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Old January 5th, 2012, 07:31 PM   #501 (permalink)
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I disagree. People who have been following this thread from the beginning have gotten a notification for each new tip which, I think anyway, is a great way to have a sort of "tip-a-day" type system. And best tips, A) is all a matter of opinion; a tip someone may consider useless may be the golden solution for someone else and B) I think that's partially what the "Thanks" system is for; more thanks=better tip. But maybe that's just me! To each his own right? And I apologize in advance for a non-tip post to all those thinking how you're going to yell at me while reading this :P
As has been belabored again and again in this very thread, these posts need to be sorted in some fashion. Tips should be highlighted in blue or some other color so that people can actually find tips, which is the stated purpose of this thread. As for non-tip chatter and questions, the consensus seems to be that it should remain because that is part and parcel of a healthy tip thread. But, lately, this thread has become so much of the non-tip chatter, that it really doesn't warrant being pinned and labeled as a "do you have a tip, post it here" thread.

For f#&*'s sake, I don't know the first thing about how to moderate a thread or whether and under what circumstances one is bestowed with that power, but I'll do it if no one else will.

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As has been belabored again and again in this very thread, these posts need to be sorted in some fashion. Tips should be highlighted in blue or some other color so that people can actually find tips, which is the stated purpose of this thread. As for non-tip chatter and questions, the consensus seems to be that it should remain because that is part and parcel of a healthy tip thread. But, lately, this thread has become so much of the non-tip chatter, that it really doesn't warrant being pinned and labeled as a "do you have a tip, post it here" thread.

For f#&*'s sake, I don't know the first thing about how to moderate a thread or whether and under what circumstances one is bestowed with that power, but I'll do it if no one else will.

I think the reason we get non-tip posts is people getting the urge to respond to non-tip posts with other non-tip posts like I did...and then like you just responded to mine (making what you did no better by the way)...and many think like I just did...but this is just half, I have two tips


Tip 1: I LOVE the labs controls option for the browser, however it sort of limits what you can do without going in to the menu. I recommend ICS Browser+ (app from market). It offers extra controls to the labs side panel making it have a more complete functionality. It is IDENTICAL to the stock ICS Browser in appearance, except for the extra controls on the labs panel. There are also a few other options in the menu that the stock browser doesn't have. If you keep browser on your dock/homescreen, and you want the stock icon, if you use NovaLauncher, which was recommended in a previous post, you can extract the Icon from the browser and replace the ICS Browser+ one with that. (If anyone needs instructions on how to extract the icon let me know)

Tip 2: This is more of an ICS theming tip. I recommend Thumb Keyboard. It's my FAVORITE keyboard. One neat function in there that some may not know about, however, is the theming options. If you select the Ice Cream Sandwich theme, the keyboard will look very close to the stock keyboard. However if you're like me, you might want to go for a more unified look (I'm running the ICS Blue Softkey Mod FYI). So, after you select the ICS theme, if you go in to preferences, you'll see an option for coloring. If you leave all the coloring the same, but you change the 3 font colorings to ICS Blue, you now essentially have the ICS keyboard, with improved functionality, and ICS blue letters.

Hope someone found these helpful.
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As has been belabored again and again in this very thread, these posts need to be sorted in some fashion. Tips should be highlighted in blue or some other color so that people can actually find tips, which is the stated purpose of this thread. As for non-tip chatter and questions, the consensus seems to be that it should remain because that is part and parcel of a healthy tip thread. But, lately, this thread has become so much of the non-tip chatter, that it really doesn't warrant being pinned and labeled as a "do you have a tip, post it here" thread.

For f#&*'s sake, I don't know the first thing about how to moderate a thread or whether and under what circumstances one is bestowed with that power, but I'll do it if no one else will.
Please just provide tips for the GNex in this thread .. things will then fall into place.
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Maybe you're way ahead of me, but the tip when you receive a phone call and you're in a meeting, to flick the center "answer" button up, and it gives you like 5 options, I'm in a meeting, I'll call back, etc.

That's pretty handy.

Suspect it is only useful if somebody is calling on a cell phone, but I used it yesterday for that exact reason in a meeting.
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Maybe you're way ahead of me, but the tip when you receive a phone call and you're in a meeting, to flick the center "answer" button up, and it gives you like 5 options, I'm in a meeting, I'll call back, etc.

That's pretty handy.
And you can edit them within the Phone app (Settings --> Quick Responses).
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And you can edit them within the Phone app (Settings --> Quick Responses).
The text reply to phone calls is an awesome feature and I was worried that ICS didn't carry it over from GB.

