Google and Samsung – A new look at what’s new from Android (Live)
- It’s called the Galaxy Nexus and it runs Android 4.0, called Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS.
- It has NFC, an LED, and a barometer.
- ICS has a completely new font called Roboto, designed for HD, high-res screens.
- The Galaxy Nexus has no buttons. That helps to unify ICS with tablets, I’m guessing.
- Widgets are now resizeable.
- Folders are now as simple as dragging and dropping icons on top of each other.
- Woohoo! ICS gets easy screenshots. Just press volume-down and power.
- It’s easy to flick notifications out of the way. This really takes notifications to the next level. You can also reach notifications from the lock screen.
- We just a demo of real, natural speech input with pauses as the person thinks. This will be pretty huge.
- ICS also introduces a way to unlock your phone with your face.
- You can save a page in the browser for off-line viewing (e.g. for boarding passes).
- Demo of Gmail app. A new “action bar” shows the buttons for common actions.
- You can swipe to move through inbox just like you can swipe away notifications.
- Demo of Calendar app. The same swiping gesture works. You can pinch in or out.
- New feature: data usage. You can set warnings or hard caps. You can slice/dice by day and see which apps used the most data. You can then disable background data for individual apps.
- Android Beam – The new way to share!! Just one tap share
- SDK is available at http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
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