Oct 17 AT 1:44 PM Anthony Domanico 24 Comments

Leaked Ice Cream Sandwich widgets show Google’s attention to detail


Android Police was handed a couple awesome screenshots over the weekend of some widget improvements rumored to be in the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich update. A few of the core Android system widgets (namely Gmail, Email and Calendar) are getting significantly redesigned widgets, inspired by those found in Honeycomb.

All images courtesy of Android Police.


The Gmail widget looks really nice and polished, and marks a vast improvement over the widget found in current Android phones. It also looks a bit slicker than the Honeycomb version.


Enterprise Android users rely on the email application to keep up on their work email. The email widget was redesigned to look almost exactly like the gmail widget.


The calendar widget as it exists today is just one big blue box with a couple appointments on it. It’s simply not pleasing on the eyes at all, and once I saw the calendar widget on Honeycomb, I wanted it on my phone. Fortunately, Google again took the widget from Honeycomb and improved on it a bit in Ice Cream Sandwich. The new widget looks great.

Final Thoughts

It looks as though Ice Cream Sandwich is coming together quite nicely. Google has done some great work enhancing the user experience. We’ve got just over 24 hours now before Google takes the wraps off Ice Cream Sandwich at their event in Hong Kong. Taylor and Clark will have some post-announcement coverage on RadioAndroid with the folks from RadioAndroid and AndroidActivist.

Source: Android Police

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  • triangle

    Can’t wait for the webcast! I’m going have an ice cream sandwich while i watch.

    I am glad to see the extra attention being paid to the details on the google apps. Some might say that there is some Steve Jobs influence there, though that would just be speculation.

    • Ryan

      I bought mine last week… I’m almost out but saving a couple for tomorrow night (or I may just go buy more, there’s no such thing as too many ice cream sandwiches).

    • SherlockHomeboy

      Thanks for the idea. Now I have to buy some Ice Cream Sandwiches before tomorrow lol

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Looking good, but I just can’t wait to see ICS complete and running.

  • Nate B.

    I hope those Widgets are scrollable. I’ll be at work until 10:30pm tomorrow night is there a way this live cast will be able to replay or somebody will record it? I’ll miss a big chunk, most likely all of it.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Nate, what timezone are you in? The event is at like 10-11pm EST, so we’ll be on after that.

      I am not 100% sure if we are recording it or not. We’ll have more details tonight/tomorrow.

      EDIT: Oh, and the widgets are scrollable in honeycomb, so who knows.

      • Nate B.

        I’m EST time so I’ll miss the first 30 minutes. Most likely the majority. Will it be considered an uploaded video on their YouTube channel even though it’ll be live? That way I can watch it later?

        I know it’ll be videos and hands on videos later but I feel really attached not being able to see it and it being in Hong Kong. Not like I was making it there if it was still on the 11th, but at least I would be able to see videos from you and other guys channel.

        • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

          I bet the entire announcement will be available on youtube sometime afterwards, and I think we’ll have something recorded with the RadioAndroid guys.

          • Nate B.


      • g

        It’s 10pm EDT. We are still in DST, after all.

    • Chad

      I agree in hoping the widgets are scrollable, that was my big pet peeve with Gingerbread calendar widget, i have several meetings throughout the day and it only showed 1 so i had to download another calendar widget from the market but i much rather just use Google’s hopefully ICS comes through with that feature

  • Liam V.

    Calendar widget looks absolutely horrible :S Gmail and Email widgets are not that bad but I’m still not very pleased with how they look.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      well, like all things design-related: To each their own.

    • Nate B.

      They look a lot nicer then the ones we have now. I do wish they could of made a real faint email print of a picture or something in the background of the widget. Just to give it some character. I also hope the Widgets are resizable.

  • Nathan

    Can’t wait to see it tomorrow

  • http://www.cyberspace-ks.com Adnan

    Looking really appealing

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    i’m gonna set my alarm to wake me up for it. it’s on at 4am here :(

  • wilso850

    Sept 15th! My birthday! :D

  • http://varemenos.com/ Varemenos

    The calendar widget is horrible

  • L2OS

    i just hope that it runs smooth and fixes those random force closes that ruin the whole experience. Also google should monitor the apps that come into the market cause most of them are garbage and very low quality.

  • jon buchner

    some of these widgets, my Atrix 2 has similar ones, and they’re scrollable, very similar to my Xoom. Seems like Moto did some good work?

  • Dags

    “The Gmail widget looks really nice and polished, and marks a vast improvement over the widget found in current Android phones. It also looks a bit slicker than the Honeycomb version.”

    What Gmail widget in current Android phones? I’ve never heard of an official Gmail widget for Android phones (ie. not Honeycomb).

  • mabroid

    Any idea what time GMT the unveiling is?

    (newbie here)

  • thechad

    how cool. still can’t wait for the real thing