I've been using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) since January 19 when my Wi-Fi only Xoom received an update from Motorola. On February 25 I upgraded from a Motorola DROID X to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and since then all my mobile devices have been on ICS. So I've had a fair amount of time to test drive the OS in both tablet form and phone form and it is a very nice update. Here are a few of things I like in Ice Cream Sandwich followed by some short bullets of things I think could be better.

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on March 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM. It was filed in the following categories: Android, Mobile & Devices. It has been viewed 18036 times and has 4 comments.

4 Responses to What I Like About Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

  1. I've been using an ICS build from XDA for about a month now and I am similarly enamored with it. The Gmail and Exchange (Mail) apps have really come a long way. (Though the default action to "Mark as Unread" should never, ever be to jump to the next message. That's just crazy, but at least there's an option to fix it.)

    I agree that the long-press on the home screen change is taking a while to get used to. And Play automatically putting new app shortcuts on your home screen is annoying.

    I would like more customization options in the stock ROM (instead of being baked in by the various developers), but ultimately I am much happier with most defaults than I ever was on GB.

    I've been doing quite a bit of iOS devlopment lately and, in my opinion, ICS makes iOS look like a kiddie toy.

  2. Thanks for the comment Rick, glad you're enjoying ICS too. I agree with you, the market app - even before it was renamed Google Play - creating apps on the desktop is annoying. But you can turn this off in the market settings.

  3. kebabd dylan

    Check out nova launcher. It is a great hone replacement that addresses many of your annoyances like the search bar and long press on home screen

  4. Tom

    Waiting for my Acer tablet to be upgraded next month so I can get a look at it.