The Gingerbread 2.3 OS update makes the Android more user-friendly than ever before. But beyond the intuitive interface, there are several shortcuts and tricks that dedicated Android fans will want to learn to get the most out of their phone. Here’s a list of some of the lesser known helpful features.
Do you mess up your text the moment you get on a great roll? Do you find yourself erasing half a text to fix a single mistake? Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread has made texting easier (and better-looking) than ever.
- Voice switch. Don’t be misread! The moment your outgoing text gets screwed up, Gingerbread allows you to switch right to voice mode to make instant corrections.
- New keyboard. The 2.3 Gingerbread has a redesigned keyboard with a whole new look and a stylish new font with a classic design.
- Texting. Gingerbread includes several features that make texting better. You can make capital letters by holding down the shift button while typing, instead of switching to a separate uppercase keyboard, and you activate the auto-complete feature by pressing the spacebar when it lights up with suggestions. Want to change a word? Just tap on it and Gingerbread will offer several selections so you can choose a new one.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread gives visual signals that make browsing even easier. Get the most out of Gingerbread’s features by learning how to recognize these cues:
- Orange means stop. Most web pages don’t stop with a convenient little "the end" at the bottom, so Gingerbread gives you a visual cue. Once you’ve reached the end of a scrollable page or list, a small orange blip appears to tell you that you can’t go any further. You'll waste no more time bumping around at the bottom of the page.
- One-touch browsing. Let’s say you’ve finally found that really long address for that great new restaurant. You used to have to flip back and forth between tabs to type the address into your Google Maps. Not anymore. Gingerbread gives you one-touch copy-pasting: Simply use your finger to highlight any piece of text you find on the web, copy it and paste it wherever you want.
- 3D maps. Google Maps are in 3D with Gingerbread, with the walk feature now easily accessible with the little person icon. In an instant, you’ll have walking or driving directions in lifelike dimensions.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread has an updated camera feature that lets you switch between front and rear-facing cameras with the touch of a button.
Apps allow you to make the Android 2.3 Gingerbread your own; and management features make it easy for you to find them and manage them the way you want.
- Downloads. The new Downloads Manager keeps all your downloaded apps in one convenient place so you don’t have to go searching for them.
- Manage. Apps can be managed by pressing the Menu button. The Manage Apps option on the menu takes you to screens where you can delete, force quit, transfer, or look at permissions for any of your apps.
- Galleries. Looking for a particular image, but can’t remember where it is? Pull up your galleries, touch one and spread it apart with two fingers. Thumbnails will fan out in an easy-to-see display, so you can find the right gallery with the right picture in moments.
- More power. Get the most out of your Android with the power management features. Use the power control widget to save on battery life -- Gingerbread will take care of the rest.