Dan Morill, a Google Android engineer, has released his own list of his favorite new features in ICS.

Some of the awesome updates include:

Updated Settings
We’ve seriously revamped the Settings screen organization. Items are arranged much better now, and it’s easier and usually fewer actions to find what you are looking for.

Disabling Apps
ICS adds the ability to disable an app outright. Don’t like an app that came preinstalled? Disable it! Its resources never run and its launcher icon is gone until you re-enable it. (This doesn’t free up any space — it can’t, since pre-installed apps are included in the read-only system storage. But it does put them “out of sight, out of mind.”)

Camera Controls
The camera controls have been redesigned and are easier to find and mess around with.

Improved Download Manager
It looks better and is easier to find and use, and to see and clear any downloads you might have.

Support for Encryption for Phones
Honeycomb added full-device encryption, but ICS brings it to phones.

Audio Effects
There’s a new audio effects API. Nuff said, really. 🙂

Full encryption of phones can seriously add to the business potential of Droids, where companies fear losing data if a phone is stolen. ICS was only presented a few days ago, but hype and anticipation has been seriously building. We’re all excited to wait and see what else Google has in store for us.

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