Android Jelly Bean 4.2 Tips and Tricks

We saw the release of Android Jelly Bean 4.1 last year and now Google has come up with the next in their sugary menu – Jelly Bean 4.2. Before jumping to a complete version change from 4.0 to 5.0, Google has, smartly, decided to pull the brakes on its feature train a little and make room for Android Jelly Bean 4.2.

It seems that Google, in keeping with its gastronomical naming tradition, has not abandoned its candy-themed naming culture. The latest iteration is designed to do away with the raw edges that are remaining in the Android platform and also to make Jelly Bean 4.2 more successful than its previous iteration.

Android Jelly Bean 4.2

So to help you get the best out of Jelly Bean 4.2, here are a few tips and tricks.

Easy way to open Google Now:

There are a number of ways to open Google Now. One easy way is to drag the lockscreen circle all the way up to launch Google Now directly.  You can also open Google Now by dragging any one of the 3 available navigation buttons to the top of the screen. This method works fine from both the app screen and the Homescreen.

You can also try placing a small quick search widget on your Homescreen to easily launch Google Now. Some users have also found having a Google Now shortcut on the Homescreen useful in launching it quickly.

Want to get traffic information? Just tell Google about it:

Another great tip on using Jelly Bean 4.2 is configuring the traffic card so that it doesn’t keep buzzing you every time you travel. For this all you have to do is tell Google Now exactly when you would require traffic information and notifications. For example, you can customize your traffic card to help you commute to and from home.

This is a great feature, which works when you are in supported locations, as it gives you useful traffic information even before you step out of your home!

Pinch to contract or Expand:

Depending on the number of notifications you presently have, they appear either in contracted or expanded form. If you want to expand a notification, all you have to do is pinch the notification. Make sure to use both your fingers to pinch. And, likewise, you can also pinch the notification to contract it.

Long Press Notification for App information:

When you need to uninstall an app or view more information about it, you need to simply long press a notification until an ‘app information’ icon appears next to it. This icon will let you know more information about the app, help you clear cache, stop it from running, disable it from sending out notifications and even uninstall it.

Swipe Camera to open gallery:

When using the camera app, swipe to the right to enter gallery and swipe to left to exit gallery and go back to the camera mode.

Lockscreen Widgets:

This is one of the most useful features that many users are not aware of. Here’s a quick tip to help you use the Lockscreen widgets better. To be able to use widgets you don’t have to unlock your phone anymore. From the lockscreen, you can swipe to the right to see a plus (+) sign. Tap this sign and the available widgets list will appear. Mark all the ones you want and add them to your lockscreen easily.

Face Unlock – Just Blink!

Others are going to find it very difficult to open your locked device with Jelly Bean 4.2’s blink to unlock feature. To activate this feature, you need to access security in the settings category. Under security you’d find screen security option. Mark the Liveness Check under this option.

Fling Unwanted Homescreen icons upward to delete:

From the days when we dragged all the unwanted icons on the Homescreen to the garbage can to the days to simply flinging these unwanted icons into air to delete- Jelly Bean has come a long way.  Simply fling all unwanted Homescreen icons upwards to send them flying into the garbage can!

Android Jelly Bean comes with many feature updates from its previous versions. Android Jelly Bean 4.2 is a lot smoother and slicker than its predecessors and comes with improved notifications, resizable widgets and Chrome as the default browser. Although it comes with great new feature updates, some may find it difficult to discover all the amazing things your Jelly Bean 4.2 can do. These tips and tricks are only the tip of the Jelly Bean 4.2 iceberg.

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