How To Get The Best Features Of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Now

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How To Get The Best Features Of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Now

We’ve taken our first look at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and we like what we see — but it’ll be awhile before most devices get their hands on it. With the right mix of apps, tweaks and even a custom ROM or two, you can get a lot of what promises to Ice Cream Sandwich great right now. Here’s how.

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Some of these solutions require rooting your phone. If you’re up for it, be sure to check out our always up-to-date guide to rooting your Android phone for instructions.

Facial Recognition

The new facial unlock is certainly one of the most talked about features of Ice Cream Sandwich, but it isn’t the first of its kind on Android. There isn’t currently an app that’ll unlock your phone using facial recognition, but previously mentioned Visidon AppLock can unlock apps that contain sensitive information, like SMS, email or settings using its front-facing camera. It isn’t exactly the same, but the coolness factor is certainly there.

A New Lock Screen with Camera Support Built-In

previously mentionedWidgetLockerCyanogenMod

Swipe to Clear Single Notifications

root your phoneCyanogenMod

A Customisable Launcher with Resizable Widgets

Previously mentionedGo LaunchertonLauncherPropremium version

Take Screenshots

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A New and Improved Keyboard

looked at lots of Android’s keyboard alternativesSmart Keyboard ProSwiftKey X

A New Font

previously mentionedpick one of over 300 fonts and just flash it like you would a custom ROMrooted

Viewing Desktop Web Pages From a Mobile Browser

including our favouriteDolphinCyanogenMod

Save Web Pages for Offline Viewing

Read It Laterall

Data Usage Tracking

previously mentionedOnavo

A More Full-Featured Camera

We’ve shown you how to take better pictures with your smartphone before, and a big part of that is having a good camera app handy. Our personal favorite is CameraZoom FX, which has all sorts of extra filters, stable shot settings and other tweaks to make your pictures look as good as possible. It won’t load instantly like Ice Cream Sandwich’s camera, but it’ll give you a lot of new features to play with in the meantime.

A Prettier, Full-Featured Gallery App

our favourite gallery replacementJustPicturesQuickPic

“Beam” Apps, Contacts and Photos Between Android Phones

None of this is to say that Ice Cream Sandwich won’t be great, obviously. It’s pretty difficult to replicate the smoothness and polish that Ice Cream Sandwich aims to bring to the table, but at least you can satiate your appetite with a few of the bigger features now. Got any cool apps that we missed? Let us know about them in the comments.

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