It hasrought expanded set of APIs and holographic themes to the smaller screen smartphones and devices. This addition in the Android series will also be targeted by the companies providing software development services. A mobile applications and mobile games developer has obtained the benefit of single platform and unified API framework. This is beneficial for the users as well as developer because it allows development and publishing of applications with a single APK and in turn this gives an optimized performance to the user.
The Android 4.0 is available on the official site as downloadable component for the Android SDK to test run the applications being developed. Software development services providers are hugely supported by this operating system Android 4.0. Along with the unified UI toolkit the Android 4.0 has excellent communication and sharing facilities. The Android 4.0 is added with new calendar and social APIs. An android beam is provided for NFC based instant sharing. Wi-Fi direct support and Bluetooth health device profile support feature has also been added. In this version the user has been provided with a better looking lock screen contracting of camera and music control buttons and the app launcher has also been simplified with better management system. New media codec's have been issued in this version which will provide the mobile applications and mobile games developers an edge to add a variety of new features for the users. The precision in the camera metering has been significantly affected thereby improving the face detection feature. Hardware-accelerated 2D drawing, new grid-based layout, improved soft keyboard, spell-checker API, stylus input support, and better mouse support can improve the user's experience to a great extent.
The software development services providers can cash in on the new and improved APIs included in the SDK by developing breath taking mobile applications and mobile games for the new Android 4.0. The media codec's and quality has been analyzed and improved keeping in mind both the users and software development services providers. Fresh accessibility APIs and text-to-speech APIs are also being offered to develop new engines. As about the overall performance of this android series OS it has come out as a promoting competition to its rival iOS 5.
The developers of mobile applications and mobile games are also eying on pokering some of the profits generated by this competition between the two giants Apple iOS 5 and Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich. Earlier this year Google had decided to temporarily withhold the source code of Android 4.0 unlike what was earlier promised. This decision caused a round of headlines claiming that Google has taken back its promise of being open-source and providing developer's inputs. As of now it has been reported in news that Google has finally opened the source code thereby fulfilling the promise of being open source.