The entire process of connecting to a Wi-Fi network may sound extremely easy, but for some it isn’t as easy as you’d think. Not only that but Google has changed this for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and after messing around with the Galaxy Nexus we’ve noticed a few differences worth noting. I have friends that are part of the younger crowd that should very well know how to use Wi-Fi but for some reason don’t, so this should help more than just those looking at getting the Galaxy Nexus or an ICS device.
Enabling and using Wi-Fi is as easy as turning it on and connecting to the preferred network of your choice. My friend mentioned above would just toggle Wi-Fi and never actually connected to any networks as she didn’t understand. You must connect to the wireless network you’d like to use — and then enjoy those fast internet speeds that are far more capable than your carriers. To get set up on Wi-Fi it’s as easy as going to settings > wireless & networks and then checking on Wi-Fi, then below you have the “Wi-Fi Settings” tab that you must click that will show you all of the available networks in range. Select what you want, add a password if needed and you’re set.
With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich we don’t have a Wi-Fi Settings option (as seen above) so where do we go to choose the network we’d like to connect to? With ICS when you enter settings and turn on Wi-Fi nothing will happen, you’ll just sit there. With no settings tab some might be confused on where you must go to connect with your network.
This may be a no brainer to some but for many this will be confusing. I found the 2.3 Gingerbread settings tab was much more user intuitive because with 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich you have no such option. In order to see and select the network of choice with ICS you simply touch the “Wi-Fi” title (not the slider to turn it on/off) and that takes you to the wireless settings menu we are used to — from there you can easily and quickly choose the network of choice.
There is no drop-down menu, no settings area to search for networks, nothing. You have to tap the Wi-Fi area to get where you need to be. Again this may seem like a very minor point that any average user will be able to figure out right away, but I just find this new system slightly unintuitive. The same steps will be required for doing similar tasks with the likes of Bluetooth and anything else of that nature. While we love Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich I was just a bit surprised to see this was the system moving forward. Most should have zero issues but hopefully this quick little tip will help a few in need.
In the mean time where is that Verizon 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus? I want one now!