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Video: Ice Cream Sandwich Hands-on and Overview


The Ice Cream Sandwich port that was made for the Nexus S has been awesome to play with to say the least. After doing that massive gallery from it though, we noticed that many of you wanted video evidence of it running and decided to put something together. Keep in mind that this is an SDK port and can be slow at times, but it is still one heck of an accomplishment by Drew Garen. Been running this for almost 2 days now and have enjoyed every bit of it.

So without further ado, Android 4.0 running on a Nexus S in video.  

  • I’m not liking the fact that the search bar in the homescreen is fused to the screen. God damn it, that’s what the search button’s for, especially on non-Galaxy Nexus phones. I don’t want it.

    Hopefully when LauncherPro or Go Launcher gets ported to ICS, we get the choice of removing it.

  • @kellex:disqus I’m the guy that sent you a list of new features that were unannounced.

    Anyways, there actually is a new clock… 
    The pictures below show the clock dimmed and normal and the alarms page. 
    These are from the SDK. Why this isn’t in the SDK port, I don’t know. But I believe this is so needed, as the old clock was hideous.

  • Anonymous
  • I really don’t like how you can’t long press for widgets anymore 🙁 

  • If there was a nexus s that worked on verizon I would be tempted to pick one up for cheap to use once ICS comes to it.

  • This should have been how the very first video of ICS was made. Take note “Leakers!”

  • Can’t wait until ICS is actually released!

  • Anonymous

    why didnt he just make the menu button the perv. apps thing….. just saying
    but this is just like having the Nexus G 

  • Anonymous

    Hey Kellx who do you Kill applications so they wont run anymore …..???? 
    You still need a app killer ? Like taskkiller?

  • BK

    Thanks, Kellex, for another great post.

    Can anyone speak to whether ICS will have better Google Voice integration. I mean, we’ve seen the way GV voicemail will be tied in, but what about SMS?

  • Not First

    Just as I’m excited for ICS, I’m excited to see how manufacturers will skin ICS.

  • Clay

    Finally, some polish.

  • iTz ShowTime

    Ice cream sandwich is going to have to face recognition to unlock the phone correct?

  • Cory Streater

    I can’t believe you guys continue to give credit to the wrong person for this ROM! It’s BEEZY from the AndroidCentral forums that put this together!!! Unbelievable! 

    • Lux Ferro

      Beezy may have started it, but others fixed some more stuff and made it work for the non-sprint version. Last I looked at beezy’s changelog, his wifi somewhat worked, data didn’t work still, as well as some other stuff.

      Not that I am putting his work down, we are all thankful.  But the people who took what beezy had, branched it out to the non-sprint phone, and took it to another level gave credit to beezy.

      • Cory Streater

        WiFi worked from the beginning & 3G required a radio flash which was originally posted in the AC forums. The only thing that’s been missing from the beginning is an acknowledgment from this site that Beezy actually did all the work in the first place. In fact your use of the name Beezy is the first time I’ve seen his name written on this site at all. 

        Anway that’s the way the world rolls. Enjoy.

  • Great walkthrough.  Showed me everything I wanted to see in ICS.  Now…to play with it!

  • Dan

    Sweet video!  When you share a picture by email does ICS ask you if you want to resize the image by chance?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Dedicated/forced search box at top totally sucks!

    People widget is of no value to me, if I can delete it I will as I dont want forced aggregate social networking hell on my phone.

    Other than that, pretty cool. I noticed some lag at times after finger presses, maybe just your hardware.

  • Joshua Corbin

    will there be an official ice cream sandwich on the nexus s?

    • Madcow06

      Google verified that the nexus s will get ICS. When? Not sure.

  • That actually looks really stable. Too bad wifi is disabled, but that seems to be running almost flawlessly. I was hoping they’d try to emulate the GNex’s camera, but I’m certainly not going to complain.

  • DavinFelth

    Can you no longer turn the sound off from the lock screen?  That’s a feature I use almost daily.  🙁

  • HuskerDroid

    @Kellex can you swipe between conversations in the messaging app? I know you can do it to go from e-mail to e-mail in the Gmail app.

  • Anonymous

    WOW that phone is slow……

  • Trooper

    Thanks for the video review Kellex!

  • Matobad

    Pretty shallow review…

    • Anonymous

      What? Seriously? This is by far the best preview of ICS that I’ve seen. If you have a link to something better please let me know, I’d love to watch it.

  • Anonymous

    Do we know if when you swipe an app out of the multitasking task switcher list is it killing the running app from Memory or does it just clear it from that list and leaves it running in the background?

