What is Android Ice Cream Sandwich? - The version 4.0 of Android


Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the version 4.0 of android which was released after the version 3.0 of Android which was Android Honeycomb.

1. What is Android Ice Cream Sandwich?

Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the version 4.0 of android based on Linux kernel 3.0.1 released on 18th of October 2011. Android recognize Ice Cream Sandwich as the 14th API or the API 14 of the android

The android ice cream sandwich got popular at the time because there wasn't a code name of Android which was focused to the general smart phones which run Android because of the Android Honeycomb was focused solely on large display devices such as tablet PCs. There were multiple features which implemented into the android ice cream sandwich which allows the general smart phones to work smoother and faster with better features that they didn't had before.

Ice cream sandwich does bundled with multiple releases based on different APIs of the android and got released in multiple time frames after the initial release of the version 4.0 of Android.



Android VersionAndroid APICode NameReleased Date
4.0
API 14
Ice Cream Sandwich
18th October 2011
4.0.121st October 2011
4.0.228th November 2011
4.0.3
API 15
16th December 2011
4.0.429th March 2012



2. Features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Android Ice Cream Sandwich does carry a set of features for the general devices like smart phones from the initial release. Enhanced user interfaces, performance and tons of other features makes the ice cream sandwich OS to be popular back in the time from the initial release of the device.

2.1 Features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0

Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0 also known as the initial release of the android ice cream sandwich. The initial version of Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0 is based on the Linux kernel 3.0.1 and it was released for the public on 18th of October 2011. Android recognized the version 4.0 of android ice cream sandwich under the API 14 of android or 14th API version of Android.


  • Capability to use the refined Holo type interface with new Roboto font family which was available for the Ice Cream Sandwich for the first time.
  • Capability to access, use the soft buttons which were in the Honeycomb version of android also in Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Capability to view a separated widgets inside of a new tab which was similar manner to applications.
  • Capability to create folders easily and capability to drag and drop with the long tap for selecting an icon.
  • Enhanced and improved visual voicemail with the ability to speed up or slow down voicemail messages feature.
  • Capability to access the Pinch to Zoom functionality in the calendar by using the touch display or the digitizer of the device.
  • Capability to capture screenshots by pressing and holding the volume down and power button of the device.
  • Improved and enhanced error correction on the keyboard.
  • Capability to access apps directly from the lock screen of the device without unlocking the device.
  • Improved and enhanced copy and paste functionality capability in the device by long pressing on the selected content.
  • Capability to access better voice integration and continuous real time speech to text dictation feature.
  • Capability to access face unlock by the software functionality by the device's manufacture.
  • Capability to use the automatic syncing functionality of browser bookmarks of the browser for the users who use Google Chrome.
  • Capability to set and manage the data usage while using the cellular data by setting limits and alerts to alert the users when reaching a pre set limit.
  • Capability to access the feature of shutdown the applications by swiping the apps from the recent apps button on the navigation.
  • Capability to access the enhanced camera app which is default to the Android ice cream sandwich, with zero shutter lag, time lapse settings, panorama mode.
  • Capability to access the camera feature which was to zoom while recording.
  • Capability to access the built in photo editor.
  • Capability to access the revamped gallery app, which does have an updated layout, organized content by the location and person.
  • Capability to access the revamped "People" app with the social network integration where it enables the users to get status updates and to view high resolution images on the contact list.
  • Capability to access the Android Bean, which is a feature that enables android device users to transfer low sized data to a shorter distance like exchanging web bookmarks, contact info, directions and etc... via the NFC or the near field communication module.
  • Capability to support and view WebP Image format.
  • Revamped user interface to enhance the hardware performance to processing and other features.
  • Capability to use WiFi Direct.
  • Capability to record 1080p resolution videos from the stock android devices.
  • Capability to access Android VPN framework also known as AVF and TUN kernel module. 

2.2 Features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.1

The version 4.0.1 of the android ice cream sandwich is the immediate version which got released after the initial version of android ice cream sandwich. The version 4.0.1 is recognized by android API 14 or the 14th API version of android. The version 4.0.1 was released on 21st of October 2011.
  • Minor bug fixes focused on Samsung Galaxy Nexus. 

2.3 Features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.2

The version 4.0.2 of the android ice cream sandwich is the immediate version which got released after the version 4.0.1 of android ice cream sandwich. The version 4.0.2 is recognized by android API 14 or the 14th API version of android. The version 4.0.2 was released on 28th of November 2011.
  • Minor bug fixes focused on Verizon version of Galaxy Nexus. 

2.4 Features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.3

The version 4.0.3 of android ice cream sandwich was the fourth release of the android ice cream sandwich which also recognized by android as the API 15 or the API version 15 of the android. The version 4.0.3 was released on 16th December 2011.

  • Enhanced core API.
  • Bug fixes and optimizations.
  • Disclosure of new APIs for the developers which includes the social stream API in the contacts provider.
  • Upgraded and improved calendar.
  • Capability to access the new camera applications enhancing video stabilization and QVGA resolution sized images.

2.5 Features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.4

Android ice cream sandwich's final release was the version 4.0.4 which was released on 29th of March 2012. The version 4.0.4 uses the API 15 or the 15th API features which were not changed from the previous release version of the android.
  • Accessible to better camera performance.
  • Capability to view smoother screen rotation.
  • Capability to access improved phone number recognition.