Android Jelly Bean Top 25 Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Posted on Jan 11 2013 - 5:32pm by Rodge

Jelly Bean brought us freshness, new features and an amazing feel of the Android operating system.  With Jelly Bean devices now get CPU boosts when their screens are turned on and make them classy and fast to operate.

Google supposes the improvements are smoothening operations and performance of devices and thus making them more likeable.

Google Now traces a user’s history as a browser and personalizes recommendations there from – some users like its proactive usefulness while some dislike its rather nosey / intrusive nature.

Android Jelly Bean

You can search for voice by its Siri-like feature, and it’s a winner, top performer. Users enjoy many varied features depending on the extra features as done by the manufacturers of the devices used.

1. Say “Google” to search

Users outside America can enjoy Google now by adjusting Android settings. Its trickery to suggest that one is in the US when indeed is not.  On opening Google Now and typing the search query, the device settings are then changed to ‘English (US)’ on the Voice Typing’s language.

The device prompts users by the words ‘Search’ or say Google in the Now’s search bar. Effectively, the user shall have faked an American accent to the device!

2. Now settings

They can be opened by either swiping on the Home icon or the lock icon (when the screen is locked).

On starting it shows its basic functions with example cards, each of them with own notification settings, applicable on the Now home screen as well as the notification shade.

New cards have a ringtone and vibration and will be placed bottom of the list and will go off if without notification,

3. Talk to Google Now

Users of Google Now will enjoy spoken answers or a web search with expected answers to queries. This works like Siri and is good for any query that comes into a user’s mind

4. Get more Google Now cards

Google now gives requested information on ‘cards’, as long as a user’s web history is enabled and working (not when paused). A visit to a user’s history and the settings cog pops requested information automatically.

5. Notification Shade

This facility now enables users to expand or contract notifications.  Sliding two fingers outwards on a notification expands it and the reverse is true. The result gives an overview of subject headers in a user’s email inbox.

6. Rotation lock

With this facility you retain the orientation of whatever one is doing on the devices display. A kneejerk effect and the devices tilts and loses focus (e.g. by being rotated) can be avoided by tapping on the rotation lock. On stabilizing the motion, the user unlocks and continues enjoying the view on the device.

7. Turn notifications off

With Jelly bean, all notifications can be switched off, leaving bare the notifications bar. That means as much as a user wants to enjoy many notifications at a time, a visit to ‘show notifications’ and selecting appropriately enables showing or removing notifications.

8. Equalize your music

Music gets more oomph using manual sliders with presets, bass and 3D effects on Android’s music player. A navigation onto the stock player settings and using its equalizer enables users to adjust to better enjoyment, though they don’t work for the whole device.

9. Rearrange your home screens

Everything from resizing, rearranging and movement of icons is possible on jelly Bean. This works by long pressing, dragging and releasing icons on display. They fall in place by fitting in since other icons make way for what is being dragged.

10. Fling to remove

Removal of unwanted (or when not needed on the display) of icons is achieved by long pressing and flinging them upwards and gets into shortcuts where they go hiding. They remain installed and can be re-enabled when needed.

11. Owner info

Users’ details can be displayed on the lock screen. Just enable it from Security for the owner info option to appear.

Whatever information there is shall show on all Jelly bean devices.

12. Access App info

To uninstall, stop or disable applications, users need to pull down the notification shade, long press on an open task . This leads to the settings section of the application, good enough to work even if you don’t know the source of the notification on display.

13. Volume controls

Jelly Bean users now can selectively set volume levels for the various applications.  The settings icon on display after pressing the volume keys down or up reveals separate sliders (can be slid with a finger) for media, notifications and ringtones. You choose how volumes shall feel to your ears.

14. Talkback

This facility is braille, USB and Bluetooth enabled and is designed for visually impaired and the blind. It narrates what is on display by a tutorial on phone or tablet, and is turned on via Accessibility

15. Blink to unlock

Users who unlock their devices by face detection need to blink before the device is unlocked lest an intruder accesses with a quick eye and get unauthorized access.

This is a reassurance to users who may worry of malicious people if not unlocking subconsciously.

16. Offline speech-to-text

Text dictation just got better with Jelly Bean now that its possible offline. On Google voice, users choose Download offline speech recognition and can dictate text comfortably.

17. Beam it across

Jelly Bean allows Android Beam to exchange data on Near-Field Communication (NFC) between devices, found under Wireless & Networks in devices.

18. Simple secure pairing

This facility enables simple secure pairing-compatible accessories eg keyboards, speakers to work alongside NFC. It works by just activating NFC and you are ready to go.

19. Calendar notifications  

This notifies users of any invitations on Google Calendar and can give predefined responses or users create their own. The adjustments can be made on the General settings of the calendar itself.

20. Gallery views

Android users will be able to view their snaps by quick swiping to the left or to the right and delete them as fast (with the option of undoing a delete) by sliding up and down on images. This happens after snaps are made into filmstrip mode.

21. Wi-Fi savings

Jelly Bean allows users to determine costs of Wifi by designating certain networks Mobile hotspots. This bars other apps access to data and thus saves cash. Other Jelly Bean devices on the same network will pick up its settings too and thus even more savings.

Users will enjoy usage at low cost and avoid usage restrictions in public places and high costs of mobile WiFi.

22. Try the stock keyboard

The Jelly Bean’s key board also monitors typing much as Swiftkey, using bigram. This makes it faster ( predicts words, checks grammar) and more appealing to Android users.

23. Reboot to safe mode

With Jelly Bean, users can long press the power button, then power off option and finally choose Ok to reboot in safe mode.

Those steps disable all apps not needed on the device and the user can discern the problem causing the shutdown.

24. Reset app preferences

Jelly Bean enables users to recover, reset or adjust applications as desired or to original specifications.  This is done under settings, on the Reset app and is crucial especially when a function has been lost or is unneeded and thus targeted for removal.

25. Add emojis

By enabling emoji (Japanese for emotions) on the Jelly Bean keyboard, users type a word (list provided) and the symbol appears in the predictions bar.

This happens by enabling Language & Input on the settings of an Android keyboard, Add-on dictionaries and selecting Emoji for English words.

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