Android 4.0 is finally here with Google’s newest software known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
At “Mobile Unpacked,” a joint event hosted by Samsung and Google, not only was this new OS unveiled, but the flagship smartphone it will be launched on; the Galaxy Nexus.
Partnered with this new state of the art handset, Ice Cream Sandwich has some interesting capabilities.
Here is a list of some of the lesser known, impressive additions to the new operating system.
Many smartphones come with unwanted software pre-installed which is nearly impossible to get off the device. Ice Cream Sandwich makes it easy to disable these apps by adding a new setting that allows this to be done, removing the icon, preventing it from running on the system and providing the option to re-enable later.
One of the most simple, yet interesting features on Ice Cream Sandwich is the new screen shot capability. By simultaneously holding down the power and volume down button the user can capture a still of any particular screen they want others to see and it will immediately be added to their photo gallery.
The software’s spell check also proves to be quite impressive as it locates and underlines mistakes and suggests fixes similar to the way Microsoft Word does. It also includes third-party dictionaries, spell checkers and other text services.
Explore by Touch
This mode is specifically included for blind or visually impaired users. It makes it possible to navigate without seeing the screen using audible feedback. The browser also has the capability to read Web content aloud.
Android now supports visual voicemail. However, this feature will not be free. Users will most likely have to pay their carriers in order to gain access to this capability which integrates voice transcriptions, audio files and more from multiple providers directly