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Walk through Google Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android 4.0 launched on the Galaxy Nexus and will eventually be coming to some existing devices. It is a much more consistent and attractive OS than previously seen on the Android platform.
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Android 4.0 launched on the Galaxy Nexus and will eventually be coming to some existing devices. It is a much more consistent and attractive OS than previously seen on the Android platform.

Check out my full ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones post with some thoughts on Ice Cream Sandwich and a video walkthrough of the new OS.

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Home screen with widgets, software buttons, and more.

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There is a Gmail widget available for Android 4.0.

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Shortcuts, widgets, and the Google search bar

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You can see all of your notifications in the drawer and then even slide them off individually to hide them.

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The lock screen can be setup with a slider.

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You can slide to unlock your phone and when a call comes in you can answer, hang-up, or send a text message.

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The application launcher puts everything in alphabetical order with 20 apps on a page.

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Google has a cool animation that "pulls up" the next page from deep to the front.

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Widgets are part of the application launcher and can be accessed by swiping from left to right or by just tapping widgets.

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There are several different sizes of widgets on the Galaxy Nexus.

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It is easy to create folders on the home screen and after you create a folder then you can customize the name of the folder.

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Here you can see the games folder with several games installed. Whatever shortcut you place in the top left will appear on the folder.

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Most settings are consolidated in one area of the operating system.

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There is a cool utility for monitoring your data usage.

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There are several settings available for you to access.

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Scrolling down the list of settings reveals a few more options.

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There is a battery utility to help you monitor your battery usage.

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Tapping the graph shows you more detail, including when I started charging it back up again.

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The dialer is modern looking with large buttons.

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Google search bar status shows lots of different results.

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The task switcher uses cards, similar to webOS.

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The Google folder is preloaded on the Galaxy Nexus.

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You can add accounts to your Galaxy Nexus, including Twitter, Exchange, and Gmail. The Facebook account does NOT work at this time.

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Exchange is supported out of the box in ICS.

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You can compose email in Exchange with dynamic integration of the GAL

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There are several account settings in Exchange on teh Galaxy Nexus.

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Here you can see a sample of the text messaging app in ICS.

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Gmail is obviously optimized on the Galaxy Nexus.

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Gmail works well in landscape orientation too.

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Menu options in Gmail

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There are several general preferences within Gmail.

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Favorites in the People utility look strange because they have different display resolution settings.

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Google Maps is also understandably excellent in ICS.

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Google Labs items can be added in Google Maps.

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You can tap the right upper icon to change the view of your map.

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The calendar utility lets you choose different calendars to use.

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There is a downloads utility where you can see what you have downloaded through the browser.

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Google + on ICS is a solid experience.

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The Android Market that is loaded on the device is the latest client available.

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The Gallery utility is slick and fast.

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When you tap on a photo you will see thumbnails for other photos and the ability to share or access the menu in the upper right.

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Here you can see the menu options for the Gallery.

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There are several different effects settings in the photo editor.

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A simple tap gives you access to different effects.

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Some of the effects really make photos look great on Android devices.

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In addition to color effects there are other editing tools available.

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Pictures look great on the Galaxy Nexus.

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The typical sharing tools you have come to expect are present.

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Here you can see the basic camera software present in ICS.

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There are some funny video effects present in ICS. While not particularly useful, then can be fun.

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My daughter doesn't really have big eyes, but the software makes it appear this way.

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There are also some background options, including this space one.

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Time lapse intervals can be selected for this effect.

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By default the Galaxy Nexus is set to 720p, but goes up to 1080p.

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The Movie Maker app is present on ICS.

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The bookmarks in the web browser have small thumbnails.

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Browser history is shown here.

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The web browser looks great on the large screen of the Galaxy Nexus.

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There are several menu options in ICS.

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There are several settings within the web browser.

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These are the general settings in the browser.

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There are several privacy & security settings available in the web browser.

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Web browser accessibility options let you customize the readability.

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There are advanced settings in the browser too.

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You can use Face unlock to secure your device and this is the start screen.

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Here I am setting up my device for Face unlock.

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The keyboard is quick and easy to use.

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The keyboard works well in landscape orientation too.

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Ice Cream Sandwich gallery image 1

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Ice Cream Sandwich gallery image 2

 

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