Top 5 Features of sgs2 ICS Update - Price N Fees
- On March 17, 2012
Samsung finally launched their much awaited ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS Update for their most popular smartphone SGS2. With the new OS upgrade the first thing that you may realize is the fact that it looks very similar to the earlier version (Gingerbread). Upon inspecting further you will soon realize that a lot of changes are made to make the Android experience more appealing and the OS in general looks a lot more polished. It is obvious that ICS on SGS2 is something that their 20 million users will love and appreciate. So, here goes my top 5 list of Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich OS update that you must use or look into.
The Lock Screen
The first that any user will encounter after successfully installing ICS on sgs2 is the lock screen. Now the screen displays a text at the very bottom telling you to swipe your screen to unlock your phone. The lock screen animation looks really polished and the swipe works in all directions. Another important addition for the lock screen is that you can now incorporate Live Weather. Along with the clock widget already there users can now position the live weather widget wherever they want on the lock screen.
Along with pin code unlocks that you all are familiar with the previous versions of Android, users can now use their front facing cameras for Face Detection Unlock. Face Detection Unlocking is one of the most talked about feature of ICS. Basically you need to store an image of yourself and then the OS matches that image with tracking tools from the front facing camera. Face Detection works like a charm on SGS2. That’s all as far as the new unlocking features are concerned.
Chrome For Android
The new SGS2 ICS update comes packed with Google Chrome for Android. Is the browser something revolutionary? Well, not exactly but it does a pretty decent job with some useful features and upgrades than the Android Gingerbread Browser. You now have a dedicated button allowing you to switch between various tabs when your browser is open.
Page loading speed seems to improve quite a bit with the new Chrome for ICS. Expect full CSS3 and HTML5 support as well as Google Cache features. The Google Cache allows users to view the initial links after a search results much faster as the pages are loaded in the background. Chrome for ICS supports latest flash player as well.
The Data Usage App
With the ICS upgrade you will be glad to know that your phone is now equipped with a default data usage app. Although many of us are familiar with apps like 3G Watchdog, but now Samsung is giving us data monitoring features by default. You can find the Data Usage tab under the main Settings menu. The Settings Area had a slight makeover and now looks more like Apple with the slide to switch on and off functionalities for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
New Recent Apps Layout
Remember how we had the recent apps tab with our SGS2 Gingerbread where it was basically a popup block with a list of icons. Well, now with the new Ice Cream Sandwich Update your SGS2 will feature a brand new look for the recent apps. The new recent apps window shows you a large thumbnail view of your currently used applications. You can even scroll down and find your favorite app in a chronological order. I personally liked the recent apps tab style and entire layout.
Home Screen Carousal
We cannot complete our SGS2 Ice Cream Sandwich guide without talking about the home screen. Surprisingly not much has been upgraded to the home screen layout. As a matter of fact when you first run Ice Cream sandwich on your SGS2 then you would probably think that its Gingerbread cause the Visual UI is identical. The only change that you would notice is that once you swipe past the last home screen you are brought back directly to the first home screen itself.
This never ending carousal effect and polished sliding animations are the only difference as far as the home screen layout is concerned. I think that Samsung did not take a gamble to change the entire UI for its 20 Million Plus users. Instead they played safe so that the new OS is comfortable to everyone. The power option popup also has a new phone restart button that was missing in the earlier version of SGS2.
Another important upgrade that I wanted to mention is slight increase in Samsung Galaxy S2 Battery Life which on the earlier Gingerbread version had to be tweaked so that your phone can last for a full day with 3G services on.
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