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Mega-Gallery: Ice Cream Sandwich Walk-through from Nexus S Port

One of the first fully working Ice Cream Sandwich ports has been produced and made public to anyone with a Nexus S. Kellex and I just spent the last hour drooling, ooohing and awing over this thing on our very own devices – it’s super impressive. It’s not the Android 4.0 that you saw at the Hong Kong event and is instead the version we saw a few weeks prior running on none other than a Nexus S. It works, has almost all of the goodies you have been teased with, and will likely make the Nexus S our weekly driver for the next week or so until the Galaxy Nexus is released.

So what we have for you below then, is a massive gallery of how almost all of the new features in ICS will look. You will see the new launcher, widgets, Gmail, camera app, dialer, People app, gallery, keyboard, browser, swiping notifications, Google Talk account switching, etc. If you need a rehashing of all things Android 4.0, we hope this helps.  

Launcher and App Drawer









Google Talk


Dialer and People App










Movie Studio


Google Music


Keyboard and Search


Random:  Widget Grid, Notification Bar and Widget Resizing


If you own a Nexus S and feel like jumping on this, you can find all of the info at this XDA thread.

Anything else you would like to see?

  • Nasferatu717

    +1 For the Ridgeback in the movie editor.

  • Anonymous
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  • Anonymous

    What happens when you spam-click the Android version?

  • You should leak that youtube app…..im a partner….would enjoy having it on my D3 to get extra features….:)

  • Jake

    On my DX I long-press the search button to launch the Google voice search app from anywhere. It’s very convenient and I use it every day for all sorts of things (texting, movies, weather, searches, etc.). With no hard button on the Galaxy Nexus and no search button in the soft keys, will I have to always navigate to that app either through the app drawer or a desktop shortcut?

    • You can set your time/weather widget to launch Google voice,you can pick either hour or the minuts and you’re good to go.

  • Anonymous

    So when the Bionic gets ICS the camera will have a focus option? 

  • Telzrob

    Does Gmail finally support Pinch to Zoom or any kind of HTML mail zooming at all?

  • can you put widgets on the lockscreen?

  • AroundTheFur

    Deftones +1

  • Justintwr

    What does the email client look like for ActiveSync/Exchange accounts? Have you tried the Cisco VPN API from the post yesterday? Does the keyboard response feel any different?

  • TrappN

    Does ICS add zero shutter lag, or is that phone specific? 

    • Anonymous

      My guess is it will be phone specific as it probably needs a certain camera module installed in the phone to fully take advantage of any benefits the software might add.

    • Anonymous

      Phone specific I am guessing it is not working on Nexus S

  • Trusttheman85

    The new tron design is awsome… definately an “ahead of the curve” design choice that works very well for android. i think they hit there designing stride. lets b honest, the dial pad looks awsome, and im sure the buttons glow blue when u touch them. its little florishes thats gonna start giving alot more i*hone users “android-envy”

  • Trusttheman85

    built in equalizer = BOSS

  • Paul

    Green highlights still seem out of place in all the blue.

  • Anonymous

    While everything in there was awesome, I must now go and listen to the Around The Fur album right now and throw in a little Adrenaline. Good music taste man!

  • Anonymous

    does the new youtube app let view and watch your “watch later” playlist? also can you post a pic of the new lockscreen while music is playing?

  • Anonymous

    Damn GMail app STILL doesn’t have a Select All button….arrgh.
    Google Voice also needs a major overhaul, that UI is fugly.

  • Anonymous

    Wooh look, the notfication bar pulls down!!!

  • Rayyan Fairaq

    I’d like to see you clicking on a contact’s image in the gmail/SMS/call log app to reveal all available contact methods. How did that change with the introduction of the People app?

  • Anonymous

    why is it different from the galaxy nexus version? i like this version a lot better.

  • Anonymous

    Any changes to the clock or calculator app? I use the clock nightly, and I’d like to see a refresh to calculator (been the same since 2.0, but it was made nicer in Honeycomb, so I’m curious if ICS adopted Honeycomb’s look).

