Google on the Go : Using an Android-Powered Mobile Phone

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-12
  • Publisher: Que Publishing
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The first EASY guide to Google phones for consumers, not experts!  A complete real-world guide for users of the T-Mobile G1 and any other Google Android phone.  Everything consumers need to know about Android calling features, contacts, calendars, photography, media, Web access, email, and troubleshooting.  Friendly, casual, practical, and easy to understand.  First to market - months before any other Google Phone guide for consumers. Google on the Go is the perfect hands-on guide to any Google Android smartphone - both the hot new T-Mobile G1 and all the competitive Google Android phones that will soon follow it. Written for typical consumers -- not hackers or programmers -- this casual, friendly book shows exactly how to use each of the Google Phone's most important and powerful features. The authors begin with a tour of the Google Android phone, showing how to use each of its essential calling and voicemail features. Next, they turn to Google Android's built-in applications, showing how to work with contacts; use the local calendar to coordinate your activities with others; take pictures; use your phone as a personal media player; and more. Google on the Go includes easy-to-understand coverage of Google Android's essential Internet features, from web browsing and Gmail email to the Google Application Suite. Users will even learn how to add additional programs to their phones. The book concludes with a full chapter of easy, plain-English troubleshooting steps for non-technical users, as well as a brief introduction to advanced topics such as customization.

