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One of the first things that crossed our minds when Google wrapped up its Ice Cream Sandwich press conference was "what about tablets"? Well now, thanks to This is my Next, we can finally lay those fears to rest: Android 4.0 looks absolutely fantastic on a larger display.

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As you can see, it doesn't look all that different from Honeycomb, which makes sense given ICS' promise of unifying Android on phones (currently Gingerbread) with Android on tablets (Hcomb). Still, it has been brushed up here and there - and we like it!

So, how'd they do it? The TIMN team decided to take the Android 4.0 SDK for a spin, and in the process of doing so they discovered an option that allows devs to change the emulator's screen size. They set it to 10", presumably, and voila - ICS in a tablet-sized window.

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There's lots more where those pictures came from, so if you're still famished for more, hit up the source link and enjoy your browsing.

Source: This is my Next

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • kj

    I don't understand why certain apps use white text on black background and others use black text on white background? Is there any reason for this?

    I think that the "office" apps (gmail, people, docs, etc) are white backgound and the "media" ones (youtube, music, etc) use black background. Can anyone confirm this?

    • http://iamandroid.com Eric Richardson

      probably because text is easier to read when it's black text on a white background.

      Also, Having a darker screen on media apps is easier on the eyes. Would you really want a bright white screen blinding you while taking a video?

  • https://plus.google.com/117702410245683101961/posts Lucian Armasu

    So they have their hands on a Android 4.0 tablet? Could it be Transformer 2?

    • Paul

      No. They modified the emulator to use a bigger screen and Android 4.0, ICS, adapted accordingly. Presumably it went into Tablet mode. It's still an emulator and all emulation but basically this is how ICS is expected to look/behave on a tablet. Not bad.

  • Matt

    Dear Motorola,

    Replace Webtop with this.

    Love,

    Matt

  • J

    I'd really like to see ICS on an even bigger screen - the desktop screen...

    It could possibly help spread the use of Android to those who are less tech savvy. If her phone worked the same way her desktop does, I'm sure my mom, for example, might be more cool with the idea of getting an Android powered phone.

    Knowing that, for example, regardless of the device she's using, phone, tablet, desktop, etc, all she has to do is click on the same GMail app, and she gets all of her mail laid out in the same format (or very close to the same - taking into account screen size, etc)... Click the same button to compose a new message or to send or ...

    Then she wouldn't have to stress out about having to remember a dozen different ways to send an email, depending on where she is, and another dozen ways to do word processing, etc...

    And those of us who are slightly more in the know when it comes to tech, I'm sure wouldn't mind having the continuity either. I think it'd be cool to have Andy sitting next to Tux & Windy (? does the Windows icon have a name?) when my computer asks which OS I want to use...

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