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Ice Cream Sandwich 2 Minute Video Tour Highlights New Android Features



The next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to make a public debut at the Samsung Nexus Prime event on October 11th, but one lucky eBay buyer got more than he bargained for when he bought a used Nexus S recently.

After booting up his new phone, he discovered that the device was running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Like any good recipient of such a treat would do, he took the time to film an Android Ice Cream Sandwich tour video which you can see below.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich marks the uniting of Gingerbread (phones) and Honeycomb(tablets) into a single operating system that will work across Google Android devices. This is an exciting release, and is similar to the unification we saw with iOS.

Like with iOS 5, Ice Cream Sandwich will likely offer different features on phones compared to tablets, but we hope this will create a more unified system, which could help with app development.

Exciting features you can see in the video include,

  • Four shortcuts on the launcher bar in stock Android
  • Google Apps icon
  • Movie Studio
  • Long Press on Home delivers Honeycomb-esque multitasking menu
  • New look throughout the operating system
  • and more.
Ice Cream Sandwich video tour

Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus S

It appears that this was the real deal. Over at the XDA-developers forum,  the owner reports the phone was remotely wiped, likely by Google.

Via Engadget




  1. FanDroid619

    09/29/2011 at 11:07 am

    Whether it be fake or not, gotta admit that what I see on the vid is one awesome UI

  2. Anonymous

    09/29/2011 at 12:01 pm

    just REALLY Hope that the underlying ui tweaks will resolve, once and for all, the Pounding litigation that Android Keeps facing…

  3. BrianB13

    09/29/2011 at 12:25 pm

    That video is hard to watch but you get what’s happening.  So you have widgets, apps and app drawers.  There is only so much you can do with them.  I guess its all just a matter of taste.  This UI seems fine although a little bland but then again I like Blur and Sense. 

  4. Sam

    10/08/2011 at 6:53 pm

    iPhone is so much better! It sets the bar and all android does is think hmm what features have apple not perfected yet??? Android is just the IHOP of smartphone operating systems

    • Jonathan Wong

      10/12/2011 at 5:37 pm

      You sir are clearly a fanboy. 

      • A-j-roberts

        10/13/2011 at 2:54 pm

        You sir are also a fanboy :P

  5. Jonathan Wong

    10/12/2011 at 5:37 pm

    Ice Cream Sandwich is looking awesome.  The interface looks very refined, it has many nice new features, its fully open source, not to mention I love Ice Cream Sandwiches =) 

  6. JayBoston

    10/14/2011 at 8:02 am

    So what exactly are the new features here?  Drawers?  I understand the unification of the platform – something they need to desperately do for developers, but nothing looks amazing here … hoping for more.

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