[Dropcaps] As features phones became a thing of the past and smartphones began to emerge, so did the presence of slide out keyboards. Aside from the annual, sometimes semiannual, release of Motorola’s Droid there are very few Android smartphones that have physical QWERTY keyboards. The shift towards all touch controls combined with surprisingly accurate capacitive screens has also caused the majority of smartphone owners to mainly operate in portrait mode. This has led to more one handed phone use as opposed to always using both hands to enter information in and, fortunately; Android 4.0 has kept this in mind. [/Dropcaps]
Whether it be due to finding an interesting article shared by one of our Facebook friends, or accidentally stumbled upon a website that peaks our interest, there all comes a moment where we want to bookmark a page or share it with our comrades. On previous builds of Android your only option of accomplishing this task was to press the menu button and finish from there. Ice Cream Sandwich, the newest Android build, allows you to do this much faster.
With only the press of your finger on the edge of the browser one can: [Icon List]
- Quickly switch between open tabs
- Open up your list of bookmarked websites
- Open a new browser window
- Access the address bar
This feature is somewhat hidden and requires users to go into the settings to enable it. Open your browser and perform the following actions:
- Press the menu button (or action overflow button…looks like three dots…which I don’t agree with, but I’ll get to that in another article…)
- Place a check mark in the “quick controls” box.
After that just press your finger along the edge of the screen and the quick controls should appear!