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Google reveals Android 4.0.3 ICS, includes various improvements

News by Dan Seifert on Friday December 16, 2011.

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Just a day after the Google Galaxy Nexus launched on Verizon Wireless and was subsequently upgraded to Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google has revealed the details of Android 4.0.3, which will become the base version of Ice Cream Sandwich for manufacturers to use on their devices.

Google says that the 4.0.3 update includes various performance improvements and bug fixes for both smartphones and tablets, and it has a number of new API features for developers. Most notable among the API improvements are increased access to the calendar and camera apps for third-party apps. Google has also expanded the Social Stream API in the Contacts app so third-party apps can display status updates and check-ins with contacts.

The update also includes "incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more." Google says that the update Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich will be distributed to phones and tablets in the coming weeks, and that it expects manufacturers to use it as the base version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when they port the software to their devices. [Android Developers Blog via Engadget]

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