The new version of Android is packed with numerous new features, significantly improving the user experience of the operating system. The major technical improvement in the latest Android update is a new compiler, which essentially gives the operating system a huge boost in terms of speed. The new compiler harnesses the capabilities of the built-in engine better, and the results are not only visible in terms of speed, but also with memory management and improved performance in other applications. Other than that, there are a number of smaller individual improvements that have made the user interface, camera features, performance, and connectivity much better.
First off, the homescreen has become a good deal more user-friendly. Although older users of Android may not have trouble with setting it up, the multiple homescreens can be difficult for a novice to master quickly. Therefore, new tips and tricks have been added in the form of a dedicated tips widget. The widget displays handy hints in the whimsical form of a green Android and speech bubbles. In addition to the tips widget, shortcuts for the dialling application, the main menu and the web browser have been added to the homescreen. As these are the most commonly used features, the shortcuts will reduce the time spent searching through the phone considerably.
In a bid to endear the platform to power users, new Exchange support has been incorporated into Android. Setting up an account is much easier using the auto-discovery option, which eliminates the need to manually put in settings. There is improved security, as administrators will be able to set access policies and remote wipe options on these devices. Therefore if the device is misplaced, an administrator can wipe all the exchange settings off the device; thereby maintaining the security of the organization’s system.
With regard to the camera, perhaps the most notable improvement has been the addition of support for the LED flash for video recording. Therefore it is now possible to shoot videos in low-light conditions. Additionally, the gallery interface has been tweaked to allow users to look into photo stacks easily. Onscreen buttons have been added to facilitate camera control, including functions such as white balance and zoom control. This addition makes a nice change from having to delve through multiple menu levels to set the ideal conditions for a shot.