A revamp that was definitely needed, the new Spotify Android app is now much less cluttered and sports a new user interface which compliments the new Android 4.0 surroundings. On top of the visual makeover, the app has been enhanced to run quicker with high resolution album artwork that look at home on 720p screens found on the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Price: Free (Premium subscription required) | Download Spotify Android app
2. Sketchbook Express
If Draw Something has brought out the artist in you, Sketchbook Express has now been optimized for Android 4.0 from 7-inch devices like the Galaxy Tab 2.0, up to larger devices like the Asus Transformer Prime. There’s plenty of professional-grade painting and drawing tools to dabble with and should get you on the way to your first tablet or smartphone masterpiece.
Price: Free | Download Sketchbook Express Android app
It may have inherited a cloud-based storage rival in Google Drive, but Dropbox has now been optimized for Android 4.0 tweaking the gallery view mode and adding separate tabs for Uploads and Favorites. Users can now access files offline and upload photos and video in bulk.
Price: Free | Download Dropbox Android app
4. Google Maps
It still remains one of the best ways to explore your surroundings and the latest version of Google Maps has added a redesigned screen to make it easier to hunt out a destination, higher resolution maps for devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Asus Transformer Prime plus improved responsiveness for panning and zooming around your location.
Price: Free | Download Google Maps Android app
The retro camera app phenomenon recently snapped up by Facebook, now supports Android 4.0-packing devices like the HTC One X while providing better support for tablets. Expect the usual array of custom filters and borders with the ability to now view your vintage-looking pictures in the Gallery app.
Price: Free | Download Instagram Android app
6. MX Video Player
If you’re not a fan of the stock Android 4.0 video player, MX Video Player supports most video formats and features multi-core decoding which means you can expect an improved viewing performance particularly in the rendering department on dualcore and quadcore Android devices. There’s a host of on screen controls which includes pinching and zooming live video without a lag.
Price: Free | Download MX Video Player Android app
7. Notes for ICS
Whether you are planning to jot down your weekly shopping list on an Android 4.0 tablet or smartphone, the note-taking app sports a Ice Cream Sandwich-matching holo theme and the ability to back all your content in the cloud. Syncing with an existing Google account, you can move notes across different lists and password lock individual notes if you are worried about your secret plans being uncovered.
Price: Free | Download Notes for ICS Android app
8. Google Chrome
It's been a long time coming, but Google has finally completed the chain by launching a version of Chrome for Android smartphones. The Beta, which is only for Android Ice Cream Sandwich phones and tablets brings improved tabs, which can be flicked through like a deck of cards, and instant syncing with your desktop browser, meaning if you have to step away from your screen, the pages will be open and ready for you to use.
Price: Free | Download Google Chrome Android app