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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  • 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.

  • The Android browser identifies itself to web sites as an Android browser, which sometimes results in getting a mobile version of the site instead of the full web page as might be expected. This can be changed on some tablets in the settings if a UA setting is availble. Just change it to Desktop to stop getting mobile versions of web pages on that big tablet screen.

    If your tablet lacks that UA setting, as does my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, fear not. This setting is activated through the hidden debug menu as described on the last slide. Once it is activated the UA selection menu in the image allows changing the setting to desktop or one of the other settings as desired.

    The setting remains as selected until manually changed in the future.

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.
    • 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.
      • 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.
  • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

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

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


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