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Samsung Galaxy S II Upgrades To ICS
The record-breaking worldwide sales of Samsung Galaxy SII have impelled the makers to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich – the latest version 4.0 of Android – to make it even smoother and yummier. The ICS update improves not only performance but also battery life, browsing, sound quality and SNS integration. Besides, additional features have been integrated to complement ICS update. Let us have a closer look at Galaxy SII ICS update and find out its new capabilities.
Features of Samsung Galaxy SII ICS Update
Since it is an operating system upgrade, user interface is of prime importance here. The first striking change is the lockscreen. With lesser overall changes, users have been blessed with certain degree of familiarity. The lockscreen in Galaxy SII ICS update is similar to that in Galaxy Note. Hence, a circle appears whenever you touch the screen. Just move the finger and the finger gets unlocked. Unlike in the Galaxy SII Gingerbread version that required you to push off the lockscreen completely, Galaxy SII ICS update makes the task easier by making the swipes shorter. It also supports face unlock that comes handy while on the go.
The context menu is in list version in the latest version of Galaxy SII instead of the grid pattern. This accounts for better management of newly included features and options. Task switcher too is represented as a vertically scrollable list of running apps. It does not even include recently used apps. Swiping an app off the screen would close it. Unlike in the old switcher that accommodated only 6 apps, the new task switcher includes apps to the capacity of RAM.
A dedicated Task Manager button at the bottom enables you to check RAM usage and close apps. A single notification can be removed from the bunch with a little swiping gesture. Galaxy SII ICS update maintains the Clear All button too. Each notification bears the icon of the source app. Galaxy SII ICS update houses changed Google widgets that match the visual style of Ice Cream Sandwich.
The camera in Galaxy SII ICS update has been improved to process the images in a much better way. The Galaxy SII rendered images and videos with a bluish tint and the Galaxy SII ICS update has taken care of this drawback. The new Galaxy SII has improved color saturation as well as contrast. It has also taken care of the mono recording that the Galaxy SII used to do despite having dual microphones. The ICS update has enabled the phone to record stereo at 130kbps against 60kbps in the previous model.
Another significant improvement in Galaxy SII ICS update is its web browser. Not only is this faster but it also sport certain latest features. However, it is quite similar to the stock ICS browser. Galaxy SII ICS update sports a button adjacent to URL bar that offers a view of tabs that are currently open. This button also simplifies the task of managing tabs. Another significant addition is Quick Controls found under Labs menu. This creates semi-circular menu on placing the finger on the screen’s edge. This new option makes switching between tabs even easier.
Galaxy SII ICS update has a slightly better battery life lasting up to 8+ hours over 3G network.
Undoubtedly the upgrade to Android 4.0 is a significant step in the life of Samsung Galaxy SII. The upgraded version is likely to attract even more buyers because of the improvement in performance, battery life and camera. The price of Samsung Galaxy SII ICS Update is not yet announced.
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