Ice Cream Sandwich on the Samsung Galaxy S2 – A Refined and Evolved UI
Since the Galaxy Nexus is the first handset to run the latest iteration of Android, the Korean tech giant Samsung has confirmed the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be rolling out to its flagship the Galaxy S2. Sadly, it has not confirmed when the highly popular smartphone will be receiving the update other than the fact that it will be rolling out early in 2012. Despite not announcing when exactly ICS will go live for the phone, we do know what it will do for the phone’s user interface. It boasts a refined and evolved UI.
First of all, the interface is given a revamped look. Common actions are simpler and more visible. It is easier to navigate with simple and intuitive gestures. It comes with a new typeface that is optimized for displays sporting higher resolutions. This will improve readability and enhances the entire Android experience.
When it comes to multi-tasking, running multiple apps simultaneously has been made easier. Now, an app that has been recently run can be accessed from the ‘Recent Apps’ button. This will allow users to jump from app to app with ease. With the list found on the ‘System Bar’, recently used apps are displayed through thumbnail images. If you want to run an application, all you have to do is tap on the thumbnail.
With the Samsung Galaxy S2 with Ice Cream Sandwich, you will get to enjoy home screen folders and a ‘favorites’ tray. With home screen folders, you can group anything from apps to shortcuts. This will make it easier for you access applications and phone features. With the ‘favorites’ tray, users are given the ability to drag shortcuts, folders, and applications in or out of the tray for instant access from the home screen.
This new version of Android will also allow users to resize widgets. This means that ICS on the Samsung Galaxy S2 is highly customizable. Since widgets are used for showing content, you can change their size for them to show more. You can also shrink them down to save on space.
This new software version will also allow users to gain control over network data. Not all users are on an unlimited data plan. Unfortunately, people always seem to go over their limit. The result is paying for the extra data. With this new version, you will never go over your data allotment. You can set warnings to go off whenever you are reaching your limit.
These are just a few of the new features and enhancements of the Ice Cream Sandwich UI when it rolls out to the Samsung Galaxy S2. You are sure to discover more when the update arrives.