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Old February 7th, 2012, 09:27 PM   #551 (permalink)
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Default I'm a big Launcher Pro Plus fan, the switch to ICS was easy

W/ launcher pro, the move to ICS was easy, the environment was the same where it counted. I love my new Nexus....just an issue which a fix was provided in another section....

I have trouble w/ the number pad using the speaker, couldn't login to my bank acct or voice mail....learned to shut the speaker off, input the numbers and turn the speaker back on....works great....just shouldn't have to do this. I saw the post yesterday....apparently someone in Verizon did too because tech supp knew about the work around, they didn't last week, Cyn

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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.
Yeah same here I love being able to suck Down unlimited 4G hehe
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You can effectively "tag" bookmarks in Chrome desktop, and now with Chrome Beta for ICS you can use that functionality effectively from your handheld. If you're like me, you have over 1,000 bookmarks in the cloud, and folders and subfolders aren't good enough at navigating through many of them. (I have about 15 most frequent ones on the bookmarks bar, of course)

Tip: Hashtagging bookmarks in Chrome Beta for ICS. Edit your Chrome bookmarks from desktop by clicking the yellow star. Go to the end of the "name" of the bookmark and add hashtag words. I use #accounts for anything that has to do with a money or billing account. I use #android for android sites. And sot on. (You can retrieve them from the omnibar this way). Then, in Chrome Beta for ICS, go to Menu>Bookmarks. Choose the button in the lower right ( looks like a folder syncing up and down) and you can sync with your Chrome account. Type the hashtag (#accounts) in the url bar, and retrieve any of the bookmarks you've tagged this way.
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in ICS stock, all your searches are synchronized between mobile and desktop (at least chrome desktop) in real time. So when you open search box you'll find latest searches from the desktop.

Now with Chrome beta mobile is possible to sync all the open tabs of chrome desktop: go to menu - other devices.
You'll see your others PCs
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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!
Swype keyboard also has built-in cut/copy/paste gestures:

Copy: select the text by double-tapping on the word or do the Select-all gesture, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'c' key.
Cut: select the text, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'x' key.
Paste: Swype from the Swype key to the 'v' key to paste.
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The Google Voice Search button is a very powerful tool.

Was visiting Dana Point, CA and a friend wanted to eat at a restaurant called Harpoon Henry's. He started looking around for a phone book to call for reservations. I touched the Google Voice Search button and said "Call Harpoon Henry's in Dana Point". My friend turned around with a sour look and said "No $hit, what do you think I'm trying to do!" At that point, I was connected to the restaurant and making the reservation. It was the best moment yet on the Nexus!
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And after you get to vibrate, push down one more time to enter silent mode. I love this feature.
Funny this is exactly how my OLD mono-color analog flip phone from the late 90's was. Then phones tried to be all fancy and got rid of the basic useful features....and I guess like all things retro, they're coming back slowly in a fancier shell.
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Swype keyboard also has built-in cut/copy/paste gestures:

Copy: select the text by double-tapping on the word or do the Select-all gesture, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'c' key.
Cut: select the text, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'x' key.
Paste: Swype from the Swype key to the 'v' key to paste.
ahhh that is sweet if only swype had the prediction and spell correct of swiftkey... that is the only thing keeping me from swype again
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Here are some tips on how to run your phone like a desktop.

Using a Mobile Device as a Desktop Computer - YouTube
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I have tried doesn't work very well
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I got some questions on the developer option setting. Sorry if this was discussed before.

First, what does "don't keep the activities" do? Frankly I didn't notice any difference when I tried it in terms of background process, battery life. And I'm not sure what's the difference between this setting and "background process limit".

Second, do I need to check on "Force GPU rendering" to use GPU based UI acceleration? I have kept it unchecked so far, but I don't feel UI any sluggish yet.
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I got some questions on the developer option setting. Sorry if this was discussed before.

