Now that Android tops the worldwide smartphone OS market share, it makes sense that its main share-holder Samsung should be the first phone to run its new version. Ice Cream Sandwich was launched on the Galaxy Nexus as part of the first major restructuring of Android since its launch three years ago. The Android Market is steadily approaching a popularity that would put it on a par with the Apple App Store. Barra reports that such popularity will enable developers worldwide would be more willing to adapt their products for consumption by Android users; circumstances that were much different when Apple ruled the smartphone roost.
New Android-ready smartphones like the Nexus will not feature hard buttons, the likes of which were seen on devices like the HTC Wildfire and similar. Instead, ‘soft’ buttons will now feature on the touchscreens of these devices, which will disappear in full screen mode. A cleanup of the look and feel of the home screen means that running the device feels smoother and more angular; with square edges and straight lines giving the apps and home screen a much neater layout. It’s also possible with ICS to access some apps directly from the lock screen, removing the need to unlock the phone and surf around for whatever it is you’re trying to access. Notification sounds like typing a text have also been removed; meaning the phone will only vibrate on contact now rather than those annoying bleeps. The speech-to-text function has also been greatly improved; a feature that will surely boost the appeal of these phones.
With more phones like the Samsung Galaxy S 2 set to take the mobile market by storm, it’s a great time to be an Android user; with a better user interface already installed, and more regular updates and fixes on the way, why not take a look at what Android has to offer; Ice Cream Sandwich will be the most delicious version of Android yet.