Ice Cream Sandwich

Google has officially announced version Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich.  It's packed full of new features and has a new look, and unifies the Android experience between tablets and smartphones.  Matias Duarte took the stage to go over all the highlights, which include great features like a buttonless design, new gesture controls, and stacked and resizable widgets.

He also made sure we know that Google set out to give Android a "soul" -- make it fit you, and help people love it even more.  "Android is enchanting.  Something beautiful, seductive, and something you can easily fall in love with."  With a new "mechanical skeleton" including a font named Roboto, based on TV motion graphics, web design, and print, it brings a new way to do things with simple typographic layouts and bold spaces.  It looks amazing, with new and rich subtle animations, and an all new launcher design that has easy customization features and the running applications preview we're used to from Honeycomb.  Notifications can now be dismissed, and the new music player notification allows you to control the music player without leaving any app.  The keyboard has been improved, becoming more accurate and has an all new look and feel. Voice input has been updated, and it's now almost instant.  Something many have been waiting for, screen capture, is now built in so apps that need root no longer has the ability to do it through software.   And while the demo for facial recognition unlocking didn't go exactly as planned, that's coming as well and we'll all have a lot of fun with it.

We're itching to have a look for ourselves, but that will have to wait just a little while longer.  For now, we can all discuss and enjoy what we know is coming.