Google announced their latest Android operating system, Android 4.0 (which has also been called Ice-Cream Sandwich) at a lavish launch in Hong Kong.
“With Ice Cream Sandwich, our mission was to build a mobile OS that works on both phones and tablets, and to make the power of Android enticing and intuitive. We created a new font that’s optimized for HD displays and eliminated all hardware buttons in favor of adaptable software buttons. We also dramatically improved the keyboard, made notifications more interactive and created resizable widgets,” Google said in a statement.
Google also mentioned that the desktop-class browser is significantly faster.
“The desktop-class browser features a refined tab manager and the ability to sync your bookmarks with Google Chrome. Ice Cream Sandwich also features the best mobile Gmail experience to date, with a new design that lets you quickly swipe through your inbox and search messages even when you’re offline.”
The OS will also allow people to update their contact lists from a wide variety of sources. “We re-thought how you browse your contacts with the new People app which combines high-resolution photos and updates from Google+ and other social services. It’s also easier to capture and share your life with family and friends,” they added.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor