Review: Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon Wireless
Most of the core messaging services have been updated in Android 4.0. Let's look at how each is different.Keyboard: The Android keyboard has been heavily revised by Google an it is vastly improved. I can type on it much faster and more accurately thanks to better auto-correct software. The keys have more space around them and are wider, so it isn't as easy to fat-finger the wrong key. Some of the icons are less than obvious, such as those for selecting text for copying-and-pasting. The downside is that third-party keyboards, such as Swype, aren't yet compatible with Android 4.0. Trust me when I say, however, you won't miss Swype out of the box; the standard keyboard is excellent. SMS: The SMS/MMS app looks much better. It's far less drab than the messaging application in Gingerbread and earlier. Conversations are threaded, of course, and you can see multimedia inline with the text. It's a cinch to add additional recipients, media, emoticons, and such to the messages. Rather than show different colored text bubbles to delineate the two voices in each conversation, it uses profile images, so you can actually "see" the person with whom you're texting. This might help reduce texts sent to the wrong person (guilty!). However, there's no "send" button. You have to figure out on your own that the little icon of a paper airplane is the button you need to press to send a message.
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