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History of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg wrote Facemash, the predecessor to Facebook, on October 28, 2003, while attending Harvard as a sophomore. According to The Harvard Crimson, the site was comparable to Hot or Not, and "used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine houses.

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Android 1.0-The First Android OS

September 23, 2008
The HTC Dream introduced Android 1.0.
Android 1.0, the first commercial version of the software, was released on September 23, 2008. The first Android device, the HTC Dream,incorporated the following Android 1.0 features:



  • Android Market application download and updates through the Market app
  • Web browser to show, zoom and pan full HTML and XHTML web pages – multiple pages show as windows ("cards")
  • Camera support – however this version lacked the option to change the camera's resolution, white balance, quality, etc.
  • Folders allowing the grouping of a number of app icons into a single folder icon on the Home screen.
  • Access to web email servers, supporting POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP.
  • Gmail synchronization with the Gmail app
  • Google Contacts synchronization with the People app
  • Google Calendar synchronization with the Calendar app
  • Google Maps with Latitude and Street View to view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local business and obtain driving directions using GPS
  • Google Sync, allowing management of over-the-air synchronization of Gmail, People, and Calendar
  • Google Search, allowing users to search the Internet and phone apps, contacts, calendar, etc.
  • Google Talk instant messaging
  • Instant messaging, text messaging, and MMS
  • Media Player, enabling management, importing, and playback of media files – however, this version lacked video and stereo Bluetooth support
  • Notifications appear in the Status bar, with options to set ringtone, LED or vibration alerts
  • Voice Dialer allows dialing and placing of phone calls without typing a name or number
  • Wallpaper allows the user to set the background image or photo behind the Home screen icons and widgets
  • YouTube video player
  • Other apps include: Alarm Clock, Calculator, Dialer (Phone), Home screen (launcher), Pictures (Gallery), and Settings.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support

The Android 4.1- Latest Android Os

 



The Android 4.1 home On June 27, 2012, at the Google I/O conference, Google announced Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Based on Linux kernel 3.1.10, Jelly Bean is an incremental update with the primary aim of improving the user interface, both in terms of functionality and performance. The performance improvement involves "Project Butter", which uses touch anticipation, triple buffering, extended vsync timing and a fixed frame rate of 60fps to create a fluid and "buttery"-smooth UI.Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released to AOSP on July 9, 2012, and an OTA update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.1.1 was released on July 11, 2012, making it the first device to run Jelly Bean

Introducing Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) preview platform, and more


At Google I/O today we announced the latest version of the Android platform, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). With Jelly Bean, we’ve made the great things about Android even better with improved system performance and enhanced user features.

Improvements include a smoother and more responsive UI across the system, a home screen that automatically adapts to fit your content, a powerful predictive keyboard, richer and more interactive notifications, larger payload sizes for Android Beam sharing and much more. For a lowdown on what’s new, head over to the Jelly Bean platform highlights.

Of course, Jelly Bean wouldn’t be complete without a healthy serving of new APIs for app developers. Here are some of the new APIs that Jelly Bean introduces:
    Expandable notifications: Android 4.1 brings a major update to the Android notifications framework. Apps can now display larger, richer notifications to users that can be expanded and collapsed with a pinch. Users can now take actions directly from the notification shade, and notifications support new types of content, including photos.
    Android Beam: In Android 4.1, Android Beam makes it easier to share images, videos, or other payloads by leveraging Bluetooth for the data transfer.
    Bi-directional text support: Android 4.1 helps you to reach more users through support for for bi-directional text in TextView and EditText elements.
    Gesture mode: New APIs for accessibility services let you handle gestures and manage accessibility focus. Now you can traverse any element on the screen using gestures, accessories, you name it.
    Media codec access: Provides low-level access to platform hardware and software codecs.
    Wi-Fi Direct service discoverability: New API provides pre-associated service discovery letting apps get more information from nearby devices about the services they support, before they attempt to connect.
    Network bandwidth management: New API provides ability to detect metered networks, including tethering to a mobile hotspot.
For a complete overview of new APIs in Jelly Bean, please read the API highlights document. Note that this is a preview of the Jelly Bean platform. While we’re still finalizing the API implementations we wanted to give developers a look at the new API to begin planning app updates. We’ll be releasing a final platform in a few weeks that you should use to build and publish applications for Android 4.1.

