Newsflash: Google has released the source code for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
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The Android team has announced the release of Android version 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich.
In addition to its main objective of unifying the UI framework across smartphones and tablets, Ice Cream Sandwich also features:
- Screenshots – the long overdue feature that will now allow you to take screenshots by pressing the power and volume down buttons. Previously, to take a screenshot on your Android phone, you need to be a geek (like me ) who knows how to use Android Developer Tools
- Android Beam, a feature that leverages on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to let users share webpages, YouTube videos, maps, directions and apps by tapping two phones together
- Face Unlock – the ability to unlock your phone via face recognition
- Tabbed browser
The first Ice Cream Sandwich Phone – Galaxy Nexus will be available in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Not sure what the new version number will be (probably 4 and not 3.x), but at least the Android team has revealed that the next version of Android will be called “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Ice Cream Sandwich seeks to be the “one OS everywhere” that will run on both phones and tablets, and will bring Honeycomb tablet features such as the holographic user interface, more multitasking, the new launcher and richer widgets to the phone; the introduction of Android 3.0 Honeycomb had previously raised concerns that there will be two variants of Android for phones and tablets respectively.