Is Ice Cream Sandwich mostly cosmetic?

Does Ice Cream Sandwich simply look different? Are there any big changes over Gingerbread?

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matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 6, 2011 at 16:49

Task manager, memory management, general speed increases, well that's what I'd guess over and above the likely large cosmetic changes.

markthema3  Oct. 22, 2011 at 00:37

... No, ICS is a MASSIVE update that brings all of the new features in Honeycomb (tablets only) to phones.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 24, 2011 at 08:16

For phones running Gingerbread updates will be mostly cosmetic. I've spend 10 minutes playing with new Nexus and did not notice significant non UI changes. It's optimized for big screen, but don't see anything for phones with small screens.

markthema3  Oct. 24, 2011 at 08:50

Folders, ActionBar, Recent Apps, Fragments...

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:21

I guess a significant part is HOW does it aid apps developers? Especially for tablets there still isn't anything 'must have' around. Honeycomb really didn't help in that regard. A bunch of RAM hogging, data sucking live widgets are not enough reason to buy a tab, methinks? I personally know 3 people in this bog-ar*e town who bought iPads just for Garageband and other music related apps. I know doctors and nurses with iPads, a Vet, a gaming nutter... I don't know anyone who owns and regularly uses an Android tablet.

markthema3  Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:38

There are some SERIOUS games for Android tablets. Google Vendetta Online for an idea of what I'm talking about. Honeycomb brought a lot to the table, but because most Android devices are phones, Honeycomb didn't get a lot of developer love. ICS should change that by bringing fragments and the ActionBar to phones. Both of these are VERY useful to developers (I know because I develop apps; code reuse was a big problem before fragments).

blizzard7  Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:42

I think a lot of work will be under-the-hood techy stuff. I imagine a lot has been rewritten to make a solid platform for both phones and tabs.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:49

Hi markthema3 :)

Any apps we might know? Anything we should consider for a little review?

markthema3  Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:57

No, I've got nothing on the market yet. I never said I was a highly skilled developer. But Fragments are very useful, they allow you to reuse sub-layouts in different orientations and such. I'm currently working on a time tracker app that logs what games and social networks are preventing you from getting anythng done. I plan on marketing it to businesses for keeping track of what employees do on company phones and company time.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:59

Ouch hahaha.
Nah, interesting idea. Not just for businesses.

Good luck with that :)

markthema3  Oct. 24, 2011 at 12:02

Thanks. I had to give up on my drawing app that I was working on previously thanks to that segment having two giants playing in it soon (Adobe and Autodesk).

markthema3  Oct. 24, 2011 at 12:04

I'll probably release it a little bit after ICS hits my Asus Transformer.


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