Right now, it doesn't look like you can "add" your own custom text replies to the quick response existing menu. Therefore, editing the existing quick responses per the immediately above post is the only way to get your custom responses on there in a practical way because using the custom message function when the phone call comes in might take too long.
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I just found the "edit" choice in gallery and realized how many edit options there actually are, very cool. Because crop and rotate were listed in the settings menu underneath edit I thought thats all we could do.

From what I can tell Gnex allows way more editing options the the 4s.
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As has been belabored again and again in this very thread, these posts need to be sorted in some fashion. Tips should be highlighted in blue or some other color so that people can actually find tips, which is the stated purpose of this thread. As for non-tip chatter and questions, the consensus seems to be that it should remain because that is part and parcel of a healthy tip thread. But, lately, this thread has become so much of the non-tip chatter, that it really doesn't warrant being pinned and labeled as a "do you have a tip, post it here" thread.

For f#&*'s sake, I don't know the first thing about how to moderate a thread or whether and under what circumstances one is bestowed with that power, but I'll do it if no one else will.
Yeah...the guy who set up the Incredible tip/trick thread was a genius

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Yeah...the guy who set up the Incredible tip/trick thread was a genius

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Yup. I derived a great deal of value out of that thread. Thank you for that.

I offered to be the person to sort this thread out, but Frisco basically said "no" without providing any reasoned basis, and instead, just saying "please just provide tips." Ironically, that's exactly what people are failing to do, which is why this thread is so difficult to peruse in the first place.

Anyway, as Frisco asked, I'll just post tips from now on. But, as I stated before, I'll step up and sort the thread and distill the tips if that's wanted.
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Yup. I derived a great deal of value out of that thread. Thank you for that.

I offered to be the person to sort this thread out, but Frisco basically said "no" without providing any reasoned basis, and instead, just saying "please just provide tips." Ironically, that's exactly what people are failing to do, which is why this thread is so difficult to peruse in the first place.

Anyway, as Frisco asked, I'll just post tips from now on. But, as I stated before, I'll step up and sort the thread and distill the tips if that's wanted.

You still don't realize that by talking about this you're doing exactly what you're complaining about, so let it be. People complaining about how no one posts tips is actually what most of the non-tip posts are. That's why he said just post tips; he wants you to drop it. And as for no reason, it was so you wouldn't disagree and post another non-tip. Don't mention it anymore and as previously said, just post tips!
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You still don't realize that by talking about this you're doing exactly what you're complaining about, so let it be. People complaining about how no one posts tips is actually what most of the non-tip posts are. That's why he said just post tips; he wants you to drop it. And as for no reason, it was so you wouldn't disagree and post another non-tip. Don't mention it anymore and as previously said, just post tips!
Sorry had to post but agree I have been fighting it off to say this
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Don't know if anyone posted this, but if you hold down the space bar when typing it opens a quick select forinput method. Much easier than pulling down the notification bar.
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I recently found Bird Bar, an app which brings down the notification bar with a swipe in from the top 2cm or so of the side of the screen in any app (including full screen ones) - useful on my GNex as the screen is sometimes too big to reach the top bar comfortably with one hand. Already nearly dropped it a couple of times trying to get notifications down with one hand...this might just save a few other people a few scratches! (The Lite version currently doesn't work alongside the ICS browser's thumb controls, but the full version definitely does.)
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It's been driving me nuts that some of the 1x1 contact widgets did not show the little text icon when you click on them. After fiddling with it on and off over the past few weeks, I found a way to fix it. It's a pain, but it worked. Hope it helps someone!


1. Made note of the info for the contacts so I could re-enter them, then deleted each contact.
2. Created a Google contact for each person, leaving the phone number blank.
Created a VZW Backup Assistant contact for each person.
4. Joined the two contacts.
5. Ran "SyncMyPix" so the contact photos would show up.
6. Add the contact widget on your screen.
7. Click on the widget - the message indicator is NOT there. Click on the little people icon that brings up the contact in the People app.
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9. Now, under the Google contact, click Add a Field, and select Phone Number.
10. Enter the phone number and click Done.
11. Now, when you click on the widget, you should see the little text message icon next to the phone number.
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Alright, I made an attempt to consolidate all of the tips and tricks into a single post and it came out far too messy to read. I also attempted to just create a post with links to each tip or trick, but it likewise became unintelligible quickly. The problem with these methods (as I see it) is that many of the follow up posts to some of these tips and tricks are critical to their use. Leaving them out or trying to consolidate them may cause issues. With these things in mind I went through and edited each tip or trick that I found so that the text is now blue. As someone suggested, I agree that this will make information easier to find.

I also thought about editing out the "off topic" discussions about things being off topic , but decided to leave them in as some are valid points. In the end it may actually help things stay on topic if people see them. Especially the comments from Frisco.

Moving forward, please mark all tips and/or tricks in blue text and let's keep to the topic of tips and tricks or the discussion of said tips and tricks.

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EDIT: If there is a tip I missed, please send a PM to the author or myself so that it can be blued as well.
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Doing that is a feat in its self
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[QUOTE=eyc;3772613]I offered to be the person to sort this thread out, but Frisco basically said "no" without providing any reasoned basis, and instead, just saying "please just provide tips." Ironically, that's exactly what people are failing to do, which is why this thread is so difficult to peruse in the first place.

That was my intention as well but was beat to the punch...Oh well, still enjoying this thread!
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maybe its already posted but...

button on stock earbud, 1 click would just pause then start, but if u click it twice fast, it skips to next song.

another trick i found is that, while websurfing with ICS browser (or ICS browser+), if u hold <- back button on the bottom (next to home button), u get into history

and this could be a bug/glitch but if u open up a folder and click 2 apps at same time, image of app get stuck in background till u reboot.
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another trick i found is that, while websurfing with ICS browser (or ICS browser+), if u hold <- back button on the bottom (next to home button), u get into history

Not sure if mentioned elsewhere, but, when you hold the back while in browser you're only one click away from your bookmarks, as opposed to the three clicks it takes going through the top menu
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Following the bold and blue suggested format, here is a question....

SInce i am cheap and wont pay for texting (I have a google number for that and use voice to text for free) does anyone know how to disabled the quick responses in phone settings?
do you mean Google Voice number? how do you get it to work for texting?
(notice it is not in blue
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Tip 1: ...(If anyone needs instructions on how to extract the icon let me know)

Hope someone found these helpful.
please do explain how to extract an icon from an application.

(tried to shorten the message hope it is ok)
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when closing one of your many open browser windows, you can just swipe up or down on the one you want to close. maybe easier than hitting the "X" button.
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Can you copy and paste from your text messages with the galaxy nexus? If someone can answer this I would appreciate it. Thank you.
 
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This doesn't directly answer your question but I decided to go with GO SMS after using stock messaging for a couple weeks and glad I did. It allows you to do this along with many other options that stock messaging doesn't allow. Surprised stock sms doesn't allow you to do many of the things handcent or go sms does.
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This doesn't directly answer your question but I decided to go with GO SMS after using stock messaging for a couple weeks and glad I did. It allows you to do this along with many other options that stock messaging doesn't allow. Surprised stock sms doesn't allow you to do many of the things handcent or go sms does.
Agree go SMS is the best and yes it will allow you to copy message text and past elsewhere
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You can copy & paste with the stock app but it seems you can only copy an entire message. Once you paste you can delete anything you don't want to keep. Would be nice if you could select the text you want to copy. Regardless, stock app works well enough for me.
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You can copy & paste with the stock app but it seems you can only copy an entire message. Once you paste you can delete anything you don't want to keep. Would be nice if you could select the text you want to copy. Regardless, stock app works well enough for me.
Same with go sms
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You can copy & paste with the stock app but it seems you can only copy an entire message.
I won't put this in blue because it's not specifically an ICS tip, but for anyone who hasn't used it, one of the best things about the Swype keyboard is being able to shift into 'edit mode' by swiping to the right over the two bottom-left keys. This displays four arrow keys, select/copy/paste/delete, cursor jump (great to select a large block of text at one time), end, home, forward/reverse delete, etc. This works in any text entry box, so it gives you full editing even in apps (like SMS) that don't provide it or where it's more limited. Frankly, even if I just used Swype for regular key-by-key typing, I'd still want it for this feature alone!
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Old January 25th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #531 (permalink)
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I won't put this in blue because it's not specifically an ICS tip, but for anyone who hasn't used it, one of the best things about the Swype keyboard is being able to shift into 'edit mode' by swiping to the right over the two bottom-left keys. This displays four arrow keys, select/copy/paste/delete, cursor jump (great to select a large block of text at one time), end, home, forward/reverse delete, etc. This works in any text entry box, so it gives you full editing even in apps (like SMS) that don't provide it or where it's more limited. Frankly, even if I just used Swype for regular key-by-key typing, I'd still want it for this feature alone!
I have Swype and have never seen this ?????
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I have Swype and have never seen this ?????
Yep... just put your finger on the 'Swype' key at bottom-left, swipe over to the '123 +!-' key, and release.
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dude, that is the business, thanks

