Ice Cream Sandwich – Looks Delicious, Tastes Delicious
Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) or ICS for short was announced by Google a long time ago. It’s a massive change from Gingerbread (Android 2.3). The UI has been overhauled to make it look fresher, sleeker, modern and smoother. It’s a big refreshing changing from Gingerbread. I’m lucky enough to be able to root my HTC Desire and install a custom-built ICS ROM, but for many others, that won’t be the case.
They will be stuck with Gingerbread and the custom UI added to their handsets, whether that be HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson or any other manufacturer pushing their own Android experiences on their customers. Generally that is fine. Android admittedly used to be a bit of an ugly duckling, it needed some makeup and make overs to make it look appealing. But now with ICS, all that is quite frankly all bloatware. ICS doesn’t need any other custom UI overlay to add to the experience. It’s fine as it is stock.
I don’t really want to get into all the politics of why companies are wasting time and effort designing custom UIs, or why your handset won’t be getting ICS, or even why if you want ICS you will need to get a recent contract phone and force upgrade every 12 months despite your contract length being 18 months minimum. That’s the politics of businesses making money. I guess if you have expendable income and aren’t too bothered saving pennies, then getting new contracts, upgrading early and throwing money at companies who really don’t care what you think or want is what you will do. But I digress.
Here are some screen shots of ICS running on my HTC Desire. If you feel brave enough and have / want to root your device and test it out, then you should head to ICS for Desire. It’s very much beta at this moment and progress is slow. But for now, all seems to work quite well, albeit at times a bit slow.