First, what does "don't keep the activities" do? Frankly I didn't notice any difference when I tried it in terms of background process, battery life. And I'm not sure what's the difference between this setting and "background process limit".

Second, do I need to check on "Force GPU rendering" to use GPU based UI acceleration? I have kept it unchecked so far, but I don't feel UI any sluggish yet.
There options are not meant for everyday stable ICS use.... They are build in nexus options given to the developers so we can get it running on other devices barebone and then add all the bells and. Whistles later

The force ui acceleration is again a dev option that should be clicked and what it does is forest. The gpu and. Processor to keep it running smoothly when multi tasking.... And that is adoption you don't want if you are in development of ICS cuz if it is not stable it can crash the rom causing reboots

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Haven't read through this whole thread.

Does anyone know if there is a way to get txt messages to pop up on the lock screen? I like the stock messenger app, but I don't enjoy having to unlock my phone, then slide top down to get into the msg.

I used handcent on my Dinc, but that was mostly because I didn't like anything Sense. I'm hoping there is a way to get pop ups on the lock screen with stock... Wishful thinking?
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I used Handcent for a few years and now use GoSMS, both are free and allow all kinds of settings for the popup message. I didn't see a setting about the popup and the lock screen in the stock messenger.

I also like GoKeyboard, Lots of options....
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Haven't read through this whole thread.

Does anyone know if there is a way to get txt messages to pop up on the lock screen? I like the stock messenger app, but I don't enjoy having to unlock my phone, then slide top down to get into the msg.

I used handcent on my Dinc, but that was mostly because I didn't like anything Sense. I'm hoping there is a way to get pop ups on the lock screen with stock... Wishful thinking?
you don't have to unlock. when you receive a SMS, just slide down the notification bar
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TIP: To stop an active download: Settings --> Apps --> All Apps --> Download Manager --> Force Close --> Clear Data + Cache. Then also go into your sdcard/download directory and delete the partial file that will be there.
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TIP: To stop an active download: Settings --> Apps --> All Apps --> Download Manager --> Force Close --> Clear Data + Cache. Then also go into your sdcard/download directory and delete the partial file that will be there.
thats if you can get there fast enough
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thats if you can get there fast enough
It was a 500+ MB file...and I had selected the wrong one. Trust me, I had time!

It WOULD be nice to be able to select the file being downloaded and cancel it easier, for sure...
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It was a 500+ MB file...and I had selected the wrong one. Trust me, I had time!

It WOULD be nice to be able to select the file being downloaded and cancel it easier, for sure...
I'm pretty sure you can go to the Download Manager and just long press on the downloading file to cancel it. No need to clear any app data.
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Enable Vibrate, then Ring

The stock Nexus only has Vibrate or Vibrate & Ring. To enable Vibrate then ring, edit your desired ringtone to pad a few seconds of silence at the beginning. Then set phone sound to Vibrate & Ring.

Here's a link to one I made, 4 seconds of silence, then fade in a digital ringer. I used Audacity to edit the ringtone.
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1. Use Lightflow to control your LED notification light - I see a lot of complaints in the reviews from users about the LED light

2. Separating the ringtone from notifications- this took forever for me to figure out (perhaps I was missing something).
- Settings --> sounds--> notification set to silent
- d/l My Profiles and change the notification sounds to what I want for each profile

- This was rather important for me as I'm on call at night frequently and need my phone volume on but don't want to hear emails/texts

Like I said, maybe I was missing something, but I could not separate it any other way
Thank you for this. This has to be one of the most annoying features on this Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone. If you are on-call, you want the phone to ring but don't want to get woke up by notifications or emails. It should not take you 1-2 minutes every night to silence your phone... This works awesome! Thank you!!! Brandon
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ahhh that is sweet if only swype had the prediction and spell correct of swiftkey... that is the only thing keeping me from swype again

I agree...why can't Swype install the word predication that swiftkey uses? It would make it much more complete. It's stopping Swype from being my full time replacement keyboard.
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I used to be able to put a shortcut for manual sync on home screen but cant now on ICS anyone know how?

