Friday, December 16, 2011

Google announces Android 4.0.3 as 'base version' of Ice Cream Sandwich

Hot on the heels of news that the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus would receive an update to Android 4.0.2 almost as soon as it's activated comes an announcement from Google that there's going to be an Android 4.0.3. Google also said that it will be focusing its partners on using 4.0.3 as the "baseline" version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

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4.0.3 will bring a number of optimizations and bug fixes for smartphones and tablets (remember that ICS unifies the builds for the different mobile device families). It will also include a small number of new APIs.

Some of the changes include calendar provider enhancements, new camera capabilities, accessibility refinements, improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines. In addition, 4.0.3 will add some incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, etc.

Considering the rapid fire updates from 4.0 to 4.0.3, we'll assume there are a number of bugs that need squashing.

We can add that in addition to the 4.0.2 update to the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the unlocked GSM version we have in our possession received an update to 4.0.2 late Friday afternoon, as well. The ROM update notification just said "bug fixes."

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