For Android devices with the Google Play, we launched the following at Google I/O today:
    Smart app updates: For Android 2.3, Gingerbread devices and up, when there is a new version of an app in Google Play, only the parts of the app that changed are downloaded to users’ devices. On average, a smart app update is a third the size of a full apk update. This means your users save bandwidth and battery and the best part? You don’t have to do a thing. This is automatically enabled for all apps downloaded from Google Play.
    App encryption: From Jelly Bean and forward, paid apps in Google Play are encrypted with a device-specific key before they are delivered and stored on the device. We know you work hard building your apps. We work hard to protect your investment.
    Google Cloud Messaging for Android: This is the next version of C2DM and goes back to Froyo. Getting started is easy and has a whole bunch of new APIs than C2DM has to offer. If you sign-up for GCM, you will be able to see C2DM and GCM stats in the Android developer console. Most importantly, the service is free and there are no quotas. [Learn more.]
Starting from today, over 20 Android sessions at Google I/O will deep-dive in many of these areas. Join us in-person or follow us live.

Introducing Google Chrome For Android

In 2008, we launched Google Chrome to help make the web better. We’re excited that millions of people around the world use Chrome as their primary browser and we want to keep improving that experience. Today, we're introducing Chrome for Android Beta, which brings many of the things you’ve come to love about Chrome to your Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone or tablet. Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalized web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices.

Speed
With Chrome for Android, you can search, navigate and browse fast—Chrome fast. You can scroll through web pages as quickly as you can flick your finger. When searching, your top search results are loaded in the background as you type so pages appear instantly. And of course, both search and navigation can all be done quickly from the Chrome omnibox.

Simplicity
Chrome for Android is designed from the ground up for mobile devices. We reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet. You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web. One of the biggest pains of mobile browsing is selecting the correct link out of several on a small-screen device. Link Preview does away with hunting and pecking for links on a web page by automatically zooming in on links to make selecting the precise one easier. And as with Chrome on desktop, we built Chrome for Android with privacy in mind from the beginning, including incognito mode for private browsing and fine-grained privacy options (tap menu icon, ‘Settings,’ and then ‘Privacy’).


Sign in
You can now bring your personalized Chrome experience with you to your Android phone or tablet. If you sign in to Chrome on your Android device, you can:

  • View open tabs: Access the tabs you left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome)—picking up exactly where you left off.
  • Get smarter suggestions: If you visit a site often on your computer, you'll also get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.
  • Sync bookmarks: Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you’re using.
Chrome is now available in Beta from Android Market, in select countries and languages for phones and tablets with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. We’re eager to hear your feedback. Finally, we look forward to working closely with the developer community to create a better web on a platform that defines 3mobile.

Google Maps for Android a fresh look

A new look for Navigation on Android 4.0+ phones
In today’s release of Google Maps 6.5 for Android we’ve redesigned the Navigation home screen in Android 4.0+ to make it easier to enter a new destination or select from recent and favorite locations by swiping left or right.



Left: New Navigation home screen Right: Navigation in Google Maps for Android


Crisper, faster maps for high pixel density devices
If your device has a high pixel density screen, such as those on Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, Droid Razr and others, you’ll now get higher resolution map tiles that take better advantage of the pixels-per-inch on your screen. The result is a crisper, less cluttered map that is easier to read:

Compare our new map on the right to the previous map on the left. The road network is easier to see, less obstructed by labels, and has more color contrast. At more zoomed-in levels, you’ll notice a more controlled amount of maps labels to avoid cluttering the map and blocking out street names. The new style also helps maps react faster to panning, zooming, and twisting.

You'll start seeing the new style as you navigate around new areas on the map; however, you can see these changes immediately by clearing your cache from the Maps settings.

HTC Mobiles Get Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich Updates

Few innovations have improved upon ice cream as much putting it between two cookies and making a sandwich. Which is why we all want Ice Cream Sandwich! Ok, that’s not the real reason, but we’re all excited about Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, coming to HTC.

Here’s the scoop. The following HTC devices are confirmed to get a tasty treat of Ice Cream Sandwich:
  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid
As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will follow. Please note, once we start pushing out updates it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.
* After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.

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How Install Android Jelly Bean In Windows/mac

 Here's a first look at Android Jelly Bean through the emulator. To get this working for yourself:

1. Download the Android SDK from developer.android.com and install all Packages, especially API 16

 

2. In the SDK folder, open AVD Manager
3. Click New
4. Type a name, select Android 4.1 as the target, chose your screen resolution
5. Click create, then click Start

You should have already downloaded the Android SDK. Now you need to set up your development environment.
The SDK you've downloaded is not the complete SDK environment. It includes only the core SDK tools, which you can use to download the rest of the SDK packages (such as the latest system image).

