Google’s Android is now the most popular smartphone platform, according to The Nielsen Company. This mobile operating system is one step ahead of Apple’s iOS and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS, and it is constantly evolving. Recently, Google released the tablet-only Android 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 Honeycomb as well as the 2.3 Gingerbread for smartphones, and they’re already planning to introduce a new version of this software later this year. On May 10, 2011, the company announced that the Android 4.0, which is nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich, is going to the market in Q4 2011. It looks like Christmas this year is going to be a super sweet one for tech enthusiasts all over the world!
Hot news about this latest version of the Android mobile platform has been spreading like wildfire all over the internet since its announcement in May. Google said that they wanted an operating system that runs everywhere, and hence the Android 4.0 was developed. The Ice Cream Sandwich is a combination of the Gingerbread and the Honeycomb, and you can expect to see it on phones, tablets, as well as computers. As we all know, the Gingerbread improves the soft keyboard and copy/paste features, refines the user interface, and also supports the Near Field Communication technology. On the other hand, the Honeycomb supports multicore processors and graphics hardware acceleration, and introduces new user interface features. The first tablet equipped with the 3.0 Honeycomb is the Motorola Xoom tab which was released in February 2011.
Tech enthusiasts can expect to see the Android 4.0 OS on the upcoming Google Nexus 3 smartphone. The China-based telecommunications company Huawei also claimed that their latest handset, the Glory, will be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich once it is available. Besides the Android 4.0, the Google Nexus 3 is also predicted to feature a 720p HD screen, 1080p HD video capture capability, 1GB of RAM, a 5 MP back camera, and ultra slim body. This smartphone is speculated to come with a dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP, 1.5GHz OMAP, Qualcomm Snapdragon, or a quad-core Kal-El processor.
Now the question is, what can the Android Ice Cream Sandwich do? This operating system enables user to connect other devices such as USB mouse or Xbox controller for Android games thanks to the Android Open Accessory program. It will also have multitasking tool and system manager so that you won’t run out of memory on your mobile gadget. Last but not least, the facial recognition capability will keep your device secure.
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