Android OS 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” People App & Social API

Google revealed details of Android OS 4.0 codenamed “Ice Cream Sandwich” (ICS) during a joint press conference with Samsung on Tuesday. Samsung announced the Galaxy Nexus which will be the first phone to be based on ICS. ICS unifies the currently split smartphone (Android OS 2.x) and tablet (Android OS 3.x) platforms. ICS brings new features to Android including resizeable widgets, a new voice input engine and, of course, more social communication options.

Android 4.0 for Users

Google’s new People app for Android links contacts, profiles and social groups. The app displays a large profile picture, phone numbers, addresses and accounts, status updates, and a new button for connecting on integrated social networks. This sounds a lot like the People Hub in Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango.”

Photos can be shared with social networks directly from Android’s photo Gallery app. ICS’s new photo Gallery app includes a basic photo editor to let users modify a photo before posting or emailing it.

Android app developers will find that ICS provides a new Social API to allow apps to interact with data from social networks (with the appropriate permissions).

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