Today’s Mobile News round-up is all centred on one topic: Dessert. Yes, it’s all about Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Read on if you’re hungry for news about the topic!
Unified Operating System
It can be difficult to keep sorted the Eclair, Froyo, Honeycomb, Gingerbread and now Ice Cream Sandwich operating systems. Some models have the earlier OS versions; most have a Gingerbread version. Add ICS to the mix and whilst tasty on the palette, mental indigestion often results.
Android is resolving that by melding all of ICS versions via a new 4.0 user interface (UI). No more searching through lists, websites and pamphlets to figure out if you can download a cool app: Google is requesting that all manufacturers include the 4.0 stock Android UI known as Holo. The request still allows manufactures to run their own skins, so long as the 4.0 UI runs on the mobile phone.
To date, there are three UI themes known – Theme.Holo, Theme. Holo.Light and Theme.Holo.Light.DarkActionBar.
For users, the one-on-all requirement makes determining if you have the proper UI easy: Just within your smartphone for Android Market. If it’s there, you have a Holo-based user interface, and the manufacturer followed the rules.
If Android Market is not included in your phone’s onboard options, your phone’s functionality may not be fully integrated with the interface the way it should be.
This UI directive applies to later phones, not to ones currently on the market or that will be very soon.
Updated ICS Keyboard
If you don’t have ICS on your smartphone but want a taste of it, Google authorized development of an ICS virtual keyboard that can run on non-ICS, Android phones.
The app should would on almost any mobile phone that currently has 2.2 Froyo or later operating systems. The free app is also available in several languages.
Give it a try and take a byte into an Ice Cream Sandwich.