Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Tips and Tricks (Video)


Android 4.0 is significantly different than past versions of Android: some settings have been moved, multitasking is changed, the launcher is overhauled, and more. While most of these changes add a lot of polish to the operating system, what if you’re the kind of user that wants your phone to feel as fast as possible? In this video, we demonstration with a Galaxy Nexus several methods for making your phone feel more snappy in Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

We cover the following:

1. Using a third party launcher will allow you to fit more icons on your homescreen, and to more easily navigate in your app drawer

2. You can specify the degree of screen animations with a setting in Developer Options

3. In Android 4.0 you can remove the lockscreen completely, allowing you to jump right into your phone without having to slide to unlock

4. The “swipe to remove” paradigm works not only in the browser to close tabs, but also in the multitask UI to remove programs from memory

5. Settings for your Phone are hiding: they’ve been moved into the phone app

Do you have any Android 4.0 tips to share? Drop a comment!

If you want to see more of Ice Cream Sandwich, be sure to check out Joe’s Android 4.0 highlights video.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.