Getting started on Windows

Your download package is an executable file that starts an installer. The installer checks your machine for required tools, such as the proper Java SE Development Kit (JDK) and installs it if necessary. The installer then saves the Android SDK Tools into a default location (or you can specify the location).
Make a note of the name and location of the SDK directory on your system—you will need to refer to the SDK directory later, when setting up the ADT plugin and when using the SDK tools from the command line.
Once the tools are installed, the installer offers to start the Android SDK Manager

The Android SDK separates different parts of the SDK into separately downloadable packages. The SDK starter package that you've installed includes only the SDK Tools. To develop an Android app, you also need to download at least one Android platform and the latest SDK Platform-tools.
You can update and install SDK packages at any time using the Android SDK Manager.
If you've used the Windows installer to install the SDK tools, you should already have the Android SDK Manager open. Otherwise, you can launch the Android SDK Manager in one of the following ways:
  • On Windows, double-click the SDK Manager.exe file at the root of the Android SDK directory.
  • On Mac or Linux, open a terminal and navigate to the tools/ directory in the Android SDK, then execute android sdk.
When you open the Android SDK Manager, it automatically selects a set of recommended packages. Simply click Install to install the recommended packages. The Android SDK Manager installs the selected packages into your Android SDK environment. The following sections describe some of the available SDK packages and more about which ones we recommend you install.
Once you have installed your packages, continue to the next page.
Figure 1. The Android SDK Manager shows the SDK packages that are available, already installed, or for which an update is available.

Here's an outlines of the packages required and those we recommend you use:
SDK Tools
Required. Your new SDK installation already has the latest version. Make sure you keep this up to date.
SDK Platform-tools
Required. You must install this package when you install the SDK for the first time.
SDK Platform
Required.You need to download at least one platform into your environment so you're able to compile your application. In order to provide the best user experience on the latest devices, we recommend that you use the latest platform version as your build target. You'll still be able to run your app on older versions, but you must build against the latest version in order to use new features when running on devices with the latest version of Android.
System Image
Recommended. Although you might have one or more Android-powered devices on which to test your app, it's unlikely you have a device for every version of Android your app supports. It's a good practice to download a system image for each version of Android you support and use them to test your app on the Android emulator.
SDK Samples
Recommended. The samples give you source code that you can use to learn about Android, load as a project and run, or reuse in your own app. Note that multiple samples packages are available — one for each Android platform version. When you are choosing a samples package to download, select the one whose API Level matches the API Level of the Android platform that you plan to use.
Android Support
Recommended. The APIs available in this static library allow you to use a variety of new framework features (including some not available in even the latest version) on devices running a platform version as old as Android 1.6. For more information, read Support Library.

Apple releases Podcasts app for iOS

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Apple has released a brand-new Podcasts app for iOS, taking the podcasts section out of the iTunes app and spinning it into a standalone app.

A podcast consists of a series of episodes that users can subscribe to, and receive new content periodically in the form of audio files (called audio podcast, or simply podcast) or videos (called video podcast, or vodcast). The word podcast is an amalgamation of the words "broadcast" and "iPod", since podcasts, when the term originated, were often consumed on iPods. Podcasts are also called "time-shifted radio", since they are similar to radio in medium, but give the user control in terms of when and where to listen.

Though the term podcasting was being used in popular culture as early as 2004, podcasts really became mainstream when Apple released iTunes 4.9 with native support for podcasts in July 2005. Apple made it really simple for people to discover, subscribe and consume podcasts.

When Apple released iOS, podcasts found themselves under the iTunes Store app, similar to the iTunes app under Mac or Windows. But the podcasts functionality was pretty basic, with no real way to discover & subscribe content from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Third-party apps like Instacast and Pocket Casts stepped in to fill the void.

With Podcasts app, Apple has addressed all shortcomings and provided a full-fledged podcasts experience on iOS. All this in a UI that's uniquely Apple, with convenient features like sleep timer thrown in for good measure.

Here are some screen shots and full set of features for Apple's new Podcasts app. Stay tuned for a full review of Podcasts app on NDTV Gadgets.

Podcasts (iOS, Free)

Features
  • Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
  • Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
  • Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
  • Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what's most popular in Top Charts
  • Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
  • Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
  • Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
  • Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
  • Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
  • Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
  • Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices

Requirements
  • Requires a device with iOS 5.1 or later
  • Optionally syncing episodes requires iTunes 10.6.3 or later
  • Streaming or downloading episodes requires internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection

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Google announces Chrome, Drive for iPhone, iPad


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Google has announced that it is bringing its browser Chrome to Apple's iPhone and iPad. Google made the announcement at the day two of its developer conference in San Francisco.