    • Tyler Cunning

      The calculator app has changed it looks like a mini honeycomb calculator.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Why do people complain about the tmobile ads on this site? If they are making money off of those ads then good for them. They gotta pay the bills and hook us up with all the latest info every single day.

  • Pete

    Hey Kellex thanks for more pics to drool over.  Does the Google talk app allow you to copy message text or any other options on long press now?  Very small detail but I have been waiting for an update to that for a while.

  • Anonymous

    Is there anything new with the non-gmail email app, the calculator, car home, clock, news and weather? If so screenshots would be awesome!!! I’m still curious how 2.x apps work on 4.0, Does Google add a menu button to bottom of the screen?

  • Anonymous

    Is the zero shutter lag a feature of ICS or just specific to the GN?

  • jbonics

    With cm7 close behind, I hope

  • Banunkey55

    +1 on having the Deftones in your library

  • Kixofmyg0t

    I want that Gmail.apk for my bionic……..I have it on my Xoom and it’s nice.

  • Big John

    I found the sound effects tab, but it opens the equalizer app that I have on my phone.

    • Anonymous

      They both do the exact same thing.

  • Josh

    OG Droid? Coming up on my renewal time, but it would be AWESOME to see this on my Original before I upgrade. Thanks to all who have kept supporting it!

  • Sruel3216

    the only thing i dont like about ics is the google widgets. they are so ugly

  • Christopher Riner

    or maybe they just don”t show up with the screen shot

  • Christopher Riner

    so im noticing that there are no software buttons… I had kind of wondered if phones that had physical buttons were going to wind up with the little software buggers pancaked under the screen and on top of the physical ones.  Obviously not a problem for the GN, but will the software buttons be on the other devices when the updates come out?

    • Kixofmyg0t

      I have to answer this and stop the madness from spreading.


      ICS for ur phone WILL USE THE EXISTING SOFTKEYS. You won’t have the on screen keys unless ur phone lacks softkeys entirely.

      Why is that so hard to figure out people?

    • Anonymous


      Jeez people. Just follow logic if you haven’t already learnt that current phones with hardware buttons or capacitive buttons will not show the ICS on-screen buttons. 

  • Keyboard looks nice. THe spacebar is huge

  • Gooncityfl

    Does the face unlock feature work???

  • Anonymous

    So what does this have that I already don’t have on my phone that I can get with free apps, mods and launchers? I have all these features already on my phone. Am I missing something? Miui and Sense call screens are better than ics one. Miui sms and go SMS are better than ics one. Sense and miui browsers and gallery are better than this one. Sense and miui camera are better than this one? Eq in music player and bookmarks widgets already in Sense. Not trying to be a dick but does this have that sense or miui doesn’t already have?

    • Dan

      More options are always better, each person has a different preference.  

      • Anonymous

        Yes u r right I’ll look forward to any update and performance tweaks in may bring. For me I will stick with sense or miui because it offers more than stock ics with great performance. The movie editing app looks cool though.

    • This is just an SDK port dude. Wait to you see the real thing. Try to remember that everything you’re listing are alterations to Android as a whole. That’s why we’re all here. Choices.

      • Anonymous

        Yes I need to be more optimistic about the update. Hopefully there is more when it is released. Its a little underwhelming now but stock always is I guess. It will be cool to see what HTC does with ics.

    • Anonymous

      This will address the needs of the 90% (guessing of course) people who buy Android and never put a rom on.  Plus Sense based phones seem to have trouble keeping up with others in terms of battery because of things incorporated.  Hopefully this will give you what you need and nothing more.

  • Running Man

    Deftines FTMFW!!

  • Anonymous

    I want this on my EVO 3D plz T.T

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Around the Fur!

  • foreWard

    does it sync with facebook as well as it did google+ in the demo presentation…..with the hi-def pics and contact stuff…..thanks

  • Anonymous

    “, and will likely make the Nexus S our weekly driver for the next week or so until the Galaxy Nexus is released.” So does that mean your “sources are still going with the nov 10 launch for verizon?

  • Anonymous

    Show it doing my dishes.

    • trololl

      But your wife’s at my place. 

  • Anonymous

    Nice post, but you got the source totally wrong.

