Google [GOOG] has announced its next version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. The new Android 4.0 brings a number of new features to the OS which includes the ability to unlock the device by recognising your face on to an enhanced data management system and on to video calling.
With Ice Cream Sandwich, our mission was to build a mobile OS that works on both phones and tablets, and to make the power of Android enticing and intuitive. We created a new font that’s optimized for HD displays and eliminated all hardware buttons in favor of adaptable software buttons. We also dramatically improved the keyboard, made notifications more interactive and created resizable widgets.
The browser has been enhanced and now functions faster than before. Tabs are used and the OS now lets you sync with the Chrome browser on the desktop so that your tabs are kept the same.
Google has enhanced the camera and the software on the new Nexus device (more on that soon) which now has zero shutter lag and is better at capturing pictures.
The data management app is another interesting inclusion. As carriers are now limiting data one big worry is that you might run out each month. The new management system shows you a graph of what you have used on a daily basis and allows you to set limits by sliding a bar up and down the graph.
Android Beam is another new addition which utilises the NFC capability of the new Nexus smartphone and allows data to be transmitted between devices quickly.
Google points out that the T-Mobile G1 launched about this time three years ago and since then Google has released 9 versions of Android and now sees 550,000 Android devices activated each day.
Take a look at the video below which covers some of the new features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: