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58 TableT Tips
One of the key differences between
Honeycomb and iOS is that you can
customize the home screens on Android
slates with widgets and shortcuts to your
favorite apps. Widget choices include
everything from your e-mail inbox to
the most popular YouTube videos.
Change Shortcuts, Widgets, and
1 Press and hold the home screen
where you’d like to place the widget.
Alternatively, you can press the + button.
You’ll see a zoomed-out view of all five
2 Make sure the appropriate
tab is highlighted: App Shortcuts,
3 Scroll through your choices.
4Tap the widget or app you’d like
to use, and drag and drop it on the
home screen of your choice.
4 Select the Wallpaper tab, then
tap on one of the available options:
an image from your tablet’s Gallery,
Live Wallpapers (which use anima-
tion) or regular Wallpapers.
5 Remove a widget or app shortcut
from a particular screen by pressing
and holding the item. Then drag it to
the Remove area in the top right part of
1 Press and hold a given widget until
you see a box and four diamonds appear
2Drag any part of the box to enlarge or
shrink the widget. This option comes in
especially handy for the Mail widget.
Notifications & Settings
While Android phones use a drop-down menu to display notifications, Honeycomb
tablets take a different approach.
1 Look at the bottom right of the screen to see the latest alerts for e-mail, app
updates, or appointments.
2 Tap it directly, or tap the time to see all of your notifications at once.
3 Open the app associated with a given alert, such as your inbox.
Change Settings Without Going to the Settings Menu
From the notification menu, you can also tweak or activate various settings (such
as airplane mode and brightness) without opening the Settings app. This saves
Honeycomb users time.
1 Tap on the time to open the notification menu.
2 Select the icon that looks like three sliding controls (beneath the time in the
3 Adjust the brightness and volume, lock or unlock the screen orientation, and
more using the visible controls. (At any time, you can press Settings from this menu
for further options.)
The Recent Apps button on Android
Honeycomb tablets makes it a breeze
to switch between open programs by
presenting live thumbnail views of what’s
running. Even better, tablets running
Android 3.1 and later allow users to
see 10 apps or more, as opposed to just
seven with Android 3.0.
1 Tap the
left side of the
to the home
2Scroll to the
app that you
wou ld like to
3 Select it.
1 Stop apps that are hogging system
resources by digging into the Settings
menu to close them. (Note: Tablets from
companies that layer their own software
on top of Android, such as the Lenovo K1
and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, do not
need this tip.)
2 Tap the time to open the notification
3 Select Settings.
4 Tap Applications > Manage Applica-
5 Scroll to the application that you would
like to close, then select Stop.
Android beat iOS to the punch when it
comes to tabbed browsing, and it offers
other such goodies as an incognito mode
for anonymous surfing and the ability
to sync bookmarks with Chrome.
Just like with a desktop browser, you can
press the + button above the address
bar to create a new tab at any time. To
close a tab, tap the X to the right of the
tab. You can also open links in new tabs
by pressing and holding the link, then
selecting Open in new tab.
Use Incognito Mode to Surf Anonymously
When viewing pages in incognito mode,
websites you view won’t appear in your
browser or search history.
Google also says that you
won’t leave a cookie trail
on your device after you’ve
closed an incognito tab. To
enter this mode, just hit the
menu button in the top right
corner of the screen, then
select New Incog nito Tab from
the drop-down menu.
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