Friday, October 28, 2011
Hidden features of the Ice Cream Sandwich
We continue with you for the presentation of the new version of Google's mobile operating system " Ice Cream Sandwich." On the main news I talked at length after the event, where you highlight in broad strokes the new improvements.
But as the week has progressed we have been discovering new features that have Ice Cream Sandwich and maybe many of you still desconocéis. So do not miss our review on the hidden features of ICS.
During this week we have been reviewing the major developments of ICS beyond what we told you after the event. I discussed all you have to know about updates to ICS from any phone other than your own Galaxy Nexus here . I also talk about the new interface Ice Cream Sandwich and major changes here . We did an extensive review of the application system that incorporates ICS here . But this covers all the new Ice Cream Sandwich? No. Let's start.
ICS Hardware Acceleration
One of the main ones that most Android users and developers requested. So far (Android 2.3.7) Google's operating system was using the CPU to draw the GUI for the user, causing in some cases, the user experience was not the best. ICS 4.0 comes with hardware acceleration, which means that the interface can be handled and drawn by the GPU of the mobile phone, dramatically increasing its speed, responsiveness and of course the user experience.
This difference in the behavior of hardware-accelerated Android being already established in his day with the Samsung Galaxy S, which your browser modified by using Samsung hardware acceleration, and its speed and responsiveness much better than the native browser Android.
Barometer, explanation from Google
At first glance many of us were a little puzzled by the fact that the new Galaxy Nexus will carry a barometer, they say that there is an element of "classic" of all Smartphone. Well before this confusion, Dan Morrill, one of the big names on Google Android, the masses decided to clarify through Google +:
The primary purpose of the barometer is (at least, I've Been Told) to make GPS lockons faster. Locking on to a GPS Involves solving numerically a set of 4-dimensional linear equations - 3 dimensions in space, and time. (Yes, you get holly for free if you time lock on to GPS.) Because of the way GPS works, This Can take a FEW minutes. This goes much faster if You Already Have An estimate of your location. This is why "aGPS" (assisted GPS) services are so popular: by starting with a rough fix Coordinate city-level-through something like cell-tower location network, reduce the amount you dog of math You have to do to lock on. This Is Where the barometer eat in.The 3 dimensions in space are latitude, longitude and altitude .... The barometer Gives you a reasonable first-cut estimate for altitude. This Gives you a bit of a leg up on one of the dimensions - Especially Combined with "2D" aGPS - which help speed up dog lock-on in general.Now of course, the barometer Can Also Be Used for Things like, well, Determining atmospheric pressure (although I'm not sure weather it's really grade.) But the main reason it's in your phone is to help with GPS.
For non-English dominéis, whatever we say Dan is the barometer is a tool to get the GPS satellite signal and for it to be more successful. Not only that, but the barometer can be used for other things, for example, determine the atmospheric pressure, but the main reason why the Galaxy is in all Nexus is to help the GPS.
ICS comes with a killer of "Bloatware"
Ah the "Bloatware" that huge amount of applications that manufacturers and operators to put in our phone in advance to fuck with us solve our life. For ICS Google has realized that for most users, the "Bloatware" is a problem. And with Android 4.0, the user will have the tools to remove and control the applications that we "strain" the shift operator or manufacturer. From the application menu Ice Cream Sandwich, the user can disable any application, even a system application. This means that when we put in the Samsung system applications do not want an application that can make it disappear, without having to be root without causing conflict in our Android. You can even disable applications like Android's default browser or email application native.
It will be interesting to see this change from the ROM's from manufacturers such as Samsung or HTC, filling their application devices that most users want. In the same vein, American users of Verizon (famous for putting hundreds of applications "bloatware" in their models) will be happy with this new feature.
Support for Stylus in ICS
So what you hear. Ice Cream Sandwich will have native support for Stylus (stylus). Both Samsung and HTC Flyer with Note and already had support for Stylus, but now introduces natively on the entire operating system, making any device with Android 4.0 can be controlled by Stylus, both tablets and smartphones. There are still many of us nostalgic for our time with the Palm we look forward to using a stylus in Android.
What do you think these new hidden ICS?, As you know more hidden features will let you know, have no doubt.