Enterprise Mobility: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Boasts NFC Sharing, Facial Recognition

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-10-20
 
 
 

Software Navigation

Ice Cream Sandwich includes gorgeous virtual buttons in the system bar to let users navigate back, home and to recent apps.

Software Navigation

Honeycomb on a Phone

If that application tray looks familiar, it's because Google introduced it on Honeycomb tablets first to allow for better multitasking. Now you have it on the Galaxy Nexus.

Honeycomb on a Phone

Widgets

ICS has resizable widgets users can move around each home screen.

Widgets

Lock Screen

From the slide lock screen, users can pull down the notifications window to check for messages.

Lock Screen

Responding to Calls

When an incoming call arrives, users can now respond by text message without picking up the call or unlocking the device. Users will slide a control to see a list of text responses and then tap to send and end the call.

Responding to Calls

Data Monitoring

Need to know how much data youre chewing up on your Galaxy Nexus or other ICS phone? Check out these data-usage controls, which monitor total usage by network type and application.

Data Monitoring

Redesigned Camera App

The redesigned Android camera app is gorgeous, adding continuous focus, zero shutter lag and less shot-to-shot latency, among other perks.

Redesigned Camera App

Photo Editing

Even the photo-editing utilities are refreshed.

Photo Editing

Managing Screenshots

ICS lets users take screenshots and store them locally on the phone. Then you can edit and share the screenshot in Gallery or a similar app.

Managing Screenshots

Browser Tabs

Users can set their preference for Websites separately for each browser tab, save a copy for offline reading, and browse a visual list of browser bookmarks and history.

Browser Tabs

Beam Me Up

Using NFC, users can tap together two ICS-enabled phones to share files, YouTube videos, applications and other content.

Beam Me Up

Facial Recognition

ICS leverages the graphics processor and camera in phones to let users unlock their phones through facial recognition. Users may hold their devices in front of their faces to unlock, or use a backup PIN or pattern. See more ICS features here.

Facial Recognition

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