I dont see the option to View Type when I click Applications. Just to be sure, I go to -
Settings/Applications/Menu > the only choices at this point are Sort By Size.
There are four tabs along the top of the Applications window - Downloaded, On SD Card, Running, and All. The menu gives the me same option (sort by size) for all four tabs. Nowhere do I see anything that remotely looks like View Type or Customizable Grid.
Also, I cannot create folders or groups of app icons using the method reviewed on the "top 10 things to know" post. I drag an icon on top of another icon and all that happens is an outline of a box is created either next to or on top of or beneath the app I am trying to drag the icon over. When I release, the icon I am trying to merge just moves to the nearest empty spot next to the other.
What am I doing wrong?
lsymmonds.... That folder method is only on pure google ics, like the galaxy nexus.... try nova launcher, I'm sure apex does it as well but I'm not familiar with it.
Also, I'm curious as to why you're not able to see "view type" when you hit applications and then menu.... so you're on the touchwiz launcher?
Well I have been running ICS for a couple days now so I'll toss my hat into the ring. I did a factory reset before and after the update. Then restored my contacts and data, but installed fresh copies of all my apps.
- Stock browser is way better. Loads pages quicker. Incognito. Better controls. Desktop version viewable.
- Voice input engine is way better. Lets you speak continuously and loads text as you speak.
- UI improvements. Better font and looks a bit sharper. Swipe to dismiss notifications. Thumbnailed recent apps list. Swipe to dismiss recent apps.
- Battery percent indicator
- Way better gmail app
- Can disable some bloatware
- Restart button
- Boots faster
- notification pull down works more smoothly.
- Face unlock I guess...don't use it.
- Lost the brightness slider on the notification bar.
- Lost the contacts tab on the phone app
- Doesn't have camera access from lock screen like vanilla ICS
- Didn't get new ICS Camera app, calendar app, phone app, photo/video editors, or skin.
- Loads most apps and responds to input noticeably slower than my wife's SGSII running GB
- Settings menu feels more cluttered.
- Text message window bounces just like GB but with more of a fading lag.
I am not noticing a difference in battery life or RAM used. If anything, it's using less RAM (with the bloatware disabled). The only REAL beefs I have are the loss of the brightness slider and the slight slowdown.
I'm really liking the ICS update. I've had one issue with bluetooth disconnecting from my Ford Sync system but I downloaded the Bluetooth Keepalive app and thta resolved it 100%. Everything else is running great; better than under GB.
I don't have any of the slow loading app issues you're reporting. In fact, my apps load a little faster than on GB. I've noticed it also boots in about 2/3 the time. I have two games that took a few seconds to load under GB and they load in about 1-2 seconds now.
Once i rooted and took out all of the crapware I also get slightly better battery life than under GB; which I also had rooted and the same crapware removed from.
- Boot and app startup time is improved
- Media scanning is REALLY fast
- Web browser has more rendering options and improved overall
- New Google apps are great
- Lots of new settings and power management features (sweet)
- Many new options overall (lockscreen, look and feel, etc.)
- Color saturation is slightly better. Oranges and reds are not as overblown as GB.
- Mobile data management
- Voice dictation
- Kept the old-school Task Manager along with the ICS recent app manager
- Rooting is still easy (yea)
- Bluetooth disconnection (this is a known issue with ICS 4.03, but was fixed with Bluetooth Keepalive app)
- No contacts page in phone app
- No screen brightness slider (I use auto-brightness and that works great. I probably would have used the slider in GB but I didn't even know about it.)
I've rooted and taken the Media Hub APKs out, no problems. I've also removed KIES and a lot of other crud from it including the stock keyboards (replaced with Smartkeyboard Pro), stock music player (replaced with PlayerPro), stock Gallery (replced with QuickPic), most of the widgets and live wallpapers I'll never use, etc.
It was good for like 3 days and then my phone started freezing, everyone that called showed up as unknown and it would end calls on its own. Also at times when i try to call out it wouldnt and it would just keeping hanging up. I just got off the phone with T-Mobile and they had me do a factory reset, hopefully that works.
There is one more annoying thing about this upgrade. I don't know if anyone has mentioned this before, but when I'm connected to wifi I always get this little popup box that says "Connected to wifi (name of network)". Is there a way to disable this? I couldn't find it in the settings. It never used to do this, and it's kind of annoying.
Well this is so ridiculous. We buy $500 phone and now we are spending hours and hours just to get an update which doesn't even do any good. Battery life is the same, maybe worse. I don't see difference in speed. Contact tab is gone in dial which doesn't make sense. The face unlock is useless. Why? It doesn't work in low or no light which is half of the times I use my phone. Having an app that works 50% of the time doesn't make sense. I regret it wasting so much time on upgrading, resetting, customizing all the settings and apps. I went back to uvlde update which was better to my taste and performance. This is the first and last time doing an optional update, it is just not worth your time, but it was smth I had to experience. (Same experience as going to a strip club).