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Hello, gorgeous: Ice Cream Sandwich screenshots leaked

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 07 Oct 2011 14:34 User comments (13)

Hello, gorgeous: Ice Cream Sandwich screenshots leaked While Samsung and Google have postponed their Nexus Prime event next week in an apparent show of respect for Steve Jobs, that didn't stop some screenshots of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from being leaked.
Crunch has 7 shots of the upcoming firmware, and it looks fantastic.

The software update is supposed to blend 3.0 Honeycomb (tablets) with 2.3 Gingerbread (smartphones) while adding new features.

Eventually, the software should integrate Google TV.

Check the pics here, as the world waits for the official launch of the software:



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13 user comments

17.10.2011 15:01

I see some reuse of some of the Gingerbread icons. I hope those are just placeholders. I was never quite a fan of those icons. (The green messaging one is particularly ugly.)

The blue & white contacts icon with its eery smile is creepin' me out.

27.10.2011 16:11

Video: ICS on Nexus Prime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl...d&v=Py9TfZGie48

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37.10.2011 18:43

looks awesome cannot wait!

47.10.2011 19:03

I hate to say it but nothing here got me excited, and the new on/off switches look almost like a complete rip off of the iOS on/off switches.


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57.10.2011 20:40

Originally posted by Xplorer4:
I hate to say it but nothing here got me excited, and the new on/off switches look almost like a complete rip off of the iOS on/off switches.
haha, get a life there are the same from Honeycomb ...
Apple didnt invent anything deal with it!



68.10.2011 1:02

Originally posted by i1der:
Originally posted by Xplorer4:
I hate to say it but nothing here got me excited, and the new on/off switches look almost like a complete rip off of the iOS on/off switches.
haha, get a life there are the same from Honeycomb ...
Apple didnt invent anything deal with it!


Wow this statement bleeds ignorance. First off, guess what phone is sitting by my keyboard right now? A Droid 2 Global? Do you know what that is? It's and android phone, specifically in Verizon's flagship line of Android phones, and before that I had a Moto Backflip, a small underpowered android device not worth bragging about, but sufficient for the average person perhaps, maybe a kid. With owning these devices I got plenty of experience using a variety of Android versions including 1.5 Cupcake, 2.1 Eclair,2.2 Froyo,and 2.3 Gingerbread(GB). That leaves out Dougnut, big deal, and Honeycomb. Have you caught on yet that I have used Android exclusively for over 2 years now and never ever owned an iAnything device in my life and never will?

Personally I have no real experience with HC, only playing with it momentary in a Verizon store, so excuse me Mr KnowItAll, but if you say this resembles HC, that changes nothing considering iOS was using this method prior to Honeycomb. Prior to Hoenycomb, Android used check boxes. I never claimed that Apple "invented anything" although, truth be told, they did revolutionize the smart phone industry. Google iPhone or Steve Jobs(RIP).

My disappoint comes from the fact that this streamlines the GUI when moving from a phone to a tablet. I don't want streamlined in this regard. I want Honeycomb, an Android variant designed specifically with tablets in mind. Not a OS that works the same on a phone and a tablet. Does it make the code base easier to maintain? Sure but so what? Like google can not keep two code bases maintained? Sure they can. This way when I use a smart phone, I use a system designed ONLY with a smart phone in mind. When I pick up a tablet, I want a device that is designed for a tablet specifically, not something that makes compromise to work in both environments.

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78.10.2011 11:55

Originally posted by Xplorer4:
Originally posted by i1der:
Originally posted by Xplorer4:
I hate to say it but nothing here got me excited, and the new on/off switches look almost like a complete rip off of the iOS on/off switches.
haha, get a life there are the same from Honeycomb ...
Apple didnt invent anything deal with it!


Wow this statement bleeds ignorance. First off, guess what phone is sitting by my keyboard right now? A Droid 2 Global? Do you know what that is? It's and android phone, specifically in Verizon's flagship line of Android phones, and before that I had a Moto Backflip, a small underpowered android device not worth bragging about, but sufficient for the average person perhaps, maybe a kid. With owning these devices I got plenty of experience using a variety of Android versions including 1.5 Cupcake, 2.1 Eclair,2.2 Froyo,and 2.3 Gingerbread(GB). That leaves out Dougnut, big deal, and Honeycomb. Have you caught on yet that I have used Android exclusively for over 2 years now and never ever owned an iAnything device in my life and never will?

Personally I have no real experience with HC, only playing with it momentary in a Verizon store, so excuse me Mr KnowItAll, but if you say this resembles HC, that changes nothing considering iOS was using this method prior to Honeycomb. Prior to Hoenycomb, Android used check boxes. I never claimed that Apple "invented anything" although, truth be told, they did revolutionize the smart phone industry. Google iPhone or Steve Jobs(RIP).