Author Biography

John Eddy is a long-time gadget hobbyist who has spent most of his career helping everyday people use technology, in roles ranging from product support to moderation of online forums. Patricia DiGiacomo Eddy is an accomplished technology author and mobile phone geek whose books include Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, The Absolute Beginner's Guide to OneNote, and Access 2003: VBA Programmer's Reference.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Who Is This Book For?p. 1
What Is the Open Handset Alliance?p. 1
What Is Android?p. 2
What Does Open Source Mean?p. 2
G1 Featuresp. 2
About This Bookp. 3
Getting the 411p. 4
The Phone Basicsp. 5
Setting Up the Phonep. 5
Using an Existing Google Accountp. 5
Creating a New Google Accountp. 6
Navigating the Phone's Screensp. 7
Making and Answering Callsp. 9
Speakerphonep. 10
Conference Callingp. 11
Call Waitingp. 11
Configuring Calling Featuresp. 12
Fixed Dialing Numberp. 13
Voicemailp. 14
Call Forwardingp. 14
Caller IDp. 15
Call Waitingp. 15
Operator Selectionp. 16
Managing Voicemailp. 16
Date/Time Settings and Alarmsp. 17
Setting the Date and Timep. 17
Setting an Alarmp. 18
Snoozep. 20
Deleting an Alarmp. 21
Text Messagingp. 21
Sending a Text Messagep. 21
Configuring Text Messaging Alert Settingsp. 22
Viewing a Received Messagep. 22
Customizing Your Phonep. 23
Sound Settingsp. 23
Display Settingsp. 25
Autocorrect Optionsp. 25
Customizing Your Home Screenp. 26
Wallpaperp. 26
Shortcutsp. 27
Widgetsp. 29
Working with Contactsp. 31
What Are Contacts?p. 31
Viewing Your Contactsp. 31
Adding a New Contactp. 33
Editing an Existing Contactp. 34
Calling a Contactp. 36
Sending a Contact a Text Messagep. 37
Mapping a Contact's Addressp. 38
Setting Up Favorite Contactsp. 39
Transferring Contacts from Another Phonep. 39
Transferring Contacts from Your Computerp. 40
Deleting a Contactp. 40
What About All That Other Stuff?p. 41
Using Your Calendarp. 43
Viewing Your Calendarp. 43
Viewing Other Calendarsp. 45
Creating a New Appointmentp. 46
Viewing Your Agendap. 48
Reminder Settings and Other Optionsp. 49
Set Alerts & Notificationsp. 49
Select Ringtonep. 50
Vibratep. 50
Set Default Reminderp. 51
Some Tasks You Can't Perform from the Phonep. 51
Creating a Second Calendarp. 52
Sharing an Existing Calendarp. 53
Adding a Public Calendarp. 53
Inviting People to a Meetingp. 54
Working with Emailp. 55
Overview of Gmailp. 55
Reading Emailp. 55
Sending a New Messagep. 60
Replying to or Forwarding a Messagep. 61
Archiving an Emailp. 61
All About Labelsp. 62
Applying Labels to Received Mail Automaticallyp. 63
Customizing Gmail Settingsp. 64
General Settingsp. 64
Notification Settingsp. 65
Connecting to Other Email Accountsp. 66
Reading Emailp. 67
Sending a New Messagep. 68
Replying to or Forwarding a Messagep. 69
Deleting a Messagep. 69
Switching Between Multiple Accountsp. 69
Removing an Accountp. 69
Taking Picturesp. 71
Taking Pictures with Your Phonep. 71
Savep. 72
Set Asp. 72
Sharep. 74
Deletep. 76
Camera Settingsp. 76
Viewing Pictures You've Takenp. 76
Viewing a Slideshow of Your Picturesp. 78
Basic Picture Optionsp. 79
Advanced Picture Optionsp. 79
Customizing Picture Settingsp. 81
Picture Sizep. 81
Picture Sortp. 82
Confirm Deletionsp. 82
Slideshow Intervalp. 82
Slideshow Transitionp. 82
Repeat Slideshowp. 83
Shuffle Slidesp. 83
Using Your Android-Powered Phone as a Personal Media Playerp. 85
Listening to Your Musicp. 85
Playing Musicp. 86
Creating and Using Playlistsp. 89
Party Shufflep. 94
Removing Songs from Your Libraryp. 94
Purchasing New Songsp. 94
Using Songs as Ringtonesp. 96
Copying Songs to Your Phonep. 98
Watching Videosp. 99
The Joy of YouTubep. 99
Playing a YouTube Videop. 100
YouTube Categoriesp. 102
Searching for YouTube Videosp. 102
Accessing Video Detailsp. 103
Commenting on Videosp. 104
Choosing Your Favorite Videosp. 105
Sharing Videosp. 105
Accessing YouTube Settingsp. 106
Using the Internetp. 107
Accessing the Browserp. 107
Opening a Website by Typing a URLp. 108
Viewing More Than One Website at a Timep. 109
Checking a Page for Content Updatesp. 110
Moving Through Historyp. 110
There's No Place Like Homep. 110
Sharing Web Pages with Othersp. 111
Zooming to a Better Viewp. 112
Creating and Using Bookmarksp. 113
Google Searchp. 113
Searching for Websitesp. 113
Searching for Imagesp. 114
Local Searchesp. 115
Searching for Newsp. 115
Advanced Web Browser Settingsp. 115
Managing Your Historyp. 116
Finding Your Downloadsp. 116
Browser Settingsp. 118
Using the Rest of the Google Application Suitep. 123
Google Talkp. 123
Adding Friendsp. 125
Chatting with a Friendp. 125
More IM Funp. 126
Friends List Optionsp. 126
Instant Messaging Settingsp. 127
Other Instant Message Programsp. 128
Adding an Accountp. 129
Frequent Chattingp. 130
Removing an Accountp. 131
Google Mapsp. 132
Viewing a Mapp. 133
Searching for a Locationp. 141
Using Google Maps with GPSp. 142
Getting Directionsp. 142
Other Google Applicationsp. 144
Google Readerp. 145
Google Docsp. 147
Adding New Applicationsp. 149
Finding and Installing New Applicationsp. 150
Using ShopSavvyp. 153
Using Shazamp. 157
Managing Your Applicationsp. 159
Adding Applications to Your Home Screenp. 160
Find More Applications Using Searchp. 160
Uninstalling Unwanted Applicationsp. 161
Using Wi-Fip. 165
Setting Up Wi-Fip. 166
Other Wireless Optionsp. 169
Enabling Bluetoothp. 170
Airplane Modep. 170
The Professor and Mary Ann: Mobile Networksp. 171
Securityp. 173
SIM Card Lockp. 173
Screen Lockp. 174
Starting Over-Completelyp. 175
An Open-Source Platformp. 177
Creating Applications for Your Phonep. 177
Installing the SDKp. 179
Resourcesp. 182
Troubleshootingp. 183
Service Issuesp. 183
Hardware and Software Issuesp. 184
My Phone Is Slower Than Molasses in Januaryp. 185
My Phone Crashedp. 187
My Phone Won't Do Anythingp. 187
I Dropped My Phone in Waterp. 187
Resetting Your Phonep. 188
Getting Helpp. 189
Indexp. 191
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Introduction Introduction Who Is This Book For?I'd love to say that this book is for you, no matter who you are. But no one book could cover the wide range of cell phone users when it comes to discussing a new system.So, how do you know if this book is for you?Maybe all you've ever used a standard mobile phone for is making phone calls. Maybe you occasionally send a text message or use your cell phone camera to share pictures with friends. Maybe you'd like to jump ahead to the latest phone software, but you feel a little nervous about that.If that sounds like you, I'm writing for you.However, if you're constantly buying new technologies and skipping the user's manual, preferring to play with what you've purchased and figure it out for yourself, you can still use this book as a handy quick reference to a feature that you forgot how to configure.If you're already planning what software you can write for Android, this probably isn't the right book. We give you pointers to some resources to help you write software, but this topic is not discussed in depth. What Is the Open Handset Alliance?The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a group of companies that looked at the current generation of mobile phones and decided that only by coming together could they best drive innovation and give customers a better experience when it comes to their mobile phones.These companies range from hardware manufacturers such as HTC, LG Electronics, Motorola, and Samsung, to mobile operators such as T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel, to software companies such as Google and eBay. What Is Android?Mobile phones, like your computer, have an operating system. It can be something simple, with few to no graphics and no color, that just allows you to make phone calls. Or it could be extremely powerful, letting you do almost everything you can do with your desktop computer.Android is an operating system for your mobile phone and definitely falls into the second category. Not only does Android offer you a powerful Internet experience, but tools are also provided via the Internet to let people write their own applications for the phone.In addition to Internet connectivity and programmability, Android has been released under the Apache v2 open-source license. What Does Open Source Mean?Open source has a number of different definitions, and admittedly, this particular section could sound a little techy. So let's try a basic explanation:Open source means that the words behind the software are available for anyone to read and improve.If you want to understand more, keep reading. Otherwise, skip to the next section.Software, such as Windows and Halo, is written with simple words. Those words are run through something called a compiler that takes those words that you and I can read (to varying degrees of understanding) and makes them something that computers can read and use.What this means all depends on what license is used. Just as a driver's license lets you drive, and a hunting license lets you hunt, different open-source licenses let people do different things. Some require you to take changes you might make to the software and share them by putting the changes back into the software that other people will download.

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