If you could physically do it before posting to make sure its not just me...

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1. Use Lightflow to control your LED notification light - I see a lot of complaints in the reviews from users about the LED light

2. Separating the ringtone from notifications- this took forever for me to figure out (perhaps I was missing something).
- Settings --> sounds--> notification set to silent
- d/l My Profiles and change the notification sounds to what I want for each profile

- This was rather important for me as I'm on call at night frequently and need my phone volume on but don't want to hear emails/texts

Like I said, maybe I was missing something, but I could not separate it any other way
I just turn off sync when I go to bed?
One tap on the home screen, one more when I wake up.
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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.

You can double "click" it quickly to turn it on also.
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I used to be able to put a shortcut for manual sync on home screen but cant now on ICS anyone know how?

If you could physically do it before posting to make sure its not just me...

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ah easy answer download syncshortcut from Google Play...
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There indeed is a stock Soundrecorder but not accessible. Why, I don't know.
However to make it accessible, install Sortcut Creator from Google Play. Open it, go to New shortcut, Activity, select Soundrecorder. Your Soundrecorder shortcut will be created on your Home Screen. Recorded files can be saved.



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I meant Shortcut Creator or Shorty. Sorry
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I'm a new Sprint Gnex user, and I'm loving the new phone. Just upgraded from the HTC EVO 4G (the original model).

Finished reading all 570+ posts, including the non-tips ones. Great thread, and thanks to all of you tipsters.

So rather than just saying thanks, here are some tips for folks who are coming over from the EVO like me:

Nova Launcher is tremendous. It gives you all of the wonderful tastes of the Stock ICS launcher with a few additions that Sense users will appreciate:

1) Hitting the Home button while on the main Home-Page brings up the "Preview" screen which displays a miniature version of all of the home screens. Touch one to go directly there. You can also add Home screens so you can have seven just like you did on the EVO.

2) Pinching the home screen will give you the Preview also, but this is only in the Pro version of Nova.

3) Long pressing the Home screen wallpaper will bring up a menu to install new Apps, Widgets, Shortcuts or Wallpapers. I really missed that with the stock Launcher. I thought that was included in ICS, but apparently only Wallpapers can be installed this way.

Now some tips for the Stock Gnex crowd:

With older versions of Android it was difficult to reorganize a home screen if it was full. You had to delete an icon to make room to move others around, but with ICS's folders it is a snap:

Drag one icon onto another to make a folder with the two icons inside.

Open the folder and drag the second icon back of the empty spot left by the original icon. Viola, you have swapped two icons without deleting one first.

Make a Quick Dial tool of your own like this:

Create a new Direct Dial Shortcut on your home screen, attach it to a contact number in your People list. Then create as many more as you want.

Drag the first onto the second to create a folder and give it a name like: Quick Dialer. Drag all of the shortcuts you created into this folder.

Put the folder onto your Dock and you have a quick way to call anyone you need to. Touch the folder and then touch the icon of the person you want to call.

Create one folder for your friends and another for your office mates. You can also drag and reorganize the icons to be in whatever order you find easiest to remember.

And something for those of you with Bluetooth keyboards: the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard works great with the Gnex. I'm using it now to type this. Having a nearly full sized keyboard and Cursor Keys(!) really makes a difference when you have some serious correspondence to do. I suspect other Bluetooth Keyboards work as well.
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Magnify the sound coming out of your speaker by cupping your hand behind the device. Basically make a C with your hand and make sure the palm is behind the speaker.

Listening to music you can put the phone in a plastic cup or bowl to amplify the sound.

Leave your Wifi on to make the battery last longer, Leaving your GPS on won't effect your batter in a negative way.
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go to settings-about phone-android version and keep clicking it and bunch of times. It will bring up the green Droid I'm an ice cream suit. Then click and hold it on him he will grow and explode then a fun little video.

