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So true, so very very true.

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Q. What will Android 4.0 a.k.a Android Ice Cream Sandwich pack ?
Ans : Here's the list .

1) Device to Device NFC Sharing
Near Field Communication (NFC) allows devices to wirelessly transfer small amounts of data over a short range.

Google plans on letting you transfer just about anything from one Android device to another with a tap. Just a tap. The phrase they kept using was "0-click sharing." There is no preparation, no app to open, just tap 2 devices together and it works. They demoed transferring contacts, web pages, apps, and coolest of all, YouTube.

2) Better Text to Speech

Text to speech is the "voice" of your phone. When you're using navigation, and the phone tells you to "Turn right onto Main Street," that speech is generated by Android's text to speech (TTS) engine.

3) A Better Keyboard
Google acquired a keyboard company called "Blindtype" in October 2010. Blindtype had amazing auto-correct.This keyboard was not launched . Before it launch Google snatched it away.

4) A Much Faster Emulator
The Honeycomb emulator is slow. Really slow. You could measure its current performance in frames per minute. It drives developers crazy. Google knows crazy developers is a bad thing, and it's doing something about it. At Google I/O 2011, they demonstrated a much faster emulator, and even played a 3D game on it.

5) Back To Open Source
Honeycomb is closed source. Nobody can make a tablet without Google's blessing. The reason given is that Honeycomb was rushed out the door, and the code isn't good enough for an open source release. They're right you know, setting the emulator to anything smaller than a tablet will result in about a million force closes. Honeycomb just isn't as supportive of hardware as Gingerbread was. To save developers the headache of supporting a platform that wasn't ready, Android's openness got shelved.

6) Head Tracking APIs
This was part of the Ice Cream Sandwich Preview at the Google I/O Keynote. Head Tracking is exactly what it sounds like. Your phone or tablet will know where your head is. That lets you do simple things like have the video chat camera automatically zoom in on your face, or really cool things like changing the perspective of a 3D scene based on where you are looking.

7) Android@Home
Home Automation for Android. Google wants "to think of every appliance in your home as a potential I/O device for Android Apps." At I/O, Google demoed controlling lights, speakers, and music players from an Android device. They even designed their own cheap, low power wireless communication protocol for things that aren't normally connected. They specifically called out building the protocol into lights, alarm clocks, thermostats, switches, and dishwashers.

Google is going to bring the app model to home automation. So if you want your alarm clock app to start your coffee maker, someone could write an app for that. Lighting Science will bring the first Android@Home devices, an LED lightbulb and a switch, to market at the end of 2011. Hey, that's right around the Ice Cream Sandwich launch, isn't it?

8) All That Honeycomb Goodness On Phones

Hardware Accelerated UI - Silky smooth scrolling and transitions like that other phone.
Ground-up Multicore Support - Apps running on older Android versions can use a multicore processor, but this is the first time the Android Framework will take advantage of all that power.
The Tron Theme - Sadly Daft Punk isn't doing the sound effects.
Virtual Buttons - More awesome than you realize.
Resizable and Scrollable Widgets - The default launcher might actually be useful!
New Keyboard - You get a tab key.
Notification Controls - The Honeycomb Music Player has Play/Pause, Next and Back controls in the notification. More stuff like that.
*A Tabbed Browser * - Which, by the way, is not Chrome.
Chrome Bookmark Sync - Just because it's not Chrome, doesn't mean we can't steal Chrome's features.
HD Youtube - Phones should start getting 720p screens, but if not, it will still make for great HDMI output.
Redesigned Camera, Calendar, Contacts, Gmail, Gallery and Email Apps - The Camera App is the biggest change. It's desperately needed a facelift. The UI is in a circle like a real life point and shoot. Everything else received a nice coat of polish.
Encrypted Storage - Privacy nuts and your I.T. Department will be happy.
USB Host and Bluetooth Support for Mass Storage Devices, Keyboards, Mice, Gamepads, Joysticks, and Cameras - Android's getting closer to a being real computer. A device with a full size USB port can now do 99% of the USB things a desktop can.
Wi-Fi Proxy Settings - Per access point proxy settings. If you have to ask you don't need it, but there are some people that really need it.
Auto Account Login - You don't ever have to peck in your Google credentials in Honeycomb. Ever. It's awesome and needed more on phones than it is on tablets.
Media Scanner is Out, Media Sync is In - Media Scanner is the app that triggers that "Preparing SD Card" notification. Have you ever downloaded something and an app didn't notice the new file? That's because Media Scanner is stupid. Media Scanner is dead now, and everything notices new files instantly.

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I take it everyone knows about the Bubble Buttons Labs in Google Maps on Android. Right? (see Labs to enable)

Any reviews up for VZW's new Pantech Breakout? $100 for a 4G phone...

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NVIDIA and Android Police are giving away a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb tablet and an awesome Tegra Zone power pack full of goodies (Jawbone JAMBOX, keyboard dock, and more) for doing close to nothing.

See the link to enter.

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Simply awesome - Simply Applied and Android Police are giving away a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb tablet for doing close to nothing. See the link to enter.
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