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Thursday Poll: Which Ice Cream Sandwich Features Impressed You the Most?


Now that Tuesday night’s Ice Cream Sandwich event has had time to settle on your brains, we want to know what impressed you the most from it. Not only was a brand new UI introduced, but we also saw a brand new outlook on the experience from Google. Everything has been cleaned up, made more efficient, and really gave us the impression that the end user was their focus for the first time.  


We saw a face unlock feature that would have wow’d the crowd had it worked – we will blame the low lighting for that one. We saw a brand new People app that learns from the services your friends use to stay updated in real-time. There were completely redesigned browser, Gmail, and calendar apps that add features and functionality that many of us have asked about for years. We get native screenshots! Google Voice has been built right in. The keyboard now predicts, corrects and types better than ever. Swiping gestures were added to almost every app to make your experience that much more fluid. The lock screen is all new and beautiful. Resizable widgets from Honeycomb made the cut. Native folders were introduced. Network data monitoring could change the way we consume data. A new NFC feature called Beam was unveiled for quick sharing of almost anything with your friends. Oh, and let us not forget about the camera and video apps that can shoot time lapse video, take pictures in a split second, and allow you to edit it all with the push of a couple of buttons.

It was one hell of a night. So rather than posting an actual poll since there were so many amazing features, we just want you to sound off in the comments. Give us your top 3 moments from the ICS event. What 3 things did you say, “Holy…” Were you blown away by the speed and clarity of the camera app? Will Beam become your new friend? Are you looking forward to the detail and polish of the People app? Screenshots topping the list?

My top 3:

1.  Camera app was mind-bogglingly fast.
2.  The entire new UI is so clean and beautiful.
3.  Revamping of Gmail, browser, calendar and People apps. All were so needed.

  • Trusttheman85

    I dont know about you but the feature that i was excited about is a very small but great one… the option to change tracks via the notification bar… i hate having to leave apps to change tracks, so this makes is so much easier. Every feature now on android is “clean”, which helps against the “what makes it better (or simular) then the i*hone” argument

  • Ht

    disable pre loaded junk

  • Cmonnats23

    all about the screenshots baby!

  • 1.) Updated Camera app
    2.) Network Data Monitoring
    3.) Facial Recognition for Unlocking

    As an amateur photographer it’s very important to me to have a good camera app, though I can generally compensate for anything in Photoshop.

    As I rely heavily on data it’s nice having a built in way to monitor it without having to use space for an app.

    Facial Recognition is nice cause it gives a nice way to lock my phone in a way that it can be secure, but not annoy me.

  • KpAtch3s

    Google+ integration since it’s so much better than facebook, the new ui, and the integration of google voice

  • Donguason

    Notification control in the lock screen ftw!!!!! As well as lockscreen Contols.

  • Anonymous

    the new camera is what i’ve been waiting for.  the only reason i’ve been sticking with sense based roms on my tbolt is because the sense camera is soooo much better than the aosp camera.  now that the ics camera is amazing, i can’t wait for samsung to take my money.

  • Satya Chowdary

    Everything except the Galaxy Nexus not having expandable memory slot….

  • Ravnos CC

    1) Data tracking on a per app basis! 
    2) FAST/usable camera
    3) new gallery looked good too

  • Scott Hartman

    1) Camera speed and controls (freaking time lapse!)

    2) UI overhaul – not just beautifully consistent, but the move to swipe gestures and away from long-presses is a masterstroke

    3) Revamped (and consistent) layout for Google apps – I love extending swiping and the common actions bar on the bottom throughout Gmail, etc.

  • Mark Lewis

    1. Unified UI/SDK – Loving the true phone/tablet parity and the beautiful UI.
    3. Source Code – Not announced at the event, but ICS source will be released, unlike Honeycomb.
    3. Data Tracking – I’m still on unlimited data with Verizon, but the ability to track data usage by app for any time windows will be awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Facial recognition, camera speed, new UI

  • Anonymous

    My favorite feature is Lyoneidas! It better be stock on my contact list!

  • kep

    Same top three as kellex

  • Michael Allis

    Personally, I was most blown away by Beam; my mind started racing with thoughts of possiblities. Sharing photos, exchanging twitter handles or facebook information, even drunkenly getting a phone number without fear of mis-keying or missing any info! It’s a beautiful world we’re living in, ladies and gents.

    Runners up include: the new camera app and the overall polish of the entire UI; everything just meshes so much better than previous iterations. It looks like a complete coherent OS.

  • Julio Duverney

    where’s the poll? 

  • PyroHoltz

    Where is the voting poll?

    I’d say the merging of tablet and handset OSs is important.

  • Booboolala2000

    1. Flicking away unimportant notifications and keeping the others.
    2. Overall UI tweaks love the swiping left or right.
    3. Multi-tasking is much improved.

    Side note, the Zero Lag on the Nexus Camera

    • 1TallTXn

      2.3.4 has that feature. I’ve got it on ProjectElite on my OG Droid and my wife has something similar on her D2. MotoBlur uses a “-” button to allow you to dismiss individual alerts.

