Man it’s like the same old record. The Ice Cream Sandwich announcement really has some incredible things going for it. The photography apps are particularly stunning with real time photo stitching and some awesome built-in editing all while shooting photos with zero lag. There was dictation in real time that was pretty damn accurate (not perfect even in their demo though). There’s some really high end data management too that will surely please techies who can now see what’s eating their data and control the services. And the ‘people app’ that was entirely lifted from Windows Phones. All neat stuff.
But then there were the typical fails. So they introduce a revolutionary, new font called ‘Robotica’ which is again a name that’s not very personal (like all things Google that are robotic and not personal). Fine, but minor. What about their new face detection system that is going to eliminate the need to use passwords and digits to unlock your phone? Yeah that failed on stage and locked him out. Not to mention that I presume you can bypass this with a photo of someone. Then they went to show off how to respond to a phone call with an autotext and the phone glitches green, flashes and…it looks like it rebooted but they cut it off. Something crashed hard though.
So, I’m flattered by all of the Metro designs that they brought to Android, from the new font to the magazine style and tile elements. But really, in the end it’s the same old Android. Show some crazy innovations and really slick concepts all while the phone is crashing and is unstable. Just business as usual for Google.