By Anton D. Nagy | October 8, 2011 2:56 AM
After previously seeing the first real life picture of the Google Samsung Nexus Prime, we also saw the phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in a short video.
From the same place we gathered a couple of screenshots for you to enjoy and feast your eyes on until the official Android update will hit your devices (or you’ll get a Nexus Prime yourself).
Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich should close the gap between Gingerbread and Honeycomb, the two platforms used on smartphones and tablets. An Ice Cream Sandwich-phone no longer needs hardware or capacitive buttons because the soft buttons will be part of the operating system, being shown on the screen.
Lock screen with clock, date, unlock circle and Camera shortcut.
The new Lock Screen on Android has a minimalist feel. It somehow borrows HTC’s ring unlocker the Taiwanese manufacturer uses on recent HTC Sense-enabled phones. There’s an option to launch certain apps from the Lock Screen, Camera for instance, the same way you’d do on an HTC phone by dropping the ring on the icon.
Nexus Prime About Screen.
This is the about screen on the Nexus Prime, aka Samsung i9250, aka Tuna. It shows confirmation that Ice Cream Sandwich is indeed Android 4.0 plus details regarding baseband and kernel information.
App drawer with software, widgets and Market link.
The application drawer has been changed and is now showing 20 icons. The transitions in Ice Cream Sandwich are also new, as the new page from the background takes the place of the page you are currently seeing. Widgets are also part of the drawer, thus gathered together in a separate tab accessible by swiping or by the tab on the top.
Settings with quick toggles.
This is what you’ll see when you’ll go to the Ice Cream Sandwich settings. The toggles for commonly used features, like WiFi, Bluetooth and Data connection are available at the top (they might as well be user configurable). Below you’ll have your categories for settings, including those for sound, display, storage and so on.
There seem to be three vertical cards to reflect the applications you can switch between. They are probably scrolling on a vertical pane in case you have more than three, with a thumbnail of the app being shown as well as a caption on the left.
The same drawer that houses your applications is now the home for all the widgets on your phone. You’ll not only have a list of available ones, with thumbnail and description, but you will be able to directly drag and drop from here to an empty spot on one of the home screens.
Switching between Home Screens.
While switching between Home Screens, there’s a thin blue line acting as a border for each of the screens. Nothing out of the ordinary here.
Recent app list with twelve entries.
Many were complaining that the recent applications’ list on Gingerbread (showing the last six) just won’t cut it. Ice Cream Sandwich introduces a new window that now houses up to twelve of your last accessed applications.