7. Panoramic camera
A bit of fun this one, but another upgrade to the capabilities of smartphone cameras that will have digital camera firms running scared.
With ICS, users can now take panoramic pictures, allowing them to capture a stunning vista or family gathering in one snap, which is very impressive for a piece of hardware that is ultimately a phone.
Such technology used to be the preserve of the photographic elite but it is now being placed in the hands of the masses at no extra charge, and no doubt many other mobile operating systems will add this capability in future.
6. Improved voice dictation
It's all about voice at the moment. Apple's 'personal assistant' Siri has been causing much debate over the benefits and potential of artificial intelligence technology, as well as amusement at some of its responses, and Google is clearly determined not to be outdone.
Google says that ICS contains an improved voice dictation system that lets users compose notes, emails, texts and reminders by speaking directly to the phone. For those on the go, in the car, or just not in the mood to fiddle with the touchscreen keyboard, this could prove a welcome addition.
It surely won't be long, though, before Google tries to match Apple and launch its own Siri-style application or upgrade in the next version of Android - which The INQUIRER wagers will be called Jelly, or Jello, if we must stick with Americanisms.
5. Screenshot snapping
This isn't a huge, flashy improvement, but it's a nice little feature that many will find useful.
How often have you wanted to take an instant snapshot of your phone's screen to share a web page, map or contact details quickly and easily?
Now you can, as Google has added the ability to use one of the hardware buttons on the phone to snap and store a screen grab that's then saved to the device.
There are many applications that offer this capability for other versions of Android but to have it built-in as standard is a nice touch.
4. Instant text responses during calls
This nifty feature isn't going to set the world alight, but it shows a good appreciation of the little touches that can really make an OS dazzle.
With in-call text responses, if you can't take a call you can instead slide across a series of instant text responses that can be sent to the caller explaining why you can't answer the phone.
The best aspect, though, is that users can add their own replies via the settings menu. So, serious 'In a board meeting' replies can exist side-by-side with 'Being chased by hordes of zombies' for when you're feeling frivolous.
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