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Google launches Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ 4.0

Internet search engine giant Google has launched their latest operating system, in the Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ 4.0 platform – which will first be found running the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ 4.0 will arrive with a new look and a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, WIFI hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience.

Many aspects to the OS have been rethought and redesign in this version of the Google mobile phone platform – such as the lock screen, home screen and phone app.

Ice Cream Sandwich has a new people application that allows the user to browse their friends, family, and co-workers along with viewing their photos and in high-resolution too. This new version of the contacts app also displays the person’s latest status updates from Google+ and other social networking sites.

The camera functions have been redesigned to introduce panorama mode, with 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag, and effects like silly faces and background replacement – where the Galaxy Nexus will be the first mobile to highlight these new aspects.

Google’s Android 4.0 brings into the phone OS other new features too, such as Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone. This is along with Android Beam that allows quick sharing of web pages, apps and YouTube videos – using NFC, by simply tapping compatible handsets together.

Check out the video below from Google, which introduced Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' 4.0

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.