10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

Summary: There are a lot of Android tablets in the market, it seems like a new one is launched each week. Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich is only just appearing on tablets, so most in owner's hands are running Honeycomb. These ten tips and tricks can be used to get better use out of Honeycomb tablets, and most should work on Ice Cream Sandwich too.

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  • Making the battery last as long as possible is high on the Android tablet owner's list. Android keeps working even when the tablet is sleeping, and while usually a good thing that can use up the battery even when the tablet is not being used.

    A good way to extend battery life on Android devices is to put the Wi-Fi polling to bed when the tablet is not being used. Simply go to the main Settings menu and select the Wireless & Networks > Wireless Settings > WiFi Sleep Policy and choose the option to sleep "when the screen turns off". The tablet will immediately reactivate the Wi-Fi when the tablet is wakened for business.

  • The Android browser is full featured, including settings that let the user tailor the user experience to individual preferences. There are a number of ways to do that, including this hidden method that works like some desktop browsers.

    In the address bar of the Android browser, type "about:debug" as shown in the image. Hit return and a new Debug Menu is activated in the main browser settings for changing a number of preferences in the way the the browser operates.

    Note: the keyboard seen in the image is SwiftKey X for tablets available in the Android Market.

  • Once the hidden debug menu as been activated as detailed in the last slide, it provides access to a number of settings that can be changed for a variety of reasons. This includes a couple of changes to the way pages render that can affect load times.

    Experiment with the settings to decide if you want to change any of them. The UA setting and openGL are covered in the next two slides.

Topics: Laptops, Android, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

    In Honeycomb the about:debug command doesn't work, but then you don't need it anyway. You can get the to the debug and lab menus from the settings menu, at the top right of the browser.
    dazzlingd
    • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

      @dazzlingd On my Galaxy Tab 10.1 it does indeed work. As I stated, different devices have different browsers.
      JamesKendrick
      • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

        @JamesKendrick Interestingly, I just tried "about:debug" on the Kindle Fire's Silk Browser and it works there too.
        JeffGr
  • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

    What's that sweet weather/clock widget that you have in the 9th image?
    StinkyCheeseMan
    • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

      @StinkyCheeseMan That is HD Widgets
      JamesKendrick
      • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

        @JamesKendrick

        I can't seem to find the HD widgets app can you give more details?
        fig@...