Chrome for iOS will inherit the same features as Chrome for Android, including the ability to flick through tabs. Users can switch from one tab to the other by simply dragging their finger from the left or the right edge.

iPhone and iPad users will also enjoy Chrome Sync, which syncs their web browsing history and settings across various devices  and platforms that support Chrome. iOS users will also enjoy the ability to login with saved passwords as well as private browsing, just like their counterparts from other platforms.

Google confirmed that Chrome now has 310 million active users, making it the "most popular browser in the world".

Google Drive also makes it debut on iOS and Chrome OS. Google Drive app provides access to Google's online storage service on iOS, with the ability to view, search and edit files. Google showcased the app's ability to identify text in an image using OCR technology, as well an ability to find images based on their content. For example, typing Pyramids would show various Pyramid images, even if the image was named IMG007.JPG. This 'magic' happens via Google's image recognition technology

Mozilla upgrades Firefox for Android

Mozilla has launched the latest version of Firefox for Android-powered smartphones. The new version boasts of HTML5 support, a new redesigned user interface, significant performance advancements, a new smart page, and Flash support. Mozilla has added increased text readability through font size inflation, a new personalized Start Page with top sites and tabs from the last browsing session and a new panning/zooming architecture for better touch responsiveness. Users can also opt for add-ons to enhance and personalize their browsing experience. However, this new version is for phones only and does not support Android-powered tablets.

The official Mozilla blog states, “You’ll notice dramatic performance improvements that make Firefox on your Android phone super fast with everything from startup and page load times to panning and zooming and Web app performance. Firefox for Android has a fresh, streamlined look with a personalized start page that saves you time getting where you want to go on the Web. We also optimized your favorite features like tabbed browsing, Firefox Sync and Firefox Add-ons to deliver the best mobile browsing experience possible.”
Firefox for Android
Firefox for Android updated


Firefox now supports direct search from the address bar itself, with all Google searches now utilizing HTTPS. This is the 14th version of the mobile browser that Mozilla has released so far. Firefox users on the desktop will be pleased to know that this version continues to support Firefox Sync, which lets you sync bookmarks, passwords, history, favorites and other browser data between Firefox on your various devices.

The Mozilla blog also claims that this version of Firefox is faster than the stock Android browser. “Firefox for Android is significantly faster than the stock browser that ships on Android phones, according to leading industry benchmarks such as Sunspider. In addition, we developed a new benchmark, called Eideticker, that measures the actual user Web experience and we built Firefox for Android to it, yielding an experience that is two times faster than the stock browser,” the post reads.

This version, however, only supports Android 2.2 and above, unlike its predecessor, which supported devices with Android 2.1 and above. Mozilla stated on the Firefox Google Play store page that it has “Updated minimum system requirements to Android 2.2+ for optimized experience.” Moreover, in-browser Flash is not supported on Android tablets and Tegra 2 devices running on Gingerbread.

Mozilla Firefox for Android phones can be downloaded from the Google Play store.

Google Play Android Market

Google Play is a digital-distribution multimedia-content service from Google which includes an online store for music, movies, books, and Android applications and games, as well as a cloud media player. The service is accessible from the web, Play Store mobile App on Android and Google TV.Purchased content is available across all of these platforms/devices.Google Play was introduced in March 2012 when Google rebranded and merged its predecessors Android Market and Google Music services.

Applications and games

On Google Play free applications are available worldwide,while paid applications are available in 129 countries. Applications can be installed from the device or the Google Play website.According to Google there were over 450,000 titles available as of March 2012.Google Play can update the applications the user selects automatically, or users can update then on a per-case basis or update all applications at once.
Google Play filters the list of applications to those compatible with the user's device. In addition, users may face further restrictions to choice of applications where developers have tied-in their applications to particular carriers or countries for business reasons.Carriers can also ban certain applications, for example tethering applications.





Nokia’s Android Phone – A First Look!