    • Anonymous

      kills it from memory. at the ics launch they said it was a task killer that worked

  • Anonymous

    so, on the galaxy nexus, where is the menu button? does the button appear over multitasking?

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute… how do you add shortcuts to the homescreen? Like shortcuts to a contact or an address or a website?

  • Br_hermon

    Am I the only one who DOESN’T like the new app drawer? I LOVE the classic froyo / gingerbread where you can just flick once and it will scroll all through your list (easy to get to the end)   with ICS now I have to do multiple flicks…. grrr… and perhaps more annoying is the same with widgets! Did you see how many pages / flicks Kellex had to use just to get to the widget he wanted to place? SUPER annoying. Anyone who installs lots of widget apps… this is going to be totally obnoxious. Also… If I’m not mistaken, it looks as if the scrolling thumb grip is gone from most apps as well…. another bummer. Aside from that… ICS rocks but I’m pretty disappointed in those things.

  • I’d really like to know if the call screen has a landscape view.  I use the car dock with my OG Droid in landscape for navigation and I hate how the call screen stays in portrait mode.  Also any improvements to the car mode?

  • it’s funny, as soon as i heard about this device and the fact it was unlocked, i couldn’t wait to see all the awesome roms that would be available.  but after watching this, i think i’ll be rocking stock for at least a little while.

    • EC8CH

      my thoughts as well 🙂

    • joejoe509

      Yeah or at least we won’t be beating down CM’s door for a few months. 🙂

    • Tyler

      I don’t even think ill need to root the device unless Verizon does what they do best, which is fill it with bloatware and disable the ability to disable apps. Im outside of 4G coverage so i dont need to be able to tether so root is useless to me at this point, but i still cant wait to see what ROMs and stuff come out for the device and how fast you can overclock it.

  • Anonymous

    Damn good hands on. Thanks for that.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, most hands-on videos spend 50%+ of the time swiping between homescreens and not much else. This is a great preview of the OS as a whole.

  • Nathan Roy

    i think it’s important to note that this isn’t true ICS.  I have played around with a nexus S running “ICS” and the phone returns an API level of 13 (Honeycomb).

  • Anonymous

    Why isn’t there a poll out today asking for the number of people who ordered the Razr? It would be interesting.

    • joejoe509

      Yeah… but how much “stock” did they run out of. Artificial demand if you ask me…

  • Jadam6118

    Just watched the whole thing waiting for face to unlock. The not available on nexus s?

  • Anonymous

    It’ll be interesting to see if existing devices that are to be upgraded to ICS (like Razr, bionic etc).. will have any functionality built into the menu button. If they don’t… it’ll be an epic fail.

  • Anonymous

    Kellex.. do you how big was the ICS rom when you installed it? I’m curious to see how it compares to sense roms (which are between 200 to 400 MB).

  • Anonymous

    on http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-4.0-highlights.html they say your music shows on the lockscreen while playing, if this works in the sdk can we get a pic or some video of that?

    edit, also if you can show using the notification bar on the lockscreen too

  • Anonymous

    Phone manufacturers…take note!

    We don’t need your custom skins anymore.  ICS has a launcher/UI that is hotter than yours.

    • Kixofmyg0t

      After seeing this video….I’m actually LESS impressed with ICS…. I mean it’s nice and I do cut it some slack because its a SDK port…..but after watching how things work….I’m gonna stick to Blur. I like the 5.5+ Blur better than this.

      • Mctypething

        u an idiot bro?

        • babadush

          Blur vs pure ics? Ha. I laugh in your general direction

          • jason6g

            i think what is surprising, is how in responsive the screen seems to be, and how long load times are for simple things.

            this video makes the GS look about as fast as the OG droid bogged down with loads of apps!

            based on this video and the current offerings (sense 3+, new blur, etc) ICS is a hell of a downgrade as far as day to day usage.

            curious how the final build will look. *hopefully* it comes out as smooth and polished as ios. i mean all this with as much regard to progress as possible, but the same arguments keep coming up to force closes, slow and unresponsiveness and things just not working as nice as ios. i dont have issues, but to the general public who doesnt want to maintain their phones they want them to just work

          • Strider91

            Why don’t you wait until the Galaxy Nexus AND official release of ICS rolls out before passing judgement….typically the wise thing to do….

          • Anonymous

            Are we really going to judge an SDK port (the worst of what can be ported, I believe) so harshly?  Then assume that the final build of ICS on the Nexus S would actually be this pathetic or even comparable, seriously?    

