Eight Google Nexus tips you may have not known about!

1. Touch the upper part of the screen without swiping to get a glance at today's date and day of the week. (note: from there, you can release touch to pull the bar back up or add another finger touch and swipe down to access quick settings)

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2. Use the persistent Google search bar to quickly find and launch apps you did not add a shortcut for in home screens instead of navigating through the apps drawer.

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3. If you start a Google voice search while a music beat is playing around you, a pulsing blue music icon will appear for quick song ID search.

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4. The stock camera app shutter soft button takes a photo after the touch point is lifted. Tapping the button can cause the device to shake thus producing blurry images. Instead, touch and hold on the button then release lightly.

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5. While shooting a video, you can touch anywhere on the screen to take a still image without interrupting the camcorder.

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6. You can long-press apps in the multitasking screen as well to access "app info". Handy when you're just trying an app and decided you want to uninstall.

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7. You can improve the face-unlock security feature by taking multiple face prints and allow quick unlocks even in fairly dark environments.

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8. When viewing a photo in the Gallery, do a vertical pinch-in gesture with two fingers to access filmstrip view and enable swipe up/down photo cleaning/delete within that folder.

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