Excited about Ice Cream Sandwich? You have every reason to, thanks to tasty new snaps that have cropped up online giving us our first proper glimpse of the hotly awaited OS refresh.
Leaked screenshots of the upcoming Android update reveal a revamped interface that boasts a bluer colour scheme than the green shades of its Gingerbread predecessor, a slicker home screen and a multi-tasking interface not unlike that of Honeycomb’s.
The app launcher has been updated, too, with a cool new side-scrolling animation. Widgets have their own tab where they can be managed and customised. The typography also looks more futuristic and many of the icons appear to have been redesigned. Perhaps more significantly, there’s now three on-screen buttons for back, home and multitasking visible at the bottom of every screen, and a search bar that’s always present and correct at the top of the home screen.
Other improvements include a paintjob for the lock screen, along with a gesture that enables to you launch the camera application instantly, plus speed and performance enhancements and an all-round smoother user experience.
Google has yet to reveal a firm release date for Ice Cream Sandwich, but chairman Eric Schmidt has previously hinted it will land sometime in October or November. Samsung is due to hold its Unpacked 2011 event on October 27th when it’s widely expected to officially announce the Nexus Prime as the debut handset for the latest OS.
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