Last Updated: June 5th, 2012

Well look what we have here. Somehow we've managed to come across pictures of a few Ice Cream Sandwich widgets. Specifically Gmail, Email, and Calendar. And to answer your next question, no, sadly, we can't hook you up with a download. We'd love to, but the widgets would actually need ICS to work.

It looks like they are all getting a nice coat of polish - we've helpfully included the old Honeycomb widgets for comparison (there are no equivalents of these in Gingerbread as far as I know, outside of an old and ugly simple calendar widget).



The lack of labels here is a little alarming, but we have no idea if any of those messages actually have labels. So for now, just hope they are still in the widget.



Unsurprisingly, Email looks just like Gmail.



Calendar gets a new shape and way cooler demo appointments. I had to give the Calendar picture a gray background so you could see the shape - there's no border.

That's it for now. We just might be back with more Ice Cream Sandwich info. Stay tuned.

Thanks, Geek Vundotra

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Eggo

    Looking at all the stuff that have been leaked, it seems they have toned it down on the 3D Tron look. I'm glad, this looks so much cleaner.

    • http://profiles.Google.com/isantop Ian

      And more professional, too. I like the easy honeycomb looks, but it isn't for everybody. This should have much larger appeal.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ISantop Ian

      And more professional, too. I like the way honeycomb looks, but it isn't for everybody. This should have much larger appeal.

  • http://kennydude.me Joe Simpson

    I wish Google would merge Email.apk with Gmail.apk and make Gmail.apk a plugin to Email.

    This would make for a more "Android" experience.

    Oh, and make an API

  • Dragonithe

    For a moment I tough we got the apps, and then i re-read the title and it was only the widgets.
    But yea, the widgets look really nice, and a big improvement over gingerbread.
    I only wish they had taken the same style for the calender one, still on the fence about it.

    PS; love the appointments in the calender :p

    • flop

      stop be stupid...

  • Matt

    Anyone notice the Time Machine meeting with Brin on Sept 15? Is this some new ICS feature?

    • Eric

      Considering it's right before "Stop the robot uprising"...

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com Ben Marvin

    The agenda for that ICS user is a lot more interesting than the Honeycomb user.

  • Kevin

    HC gmail looks better imo.

    • http://blog.firstdove.com Christian

      Same... I'm digging the look of HoneyComb more than ICS.

      Although HC widgets' main color scheme reminds me too much of iOS. *Yeuck!* =P

  • hansolo

    i hope they will also be avaiable in inverted color for my super amoled plus display :D

  • hinds

    I'm liking the coat of Polish! The more Android evolves the better it gets and that along with its openness is huge in my book!

  • Kree Terry

    all this talk about the features of ics for phones, im interested to see what, if anything, el goog brings to tablets.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ISANTOP Ian

      In theory, everything should be the same, or at least very similar.

  • andrew

    At least in HC all three widgets have the same style. In ICS why does the calendar have a different style to the other widgets.

    Can they not make things look the same.
    Look at the gingerbread news/weather, calendar widgets - all so different.

  • Paul

    I like the improved contrast for easier readability.

  • matt

    Hopefully the new google voice inbox widget that they pushed recently will become scrollable in Ics.

  • Raj

    @android police, it is particularly apparent that you have access to Nexus prime or a phone with ICS atleast. OR it is geekV. Why not show everything all at once?

    Show ICS working, menu scrolling, how smooth it is and in general use?

    • TeeGee

      Haha...indeed ! Or maybe they have ab insider or all of this is a marketing maneuver ,so Google makes us thinks they are top secret leaks and makes us interested in ICS and the upcoming event becomes more followed. It's like that viral thingie ...just guessing ;)

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      We get fed bits and pieces. I wish we could show and play with the whole thing.

  • ATX

    Happy to see the DroidSans system font going away. It is not a good font.

    Apple's is boring and generic Helvetica but MS has the best with Segoe (which is what I always change my system font to)

    • Cassidy James

      "It is not a good font"

      Ha! Droid Sans is an excellent font; it's clean and readable at smaller sizes.

