Android Ice Cream Sandwich, More Tips and Tricks

By on July 1, 2015

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the predecessor of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is actually the main turning point from where Google’s Android started to reach to the heights of its popularity. This feature-rich and highly powerful OS has many, many things to offer provided you know how to harness the hidden powers of this excellent operating system. Most of the devices that run on Ice Cream Sandwich are designed to support most of the features of this OS. Even after the arrival of its successor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, ICS’ dignity isn’t affected at all, and still it enjoys the same popularity.

Let’s take a quick look on the essential Android Ice Cream Sandwich tips and tricks since many devices have already been updated to this version, and many will be upgraded to it soon. With the following hints, you will be able to explore your Android device more closely.

Taking Screenshots
If you are interested to take screenshots, you can do it easily with ICS without installing any additional application. If you don’t find the option to take screenshots in the menu, you can do that just by holding down the power and home buttons at the same time, or the power and volume-down buttons simultaneously. When a frame appears around the screen, it is the indication that the screenshot has been captured.
Multitasking, Open/Close Apps
This version of Android offers good option for multitasking. When you hold the Home button on any screen, a list of all the applications will appear that are running at that time. Tap on the one you want to switch to, or you can swipe it away to close it completely.
Unlocking with Your Face
In Ice Cream Sandwich, you don’t need PINs or patterns to unlock the phone, just use the front-facing camera to scan your face and unlock the phone. However, despite being a very interesting feature to use, you would need multiple pictures of your face in varying lighting conditions and from various angles, so that the app works properly in any lighting condition or when you appear from any different angle. If you aren’t satisfied with this feature, you can use an alternative method to unlock the phone.
Swiping a Contact
When you swipe a contact from the list to the right, this action will make a call to the contact, and when you swipe it to the left, a text message can be sent; easy and simple way to get connected to any of your contacts.
Taking Pictures while Shooting a Video
ICS allows its users to take pictures while shooting a video. Just tap on the screen to take a photo while shooting a video. The camera application is able to do this task easily.
Transferring Data with Android Beam
With Android Beam, you can make transfer of data between two capable devices very easily and in a funny way. The Near Field Communication, NFC, technology on the phones that run Ice Cream Sandwich offers you this method of communication with lot of ease.
Swiping away Notifications
You can swipe away a notification to the right to dismiss it. When you have to dismiss all the notifications, just hit the X on the top right corner.
Multilingual Keyboard Layout
In the devices that support multilingual keyboard layouts, you just have to make a simple tap on the right point to enable the desired language.
Local Weather on the Lock Screen
If you want to stay aware of your local weather conditions, you can make the device to show you the weather on the lock screen. The device will use your existing location to show the weather conditions of the area.
Browsing Privately
In this version of Android, you can browse privately exactly like the Incognito window mode in Chrome or like the Private Browsing mode in Firefox. With this mode, you can browse the internet without leaving any traces of browsing.
Unlocking with Google Account
It can happen that you lose or forget the PIN or password to unlock your phone, which can create a big problem. However, with Android’s ICS, you have the option to unlock the phone by using your Google account that you use to log in the account on your phone. When you hit the ‘locked out’ or ‘forgot pattern’, you will be prompted for your Google account.
Getting Rid of Unwanted Apps on Home Screen
Whenever you download an app, its shortcut will appear on the home screen which happens due to the checked ‘Auto-add Shortcuts’ option. If you want that app to remain on your phone but don’t want it to be displayed on the home screen, just open the Market Application, go to Settings and uncheck that option.
Using Power to Hang Up a Call
You have another easier option to hand up a call; go to Settings, Accessibility, and to the ‘Power button ends call’. This enables the power button to end a call.
Auto Wi-Fi, Save Battery
You should know that GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth consume the battery a considerably. ICS comes with a solution. You can turn off Wi-Fi when the phone is in sleeping mode. To do this, you have to go to Settings, to Wi-Fi, and then to Advance, here you can enable the feature on or off.
Limiting Background Processing
By using the ‘Limit background process’ you can stop your device from storing many or unnecessary apps in the memory. It may have a positive effect on the performance of your handset.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich doesn’t end here, it has a lot more interesting and useful features to offer. Spend some time with your handset and explore it deeply, you will find many great features that could make your life much easier.