Nokia Android Phone Nokia is one of the world”s most prestigious and most reputed companies when it comes to mobile handsets. They have years of technical expertise and knowledge that have helped them conquer great heights. The manufacturer is well known for its reliability and service backup.
Nokia has in the recent past been flooding the mobile scenario with surprises. First it was the turn of the N9 which was Nokia”s first Meego Venture. It was a Superphone from Nokia that ran using the Linux based Meego OS. Nokia launched the mobile with Meego OS even though the Meego OS was fast losing its appeal.
Another stumble happened when the news about the first Windows Mobile powered phone from Nokia leaked into the internet. The company however did not comment on any questions raised about the phone.
Before the entire buzz surrounding the Windows based phone has settled down a bit, another shock was propagated in the Internet regarding Nokia Android Phone. The leaked pictures of the Nokia phone indicate that the Nokia Android phone runs on either Froyo or Gingerbread versions of the Android OS. The Nokia phone is yet to be named or announced so there is no news regarding its specs and features. However there is some mention of its name being Nokia NB72.
Nokia Android Phone in its first impression from the leaked pictures looks more like an i-Pod styled handset designed on the cues of the N9. However, the credibility of this picture is an issue as there have been previous fake rumours and pictures of the phone storming the internet. However, the possibility of the phone being a test version cannot be ruled out. This could very well be a prototype model.
However, Nokia is currently focusing on its Windows based phones so we cannot expect the Android based phone to hit stores any time in the near future. But Nokia as mentioned earlier, is full of surprises. So nothing can be taken for granted.
Apparently the pictures of the Nokia Android phone might somehow be linked to earlier revelations by guys at Nokia that they are working on a Android powered phone and this prototype might well be the first venture of Android OS over a Nokia hardware.
The leaked pictures were found on the same website that first published pictures of Nokia”s Windows based mobile handset. It was also met with the same amount of suspicion but proved to be right all the way when Nokia itself launched the mobile at the Nokia Communications Event 2011.
So if the internet leakage history is anything to beckon with, then we can be sure of a mouth watering Nokia Android phone too in the coming years.

Apple Sues Samsung to Block Galaxy S III from U.S.


Apple has sued Samsung to block sales of the company’s highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone in the United States.
The Cupertino tech giant is looking to receive an injunction on the grounds that the Galaxy S III (pictured above) infringes on at least two Apple patents.
According the complaint, which was filed in a California court earlier this week and posted online by patent law blogger Florian Muller, the Galaxy S III clearly infringes on data-tapping and unified search technologies owned by Apple.
Apple’s complaint claims “it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record.”
Samsung, unsurprisingly, is having none of that.
“Samsung believes Apple’s request is without merit,” a Samsung spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times in a statement. “We will vigorously oppose the request and demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive.”
Apple’s move to block sales of the Galaxy S III in the United States is just latest in a long line of patent disputes between the two companies. Last month, Apple filed a motion against Samsung over its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The two hardware manufacturers have had several other beefs as well.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S III at the beginning of May during an event in London. Perhaps the most anticipated Android handset this year, it’s the third generation of Samsung’s popular line of Galaxy smarthphones.
The S III runs on Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and features a 4.8-inch touch screen, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.
Apple’s Galaxy S III complaint cites press reports saying Samsung has already sold more than nine million preorders of the device — meaning it could cause “irreparable harm” to Apple.

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Introducing Android 4.0

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is the latest version of the Android platform for phones, tablets, and more. It builds on the things people love most about Android — easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep interactivity — and adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.

Simple, Beautiful, Useful

Refined, evolved UI

Focused on bringing the power of Android to the surface, Android 4.0 makes common actions more visible and lets you navigate with simple, intuitive gestures. Refined animations and feedback throughout the system make interactions engaging and interesting. An entirely new typeface optimized for high-resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished, modern feel to the user interface.
Virtual buttons in the System Bar let you navigate instantly to Back, Home, and Recent Apps. The System Bar and virtual buttons are present across all apps, but can be dimmed by applications for full-screen viewing. You can access each application's contextual options in the Action Bar, displayed at the top (and sometimes also at the bottom) of the screen.
Multitasking is a key strength of Android and it's made even easier and more visual on Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently — tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

Home screen folders and favorites tray

New home screen folders offer a new way for you to group your apps and shortcuts logically, just by dragging one onto another. Also, in All Apps launcher, you can now simply drag an app to get information about it or immediately uninstall it, or disable a pre-installed app.
The All Apps launcher (left) and resizable widgets (right) give you apps and rich content from the home screen.
On smaller-screen devices, the home screen now includes a customizable favorites tray visible from all home screens. You can drag apps, shortcuts, folders, and other priority items in or out of the favorites tray for instant access from any home screen.

Resizable widgets

Home screens in Android 4.0 are designed to be content-rich and customizable. You can do much more than add shortcuts — you can embed live application content directly through interactive widgets. Widgets let you check email, flip through a calendar, play music, check social streams, and more — right from the home screen, without having to launch apps. Widgets are resizable, so you can expand them to show more content or shrink them to save space.

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