Android 4.0

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (API 14)
The SDK for Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich), based on Linux kernel 3.0.1,[1] was publicly released on October 19, 2011.[2] Google's Gabe Cohen stated that Android 4.0 was "theoretically compatible" with any Android 2.3.x device in production at that time.[3] The source code for Android 4.0 became available on November 14, 2011.[4] Ice Cream Sandwich was the last version to officially support Adobe Systems' Flash player.[5] The update introduced numerous new features:[6][7][8]
Version Release date Features Image(s)
4.0 October 18, 2011[6]
  • Major refinements to the "Holo" interface with the new Roboto font family.
  • Soft buttons from Android 3.x are now available for use on phones.
  • Separation of widgets in a new tab, listed in a similar manner to applications.
  • Easier-to-create folders, with a drag-and-drop style.
  • Improved visual voicemail with the ability to speed up or slow down voicemail messages.
  • Pinch-to-zoom functionality in the Calendar.
  • Integrated screenshot capture (accomplished by holding down the Power and Volume-Down buttons).
  • Improved error correction on the keyboard.
  • Ability to access applications directly from the lock screen.
  • Improved copy-and-paste functionality.
  • Better voice integration and continuous, real-time speech-to-text dictation.
  • Face Unlock, a feature that allows users to unlock handsets using facial recognition software.[9]
  • Automatic syncing of browser with users' Chrome bookmarks.
  • Data Usage section in settings that lets users set warnings when they approach a certain usage limit, and disable data use when the limit is exceeded.
  • Ability to shut down applications from the recent apps list with a swipe.[10]
  • Improved camera application with zero shutter lag, time lapse settings, panorama mode, and the ability to zoom while recording.
  • Built-in photo editor.
  • New gallery layout, organized by location and person.
  • Refreshed the "People" application with social network integration, status updates and hi-res images.
  • Android Beam, a near-field communication feature allowing the rapid short-range exchange of web bookmarks, contact info, directions, YouTube videos and other data.[9]
  • Support for the WebP image format.[11]
  • Hardware acceleration of the UI.[12]
  • Wi-Fi Direct.[13]
  • 1080p video recording for stock Android devices.
  • Android VPN Framework (AVF), and TUN (but not TAP) kernel module. Prior to 4.0, VPN software required a rooted Android device.
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Android 4.0 home screen
4.0.1 October 19, 2011
  • Fixed minor bugs for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.


4.0.2 November 28, 2011
  • Fixed minor bugs on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the US launch of which was later delayed until December 2011.[lower-alpha 1]

Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich[edit]

Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (API 15)
Version Release date Features Image(s)
4.0.3 December 16, 2011[16]
  • Numerous bug fixes and optimizations.
  • Improvements to graphics, databases, spell-checking and Bluetooth functionality.
  • New APIs for developers, including a social stream API in the Contacts provider.
  • Calendar provider enhancements.
  • New camera applications enhancing video stabilization and QVGA resolution.
  • Accessibility refinements such as improved content access for screen readers.[17]


4.0.4 March 28, 2012
  • Stability improvements.
  • Better camera performance.
  • Smoother screen rotation.
  • Improved phone number recognition.[18]
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  2. Rey, Francis (October 19, 2011). "Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Now Available". Social Barrel. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  3. Stevens, Tim (October 19, 2011). "Google confirms Nexus S will get Ice Cream Sandwich – for real this time (Gingerbread devices, too)". Engadget. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  4. Messina, Vincent (November 15, 2011). "Ice Cream Sandwich source code released, custom ROMs inevitable". AndroidGuys. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  5. "Today Is The Last Day To Get Flash For Android". WebProNews. August 14, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Molen, Brad (October 19, 2011). "Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich now official, includes revamped design, enhancements galore". Engadget. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  7. German, Kent (October 18, 2011). "Ice Cream Sandwich adds tons of new features". CNET. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  8. Velazco, Chris (October 18, 2011). "A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown". Tech Crunch. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
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  10. Fitzpatrick, Jason. "What Exactly Happens When You Swipe An Android App From the Recent Apps List?". How-To Geek. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
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  12. Kennemer, Quentyn (October 19, 2011). "Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has Hardware Acceleration". Phandroid. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  13. "Wi-Fi Direct". Android Developers. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  14. "Verizon's 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus Gets Pictured, Receives Android 4.0.2 Update". DroidLife. November 28, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  15. "Within 2 Hours of Activation, Your Galaxy Nexus Will Receive an Update". DroidLife. December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  16. "Android 4.0.3 Platform and Updated SDK tools". Android Developers Blog. December 16, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  17. "Android 4.0.3 announced, bringing 'variety of optimizations and bug fixes' to phones and tablets". Engadget. December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  18. Google announces 4.0.4 on Google+. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2012.


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