32 essential Android tips and tricks

Several weeks ago, we highlighted 40 useful iPhone tricks everyone should know. We got such good feedback from that feature that we wanted to share the love with Android users – who, after all, make up the largest proportion of the smart phone community.

10. Expand and contract notifications (Jelly Bean)

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean makes it easy to handle notifications without having to launch lots of different apps. Here, the notification shade shows a preview of a recently taken screenshot, and gives us the option to share it via email, text, or social networking.

Android 4.1/4.2 "Jelly Bean" gives you a good amount of control over your notifications -- and in a lot of cases, you can deal with them without ever having to switch over to the appropriate app. If you've missed a call, you can return the call or respond with a text message, right from the notification “shade.” If you've got a new email, you can read the first few lines of it without launching the mail app (just slide two fingers outward to expand). You can even access your settings straight from the shade -- just tap those sliders up on the top of the window.

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