & Improved Keyboard :

New lock screen of ICS is more informative and attractive ,it will give you most of device info on lock screen dashboard like ,battery life,day,date time etc It also included facial lock system , which unlock your device with your face,the face recognition app wok perfectly.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Face unlock

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Face unlock

Keyboard of ICS is more realistic and helpful for getting suggestions. Error correction is improved and the suggestion strip size is  also increase,so that we can easily tap into it .Microphone typing is also optimize w.r.t voice density.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard

Browser is  also optimize and from now you can request mobile as well as desktop version of any website

3.Android Beam(NFC) Sharing is Easy:

In ICS's NFC (Near Field Communication) feature help you to share  any data or any media file  by tapping/touching your phone to another android enable device who support NFC.

Android Beam with NFC

Android Beam with NFC

Android Beam  NFC Tapping

Android Beam NFC Tapping


4.Data Usage & Camera:

Data transfer is most important factor when you are using limited data plans ,so in ICS data watch apps ,you can watch your data in real-time  as well as you can trace your old data usage, this apps also forecast your future usage & also lock the data channel if certain amount of data traffic exceed. It also capable to give you the data usage of particular apps ,Triggering of  message when the certain amount of data usage threshold  exceed is also available in ICS.

Ice Cream Sandwich Data usage

Ice Cream Sandwich Data usage

Camera of  Galaxy Nexsus is pretty much powerful ,it has ability to take snap in "Super-fast" mode i.e shutter speed is improved to take lots of pictures ,"Magazine App" support various editing tools to customize and colorful editing of pictures. "REAL-TIME  EDITING" of picture is best feature of ICS. Galaxy Nexsus allow you to shoop videos into 1080p in HD mode, it support continuous auto focus as well as "better Night mode capture" capability."tap-to-snap" option shots snaps while you're shooting video.

Samsung Galaxy Nexsus Live Editing Effects

Samsung Galaxy Nexsus Live Editing Effects

Ice Cream Sandwich Gallery Edit

Ice Cream Sandwich Gallery Edit

5. Notification & Google+ Hangout:

New ICS support enhance notification on apps and your messaging,call and many more ,a rich  notification increase user experience.

Ice Cream Sandwich Notification

Ice Cream Sandwich Notification

ICS have apps for live interaction of your Google+ friends using hangout apps,it has ability to control your hangout according to your data speed ,quality is really good.

Android Ice Cream sandwich Google+ Hangout

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Google+ Hangout

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexsus Specification:
Samsung Galaxy nexsus

Samsung Galaxy Nexsus


- Bluetooth® technology v 3.0

- USB 2.0

- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)

- HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100

- EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

- NFC (Near Field Communication)

- Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer

-1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor


-4.65” 1280X720 HD Super AMOLED display

Android Version- Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory,Weight& Battery

- 1GB(RAM) + 16GB/ 32GB Internal memory

- 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135g

- Standard battery, Li-on 1,750 mAh

Camera- Rear Camera

- 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot

- Front-facing Camera: 1.3MP for Video Call

- Video Playback : 1080p@ 30fps

- Video Recording : 1080p Full HD Video@ 30fp

- Audio Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC

- 3.5mm Ear Jack

In build Apps-

- 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

[note] Availability of Galaxy Nexsus is depend on your location,in Indian it will available at the end of 2011 & with approx 300$ -350$ [/note]


Summery: According to me ICS focus on User-Experiences with major improvements,but I thought that in ICS we can see some thing like SIRI which was just announced by apple in iPhone 4S  🙁

So what do you think about this , are you satisfied with new features & improvements by  Ice Cream Sandwich? what feature you mostly looked into ICS? Kindly answer it into comment ,we are here to solve it for you 🙂

Ice Cream Sandwich android V4.0
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