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Google Unwraps Ice Cream Sandwich, the Next-Generation Android OS

Google today launched Android 4.0 the Next Generation Android OS.

After months of anticipation and leaked software screen shots, Google finally unveiled Android 4.0, also known as “Ice Cream Sandwich,”.

The new operating system should eventually merge Android’s tablet OS (version 3.0, aka Honeycomb) with the platform’s smartphone OS (version 2.3, aka Gingerbread). Dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, the unified OS isn’t an incremental update, but rather a complete OS makeover with changes that range from the elimination of physical navigation buttons to the creation of an entirely new font, “Roboto,” for user interface menus.

Google first teased its Ice Cream Sandwich software update at its annual I/O developer conference in March, seen above. Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com

In an example of NFC, if you’re reading an article on your browser, tapping your phone to another Galaxy Nexus brings up the same page on your pal’s phone. And Android Beam communication even extends to apps: As Android product manager Hugo Barra showed off in a live demo, if one user is playing a game of Minecraft on his phone and taps his Nexus to a second Nexus, the receiving phone’s U.I. will spawn a download link for Minecraft on Android Market.

For complete read please visit: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/10/android-ice-cream-sandwich-3/

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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Product Reviews

 

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Apple Vs Android: Apple wins hands down on Predictability

Implement standards & guidelines

Ever tired to call HDFC Customer care…phew!, guys you are in for a huge trouble. The worst is most of their services do not work if you call them after 8 PM, why? Hard to understand this. And they give just 3 click solution for their Credit card customers than with Debit card. This differentiation hardly wins customer.

Bottom line is: Implementation of standards and/or guidelines in services or products will help ensure predictable customer experience as they limit the number of different ways an interaction can work.

There’s less for customers to learn and they can predict the interaction more readily. Apple products clearly demonstrate that standards and guidelines create predictable experiences. All iPhones, iPods and Apple computers have an almost identical look, feel, and interaction model, as do their stores.

Contrast this with the Android phone experience. Clearly, balancing consistency and customisation is a challenge for them, as the user experience from one Andriod phone to another can be quite different. Google allows hardware vendors to heavily brand the Android experience through look, feel, and function. As a result, some devices differ dramatically. This impedes customer satisfaction when switching to different models of Android phone and prevents customers predicting whether any given Android phone will be a good one.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in UX and Usability

 

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