At a reschedule event that takes place in Hong Kong, Google and Samsung jointly announce the new Android version codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, known for its unified version accommodating both smartphone and tablet, until now have had separate versions Gingerbread and Honeycomb respectively.
The new OS is running on a reference device made by Samsung called Nexus prime. Considered the recent purchase of Motorola Mobile division. This could be the last time, Google uses other manufacturers for its reference device.
The Nexus Prime is highlighted by its very large concave screen 4.65” super AMOLED with resolution 1280×720. The body is accented with an teardrop shape that iPhone users sorely miss. The light weight of the device is calling for most plastic used in the casing.
- Dimensions: 136.0 mm × 68.0 mm × 8.8 to 11.5 mm
- Weight: Approximately 135 grams
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich
- Texas Instruments OMAP4460 CPU; ARM Cortex-A9 MP Core SMP (Dual-Core); CPU operating frequency: 1.2 GHz
- GPU: Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540
- Network support (varies by carrier): W-CDMA; GSM; LTE, CDMA2000; HSPA; EDGE, GPRS; LTE; EV-DO
- Display: AMOLED HD: 4.65 inches with 1280×720 resolution
- Main camera: 5 megapixels with LED flash; 1080p video capture
- Front camera: 1.3 megapixels
- GPS; NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS; 802.11 a/b/g/n; Wi-Fi Direct
- Memory: 1 GB of RAM; 16/32 GB of storage
- Battery Capacity: 1750mAh
- Notification LED
As far as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the most notable feature would be the face recognition using the front faced camera to unlock your device is way cool. The screen presentation and navigation are reminiscent of Honeycomb. The new Google beam app includes NFC (Near Field Communication) for device to device sharing. Gmail app, Calendar app, Google+ apps also got a major revamp. The contact app has become People, which seems to be borrowed from WP Metro interface.
The camera app now offers faster action and a cool way to scan for a panorama photo taking.