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Old July 18th, 2012, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So this is a new OS for all of us and many of you are coming from Gingerbread or older versions. I figured we needed a place to share tips & tricks that we find so we can all learn together.

I'll start with this one for folks coming from pre-ICS. The menu button you have all become familiar with is no longer around. You will now see three vertical dots that provide the same functionality. For apps that are designed to UI guidelines it will appear on the top right corner of the app. For apps that haven't been updated to ICS/JB design guidelines it will appear on your soft key bar to the right of the task switcher.

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Here is one:

Press volume down and the power button to take a screen shot on the Nexus 7.
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Get the camera launcher back on your Nexus 7 with this app!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.modaco.cameralauncher&feature=searc h_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5tb2RhY28uY2FtZX JhbGF1bmNoZXIiXQ..
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Find someone else who has one, however you do it, and try Beam. Just hold the two devices back to back and tap the screen of the one you want to share from. Hey presto, the photo, app, maps place page, game, contact, anything is transferred across. It's not totally instant but it is very cool.
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I think I heard that if you say Google it will bring up voice search.
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I was initially frustrated at the need to have a settings app (it's not an app I know) on the home screen to access settings. I just realised that if you swipe down from the top as you would to access notifications and you can access settings from there (the slider bars). Also you can lock the auto-rotate from there.
I still don't know what's wrong with just having a static menu button but maybe I'll get used to it.
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In the app tray at the top of the screen is a link to the Play store. Also, you can switch between apps and widgets.
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Just while holding it? Without pressing anything?
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Ah, see, that's what I get for saying things from memory and not actually having one. You can do it if you have now open. Just say google and it will search. Found this that may be of interest too.

12 tips for using the Google Nexus 7 tablet | Computerworld Blogs
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Hi,

Is there way to get facebook widget more then 4 x 2? btw screen capture doesn't work.

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Press volume down and the power button to take a screen shot on the Nexus 7.
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Is there way to get facebook widget more then 4 x 2? btw screen capture doesn't work.

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Press volume down and the power button to take a screen shot on the Nexus 7.
I believe on some widgets you can long press and then resize them. I know if ICS I can do that with the stack widget for the Phandroid app.

Regarding the screenshot trick you have to press them simultaneously and hold for ~1 second. you will hear a camera click and a quick photo animation and get a notification in the status bar.

I hope this helps.
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And Wireless File Transfer (Pro) is great for doing what it says on the tin. The Pro version, which I paid for out of my Google Play 15, is necessary to remove the file size limit
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Press and hold on the home software button to be able to launch Google Now from anywhere.
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This is not so much Jellybean Trick and more to do with the Nexus..

For those who don't want to root or use a launcher, you can get the home screen to rotate to landscape using Ultimate Rotation Control. Sadly it will also rotate every app you have but you can fix that in the apps settings

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.fameit.rotate&feature=search_result# ?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsIm5sLmZhbWVpdC5yb3RhdGUiXQ..
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Don't forget to tell now to do a barrel roll.

I actually did this with my voice.
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I actually did this with my voice.
This is so far the best tip. Pretty damn funny how Google throws random easter eggs everywhere
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I just noticed a settings icon at the right end of the volume bar. When you click it it allows you to adjust the notification volume separate from the other volumes. :-)
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Uninstall apps just by long pressing them in the apps tray and dragging them to the top of the screen.
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Jelly Bean asteroid game:

Settings / About Phone / ... tap 3 times fast on the 'Android Version' label, then, tap once on red jelly bean to see face and finally press and hold screen for the game!
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Settings / About Phone / ... tap 3 times fast on the 'Android Version' label, then, tap once on red jelly bean to see face and finally press and hold screen for the game!
Welcome to the forums weeevil.

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How do I switch between apps? On my other Droid, I long-press the Home button, then choose from most recently used. Thanks.
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Press the button to the right of the home button the one with 2 squares. It will bring up all of your recent apps
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You can close apps by swiping them off the stack. It isn't a force close though.
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Is there way to get facebook widget more then 4 x 2? btw screen capture doesn't work.

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Press volume down and the power button to take a screen shot on the Nexus 7.
It works you gotta hold them for a while.
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Thanks! Got it figured out. Whoohoo
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Uninstall apps just by long pressing them in the apps tray and dragging them to the top of the screen.
I believe that only removes the shortcut, not an uninstallation.
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I believe that only removes the shortcut, not an uninstallation.
Oh, when I hold down an app in the main tray (not on the home screen), when the screen changes to allow me to place it on the home screen, there's an option at the top marked 'uninstall'. Is that only removing the icon and leaving the app on the device somewhere?
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I believe that only removes the shortcut, not an uninstallation.
On home screens it only removes the icon/widget, in the app drawer is uninstalls the app.
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You are uninstalling the app if you do it from the app drrawer.