          • jason6g

            just saying. i get that its an sdk port hence me looking forward to the final build.

            was just adding my agreements to Kixofmyg0t

          • Ryan_long117

            how many times did he say THIS IS AN SDK? Its supposed to be slow, it is not even from the source code nor is it an official build

          • This is proof of concept, not a stable AOSP ROM.

          • Jeff Harding

            Excuse me, my OG Droid runs as fast as the Bionic. I take offense in that comment.

          • Guest

            Mctypething –  “This comment was flagged for review.”  sorry bro we can’t hear you!  HA!

      • Klaboo

        LOL WUT?

    • Bawona99

      haha, yes! custom skins were never as good as stock android. never will be.

  • Anonymous

    Like Mike Tyson would say “NIIICCCEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    im honestly surprised at how well this port is running. i mean it lags but thats to be expected. and kellex remember that email i sent you about my upgrade? well they sent me another email retracting the upgrade offer. so im stuck paying full retail for the galaxy nexus. im ok with that though. just going to see how battery life is before i buy it. because having the thunderbolt with the piss poor battery life is killing me.

    • Mctypething

      u surprised bro?

      • Anonymous

        honestly the whole bro thing in my opinion is played out. everytime someone says “bro” in any context is so annoying now. you can say it all you want im not trying to stop you but just know you sound like an unintelligent neanderthal. 

        • Mctypething

          u mad bro?

          • Anonymous

            No, thought I was clear in that.

          • GotSka81

            u win bro?

          • John

            just stop dude. no one finds it funny anymore

          • Trooper

            Cool story bro.

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

      • Guest

        you a dick bro??

  • Cannot wait to have this running on my Galaxy Nexus AND my Galaxy Tab 10.1. Consistency FTW!

  • Anonymous

    Ok…the menu button thing could present a problem.  Let’s say I want to put a 3rd party launcher on my phone (like Go Launcher).  How do I get to the launcher settings?  Normally, I would hit the menu button and select “preferences”.  There’s no option in settings to access this.

    • Anonymous

      Apps can use the menu button, so I imagine GO Dev Team could make the menu button active in their launcher.

  • Nyce2beme

    android 4 the win

    • Dominick DeVito

      yes!! (Marv Albert)

      • Madcow06

        From downtown!!

  • EC8CH

    good stuff… thanks Droid-Life

  • Very nice but man no menu button or long press on home screen is going to take some serious getting use to.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Yeah, about 4 minutes

      • takes more than 4 minutes to break a habit

        • Anonymous


  • viewthis66

    we are all into customizing our phones home screen… will we be able to go into settings and turn off the Google search bar at the top of the home screen? Or if i use a different launcher like GO will that still appear regardless?

    • Anonymous

      It should be a widget that you can drag off like any other.

  • Anonymous

    Ahh, I’ve missed watching your videos Kellex. Brings me back to the ol’ days when I just got my droid and needed to find out how to root it. Keep em coming!

    • Mctypething

      u nostalgic bro?

      • Haters always be hatin.  But I think your kinda funny.

        Do I have a crush bro?


      • Your Sister

        Don’t troll this site bro!

        • Guest

          so glad this assclown “Mctypething” is finally getting shut down!!! I LOVE IT!!!

    • He got a pedicure since then it seems 😛

  • Anonymous

    II cant wait for the Galaxy!

  • Dominick DeVito

    When is Google going to finally speed up the Android SDK already?!!

    • Mctypething

      u mad bro?

      • AJ

        you bro bro?

        • Guest

          Hey Mctypething….. shut down again bro!!  NICE!!!!

      • Dominick DeVito

        u don’t post anything useful bro?

        • Mctypething

          u throw stones at glass houses bro?

          • ZOMG!  This was awesome.  + infinity

          • Ice456789

            I have a horse.

            C-C-C-Combo Breaker

          • Joelseph

            ROFL best ever

          • Anonymous

            i really can’t stand the umad meme but that one made me chuckle.

          • Guest

            u mean in glass houses bro?

        • Guest

          it’s because he’s a douche bag!!  glad they are finally flagging his bullchit remarks and deleting them.  how you like that bro!!! LMAO!!!

      • Anonymous

        u redundant bro?

    • You mean the emulator?

  • BNitty

    I’ve been running the ICS SDK port for 3 days now on my NS4G & amazing doesn’t describe it fully. I LOVE it!

  • Dominick DeVito

    ICS ‘appears’ to be a game changer and will hopefully silence the nay-sayers that say iOS is much smoother and stable.

  • popping a chubby

  • Anonymous