Interface of Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’
Android 4.0 is the recent of all versions of Android in the market. Commonly known as ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, this version was launched in October 2011. The first Smartphone to have this sophisticated software is Galaxy Nexus, the launch pad for ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’.
Android 4.0 is different in many aspects from the previous Android versions. This difference is very well evident in the interface itself. Let’s take a look at the upgraded interface features of this version compared to its precedents.
Talking about the look-and-feel of this version, some of the noticeable changes include more user-friendly contact menus, facile navigation, comprehensive multitasking, provision of launch apps and resizable widgets to name a few.
Amongst all these changes, the most surprising is freedom from buttons. The basic design of Android 4.0 is formulated to work without keys. The navigation is in form of three softkeys: Back, Home and Multi-tasking (for opening Recent Apps). To shut down an open application, one can swipe sideways. This facility not only calls for an easy interface but also reduces the battery consumption in a dramatic manner.
Another interesting feature of this version is the ease with which it enables multitasking. The Recent App button provides a simple interface to jump among applications. A pop-up list displays the recently used applications in form of thumbnails, and an application could be opened by tapping the corresponding thumbnail.
Interactive widget option is yet another interesting feature present in the interface of this version. This option provides the users a facility to embed live application content directly into interactive widgets. A variety of tasks such as checking email, social networking, flipping through calendar, and so on could be performed easily right from the home screen. This eliminates the need to launch or open applications each time one wants to use them. The icing on the cake is that the interactive widgets are resizable. The user can expand the widgets to display more content or shrink them to save space.
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