updated 03:25 pm EDT, Thu March 29, 2012
Samsung to bring unique features with Android 4.0
An interview with Samsung's global Product Planning Team has revealed that the Android 4.0 software update due for its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets also contain some unique features. Chief among them is a twist on the Face Unlock feature that requires the user to blink before the screen will open. The regular Face Unlock feature found in stock Android 4.0 has no requirement, letting users trick it with photos.
Other unique functions were added, including Snapshot, a feature that allowed users to capture still images while recording video at the same time. The Image Editor is self-explanatory, and a data usage monitoring app is also new.
Android Beam functionality is in the update, for sharing web pages, apps, contact, and other data by physically tapping another NFC-equipped Android 4.0 device. A Beta Font addition brings a choice of font sizes.
The last major revision is S Go Launcher Pro, which allows users to change their main screen and icons for a more customizable experience.
While these may just make it to the Korean-spec phones, it's likely US versions will also get them.
The company acknowledged as part of the conversation that it's easier to release an entirely new phone with a new OS than it is to upgrade an existing one, explaining why it hasn't upgraded much of the lineup to an OS now half a year old. From engineers' perspective, releasing the update five months after the debut of Android 4.0 is a short time, though they understood users might feel otherwise.