      I think you meant to say, "I don't like it" instead.

    • Fact Police

      Apple uses a version of Myriad Pro which actually looks rather similar to the font that the new widgets contain

  • Fernando

    Screw that. I want a lockscreen widget.

  • Rob

    It should be the fact that it's ICS stuff that makes me excited, right? Not the Doctor Who reference?

    • Sam

      hehe glad im not the only one that noticed it :p

  • Nobody

    So is the illusion to a certain person intentional with these attributions? Is it that person, or is it someone just having a laugh?

  • villy

    Google’s Senior VP of Social Business a.k.a Vic Gundotra is geek vundotra

    • Cassidy James

      That's what I've been thinking...

  • Hooty

    The new calendar widget is a much needed improvement. The calendar widget in Android 2.3 is too basic.

    • Ron Amadeo

      That calendar widget is from 1.5. It's about time it got upgraded.

  • Andy Jones

    The ICS Calendar widget almost looks like the pane that the events live on would scroll up into the Date Header......

    • Ron Amadeo

      That was my thinking too.

  • TeeGee

    Indeed...the calendar widget needs an overhaul since the current 2.3 one looks like gar-BITCH... and I don't like it
    the ICS however,looks great although the HC version looks better in comparison imo

  • fred

    Whats that saying "Lipstick on a pig" Come on Google this is what is new and improved. At least Apple seems to send the gal out for some real cosmetic surgery. Give us something that has real value like user profiles for tablets or how about the ability to spell check in an email. Hell that's only been around and in use long before MS bought Hotmail. Looks good who cares i want features that make the products i use more useful in my life, Rounded edges and slight colour scheme changes don;t do that

    • fred

      and I don't own or use any of the Apple devices I do have an Asus TF101 running HC.

  • ghostdiasse

    Who is Geek Vundotra ?

  • http://mobiplayer.tumblr.com pj

    Geek Vundotra == Vic Gudontra??

    • Tom Burke

      I was just about to post the same thing. An odd similarity. Too odd..

  • John Connor

    Time machine? Stop machine uprising?
    I'm telling you - Google is Skynet !!!

  • http://gyurigrell.com Gyuri

    Looks like we're getting a nice new font.

    • Cassidy James

      That's what I came here to comment about... I love Droid Sans and this new font looks too wide and less polished. :-/

  • Has Apple, Wants to change but…

    WOW! You Android folk are easily impressed...it took me like 10 minutes to figure out what those images were trying to tell me...

    They changed a font and a shade of grey? WOW! lets hold a press conference. Watch out now iOS you have some seeeerious competition now!

    My goodness!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      The point is to show the difference, if any. Even if there aren't many changes, you will know what to expect. A leak is a leak.

    • chengels

      Yeah i think the iPhone has much better looking widgets in iOS? oh wait...

  • Tony

    This is the change from Honecomb->ICS, which won't be so different as Honeycomb already has a lot of the UI tweaks in it, just tailored for tablets.

    Those honeycomb screen shots look wrong to me - but perhaps it's because they showed widgets not full apps..

    95% of users have never even seen Honecomb, and even these shots look much better than Gingerbread (which IMO is ass ugly in lots of places.. something google largely fixed in Honeycomb then released it only on tablets..)

  • http://rootandroid.net root android

    Looks cool. Waiting to see the whole thing.

  • Rod

    They better have 2 things:
    1. revamped Calendar app. Ugly.
    2. Lockscreen security pin/password - have an option to activate security only after x number of minutes of inactivity. (yeah, CM7 has it, but i mean in AOSP android!)

  • Rod

    Oh, and one more - they better have GPU optimizations for animations and such:


    I got tired of the frame by frame type of draws I would see at times. Contrast w/ iOS, which is fluid and smooth!

  • TareX

    Whoa, all these AP exclusives are making me happy :) They look fantastic... better start looking for a buyer for my Atrix FAST... This phone will last a LONG time till Samsung releases a 3D flexible screen for phones whenever that happens.

    I hope there's a good reader widget...

  • Victor

    So it means my froyo can get 3D looks.