      ICS as a whole is a much more polished looking OS than GB.
      I do agree that iOS has a much smoother feel, even on slower hardware.

  • Trevor-kai

    There is so much to talk about when it comes to ICS, but I was extremely impressed with the camera/video app first and foremost. Coming from and OG Droid and it’s shutter lag, it was amazing that the Galaxy Nexus HAD ZERO shutter lag. Secondly, the UI is so much more user friendly, which is going to invite a broader range of users to the Android expirence. A Lastly, but not leastly, the people app is something that I’ve been wanting for quite some time. Large high-def photos when calling might not seem liike a big deal, but it’s the simplicities that make a good UI great! P.S. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

  • Blueethernov13

    I’m getting this gallaxy nexus and it will be my last phone ever…. It’s beautiful, what else could you want??? Sidenote: Moto blur will be terrible with ICS…. just imagine…

  • Omgiitsedgarrr

    Ios 5? there is to many android devises out there that you don’t even know what to pick from 

    • ThePenetrator

      I know what I’m picking, I’m getting this bad boy here.

      • Omgiitsedgarrr

        yeah dude but a week later after this one comes out there will be one with the new os 

        • Gust

          you mad, bro?

          • Anonymous

            Hey mctypething…do u get a chubby every time someone copies ur annoying catch phrase?

          • guest

            You mad bro?

        • Anonymous

          u mad?

          lol @ apple people talking about how they have one phone and that’s better, I guess you guys don’t like choice.

  • Anonymous

    I know it’s a honeycomb feature, but since I don’t have a tablet, I am totally excited for the resizeable widget thing.

    • SamIam

      Next time consider a Motorola phone.  They’ve had resizeable widgets for over a year now.

      • Anonymous

        Heh, I have a Motorola phone…I totally didn’t know I could do that. lol…silly me

      • Anonymous

        So does Sense. Blur sucks a huge donkey cack though.

  • Foamposite0o1

    1. The newly improved camera
    2. Roboto makes it look incredibly clean and small things like that can make it feel like another universe compared to GB
    3. The people app looks amazing. (again, something small that makes it feel a world of a difference)

  • Anonymous

    all of it taken together is a big wow for me.  The camera was huge, but just the way teh UI flows really wowed me as well.

    One thing i thought they could have done better, is make the buttons look a little nicer.  I know they’re trying to keep them “outta your face” with the way they have them now, but i thought grpahically, the could have added a little more to em.  But thats just a nit.

  • ThePenetrator

    Where’s the poll?

    • Anonymous

      You clicked the headline and scrolled immediately to the bottom of the post without reading, didn’t you?

      • ThePenetrator

        I JUST read it, guess I was impatient

        • Anonymous


  • Everything!!!

  • Love the face unlock, wish they had gesture unlock to.. 
    The New UI seems like it’s going to be real hard for devs to make me want to switch to a home screen replacement.. 
    The camera.. everything about from no shutter lag to the panorama has me jumping for joy.. No you can always fit everything and everyone into the picture frame.. 

  • I am impressed with the data limit. Now that Verizon has axed their unlimited data I had concerns about going over 2 GB. The UI is amazing as well as the camera app. I only wish Google would include “not disabling the bloatware melter and not disabling the data limiter” in their Android 4.0 usage contract with carriers. I expect carriers to F-up ICS by changing it and adding unwanted garbage and skins. 

  • Camera App, New UI and the Lock Screen 

  • Im pretty happy about the Browser and Hardware Acceleration … Though I do think the HA should have been here long before ICS.

  • Iceberglettuce

    1) More polished bro
    2) Hardware acceleration bro
    3) Screen size bro

  • Anonymous

    My favorite features…

    1. It being released
    2. Protective packaging
    3. Brown Santa handing it to me

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t that impressed, didn’t care for any of the social networking crap.  Not sure I like the new dialer or people apps.  I definitely hope that giant google search bar at the top taking up screen space is just a widget and not permanent like it is in Honeycomb but I get the feeling it’s not, especially since there is no longer a search button.  Not happy about that.  Also don’t like the app drawer pages instead of vertical scrolling.

    What I did like was the data manager, new folders, better camera software, much improved browser and the improved notifications and swiping to remove them/recent tasks/browser tabs.  It’s disappointing that getting rid of apps in the recent used list doesn’t end them though.

    Definitely like the system wide hardware accelerated 2D and the api for music controls.

    • Booboolala2000

      I’m willing to bet that the Google search bar that you see On all the screens is removable. Or you can change it to bing if you like. I personally like it, it is a modern version of the magnifying glass capacitive button.

  • BoozeHammer

    Siri… Ops

  • kurttrail

    Worst ICS features:

    1. Paginated scrolling thru apps.
    2. Allowing access to my personal info without unlocking.
    3. That I don’t have it now!

    • Doug

      Not a big fan of paginated apps either, hopefully that’ll be adjustable to vertical scrolling. The folders thing is way cool too.

  • boo Jay

    With android, it isn’t any one thing.  It’s the entire experience that I’m impressed with.  With Apple, apparently just adding Siri makes it the best phone on the market!