My disappoint comes from the fact that this streamlines the GUI when moving from a phone to a tablet. I don't want streamlined in this regard. I want Honeycomb, an Android variant designed specifically with tablets in mind. Not a OS that works the same on a phone and a tablet. Does it make the code base easier to maintain? Sure but so what? Like google can not keep two code bases maintained? Sure they can. This way when I use a smart phone, I use a system designed ONLY with a smart phone in mind. When I pick up a tablet, I want a device that is designed for a tablet specifically, not something that makes compromise to work in both environments.
too long did not read!


88.10.2011 14:52

K...I just wanna know who keeps picking out the stupid names? Gingerbread...Ice Cream Sandwich...guess we're not worried about being taken seriously anyway...


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

98.10.2011 15:02

Originally posted by dEwMe:
K...I just wanna know who keeps picking out the stupid names? Gingerbread...Ice Cream Sandwich...guess we're not worried about being taken seriously anyway...

All Android codenames are different desserts. This is not new.

1010.10.2011 9:58

Originally posted by dEwMe:
K...I just wanna know who keeps picking out the stupid names? Gingerbread...Ice Cream Sandwich...guess we're not worried about being taken seriously anyway...

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
All Android codenames are different desserts. This is not new.
dEw, it's because they're all so sweet! Lol, yeah, just the way it is. What would you prefer? I mean, it's just fun and gives a way to classify the builds by way of name as opposed to version numbers.

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1113.10.2011 16:09

Originally posted by dEwMe:
K...I just wanna know who keeps picking out the stupid names? Gingerbread...Ice Cream Sandwich...guess we're not worried about being taken seriously anyway...

The names are development code names. The names are based on desserts and are released alphabetically. Google started the convention with Cupcake.

Cupcake (v1.5)
Donut (v1.6)
Eclair (v2.0 - 2.1)
Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) (v2.2)
Gingerbread (v2.3 - 2.4+)
Honeycomb (v3.0 - 3.2+)
Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0)

"Jellybean" the next one

http://androids.ac/66o
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1214.10.2011 1:00

Originally posted by Xplorer4:
Originally posted by i1der:
Originally posted by Xplorer4:
I hate to say it but nothing here got me excited, and the new on/off switches look almost like a complete rip off of the iOS on/off switches.
haha, get a life there are the same from Honeycomb ...
Apple didnt invent anything deal with it!


Wow this statement bleeds ignorance. First off, guess what phone is sitting by my keyboard right now? A Droid 2 Global? Do you know what that is? It's and android phone, specifically in Verizon's flagship line of Android phones, and before that I had a Moto Backflip, a small underpowered android device not worth bragging about, but sufficient for the average person perhaps, maybe a kid. With owning these devices I got plenty of experience using a variety of Android versions including 1.5 Cupcake, 2.1 Eclair,2.2 Froyo,and 2.3 Gingerbread(GB). That leaves out Dougnut, big deal, and Honeycomb. Have you caught on yet that I have used Android exclusively for over 2 years now and never ever owned an iAnything device in my life and never will?

Personally I have no real experience with HC, only playing with it momentary in a Verizon store, so excuse me Mr KnowItAll, but if you say this resembles HC, that changes nothing considering iOS was using this method prior to Honeycomb. Prior to Hoenycomb, Android used check boxes. I never claimed that Apple "invented anything" although, truth be told, they did revolutionize the smart phone industry. Google iPhone or Steve Jobs(RIP).

My disappoint comes from the fact that this streamlines the GUI when moving from a phone to a tablet. I don't want streamlined in this regard. I want Honeycomb, an Android variant designed specifically with tablets in mind. Not a OS that works the same on a phone and a tablet. Does it make the code base easier to maintain? Sure but so what? Like google can not keep two code bases maintained? Sure they can. This way when I use a smart phone, I use a system designed ONLY with a smart phone in mind. When I pick up a tablet, I want a device that is designed for a tablet specifically, not something that makes compromise to work in both environments.
I read it.

while you might have used android for 2 years many people have an android phone so it doesn't matter what versions you have used overall. simply meaning no one cares.

Apple didn't do anything with the smartphone they simply jumped on the bandwagon with an OS that worked well.

MS have had tablets and smartphones out since the mid 90's there have been other smartphones and tablets out before Apple brought out something, just because heaps of people bought Apple products doesn't mean Apple did it first or even came up with the idea, I really hate the amount of people saying Steve jobs came up with all these ideas when they are simply rip offs from other peoples/companies products.

Like the Ipod, many people think Apple came up and brought out MP3 player(ipod) when really Creative the PC sound card company had been the #1 MP3 player company 5+ years before Apple even had a product.

