Needless to say, I’m excited to try ICS to see if my quick impressions of it from all the videos and keynotes are true..I really want to be proven wrong. 🙂
There’s still a few more important fish to fry that I wished Google would have taken the time to sweat over instead of what’s seemingly a new font here and there, this is but one example:
Ever since Windows Mobile 6, you can remotely wipe and locate your Windows Phone through MyPhone: https://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/my
Blackberries can remote wipe/locate/ring through Blackberry Protect: BlackBerry – BlackBerry Protect
iOS has Find My iPhone: Apple – iPhone 4S – Locate your missing iPhone with Find My iPhone.
Even webOS has this functionality: http://kb.hpwebos.com/wps/portal/kb2…/44616_en.html
Where does Android stand? Well if you have a Motorola phone that uses a Blur login you get this functionality: MOTOBLUR – Motorola Mobility, Inc. USA
Samsung offers DIVE: www.samsungdive.com
Ditto a HTC phone that supports htcsense.com: https://www.htcsense.com/en_US
Even the above mentioned options aren’t perfect solutions. Motorola’s getting away from using blur accounts, and pieces of htcsense.com are routinely blocked by carriers. Samsung DIVE suffers a similar fate as htcsense.com on US devices. More importantly, these services don’t take into account that there’s a huge number of Android devices that aren’t made by Motorola or HTC.
The big question is…why doesn’t Android just “have” this functionality? The pieces are there: they already (somewhat unsuccessfully) backup your apps and select system preferences, each Google account has a profile page where the “Manage Your Phone” UI could be displayed…it’s seemingly 60% there me thinks.
While there are apps in the Market that do this, one shouldn’t have to pay for what is basic functionality on other OS’s/other brands of android devices. That, and it leads to a disjointed user experience: “I want to secure my phone..oh no so many choices…which one…”
Android is one of the most cloud connected mobile operating systems in the world, enhancing cloud services should have been a priority over changing the font or the launcher appearance.
EDIT: I’ve edited the post to reflect that I haven’t played with Ice Cream Sandwich and shouldn’t really judge it until I’ve tried it.