Ice Cream Sandwich features that Google missed to mention at launch event

When Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich this morning, it failed to mention several features of this Android release that many of you will surely like a lot. Android Engineer Dan Morill highlighted some of these features on Google+, other were identified from the SDK.

  • Updated Settings: Settings menu has been revamped and it is now easier than ever to find the setting that you are looking for.
  • Disabling Apps:  If you can’t uninstall an app, you can always disable it in ICS. Android 4.0 adds the ability to disable an app and it will never run and its launcher icon is gone until you re-enable it.
  • Improved Download Manager
  • Support for Encryption in Phones: Full device encryption that was a part of Honeycomb is now available in phones.
  • Audio Effects:  New effects API.
  • Support for WebM streaming, MKVs: Android 4.0 natively supports the playback of MKV files as well as streaming of Googe’s WebM video format.
  • Hardware Acceleration: Android will finally have Hardware acceleration in ICS. It will allow for a super smooth user experience, better graphic performance, and better responsiveness within apps.
  • Indic fonts (Devanagari, Bengali and Tamil) support in WebView and stock browser. No need to download other browsers just to view Hindi webpages.

Post Author: Gaurav Shukla

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5 thoughts on “Ice Cream Sandwich features that Google missed to mention at launch event

    Maooresan

    (October 30, 2011 - 2:37 pm)

    I tested in the SDK and Indic fonts are not shown. Earlier versions showed atleast boxes instead of the Indic fonts. Something fishy.. may be the real device do supports. Fingers crossed!.

    Abiram

    (October 23, 2011 - 7:41 am)

    wow!! Supportin tamil fonts?? Senmozhiyaana tamil mozhiyaaa..

    Tejas Jadhav

    (October 22, 2011 - 12:17 pm)

    Android 4.0 doesn’t support Devanagari fonts. I just installed and checked the SDK. Sad!

    pawan

    (October 20, 2011 - 8:26 am)

    One more: Wi-Fi Direct

    Ujwol Shrestha

    (October 20, 2011 - 7:26 am)

    Wow this looks super ..esp disabling of apps and support to Devanagari font..

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