If you go into Settings | Apps and choose any app you can freeze it natively. Think carrier bloat for when they start releasing OTAs or devices with JB. I only tested this with the stock browser on my GNex when it was first released as the Nexus devices don't come with unremoveable bloat.
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Oh, when I hold down an app in the main tray (not on the home screen), when the screen changes to allow me to place it on the home screen, there's an option at the top marked 'uninstall'. Is that only removing the icon and leaving the app on the device somewhere?
my bad, i missed the part where you said app tray (typically called app drawer).
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You can disable notifications from apps (think air push ads) without removing the app. See here for details.

Say goodbye to AirPush: you can now disable notifications in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean [VIDEO]
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Great tip Pup! May actually reinstall Draw Something. Then again....
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Settings / About Phone / ... tap 3 times fast on the 'Android Version' label, then, tap once on red jelly bean to see face and finally press and hold screen for the game!
Sorry, I don't get the joke.
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GIGANTIC TIP! Download Nova Launcher Prime to customize your N7. Tons of features including, change the icon grid, edit app titles, disable scrolling wallpaper. Lots of nice features. I love this app.


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Very simple tip that many have already discovered, but it's very satisfying to "fling" desktop items towards the top to remove them!
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Sorry if this has been posted before, but I just found out about it.

https://support.google.com/websearch...r=2649515&rd=1


follow the guide in the link, then when you go to the mobile version of the "Google.com" homepage
you can write words on the screen with your finger below the search box and it will translate your
scribble into text and search for it!

works really well on my Nexus 7.
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Surprised Airpush and the like now rendered inert

Starting in 4.1 you can now stop individual apps from pushing notifications, settings>>>apps, and you will notice that each individual app now has a box label "show notifications" which is checked by default. If the developer has included airpush or similar ads you can now disable notifications for that app all together. This is particularly useful for some of the free launcher themes and sms replacement themes out there, as those seem to be particularly hard hit by airpush. Still, support your developers! As a rule of thumb, if you've used the free theme for more than month, buy the paid version.
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Choose your input method:

when you click in a type field, email, text, webpage etc, you get a little keyboard symbol appear in the top corner of the screen in the notification bar. Pull this down and click on it and you will be able to select which input method you want to use! select swiftkey, the standard keyboard or any other installed input method here. You used to be able to do it by long pressing the text field, but that no longer works in JellyBean.
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Choose your input method:

when you click in a type field, email, text, webpage etc, you get a little keyboard symbol appear in the top corner of the screen in the notification bar. Pull this down and click on it and you will be able to select which input method you want to use! select swiftkey, the standard keyboard or any other installed input method here. You used to be able to do it by long pressing the text field, but that no longer works in JellyBean.
Related tip. Long pressing the typing area no longer works as that brings up the Copy functionality introduced in ICS. Long press on a word and you will get a blue arrow at each end of the word. You can drag these to include as much text as you want to copy.
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Sorry if this has been posted before, but I just found out about it.

https://support.google.com/websearch...r=2649515&rd=1


follow the guide in the link, then when you go to the mobile version of the "Google.com" homepage
you can write words on the screen with your finger below the search box and it will translate your
scribble into text and search for it!

works really well on my Nexus 7.
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I think this is one of the best features in both ICS and Jelly bean, and it saddens me that most have not discovered it.. with your browser open, go to settings>labs, and toggle on both "full screen" and "quick controls" combined they get rid of the url bar and tabs button at the top making the browser full screen and allowing you to move your thumb in from either side of the screen to bring up a quick tools menu allowing for intuitive managment of your browser.. no more click the url bar at the top of the screen and then move down to the bottom to start typing.. now just slide thumb in and release over url icon and start typing right where you slid in..
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Good tip, but I dont think that functionality is available in the Nexus 7s stock browser (which is Chrome).
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This is not so much Jellybean Trick and more to do with the Nexus..

For those who don't want to root or use a launcher, you can get the home screen to rotate to landscape using Ultimate Rotation Control. Sadly it will also rotate every app you have but you can fix that in the apps settings

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.fameit.rotate&feature=search_result# ?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsIm5sLmZhbWVpdC5yb3RhdGUiXQ..
I like the app, but I find it a bit cumbersome... I had a hard time setting it so it would rotate anytime, I also find it rotates after I shake my tablet, literally... LOL

Is there other choice apps that accomplish the trick without much ado?

Thanks anyway for the app lead...
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I guess it's probably not specific to jelly bean, but am I the only one who didn't notice transformers on youtube?
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I guess it's probably not specific to jelly bean, but am I the only one who didn't notice transformers on youtube?
I'm not sure I understand, are you saying that it's on there but you didn't immediately notice it or that you think it should be on there but it isn't?
It's in the Movies app if you're looking for it.
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I didn't notice right away. On my pc, I clicked from google to youtube, and noticed I had 1 purchase, transformers.
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How cool, I really wasn't expecting that!
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..try going to Settings > Accessibility > Large text
and put a checkmark there. I don't wear glasses or have any problems seeing, but I found the standard type to be just a wee bit on the small side. Making the text bigger reduces the sexiness of the Nexus 7 but also reduces eye strain just a bit.
Found this here in the N7 forum but figured it could fit here as well.
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