The new version of Android will power both tablets and phones and aims to have no fragmentation at all. The new user interface ill also be shared among both phones and tablets (with a base resolution of 720p), and the first device using it will be the Galaxy Nexus, which will support 4G LTE or HSPA+.
The new version of Android contains several new features, including an all-screen UI, meaning that the home, search, and back buttons will have no place on the device itself, and when not being used, hide. Gestures are used to control Android as well. There is full NFC support throughout the OS, Face Unlock, which uses your face in a facial recognition program to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Second is the Android Beam, which is an NFC-based technology which allows you to share information like web pages, apps, YouTube videos and more by merely tapping two phones together. The new People app implements everything about a single person easily, and looks pretty clean.
Furthermore, as Google stated, “People like Android. People need Android. They don’t love Android.” Which is why Android is now very personalized, including its new font, Roboto. It only works on high resolution displays, and is sharp, clean, and easily understandable. Everything is changed, like unlocking the homescreen, and all 5 homescreens are easily customized, with dragging widgets like you do in Honeycomb. Or taking screenshots using the volume down and power buttons.
For example, to create a new folder just drag to apps on top of each other, and then creates a folder that organizes itself. Or the new Visual Voicemail. Or a notifications tray being available on the lock screen. Or easy copy-and-paste, where you can just drag-and-drop chunks of text anyway you like. And talk-to-text is instantaneous, with improved recognition. The list goes on and on: bookmarks being synced to Chrome, a new tab UI for the browser and offline reading, the new Gmail UI with features like offline searching and more, Action Bars that control most if not all of the apps, and including ways to manage data usage, and even to set how much you’d allow yourself to use.
And indeed, there’s more after the break.
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