  • Kellex post a video walkthrough pweeeaaasssseeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Anonymous

      From what I’ve seen so far, it appears that “Vanilla Android” is becoming a lot more flavorful.  They seem to have developed a much more polished UI in ICS.

      I’m one of those people that actually kinda likes the Moto skin on the Bionic.  But, the ICS UI looks really sexy.  There really is no need for a phone manufacturer to lay a skin over it.  

  • cant wait

    It says MMS but I am assuming that’s the SMS app?

  • Anonymous

    Kellex can you post up the youtube apk for people to try?? I already have the gmail and music apps from ICS on my Bolt, and that would help fill the gaaps! *pun intended*!

    • Big John

      Is the EQ in that music app on your Bolt?

  • can we get the gmail and browser apk for the OG droid?

    • Anonymous

      it wont work as it is

  • Big John

    Is that EQ built into the leak that dropped a little while back?

  • This just makes me want the Galaxy Nexus so much more!

  • Just wondering if the new music app has gapless playback or not?

  • Looks some of the graphics have changed since the demo in HK: the Google search box is now just underlined instead of boxed and there’s no blue outline around the Gmail widget. Might be others, but those two are welcome refinements in my book — both were things that bothered me. Is the SDK the most up-to-date version?

    • Bear0013

      It says in the post version a few weeks back sorry….but I liked the hong kong presentation

  • Theophilus30

    This is a sincere question: what does the galaxy nexus have that makes it worth getting? Razr and resounded have better specs and will get ics relatively soon. I want to like the g- nex but don’t see why. Any help?

    • Interstellarmind

      g-nex has omap 4460 whereas razr has omap 440.

    • Colin Zack

      its stock and receives updates before the others. it also has NFC, don’t believe the other two do. 

    • Anonymous

      nexus= better processor 4460 vs 4430 in razr
      battery not sure how that will be on either
      camera nexus is better watch some videos it shows the razr with same auto focus bug as bionic
      no blur, faster updates
      larger, nicer screen on nexus

  • KevinC

    how bout a video? 🙂

  • J Dub

    Not the best Deftones album BUT Deftones is Deftones which means still one of the best bands ever.

    • It was the first song to come up, don’t worry. I like ALL Deftones lol

  • How long in the tooth does Gingerbread look right now?

  • Anonymous

    this version of ICS looks better. i wasnt a fan of the new icons on the galaxy nexus version. i wonder why they are different anyway?

  • Stop posting rubbish troll. 

  • Is the camera as fast as the demos, or is that more due to the hardware improvements?

    • J Dub

      I’d say hardware, but who knows?

    • jer

      I’d like to know that to!

  • For for all those who just don’t “get” why we want a Nexus phone.


    ’nuff said.

    • Anonymous

      Not impressed.

  • Ha Ha Motofanboys….

    Your Bionic and Razr just got 1-up’d by the Nexus S.
    Just wait ’til we get the G-Nex.

    • DJstinkDIK

      Very classy bro.

    • Anonymous

      Would you relax a little. You have literally been on paTROLL all day. As Proud owner of divices from HTC, Motorola, and Samsung I would say they each have their pros and cons. Look Motorola and HTC’s current dual core and up and coming phones, Razr and Resound, will receive ICS. So stop acting like you have, or will soon have the ONLY phone with ICS.

      Ohh by the way I prefer Motofanman…

    • Robbarre10

      u mad bro?

  • Ray

    I cant wait til some full on Roms come out for the droid X to hold me over for a few weeks until i get the real thing!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll try not to steal my gfs Nexus S

    • Bear0013

      Just stare her in the eyes and say I luv you..she’ll just give it to you lol

  • guest

    Is the movie editing app better in ics?

  • Pete

    I dont see the onscreen buttons here! It means that they dont appear on phones with physical buttons even with ics upgrade?

    • Anonymous

      That would be a complete waste of screen space. I hope they wouldnt be there.

  • Anonymous

    I want the video.  AKA phone porn. 

  • Anonymous

    Is that true? Is there really a built-in audio EQ? Awesome! (Not that I really use ’em, but all the PowerAMP people are always griping about how awful it would be to not have an EQ…)

  • Ggg

    Lets have a video please?

