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Old January 19th, 2012, 05:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Differences between ICS and Honeycomb?

Hello long time no see!I have just heard of the new icsxoom update and I'm really happy I'm finnaly gonna get ics!I think ics is better but the galaxy nexus gave me a bad impression on it.its still updating so. What's better and why

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HC is just for tablets. ICS is just a hybrid version of android that will run on both phones and tablets. As for whats better, not sure. Maybe nothing... It may just be a consolidation excersize.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 12:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ICS is going to be better than HC since it is truly open source (Google never has released the source of HC). And, because it is an OS for both Phones and Tablets, when developers make their apps work with ICS, its going to scale much better to the tablet.

Also, the folks at google took their time with ICS to make it the best version of Android so far - HC was rushed and it shows.

Also, my Xoom seems a lot snappier with ICS. Much smoother, and I like it!
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I've not noticed a massive difference yet but I'm happy for the update
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Wonder when it's going to hit for the 3g/LTE original XOOMs. I've got one and I'm waiting for the ICS goodness :L
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Here's a great article on what's new in ICS:

30 Awesome new features in Android 4 'Ice Cream Sandwich'
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Is it possible that my Xoom is faster just because of ICS? The two slower speeds are Honeycomb, and the two faster speeds are ICS... It is a coincidence?

Edit. Looks like the size of the screenshot won't allow me to post... Anyway, speeds are about 5mb faster...
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Is it possible that my Xoom is faster just because of ICS? The two slower speeds are Honeycomb, and the two faster speeds are ICS... It is a coincidence?

Edit. Looks like the size of the screenshot won't allow me to post... Anyway, speeds are about 5mb faster...
Not sure which speeds your talking about, but as ICS is highly optimized and not rushed to the Xoom like HC was, I'm going to say probably
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I do not think I am seeing any optimization improvements in ICS. My company requires a password on any device that reads email from them. When I activated the screen password - it ended up being a long process that took an hour to encrypt my Xoom. For me - the Xoom has been noticeably slower since then and upgrading to ICS did not help that.

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Here's a great article on what's new in ICS:

30 Awesome new features in Android 4 'Ice Cream Sandwich'
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Here are 31 of the most interesting new features:
  • "Roboto," Android's own font
  • Even more live wallpapers
  • Newly-designed lock screen
  • Disappearing homescreen command buttons
  • Tabbed apps/widgets drawer similar to Honeycomb
  • Resizeable homescreen widgets
  • Redesigned foldering capabilities
  • Hardware accelerated 2D drawing
  • Wi-Fi Direct support
  • "Favorites Tray" at the bottom of the screen that travels across the different homescreens
  • Native Screen grab capability (Press Power+Volume Down)
  • Improved notification bar, customizable notifications
  • New Music player notification in tray controls player
  • Improved keyboard
  • Improved typing error correction
  • In-line spell check and suggestion mode
  • Cut/Copy/Paste similar to Honeycomb, but with animated dragging and dropping
  • Speech for text entry has been improved with no delay
  • "Face Unlock" facial recognition for unlock screen (Did not work in demo)
  • New Browser (Includes new tab management feature. "request desktop site" feature, syncs to chrome, save pages for offline reading)
  • New Gmail (New action bar with compose, search, labels, refresh; offline search by default that searches the last 30 days of email)
  • New Calendar with pinch-to-zoom
  • Updated all of the native Google apps: YouTube, Maps, Google+, Google Music
  • Mobile data usage metrics in system controls, allows users to self-limit their mobile data consumption, and track data usage down to individual app level
  • All-new camera app with slider zoom, facial detection, "zero shutter lag" speed, launchable from home screen
  • Photo editing tools in "edit" menu in the camera
  • Native panoramic camera shot, similar to Sony's "Sweep" panorama
  • 1080p video capture, continuous focus, includes the ability to zoom while recording
  • Incredible new Time Lapse photography feature
  • New tile-based "People app" interface for contacts, very similar to Windows Phone
  • "Android Beam" NFC-based content sharing with multiple ICS phones (WebAddresses, contacts, maps, YouTube videos, app sharing)
Even more live wall papers? I could be wrong but I think i have less. I seem to only have like 5 live wallpapers now - I think before I had about 7 - 9. I can't be sure right now because my device is at home, but I think I got less.

"Redesigned foldering capabilities" - what is this one?

And this one: Wi-Fi Direct support

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You know what would be great? A manual. Maybe I'm just not techy enough, but there are lots of new features, but no instructions on how to get to them or how to modify them. Plus I really dislike the fact that they "Menu" button is gone from the home screen. Pisses me off.
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"Redesigned foldering capabilities" - what is this one?

And this one: Wi-Fi Direct support

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Haven't got my Xoom ICS update yet (take your time Big Red, I'm not anxiously waiting or anything...) but on my Galaxy Nexus you can drag an icon onto another on the homescreen and they both drop into a folder right there. I believe they were "inspired" by iOS for that trick, but it's nice to have regardless of where it came from.

No clue about the Wi-Fi Direct though.
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Haven't got my Xoom ICS update yet (take your time Big Red, I'm not anxiously waiting or anything...) but on my Galaxy Nexus you can drag an icon onto another on the homescreen and they both drop into a folder right there. I believe they were "inspired" by iOS for that trick, but it's nice to have regardless of where it came from.

No clue about the Wi-Fi Direct though.
Thanks! About time they enabled folders on the Xoom. Maybe its been there all along but I never found it. Now I can clean my system.
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I also noticed that since updating to ICS you can now leave reviews for apps in the market! :-)
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I've noticed an overall speed increase and level of responsiveness over HC. Happy to find that article about the differences :-)
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ICS is to honeycomb as windows 7 is to vista. Faster, more complete, and more refined.
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Wanted to mention that there is no favorites tray on my Xoom.
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Wanted to mention that there is no favorites tray on my Xoom.
Yes, same here! On my Nexus S I do have the favorites tray.

P.S. I have flashed US ICS on my UK WiFi Xoom.
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