Apps Optimized for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

android ice cream sandwich

android ice cream sandwich

The Android based devices powered by latest Google OS- 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) has some of the most incredible features of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. These two have combined beautifully to embark with Ice Cream Sandwich with a couple of added features. This latest OS is meant for both smartphones and Tablets wherein the Google ecosystem is unified unlike the way you experience iOS in Apple based devices like iPad, iPod or iPhone. On having the Android devices which run ICS or own other devices like HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Transformer Prime, you would fail to use your current old apps on any of these devices. However, some of these applications are optimized to reap the benefits from the new operating system. The following are these apps optimized for ICS.


dropbox android

Dropbox is a cloud storage application and hence could be called as the most useful application over your ICS based devices. It has several new features in it, for the novices, the application comes in a complete redesigned look and feel which gives a new shape to its interface. If you look in terms of features, the additions include ‘favorites’ that renders you an instant access to different files which are offline. Secondly, you can bulk upload the videos and pictures along with renaming several folders and files from the application itself. You would see improved gallery view along with getting a more stable kind of application experience.

ICS Browser +

ics browser + android

With this updated OS version, the ICS Browser + is the only compatible browsers option available for the users. It has several features like auto text reflow which is seen after a pinch to zoom along with giving you the option to create some instant controls like simple to use quick controls editor, bookmark page, share, close the other tabs and so on. You also get the chance to set up the user agent string along with tuning up instant controls behavior. Also, you have things like gesture support with a home button over action bar for tablet users. This browser belongs to enhanced level versions of the stock browser which could be found over the Vanilla Android 4.0 experience.

MX Player

mx player android

You could enjoy watching cool movies over this updated ICS operating system via the MX Player. This is among the best known players for the users. You can easily download this player from Google Play Store for free. So unlike your previous versions of Android, you can enjoy watching incredible movies with this player. This player comes with several additions and fixes. This includes fixing the stopping playback while seeking video position in several devices. It has also removed the video playback error seen in 1.6c from few videos along with settling down the background color error seen in battery or clock.

Beyond Apps: App Widgets

If you happen to be a widget junkie, then you have good news for upgrading to ICS based devices. App Widgets are miniature application views that can be embedded in other applications (such as the Home screen) and receive periodic updates. Widgets give you fast access to information without opening apps.

For example, here is the widget for the Facebook app:

android facebook widget

With this latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich, you can find several nifty updates along with being compatible with several operating systems as well. The different features include a multiple weather forecast, common bug fixes; web skin market with cloud to device communication, this feature helps you in browsing different skins from your PC and then could be applied it straight over your cell phone devices with the newly added wallpaper. Also, you could see temperature over the notification bar along with accessing the weather forecast.

Wrapping up

The Ice Cream Sandwich can be called as a vital operating system giving tough competition to iOS of Apple. The above applications optimized for this updated OS can really give a new experience to users which they never had with the previous operating systems.

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