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Old October 24th, 2012, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Got a few questions that I hope to get answered that I have not seen answered. First and most annoying to me and I cannot figure a a way to turn them off. How do I get rid of all these animations. I am a man of speed, I would have rather have it not look as good but run better. Second is there a way to change the apps that have shortcuts on the lock screen mainly the texting application. Thanks

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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Got a few questions that I hope to get answered that I have not seen answered. First and most annoying to me and I cannot figure a a way to turn them off. How do I get rid of all these animations. I am a man of speed, I would have rather have it not look as good but run better. Second is there a way to change the apps that have shortcuts on the lock screen mainly the texting application. Thanks
I do not know if you can change the way the phone acts when you move around, however, i know by downloading a Launcher you can change it so there is no animation at all.

Some Launchers i would suggest looking at:

Nova Launcher

Go Ex Launcher

To solve this issue with the lockscreen, i would also suggest to look at these two lock screen apps and they might offer you some customization and solve this issue:

Go Locker

Widget Locker

Hope this helps
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I figured out how to disable animationsits kinda hidden in developer options. But thanks for the lock-screen links I will def check those out.
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I had GO Launcher on GB and loved it. Can't seen to make it work on ICS. lots of broken app links and default icons.

No big deal, I'm probably just not trying hard enough. Lol
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I had GO Launcher on GB and loved it. Can't seen to make it work on ICS. lots of broken app links and default icons.

No big deal, I'm probably just not trying hard enough. Lol
I read somewhere that Go Launcher didn't work with ICS yet. Don't know if its true though.

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To change the text shortcut on the lockscreen you need another text app installed (Handcent, GOSMS) installed. Set that app as your default texting app. Then disable the stock texting app in Manage Apps. The icon on the lock screen will stay the same, but your other text app will launch when clicked.

As far as I know so far, you can't change the other 2 shortcuts without one of the 3rd party launcher apps mentioned previously.

This is a shortfall from Motorola. The HTC Sense phones can customize the lock screen icons by replacing shortcuts on the app drawer, but not us.
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You could just turn off the screen lock and launch it the same way you do if you are already powered on.

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I read somewhere that Go Launcher didn't work with ICS yet. Don't know if its true though.

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I put Go Launcher EX right on after my FDR yesterday. Seems to work just fine. Very responsive.
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I also have Go Launcher installed and it works fine. I also did the FDR after installing ICS.
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I just installed ICS today. I have the media issue so will have to fix that but I have a few questions about ICS since it is much different .

How does one disable just LTE to save battery life? We only have 3G at home and I don't see a way to do this like the old version. Plus in a 4G area one can disable LTE to save battery life. I see that Data can be disables but how about a 3 step?

Does ICS always pole for a Wifi network and turn on the Wifi when it finds one? Mine seems to do that when I am looking at email. IT is annoying to be asked when reading an email.

Battery saver mode. Is there one? In two hours my oversize battery wet from 100% to 15%.

USB Computer Connection. How does one set it to charge only like before? The only options are Mass Storage, Media device and Camera. Before I cold connect it to a computer to charge and there was no issue with Windows trying to look at it. That helps at work when charging

Wish I had not updated. Well the Verizon backup does work now.

Watching the help video now. The ones you are supposed to watch before you upgrade. Then have to find out how to make sure I am backed up and perform factory reset.
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I just installed ICS today. I have the media issue so will have to fix that but I have a few questions about ICS since it is much different .

How does one disable just LTE to save battery life? We only have 3G at home and I don't see a way to do this like the old version. Plus in a 4G area one can disable LTE to save battery life. I see that Data can be disables but how about a 3 step?

Does ICS always pole for a Wifi network and turn on the Wifi when it finds one? Mine seems to do that when I am looking at email. IT is annoying to be asked when reading an email.

Battery saver mode. Is there one? In two hours my oversize battery wet from 100% to 15%.

USB Computer Connection. How does one set it to charge only like before? The only options are Mass Storage, Media device and Camera. Before I cold connect it to a computer to charge and there was no issue with Windows trying to look at it. That helps at work when charging

Wish I had not updated. Well the Verizon backup does work now.

Watching the help video now. The ones you are supposed to watch before you upgrade. Then have to find out how to make sure I am backed up and perform factory reset.
Actually you will be glad you upgraded. Once you get past the media issues your battery life will actually be improved. They put in Smart Actions to set up rules for things to give greater control over things such as data usage and what not.

As for the 3G, yes, it can be done. It's a little complicated having to use a special code in the dialer.

DROID RAZR ICS Update Removes “3G Only” Option, Here’s How to Manually Toggle It – Droid Life

It works the same with the Bionic.
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Thanks for the tip. What a pain though. I did find LTE OnOff to help. Also going to look at the other things in that menu. Oh I so don't want to factory reset my phone. My battery ran down during t he update. It was in the car dock and was not charging.
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Thanks for the tip. What a pain though. I did find LTE OnOff to help. Also going to look at the other things in that menu. Oh I so don't want to factory reset my phone. My battery ran down during t he update. It was in the car dock and was not charging.
Do the FDR, you will be so glad you did it. Keep in mind, these aren't just phones, these are computers and computers that are at least as powerful as what ran Windows 95/98, maybe even 2000 and XP. Just like a PC runs smoother doing a clean install versus an upgrade, the phone does too.

There is a huge difference between GB and ICS. I would imagine quite a few apps will misbehave without the FDR and some may not even be ICS compatible.

The best thing to do, is any app, say like a banking app, that allows you to export your saved data, do so and do it to the SD card. When you do the FDR, pull the SD card out before you start it. You will avoid a lot of the media issues commonly seen by people. After the FDR, reinsert your SD card, just go to My Apps in the Play store, reinstall and any apps you saved your data from, just import back over. It's really not as bad as it seems and you will be glad you did it.
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I did the FDR. Still building back but it does seem to run faster and better and got rid of unused software. Still need t find my calendar, IT was supposed to recover and did not.
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I sync my Outlook calendar to Gmail and it is synced to my Bionic.

After installing ICS I ran for about four days and then did a Factory Data Reset.

I have all the old calendar entries synced on my Bionic.

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Is anyone else having a tough time doing a soft reset since installing ICS?
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I have been trying to figure that out.

If you hold down Power/volume up/volume down for a while and then release them it will power down and power back up.

I have not been able to verify if this is a REBOOT or a soft reset.

If you go to the Verizon website their description of a soft reset is ... no I'm not making this up ... a power down followed by a power up (what we used to call a reboot).

How can we test that the three-button approach is really a soft reset and not just a reboot? Is there a condition that we can set that is only reset with a soft reboot?

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