Android 4 Has Been Launched

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Wednesday morning in Hong Kong, China, Google presented in collaboration with Samsung the Android combination of Android 4 ( Ice Cream Sandwich ) and the next Google smartphone that will hit the market as soon as possible. Information about both launches was very vague, leaked on the internet from various unofficial sources, but nothing was announced officially until today. Today things have been all cleared up and we can definitely talk about certain things not speculation.

Smartphone  (Source: aplicaciones-android.org)

Smartphone (Source: aplicaciones-android.org)

Android 4 has been long – awaited by all fans of the platform, and that is because it promised bringing significant changes to the platform starting with NFC integration, facial recognition and massive optimizations in performance. I will try to note them one by one ( the ones I considered most important ):

1. A new font specially optimized for use on HD screens

2. No need for hardware control buttons: the software ones can be programmed as desired

3. The WebKit browser is faster and can automatically synchronize bookmarks with Google Chrome

4. Improved virtual keyboard

5. Changes across notifications: more interactive, more intuitive, more configurable

6. It brings a whole new redesigned Gmail email client that now allows you to access all locally downloaded messages even when there is no internet connection (eg during a flight in an airplane)

7. The calendar has got a fresh new look with zoom options and many possibilities for inserting events using pinch

8. “ People “ is an app that borrows elements from the People Hub used on Windows Phone. Higher resolution photos and updates associated to contacts via Google+ (why isn’t that surprising ) and on other social networks

9. Allows 1080p video recording on devices that can do that

10. Statistical data for data usage directly integrated in the operating system

11. Android Beam uses NFC for the share of information by simply placing the devices close for the devices with support for it

12. The multitasking module is the one used in Honeycomb which does its job quite well

Smartphone (Source: blogcdn.com)

Smartphone (Source: blogcdn.com)

13. Activating the camera directly from the locked screen is another feature that allows the removal of discrete buttons and the replacement with all software device interfaces

14. Audio control directly from the locked screen which I find very useful and interesting

15. The opportunity to make screenshots directly from your phone interface

16. The panorama function is now integrated in the camera module for easier access

17. Voice recognition for messaging which I find quite interesting and can’t wait to try.