Amongst the raft of supposed features expected to debut on Ice Cream Sandwich there’s a photo editing suite, native screenshot support and a refreshed email widget. What’s worth believing though and what’s likely to be a convincing fake? Allow Life Of Android to be guide you through the perilous waters of hyperbole onto the safe grounds of circumstantial fact.
What will Ice Cream Sandwich look like?
This we’re pretty sure about. According to a wealth of leaked screenshots, ICS will look sleeker than ever with a minimalist, near monochrome colour scheme and neat neon blue trimming for its menu system. Most exciting of all, there’s a brand new analogue clock to look forward to. It still tells the time of course, but now it’s got blue hands instead of green ones!
What’s going to be brand spanking new?
The biggest feature that appears to be on it’s way for Ice Cream Sandwich is a photo editing suite. The only real confirmation that this will be included in the Android update is a series of icons for the app which were leaked to Android Police on Sunday. Including 19 different effects and all the usual cropping and red eye tools you’d expect, this could be a key selling selling point for ICS and a strong rival to Photoshop’s forthcoming Touch Suite. Also, we’re expecting the long requested ability to take in-device screenshots although we probably wouldn’t be too crushed if that one fell through.
What’s going to be refreshed?
You can expect all the usual pre-loaded suspects to be updated for ICS’s grand unveiling tomorrow so that includes Gmail, Email and Calendar. While we’ve seen nothing drastically new from the screenshots released to Android Police, everything just looks a little cleaner. While the email example below may not be exactly on the money, we’d hugely surprised if some changes weren’t engineered for such core Android apps.
So those are the most strongly rumoured Ice Cream Sandwich additions to date but you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out if they’re the real deal. We’ll be live blogging the Samsung/Google media event’ where Android 4.0 will launch so tune in 10:00 a.m. HKT, 2 a.m. BST and 10 p.m. EST all the latest news and opinion on your next smartphone OS. In the meantime, gorge your eyes on this video of Ice Cream Sandwich supposedly running in action.