  • Still love the new Roboto font.  Wiped my Incredible and it was one of the first things I fixed.

  • Anonymous

    Deftones. Nice choice.

    On the topic of ICS, I can’t wait. I’m still using my OG Droid (although still 100% useful and working great thanks to ProjectElite) and I’ve passed on every phone since last summer despite having two available upgrades (I now have four available). I kept telling myself another phone would come out that would blow everything else out of the water much in the way the OG did. The Galaxy Nexus is that phone and I can’t wait to own one (or two).

  • god that white nexus S is so fresh, i can’t believe Verizon passed up on it 

  • Mattg67

    Woot deftones! good man ;p

    • You know it! 🙂

    • Guest

      Yes! And old Deftones too.  Awesome.

    • Anonymous

      +1 for Deftones!

  • Name.

    This looks so much like Droptheme did….+1

  • Da

    when does the TALK app (and service) will enable sending pics and files??

  • Anonymous

    Its a pain looking at picture posts from my droid kellex..

  • “Anything else you would like to see?”

    A galaxy Nexus in my hand.

    • Bear0013

      The color of the LED pleas

      • Anonymous

        from what i’ve read the specs said “RGB notification LED”
        I assume that to mean all colors, though you might need an app from the market to take adavantage of it (my DX does all colors but it’s not in the native settings, Blink works well though)

    • Bear0013

      And a up close and personal shot of the screen

  • Anonymous

    how does the people app look with a list of people?

  • David Faber

    “will likely make the Nexus S our weekly driver for the next week or so until the Galaxy Nexus is released.”

    The next week or so?  No release date has been given for the GN and certainly not in the next week…

  • Interstellarmind

    is that it for the camera options? no ISO? metering? hue, saturation, sharpness, and/ or contrast?

  • Bear0013

    If there is a solid color notification led on the galaxy nexus I hope they make it neon blue

    • Madcow06

      On one of the slides from the announcement it’s green. Not sure if it’s the only color or not though.

      • Bear0013


  • This pretty cool…now just give me an official or unofficial…i dont care which, but i want ICS for my droid 3…..like now

  • Skwerlii

    Wow… I see nothing here I don’t enjoy….

  • Notice that some of the icons (Camera, Calendar, Clock) are still Honeycomb icons and the clock in the notification bar is white, not blue like it really is. In the picture with the camera options open, that’s a Honeycomb themed box, not like the solid gray in ICS. I think this is a really old build of the SDK, maybe even from before Google publicly released it.

  • wavedashdoc

    Ok. So now just port this on over to a second init version for the Droid x. easy right?

  • Anonymous

    Video Please??

  • Anonymous

    This is an old version It still has “huddle” on it !!

  • How is the keyboard?  I’m really excited to use it.

  • Dan

    Show us the new youtube app

    • Updated 🙂

      • Dan

        looks a lot more polished

      • OG Droid

        Deftones fan. Thats awesome

  • Still can’t believe Google didn’t put toggles in the notification bar in ICS! Of the many features that were taken from CM7 and some of the manufacturer’s customizations, that definitely should have been one of them.

    • There’s a shortcut to “settings” just not in this old ass build.

  • Warden Chinbach

    Be the first to show us the Movie Studio app in ICS! Nobody has shown it on a phone yet.

    • This Italian site has just that. http://android.hdblog.it/

      You may need to scroll down a ways, the post is at least a day or two old.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the link, never seen that site and i like it

    • Updated 🙂

  • Aaron Birnbaum

    If this is an sdk port, then why is it an older build of ICS than what we saw last week?

  • what about the music controls in the notification bar… is there any?

    • Yes, in ICS. Maybe not this build. They said as much during the launch.

    • Not seeing any in this build…

  • Pandalero

    In all the screenshots so far of the Gmail app, not one has shown labels in the main Inbox view. Not sure if that’s because there haven’t been any labels attached to the item in the screenshots or if the new version of the app doesn’t show labels. Can you verify one way or another?

