Features to Look for in Ice Cream Sandwich and the Future!

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    We have some great new info on potential features in Google's next Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. Many of the features you will read about in the article below are based on factual evidence, but a few are speculative. All of these features may not show up in ICS, but instead could appear in the future. Still, these are some impressive features to look out for in whatever new version of Android Google creates. The original article over at AndroidPolice includes a few more details and some videos, but we covered most of the juicy tidbits here. If you want to check out the videos we have provided a source link at the end of the story. Here are the features that could show up in your next Android device:
    Google Android OS Featureset Wishlist:
    • Device to Device NFC Sharing = This feature takes the NFC technology beyond just mobile wallet applications. According to sources, "0-click sharing" is the plan and this means no preparation, no app to open, just tap 2 devices together and it shares pictures, music, files, calendar events, videos, and websites. - This feature has been confirmed by a Google engineer to be planned for ICS. - Of course, you will need an NFC enabled device to utilize this functionality.
    • Better Text to Speech = The current text to speech engine for Androids has not been updated since its beginning release and is rather lackluster, to say the least. However, in December of 2010 Google bought the speech synthesis company Phonetic Arts, and it is possible they will be implementing the newer technology from this company in ICS. Phonetic Arts was a worldwide leader in speech tech, so we could see some great improvements.
    • A Better Keyboard = Another acquisition that Google made in October of 2010 was a keyboard company called "Blindtype." This could mean vastly improved text correction options.
    • A Much Faster Emulator = The current Honeycomb emulator is extremely slow, which is a source of frustration for developers; however, at Google I/O 2011, they demonstrated a much faster emulator, and even played a 3D game on it. At that time, they indicated it could be ready in a "couple of months." Of course, that was 4 months ago, and ICS will make 6 months, so it is highly probable we will see it in ICS.
    • Back To Open Source = Honeycomb temporarily moved away from open source so that Google could rush out a competing tablet OS to the iPad. It was never their intention of making the tablet OS permanently closed, but it allowed them at that time to control the code more quickly without having to worry about making it open source. Here's a quote from the AndroidPolice article with the skinny on the future,
    • Head Tracking APIs = Head tracking allows your Android device to track you head movements and position. This allows video software to auto zoom on your face or use face distortion gimmicks. It also allows for 3D software to change your perspective in a 3D scene by your head movements. According to the Day One Keynote from Google I/O 2011, this will be available as an API for developers when ICS is released.
    • Android@Home = The name of the game here is controlling all your home electronics and devices remotely with Android. You will be able to control lights, speakers, and music players. They are even working on building the protocol into other devices like lamps, alarm clocks, thermostats, switches, and dishwashers. The first company coming out with a product for this is Lighting Science, with an LED Light bulb and programmed switch. This is due at the end of 2011, but some devices may become available as soon as ICS is released (like the Lighting Science Bulb above).
    • All That Honeycomb Goodness On Phones = Last, but not least, we will have the added functionality of all the Honeycomb features for our phones. Here's a difference breakdown for you:
    1. Hardware Accelerated UI
    2. Ground-up Multicore Support
    3. The Tron Theme
    4. Virtual Buttons
    5. Resizable and Scrollable Widgets
    6. New Keyboard
    7. Notification Controls
    8. A Tabbed Browser
    9. Chrome Bookmark Sync
    10. HD Youtube
    11. Redesigned Camera, Calendar, Contacts, Gmail, Gallery and Email Apps
    12. Encrypted Storage
    13. USB Host and Bluetooth Support for Mass Storage Devices, Keyboards, Mice, Gamepads, Joysticks, and Cameras
    14. Wi-Fi Proxy Settings
    15. Auto Account Login
    16. Media Scanner is Out, Media Sync is In
    It certainly seems like Google is doing more than a slight evolution of the Android product with Ice Cream Sandwich. This new version is like a whole new stage of awesomeness. Eric Schmidt has indicated that we should see it in October or November. What do you guys think? Does this get you more excited about ICS?

    Source: AndroidPolice
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    that looks rather good
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    Some really nice features. Nothing earth-shattering, just incremental improvements. Look forward to better and faster voice-recognition (though I'm sure more horsepower than my D1 helps).

    NFC could be interesting, I'm just not sure it's going to be any faster or more convenient than pulling out and swiping the credit card. Not to mention I expect adoption to be pretty slow as far as where you can use it - if it's not 100% and you still need to carry the credit cards, how good is it really?

    Ooopsss...edit: The resizable and scrollable widgets is a pretty big deal. Some launchers have some or all that functionality, but it gives you even more control over your homescreen.
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    All I want is a screenshot feature built in. Is that really too hard to ask for Google?!?!
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    I would like to see a completely customizable launcher built in so we don't have to rely on LauncherPro or any of the other launcher.
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    I'm liking the Device to Device NFC although I dont know how often i'd use it haha, and also the resizable and scrollable widgets. I've been using LauncherPro so long, I didn't even realize that the stock launcher doesn't have that capability...definitely a must
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    Does a fat baby fart?
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    I don't know??? Do fat babies fart more than normal sized ones? I was just kind of under the impression they pass gas the same....
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    Clearly, fat babies fart more than skinny ones.
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    actually its been scientifically proven that fat babies fart more...no i'm kidding, who knows. babies fart and spit up without prejudice.
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    Let's hope the Galaxy Nexus gets here sooner rather than later.
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    My guess is the nexus will release along side the next gen iPhone. So last week of october or early nov. Apple just officially announced their Oct 4th conference.
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    This discussion took an interesting turn...any who I'm excited for it. I wonder how long it will really take for ICS to roll out to various devices, considering most phones don't even have GB yet.
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    which is why I'm hoping to get a phone that comes with ICS haha...I don't think I could handle waiting a year to get ICS at which point Jelly Bean and Key Lime Pie (or whatever they call it) is already out haha
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    I'd like a "reboot" option when long pressing the power button! Cant get that unless I'm on a rom.
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    Such a simple thing, and so true...
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    Well, the Bionic should have custom roms before long it seems, so that's one solution.

    The upgrades are nice, but really after Froyo it seems most things are just going to be marginal upgrades. I guess controlling your home & home electronics is pretty cool, but until someone invents new ideas and the hardware/software to go along with it, I've been pretty satisfied since Froyo. GB I can't really see how it's provided any extra value. I kind of figure after Ice Cream I just won't care all that much about the latest OS.
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    Yeah but the bionic bootloader is encrypted so we'll just be getting GB roms, still would have to wait for an ICS OTA in order to get ICS ROMs. I agree though that the jump from Froyo to GB is not that big a deal to me (but then again, I'm still on my D1 so maybe I dont like it cuz the D1 can't handle it). Reason I'm waiting for the Galaxy Nexus is because the rumors say it'll be vanilla android which means updates straight from Google with no waiting, and if its not vanilla at least I'd have the latest OS (at the time of course).
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    ICS is getting released in 8 weeks or so. Sweet. I'm moving to an NFC capable phone next, no doubt.
    No NFC will stunt the Bionic's future growth. You can make ROMS but you can't add hardware (unless you strap it on the outside... No thanks).

    The Bionic's lack of NFC is going to cause a serious case of buyer's remorse among those who just purchased it in 3... 2...
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    ^Yea, I'm tying the noose right now.. lol