I also learned this works for 2.3 just a different different event happens. Don't know about other versions.
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With ICS 4.0.4 if there is bloatware that you want to hide you can just drop it over App information and select the disable button and it will disappear.
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With ICS 4.0.4 if there is bloatware that you want to hide you can just drop it over App information and select the disable button and it will disappear.
All versions of ICS can do this, one of the big features added.
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All versions of ICS can do this, one of the big features added.
You are right i am on 4.0.2, but it wont let you hide some apps like Google Messenger or My Verizon. But many other apps do disappear..... thanks
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By the way this is how you can use the phone's WiFi direct function.

Wi-Fi Direct on Tv Sony Bravia: Tutorial - YouTube

I am not sure if you can use WiFi direct to play game emulators on your TV as well. But one must have a TV with WiFi to start with. Some thing that I don't have at the moment.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 02:43 PM   #587 (permalink)
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Leaving your GPS on won't effect your batter in a negative way.
I beg to differ, my battery drains much quicker whenever I have GPS on. Especially when I'm using it for navigation. Although, you could say navigation and data are used for navigation.
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I beg to differ, my battery drains much quicker whenever I have GPS on. Especially when I'm using it for navigation. Although, you could say navigation and data are used for navigation.
I met leaving it on in general. There is a widget called power control or something that gives you the ability to manuelly turn the Wifi, GPS, Blue tooth, Sync and brightness. Leaving on GPS, Wifi, and Sync do not effect your battery life. Because none of those features run unless an app requesting it to.

But if an app is trying to use GPS or Sync that will effect it. Then you have to adjust the app that is trying to use them.

As for the blue tooth I leave that off cause of security reasons. I remeber a number of celebs getting pictures stolen off there phone because of blue tooth but this might of changed.
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ahhh that is sweet if only swype had the prediction and spell correct of swiftkey... that is the only thing keeping me from swype again
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I agree...why can't Swype install the word predication that swiftkey uses? It would make it much more complete. It's stopping Swype from being my full time replacement keyboard.

Swype has tried to grant this wish in the new beta that they released. I installed it and really like it so far
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I beg to differ, my battery drains much quicker whenever I have GPS on. Especially when I'm using it for navigation. Although, you could say navigation and data are used for navigation.
When used for navigation, yes, it will drain your battery down. But leaving your GPS on (when not actively in use by Navigation or other apps that use active GPS) shouldn't cause a battery drain.
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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
I Use ChargeBar https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tombarrasso.android.batterybar&hl=e n to give me a nice quick visual to see what my current battery status is. I'm not sure if that's what you're referring to or not, but I hope it helps! It even gives you the option to keep it turned on while using full screen apps. You can adjust the thickness of the line to better suit your needs.
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Hold power button until poweroff /airplane mode promo pops up

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My TIP Would Be NOT toUpgrade To Jelly Bean If You Like Using The Internet!
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My TIP Would Be NOT toUpgrade To Jelly Bean If You Like Using The Internet!
Jellybean is great for the Internet. Swype not working properly yet on Jellybean is not Jellybean's fault, nor does it prevent people from using the Internet.
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Jellybean is great for the Internet. Swype not working properly yet on Jellybean is not Jellybean's fault, nor does it prevent people from using the Internet.
Swype works for me!
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I have 3 tips.

1) On 4.1 the icecream-sandwich man is instead a jellybean android head for the version cutscene ("Settings", "About phone", triple tap "Android version"). After you double tap it you get floating jellybeans you can toss around <3.

2) Hold down both volume-down and power at the same time to take a screenshot

3) a security tip

If using a pattern unlock you can make it harder to guess your pattern by disabling "make pattern visible" and "Vibrate on touch". This makes it much harder for someone who does not know your password to randomly hit the right spots. If you do this though make sure to practice your pattern on the "Choose your pattern" screen before you accept it as your password.

When these two options are disabled I would argue that it is the most secure lock method relative how hard it is to remember your password. I only wish they had an option to make the pegs invisible too.
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