  • Anonymous

    Something else I’d like to see? This on the Thunderbolt 🙂

    • Good luck, HTC can’t even get your gingerbread

      • LOL. Who cares if HTC can’t? I already have sense 3.5 with gingerbread running flawlessly with ZERO glitches or problems. 

        • Anonymous

          Yea I hate it when people bash on the Bolt based off what they read when most of them dont even have one. I had gingerbread before Verizon even carried a phone that came with it out of the box.

          • strizzle843

            A 4.0 took I can flash that’s not asking for a official release

          • strizzle843


    • J Dub


  • Anonymous

    me want

  • Nideda24

    What’s the mms app look like?

    • Updated the post 🙂

      • jam120992

        does this port have face lock? is the stock email resigned along with the gmail app ? what does the calender app and widget look like? does this port have the people app?

  • Goblueboy

    So the Nexus S is the first device with ICS. Problem Google? :trollface:

    • No dumbass – it’s called a NEXUS phone.

      Educate yourself before blasting people.

      • Anonymous

        While I agree with you….you seem like such a prick.

        • shaun

          I concur, I’ve seen a handful of posts from this guy today and every single one seems to have this holier-than-thou attitude.

  • dan

    looks sick

  • Rob Becker

    Is the camera any faster with ICS or is it just the Galaxy Nexus hardware?

    • Anonymous

      It’s not as fast as the Galaxy Nexus. Probably partly hardware-related, but also because this is an SDK port heh.

      • Anonymous

        How do the bottom 4 buttons work? Is Menu used for task manager?

        • Bottom 4 buttons work normally except for the settings soft key. Doesn’t seem to function at all. Home is used for multi tasking through apps and such, back button works as expected, and search brigs up the “search” app. 

          • Kixofmyg0t

            And people were freaking out “Softkeys are useless now!”

            Nooooopes. Still works like normal people. Move along, nothing to see here…..well except the settings(menu?) key….sounds like a bug to me.

          • Aaron Birnbaum

            It seems google is moving to a paradigm of more exposed options, like in the new gmail app, so the settings button isn’t as needed anymore.

          • Anonymous

            What you said doesn’t make any sense unless im reading it wrong. Back is takes you back a page (ok), menu(the settings button) does nothing, home is the multitask threw apps, and search brings up search app. How do you get back to your homescreen? I’m a tad confused, surprised no one else said anything about this.

      • OG Droid

        Is there a switch to turn to vibrate or do you have to use the volume rocker on this side?

    • Anonymous

      I would imagine that it’s hard to know. The version of ICS running on the Nexus S is a port from the SDK, not a straight compile from source (i.e. AOSP). Also, the kernel in use is 2.6, and I believe ICS ships with 3.0.

    • oddity98

       That is the exact question I have!!!

  • EC8CH

    So those are the T-Mobile Ads on Droid-Life that everyone bitches about…

    first time I’ve seen them 😛

    • Anonymous

      Pales in comparison to the mega T-mo days when the banner turns white and there is literally 5 T-mo ads at the top of the screen.

    • jason6g

      my first time seeing them as well!

      • Anonymous

        You must be short, cause that went right over your head.

        • jason6g

          must have. adblock & adfree for me, so i hardly ever see ads. it literally was the first time ive seen those tmobile ads. kinda nice too, but maybe its just the nice girl in the pink dress

          • kretz

            pretty sure this was in reference to the nexus s, which is a t-mobile device.

    • AdBlock. never see ’em.

      • Balls

        + 1 for adblock first time I’ve ever seen that

        • Nex


    • Anonymous

      It’s sad people don’t support the websites they spend so much time on.  But I have to agree, although I don’t use adblock on droid life, I don’t click ads at all, but I don’t approve of blocking sites like DL that provide us with so much information on a hobby we really enjoy.

      • John

        I never ever click ads anyway, so blocking them doesn’t affect DL whatsoever.  

      • Bobby Phoenix

        I have no problem allowing ads.  Ads that are just there I mean.  The ones that are flash based, or make sound, or are so bright and colorful, are the ones I can’t stand.  Make a still, nice plain, text ad, and I will allow it, and even click on it to support you.  Any others: BLOCKED!!!

    • Matthew Rosidivito

      But… it’s the T-Mobile girl…