VENTURES AFRICA – Smart-phones are making wave in the African market, more than computers, we hear. No, to be more accurate- Internet penetration in Africa is facilitated by smartphone proliferation. One of such is the Blackberry and Android phones. Is BlackBerry still number one in the market? Android is not left behind.
The Android is constantly going through major overhauls. Right now, they are in version 4, popularly known as Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
It is the best version of Android at the moment. Aside from added features, it exhibits a whole new font named Roboto, which is easy on the eyes.
Ice Cream Sandwich has garnered plenty of praise because of the way things meld together. The interface is seamless and plenty of built in apps are essential. Do you want to know more?
You might want to consider doing away with your old phone for an Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. Yes, it is that good!
1. Face Unlock
Aside from unlocking your phone via password, you can also do it with your face through Face Unlock.
It’s pretty easy to understand. All you have to do is look at the front camera of your ICS phone and it recognizes your face. It’s pretty fun to show off this feature with your friends.
2. PC – like Internet Browser
Browsing the Internet through an ICS phone feels like you’re using a desktop. With the new browser, you have Chrome sync. This feature syncs your Google Chrome’s bookmarks to your ICS phone. Aside from that, you get tabbed browsing, Incognito tab and even a full desktop button.
The full desktop button allows you to view full versions of the websites you’re viewing, instead of the compressed, mobile versions.
3. Improved Contacts Functionality
Collecting information about your contacts has never been easier with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Once you create a profile, the phone automatically updates information taken from social networking profiles, such as Facebook. Of course, you can also add in other data as well.
The profiles are displayed in cards and automatically updates every time new information is added.
4. Data Monitoring
One of the best things about cellular data is the advantage of surfing the net without Wi-Fi. The only bad thing about it though is that we tend to go over our budget, forcing us to pay extra.
Thankfully, Ice Cream Sandwich has an app that monitors how much data you’ve consumed. You can set up alerts that inform you if you’re about to reach your limit. Sell your phone for an ICS phone, because it doesn’t have this feature!
You can also set limits to specific apps that consume large amounts of data. That way, you can effectively save lots of money.
5. Multitasking Button
Ice Cream Sandwich allows you to switch between apps that are currently open. All it takes is the press of a button.
You’ll be able to select apps, shown in thumbnail view. Just select what you want and tap the app. No more swishing through different menus!
6. Impressive Camera Power
Ice Cream Sandwich optimizes the camera. It’s reported that Ice Cream Sandwich has zero shutter lag!
That means you can just tap and tap to take pictures instantly. No more annoying loading signs.
What phone can give you the best of your money’s worth? If you’re looking for a pure ICS experience, get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But if you’re looking for more, you can get the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III. Both have their own customized versions of Ice Cream Sandwich.
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