I recently updated my “T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S2” to the latest Android version 4.0.3 “Ice cream sandwich“. Previously it was running smooth on version 2.3.6 “Gingerbread“. After updating my cell, i was just typing sms and suddenly discovered that there is no option for ‘copy‘ & ‘cut‘ in the floating menu, all i can see is paste & clipboard options. I also noticed that there is only 1 blue arrow showing-up, while in case of gingerbread when you tap on the text, 2 blue arrows show-up. I was totally confused, however i figured it out later.
To copy text in Android 4.0, You have to long press on the word or an area of text and the 2 blue arrows will show up to select text, then there is blue selection menu on top with options for ‘copy‘, ‘cut’, etc..
No doubt the old copy-paste interface was way better and user-friendly, The new one seems more integrated. Moreover Google doesn’t want it to look like Apples iOS interface and avoid giving them one more reason to initiate a patent lawsuit.