swype rocks, now, even harder
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Yep... just put your finger on the 'Swype' key at bottom-left, swipe over to the '123 +!-' key, and release.
Hummer ill have to see if I can get it to work on my phone
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I won't put this in blue because it's not specifically an ICS tip, but for anyone who hasn't used it, one of the best things about the Swype keyboard is being able to shift into 'edit mode' by swiping to the right over the two bottom-left keys. This displays four arrow keys, select/copy/paste/delete, cursor jump (great to select a large block of text at one time), end, home, forward/reverse delete, etc. This works in any text entry box, so it gives you full editing even in apps (like SMS) that don't provide it or where it's more limited. Frankly, even if I just used Swype for regular key-by-key typing, I'd still want it for this feature alone!
Thanks for this tip, love it, just made Swype perfect!
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It took me a few tries but I got it to work. ...and that is sexy I can't lie
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Awesome tip,thanks
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there are a few other cool Swype gestures too, check them out on the Swype Advanced Tips page
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Is there a way to disable the slide lock if I have a pattern lock enabled? Seems redundant to have both.
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Is there a way to disable the slide lock if I have a pattern lock enabled? Seems redundant to have both.
I know you can if you are rooted or have an app of the market that will disable the locksceen like widget locker
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I know you can if you are rooted or have an app of the market that will disable the locksceen like widget locker
I'm rooted and using a rom. I can disable it, but then can't set a pattern lock. Guess I'll give the app a try.
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Yeah give it try and see if it will work
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I read all 11 pages and although 2 tips, I thought would solve my need, they didn't. Or I wasn't smart enough to figure it out.
I miss the battery status led that I had on my Dink. I tried Lightflow & morequicklypanel, but neither actually provides, in a clear /visible manner, status. Lightflow has the full screen random leds when the screen is off, but it's only the (very) small Notice bar when on. With mqp you need to pull down the icon to get the info.
When I'm driving & using Google maps I would like to " easily " see what the various status are. I have beautiful widgets battery on my home screen. I guess I could cycle between the home screen & maps every once in a while. Unless someone has a tip or what I could use
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I read all 11 pages and although 2 tips, I thought would solve my need, they didn't. Or I wasn't smart enough to figure it out.
I miss the battery status led that I had on my Dink. I tried Lightflow & morequicklypanel, but neither actually provides, in a clear /visible manner, status. Lightflow has the full screen random leds when the screen is off, but it's only the (very) small Notice bar when on. With mqp you need to pull down the icon to get the info.
When I'm driving & using Google maps I would like to " easily " see what the various status are. I have beautiful widgets battery on my home screen. I guess I could cycle between the home screen & maps every once in a while. Unless someone has a tip or what I could use
Sounds like a great idea to do but I don't know anything that does this yet
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Not sure if it was mentioned already or not, but....

Using the stock keyboard pressing the shift button and then long pressing it again will give you caps lock.

That was bugging me.
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Not sure if it was mentioned already or not, but....

Using the stock keyboard pressing the shift button and then long pressing it again will give you caps lock.

That was bugging me.
or just double tap it
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I know this has been answered a few times but i am still confused on how to properly close an app so it doesnt keep using background data...or is there a setting to turn background off when not on wifi? (minus emails) or do i need to "force close" the app? if so will a normal app killer take care of this or is there somewhere in android that i can do this? this is the only criticism of android vs iphone. so again, how do you stop an app from using background data and properly close an app?
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I know this has been answered a few times but i am still confused on how to properly close an app so it doesnt keep using background data...or is there a setting to turn background off when not on wifi? (minus emails) or do i need to "force close" the app? if so will a normal app killer take care of this or is there somewhere in android that i can do this? this is the only criticism of android vs iphone. so again, how do you stop an app from using background data and properly close an app?
To close an app simply back out of it and clear it from the the multitasking list.

To restrict background data for specific apps go to settings > data usage and then pick the app you wish to change settings on. Scroll to the bottom and change the background settings.

To restrict background data for the whole phone go to settings > data usage and set a data limit at the top. Once a data limit is set hit the menu button and select the option to restrict background data.
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To close an app simply back out of it and clear it from the the multitasking list.

To restrict background data for specific apps go to settings > data usage and then pick the app you wish to change settings on. Scroll to the bottom and change the background settings.

To restrict background data for the whole phone go to settings > data usage and set a data limit at the top. Once a data limit is set hit the menu button and select the option to restrict background data.
Does this actually work I have herd mixed reviews where even when it is restricted it still uses data
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Does this actually work I have herd mixed reviews where even when it is restricted it still uses data
Honestly, I have no idea. Since I'm on an unlimited plan the only time I ever stop background data is when I board an airplane or shut the phone off.
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