Android Ice Cream Sandwich for tablets spied

Video reveals emulated version of Android 4.0 on tablets

Now that we've seen what Google's new OS looks like on a smartphone it was about time we saw how it would then port onto a tablet, well luckily someone had exactly the same thought

A video has appeared showing what Android Ice Cream Sandwich could look like on a tablet, the video shows a computer running an emulated version of the software which Google is hoping will unite their phones and smartphones together.

Tech website Engadget has posted a video which shows the base version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich running in the same dimensions as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to allow a more realistic interpretation of how the OS will run. Sadly the emulator is not entirely up to scratch but while it is incredibly laggy the video does reveal some key changes.

Looking very much like Honeycomb the tablet version has had some minor cosmetic changes from the new font to the lighting of the homescreens, there's also been changes to multitasking, the keyboard and also an inclusion of gesture search which allows a user to write a shortcut on the screen thus loading the requested application isntantly.

What's important to note here however is that this is simply the standard incarnation of Ice Cream Sandwich, many manufacterers will be adding their own UI's to the mix with Samsung using TouchWiz and then there's HTC's Sense UI as well, so while it is interesting to see it like this, it'll be even more interesting to see what these companies then do with it.

Check out the video of the emulator here.

What do you think, are the changes for tablets too small compared to Honeycomb or are you glad it looks the same? Let us know what you think via the comments box below...

Source: Engadget