  • Anonymous

    1. Camera
    2. Everything else 3. See above lol

  • Anonymous

    Is the Camera speed a function of ICS, the phone hardware, or both? I get the feeling it’s mostly the hardware, because even with Gingerbread, we see huge differences between the different phones.

  • SkinnyTrini

    1. I especially liked the unlock facial feature, I think its cutting edge.
    2. 4.0 Ice cream sandwich polished new UI, lock screen,multi tasking and notification dismissal.
    3.People’s app impressed me as well.

  • GotSka81

    Honestly, I’m most impressed that they’re allowing the locking/disabling of bloatware.  Google = win.

  • ruhawaiian

    1) I have to agree with the Camera APP being as fast as it was…I really said “holy ships.”
    2) Loved the new folder feature to group apps or “peeps”
    3) The UI is pretty awesome, definitely better than my OG Droid with froyo.  However, I will always love my OG Droid.  It was the device that has made me an avid android user.

  • The Good Captain

    1. Ability to remove bloatware (Finally, no root necessary. Though I’d probably root it anyway. 😉  )
    2. Ability to remove items from the “Recent Apps” list (The absence of this feature in Honeycomb drives me nuts!)
    3. The camera features (Yes, all of them!)

    Though, honestly, the whole thing looks awesome!

  • Christopher LeMeilleur

    1) Flick-away apps webOS style.
    2) Instant dictation.
    3) App/Widget drawer makeover.

  • Anonymous

    I actually would have said exactly what you did:

    My top 3:

    1.  Camera app was mind-bogglingly fast.
    2.  The entire new UI is so clean and beautiful.
    3.  Revamping of Gmail, browser, calendar

  • Anonymous

    ICS is good, but not as good as iOS5.

    iOS 5 added a revolutionary new notification system, and the ability to do magical things, like update your phone without a computer.

    And we got amazing new voice command system, that can do things like send messages with your voice.
    It’s like an incredible assistant.


    • Pandawatch08

      You have to be kidding. 

      • Anonymous

        he is…

        • Pandawatch08

          yeah, i totally missed /s. i’m hungover. give me a break. 

          • John

            on a weekday?
            damn youngins

          • SugaShane

            You old, bro? 

          • me too!!

          • Ntbohl

            You hangin bro?

      • John

        did you even read the comment?

      • Anonymous

        you didn’t “see what he did there”, did you…

    • Thats LOL. You are funny. Made me LOL 

    • Antjigga

      So that you know, Google been had a notification window well before Apple thought about it, also how do you think all Android phones get there up dates? OTA, not from a computer..IOS5 is late with this one, last thing, they brought the company siri over a year ago so Apple stop making people think you devolped the software..SMH

      • Anonymous

        Please tell me you are serious lol. For someone who uses acronyms like SMH I would suspect you would understand “/s”

      • i think what you are seeing from eric is called sarcasm… lol

      • Anonymous

        Im fkin embarssed for some of the ppl posting on here.. how the hell did u not know that was sarcasm?? Kidding me??

        • Anonymous

          i’ll just point out their use of there and then in answer to your question

    • Umm just so you know. Android powered phones have been doing “over-the-air” updates for a while now. Meaning no computer need for updates. So that is nothing new for android users. Droid Rules!!!

      However I do like the voice command assistant. That is a very cool feature.

      • Anonymous

        Serious man is serious, and doesn’t recognize sarcasm, even with a /s indicator on the post.

        • Guest


      • yeahhh

        obviously someone has never encountered sarcasm

        • Mike D

          A wild Sarcasm has appeared!

    • Justin Kos


    • Anonymous

      All three of those features were already on Android.  They did improve on the Gingerbread version of those versions in iOS5, but there is certainly a lack of innovation at Apple right now.

      Also, I highly doubt anyone will still be talking about Siri a few months from now.  It’s more of a gimmick then a useful feature.

  • Bionicman

    1 – camera features
    2 – face unlock (yes a gimmick but awesome nevertheless plus i think it’ll be useful!)
    3 – android beam (yes with infrared you’ve been able to do this for a while now but its still a very cool feature. im even using it to try to convince my wife to sell her iphone4 so i can buy her a GNex too!)

  • Anonymous

    Kellex – any chance of you weighing in on the no-expandable-memory deal? If you already have, I missed it…

    • hfoster52

      A couple of the other sites are stating this is because Google is pushing the cloud concept.  So why do you need on-board storage? 

      • Anonymous

        I understand that and for my personal use, I don’t need an SD slot. But to me, eliminating expandable storage limits the user’s options… expandable storage has always been one of the strongest arguments (IMO) for how the android philosophy is better than apple, expanding to the hardware. Kinda a tough philosophical bullet to bite, even if there is sound logic behind it

      • Doug

        As long as there is a large amount of storage, I don’t need it to be removable, just easily accessible, I have like 5 gb of music on my sd card and i like being able to go from computer to phone. The cloud is a great idea, but can act as a middle man at times…

  • Anonymous


    Hopefully I can now use Android for my corporate mail!

  • 1. Taking pictures while recording videos
    2. Integrated data tracking features
    3. Beam

  • SugaShane

    This comment section has turned into one big circle jerk.