MORE IMAGES and a video of Google's upcoming Android operating system (OS), Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), have surfaced on the internet at Mobilissimo.
We already saw a few leaked photos back in August but these are more comprehensive and look more up to date as we get closer to the launch. Overall the new ICS interface looks like Honeycomb but on a smartphone.
It has the same buttons, colour scheme and updated way of handling widgets. It confirms the theory that Google would merge the tablet and smartphone versions of the Android OS in ICS.
The applications menu is navigated with a horizontal gesture just like on Honeycomb, and there is a separate menu for widgets. There's also the addition of the open apps menu for better multi-tasking.
An updated lock screen allows access to the camera app or to unlock the phone, much like HTC's Sense overlay lock screen.
The version number shown is Android 4.0 rather than Android 2.4 and something we're unsure about is why the handset's model name is 'Tuna', since the phone is supposedly the Nexus Prime.
We're looking forward to the launch of Android ICS and if this is what it will look like then we won't be complaining. Android Honeycomb is an excellent version of Android so if the smartphone version is modelled on it, then it should be great.
See the below video for a pretty decent, if brief, look at the Android ICS user interface. There's no commentary and the user doesn't show off everything, but it's the best we've seen so far. µ
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