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Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0)

Release Date: October 19, 2011
Note: Ice Cream Sandwich version (Android 4.0 release) is not currently available on all devices.

Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0 release) brings powerful new ways to share and communicate to the platform. Its updated user interface makes common actions more prominent and gives you the ability to navigate with gestures. Customize your Home screen apps, do more without unlocking, take advantage of voice input and more.

The steps to find the current OS version varies by device. Below are general instructions that work for most Android devices. For detailed instructions about a specific device, please check the user guide.

To check your current Android OS version:

  1. Open your device's Settings
  2. Tap the About Phone or About Device option.
  3. Tap Android Version to display your version information.


Key Features

  1. Widgets, Folders & Favorites

  2. Ice Cream Sandwich features content-rich, adaptable Home screen widgets. View email and social streams, play songs, browse your calendar and more without launching apps. Group your apps and shortcuts however you want, and keep important items in your Favorites tray for instant access.

  3. Share & Communicate

  4. Ice Cream Sandwich is designed with system-wide touchpoints that make it easy to talk, email, text and share, whatever you're doing. The new People app features robust profiles with contact information and accounts, events, status updates, streaming and connectivity with social networks.

  5. New Lock Screen Action

  6. Do more without unlocking. Go directly to the camera to take pictures, check for messages, change music tracks and view album art while you listen. You can also respond to incoming calls with a text message, or tap to end the call — all without unlocking your device.

  7. Voice Input Feature

  8. Ice Cream Sandwich's robust voice input feature offers streaming voice recognition. Its continuous recording lets you dictate text in multiple languages, for as long as you want. Speak for long periods of time — even pause for breaks — and dictate punctuation for accurate text.

  9. Control Your Network Data

  10. It's the perfect companion for your usage-based data plan, like Share Everything®. Ice Cream Sandwich adds new controls for managing network data usage, with graphic displays of your mobile and Wi-Fi data use, in addition to data used by your apps. Set up warnings or limits and disable data use right from the Settings app.

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