Android Ice Cream Sandwich: top security and other features

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    Safety of data is very important for costly smart phone users. Here we discuss top security and other features in Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Android Ice Cream Sandwich is emerging as a real threat to Apple’s dominance in smart phone and tablet markets. Experts are unanimous that this is the best thing to have happened to the tech world in the last few years.

    This is an operating system that gels equally well on smart phones and tablets and we may be using Ice Cream Sandwich on a great tablet pretty soon. The first tablet to get Ice Cream Sandwich will be ASUS Transformer Prime. The tablet is hogging limelight across the world and is being called the first true iPad 2 killer.

    The first smart phone to have come with Ice Cream Sandwich was Google’s latest phone manufactured in association with Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This has also won accolades from users and critics alike.

    Google is certainly very happy with the accolades it has received from across the world. This is being said as the top class mobile and tablet OS that would further increase Google’s dominance in the market that will be its second best source of income behind billions that Google makes from its super successful advertising program.

    The best thing about Android Ice Cream Sandwich is the fact that it integrates everything that Google has introduced in the market so far. Google Plus and Google teleconference are the latest features introduced by Google on Ice Cream Sandwich and everyone is going to love them. These are very useful features as well.

    This is one aspect where iOS users may feel left far behind. Google has very closely integrated social networking facilities on its latest operating system. Android 4 has been taken up to a whole new level by being integrated with Google. Google’s latest social networking platform Google Plus is completely integrated in the new Android OS. Coming with a wealth of ‘societal’ attributes, the most practical essence of Google+ is the inclusive Google+ Hangout. This app in turn allows teleconferencing for up to ten people.

    Safety of data on a smart phone or tablet is of paramount importance for everyone. Merely password doesn’t ensure the safety of important data stored on your device. In many cases, extracting data from a mobile device is possible even if the device password is not known. Such extraction techniques take advantage of widely known vulnerabilities that make it disturbingly simple to access data stored on a smartphone by merely plugging the device into a computer and running specialized forensics software. But Android 4 comes with a feature called on device encryption. This allows the storage of business data on your device locally, and in an encrypted form. This means, even if the device gets stolen or misplaced, the company’s secret would remain confidential from the prying eyes of the outside world. Though it would still be possible for many experts to extract data from your cell phone or the tablet, a common thief may never have the access to the precious data that he or she stole.

    One more safety feature on Android 4 gadgets is Face Unlock that may also help an Android 4 tablet or smart phone user save data from thieves or others who may wish to steal data from users devices.

    It is particularly useful for people who use their devices for business and other important communications. A reviewer says, “it does have an element of credibility with business oriented users. And as far as practicality go, one can only hope for the mechanism to be more on the user friendly side in the future”.

    Another important feature of the Ice Cream Sandwich is useful and easily manageable integration with all favorite services of a user. When it comes to sharing Android 4 allows users to utilize their sharing options through a myriad of services like Facebook, Evernote, Tumblr and Twitter.

    Another important aspect of Ice Cream Sandwich is very useful feature that Google calls efficient network usage. In Android 4.0, users can see how much network data their running apps are using. They can also set limits on data usage by network type and disable background data usage for specific applications. In this context, developers need to design their apps to run efficiently and follow best practices for checking the network connection. Android 4.0 provides network APIs to let applications meet those goals.