Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus– A Plethora of Features

By  Jack Holt

A few days ago Samsung and Google introduced everyone to the Google Galaxy Nexus, or as some know it, the Nexus Prime, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With it, they introduced a plethora of new features that the business person on the go will really get behind. Google created a more polished OS by adding various tweaks. Here’s a quick breakdown of these features.

Facial Unlock – For most people this may seem like a feature that is more pizzazz than useful but for those that need to protect the data on their phone it is a very big security feature. With the front facing camera people can unlock their phone by simply flashing their pearly whites and starring at the screen. This in my opinion makes it easier to secure the phone without wasting time fumbling through a pattern lock.

A Better Keyboard – The keyboard itself, while similar in appearance has two new features. It has a better spell check that allows the user to click on the misspelled word and view a list of suggestions. Google added a copy and paste feature that is more intuitive and allows for easier copy and paste functions.

A Bigger, Prettier Screen –  The Galaxy Nexus will be sporting a SAMOLED 720p HD display at 4.65 inches. While this may seem excessive, it is really not. If you look at the image below, the 4.65 inch screen incorporates the visual based buttons where physical ones once occupied. So really it is a typical 4.3 inch phone. They have also changed the font to something called Roboto which has more of a polished feel to it.

Voice-To-Text – While this has been in Android for some time, Google made some much needed improvements to it. The biggest improvement is that it is almost instantaneous. As you talk, Android is writing out the message with surprising accuracy, which will make dictating texts and documents on the go much quicker.

Gmail – Now has two-line previews, and sports a new context-driven action bar at the bottom of the screen. Gmail also has the ability to swipe left or right between email messages.

These are just some of the features that Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus have to offer. Most phone developers have said that they will be getting ICS out to various phones in the upcoming months. It will be interesting to see which ones get it and which don’t. And don’t worry for those of you that do not because with the release of the ICS source code in the coming weeks you can be rest assured that modders and developers will have ICS based roms coming out sometime soon. For those of you who missed the event, hit the link below to be taken to it.

Galaxy Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich Full Feature List [Link]

Galaxy Nexus Premiere Event – [Link]

Jack Holt is an Android Enthusiast. When he isn’t playing with various ROMs on his Droid Incredible 2 or Motorola Xoom he is surfing the internet for various news and tweaks for Android. That is when his fiancée isn’t getting on his case about homework for his degree in EMS Management. 

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