As for the 2 code bases Google have combined them because Devs are fed up with having to code the same program twice and have 2 completely different version of a program, the 2.1 version of android programs don't scale on an android tablet so you need to do a non scaling phone app and scaling tablet app just to support the phone and the tablet currently.

Many devs generally only do 1 version and don't support the other so google are combining the phone/tablet android OS so it scales on the phone and the tablet and you only need 1 code base for an app.

So not only does it make it easier for the devs but also offers all apps to a phone and a tablet, also you can get away with having the 1 account that you could use on a phone/tablet without needing 2 accounts with separate programs on each, saving people money as well.

For me it looks fairly good and probably runs pretty nice 2.1 is pretty shocking really but 2.3 2.4 is much faster on single core phones and it's only been from 2.3 phone OS that has support for multi core phones honeycomb OS also has support but can't used on a phone.

That pretty much is the reason why Google have combined the OSes together.

1317.10.2011 22:27

Originally posted by i1der:
too long did not read!

I wouldn't want to read a follow up either if I said something that stupid either, but let me break it down for you. I hate iOS. I love Android and used it exclusively for 2+ years and use it as we speak. I have a Droid 2 Global running LGB 3.0. Thats Liquid Gingerbread if you were unaware. Just because I,or any one else, compare the two, and say soemthing is similar, does not mean that they are a fan boy of another product.

Originally posted by xtago:

I read it.


Not close enough from the looks of it..

Quote:
while you might have used android for 2 years many people have an android phone so it doesn't matter what versions you have used overall. simply meaning no one cares.

Your missing the point. i1der insinuated that I was some sort of iOS or Apple fan. I was simply eluding to the fact I have been an android user for over 2 years now.

Quote:
Apple didn't do anything with the smartphone they simply jumped on the bandwagon with an OS that worked well.

MS have had tablets and smartphones out since the mid 90's there have been other smartphones and tablets out before Apple brought out something, just because heaps of people bought Apple products doesn't mean Apple did it first or even came up with the idea, I really hate the amount of people saying Steve jobs came up with all these ideas when they are simply rip offs from other peoples/companies products.

You sound like i1der pulling things out of no where. Before my first android I was using Win Mo 5 or 6 on a Pantech Duo so as I already said before, but you some how managed to miss my statement about, Apple/Steve Jobbs did not invent anything. However, if not for Steve Jobbs and the iPhone revolutionizing the way smart phones worked, Android may have never existed. Then again, it may have taken the same route as Apple releasing only one phone a year only having to support a single set of components and minimizing the fragmentation we now have in android. However that fragmentation would exist with out tablet in the picture since OEMs are constantly pushing out new phones running out dated versions of Android. However, ICS is not a time machine, so all we can do is speculate about "what if."


Quote:
As for the 2 code bases Google have combined them because Devs are fed up with having to code the same program twice and have 2 completely different version of a program, the 2.1 version of android programs don't scale on an android tablet so you need to do a non scaling phone app and scaling tablet app just to support the phone and the tablet currently.

Many devs generally only do 1 version and don't support the other so google are combining the phone/tablet android OS so it scales on the phone and the tablet and you only need 1 code base for an app.

So not only does it make it easier for the devs but also offers all apps to a phone and a tablet, also you can get away with having the 1 account that you could use on a phone/tablet without needing 2 accounts with separate programs on each, saving people money as well.

That pretty much is the reason why Google have combined the OSes together.


Thank you for stating everything I was well aware of. You seem to have missed my point entirely. I was not touching on the developers side at all. I am talking about what I would rather see as an end user, a UI optimized for the device I am using. For example, Froyo and Gingerbread are great for a smart phone, but try the Honeycomb launcher on a smart phone. Personally, I don't feel it works well on a smart phone. The same goes for a tablet using a typical Froyo or Gingerbread, but put Honeycomb on there and it feels much more suited to a tablet. Again this is just my personal feelings on the matter.

However, since you brought it up, remember, merging the code base does not automatically resolve scaling issues. Devs have to actually compensate for that. So in theory, Google is capable of solving this with out a merger of the code base. You can take that further though with the likes of ICS and merge the entire code base. My problem is not so much the merging of the code base but rather how this is going to be presented to the end user. When I move from a smart phone to a tablet, I don't want the same launcher given to me on both screens. As I said before, I simply want a launcher that is going to be optimized for both screens. If I am using a smart phone, a gingerbread like launcher is fine, but when I move to a tablet, I want a launcher more like Honeycomb that is specifically for use on a larger screen. I don't want a comprise simply because the code base was merged, and this is more then feasible with or with out an entire code base merger.

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