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Android® Fully Loaded, Second Edition

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Fully loaded with the latest tricks and tips on your new Android!

Android smartphones are so hot, they're soaring past iPhones on the sales charts. And the second edition of this muscular little book is equally impressive--it's packed with tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your latest-generation Android device. Start Facebooking and tweeting with your Android mobile, scan barcodes to get pricing and product reviews, download your favorite TV shows--the book is positively bursting with practical and fun how-tos. Topics run the gamut from using speech recognition, location-based mapping, and GPS, to setting up your Android as a broadband modem and much more.

  • Helps you get the most out of your Android smartphone and related technology, including Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Photon 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, LG Optimus 3D, and HTC EVO 3D

  • Shows you how to put a slew of stuff on your Android: old movies, TV shows, music, spreadsheets, presentations, Word documents, and much more

  • Covers all the basic features such as web browsing, using Facebook and Twitter, taking photos, playing music, and using e-mail

  • Offers dozens of high-level tips and tricks, such as using an Android as a broadband modem, barcode scanning, using the GPS, and speech recognition

You won't believe all that you can do with Android smartphones. Get Android Fully Loaded, Second Edition and don't miss a thing!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Credits
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. Introduction
  9. PART I: The Basics
    1. 1: Android Basics
      1. WHICH VERSION OF ANDROID DO I HAVE?
      2. SETTING UP YOUR ANDROID DEVICE
      3. GETTING A GOOGLE ACCOUNT
      4. WHAT MAKES A GOOD PASSWORD?
      5. SYNCHING YOUR DEVICE WITH YOUR ACCOUNT
      6. ACCESSORIES
      7. THE HOME SCREEN
      8. THE APPLICATIONS LAUNCHER
      9. ORGANIZING YOUR APPLICATIONS
      10. THE NOTIFICATIONS BAR
      11. THE ACTION BAR
      12. DEVICE SETTINGS
      13. WIRELESS AND NETWORK SETTINGS
      14. SILENCING YOUR RINGTONE
      15. ORIENTATION AND THE ACCELEROMETER
      16. LOCK YOUR DEVICE
      17. STORAGE
      18. TEXT INPUT
      19. DEVICE INFORMATION
      20. CHARGING
    2. 2: Applications
      1. USING THE ANDROID MARKET
      2. SEARCHING FOR APPLICATIONS
      3. DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING FREE APPLICATIONS
      4. PAYING FOR APPLICATIONS
      5. AMAZON APPSTORE FOR ANDROID
      6. DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING APPLICATIONS FROM OTHER SOURCES
      7. KEEPING APPLICATIONS UP TO DATE
    3. 3: Your Home Screens
      1. ADDING APPLICATION SHORTCUTS TO YOUR HOME SCREENS PRE-HONEYCOMB
      2. ADDING APPLICATION SHORTCUTS TO YOUR HOME SCREENS IN HONEYCOMB
      3. ADDING WIDGETS TO YOUR HOME SCREEN
      4. ORGANIZE YOUR HOME SCREEN SHORTCUTS WITH FOLDERS
      5. CHANGING THE WALLPAPER
    4. 4: The Phone
      1. ADDING CONTACTS
      2. MANAGING CONTACTS ON YOUR COMPUTER
      3. ORGANIZING CONTACTS INTO GROUPS
      4. CALLING A CONTACT
      5. MANUALLY DIALING NUMBERS
      6. USING FAVORITES
      7. SPEED DIAL
      8. USING THE RECENT LIST
      9. VOICE DIALING
      10. CALLING FROM THE BROWSER
      11. USING THE SPEAKER PHONE
      12. CONFERENCE CALLING
      13. GOOGLE VOICE
    5. 5: 21st Century Communication
      1. SWITCHING TO GMAIL
      2. ACCESSING GMAIL ON YOUR DEVICE
      3. GETTING OTHER E-MAIL ON YOUR DEVICE
      4. INSTANT MESSAGING
      5. TEXTING
      6. SOCIAL NETWORKING
    6. 6: Managing Your Time
      1. GOOGLE CALENDAR
      2. TO-DO LIST
      3. ALARM CLOCK
  10. PART II: Maps, Music, Pictures, and the Web
    1. 7: Maps
      1. USING GOOGLE MAPS
      2. SEARCH IN MAPS
      3. GETTING DIRECTIONS
      4. GETTING THERE WITHOUT A CAR
      5. THROW AWAY YOUR GPS DEVICE
      6. VIEW LIVE TRAFFIC
      7. OTHER LAYERS
      8. DRIVING WITH YOUR PHONE
      9. STREET VIEW
      10. GOOGLE PLACES
      11. INSTALL A COMPASS
      12. FIND OUT WHERE YOU WERE WITH MY TRACKS
      13. USE GOOGLE EARTH
    2. 8: Music
      1. PREPARING MUSIC FOR YOUR PHONE
      2. DOWNLOADING MUSIC TO YOUR DEVICE
      3. PURCHASING MUSIC VIA AMAZON MP3
      4. LISTENING TO MUSIC
      5. CREATING PLAYLISTS
      6. GOOGLE MUSIC
      7. ADDING A HOME SCREEN WIDGET FOR MUSIC
      8. USING SONGS AS RINGTONES AND NOTIFICATION SOUNDS
      9. LISTENING TO INTERNET RADIO
      10. IDENTIFYING MUSIC WITH SHAZAM
      11. DOWNLOADING AND LISTENING TO PODCASTS
    3. 9: Taking Pictures
      1. USING YOUR DEVICE'S CAMERA
      2. VIEWING YOUR PICTURES
      3. SHARING YOUR PICTURES
      4. DOWNLOADING PICTURES TO YOUR COMPUTER
      5. FIND OUT WHERE YOU TOOK A PICTURE
      6. EDIT PICTURES ON YOUR DEVICE
    4. 10: Video
      1. CAPTURING VIDEO ON YOUR DEVICE
      2. VIEWING YOUR VIDEOS
      3. SHARING YOUR VIDEO
      4. PREPARING A VIDEO TO UPLOAD TO YOUR PHONE
      5. UPLOAD A VIDEO TO YOUR PHONE
      6. WATCH STREAMING CONTENT ON YOUR DEVICE
      7. VIDEO CHAT
      8. GOOGLETV: ANDROID ON YOUR TV
    5. 11: The Web
      1. SURFING THE WEB ON YOUR DEVICE
      2. SEARCHING THE WEB
      3. USE FLASH PLAYER TO VIEW THE WHOLE WEB
      4. USING BROWSER WINDOWS ON YOUR PHONE
      5. BOOKMARK SITES
      6. CHANGE THE HOME PAGE
      7. INSTALLING A DIFFERENT BROWSER
      8. DESKTOP BROWSING FROM YOUR DEVICE
  11. PART III: Working and Playing
    1. 12: Documents
      1. PDF
      2. WORKING WITH GOOGLE DOCS
      3. WORKING WITH MICROSOFT OFFICE DOCUMENTS
      4. READING E-BOOKS
    2. 13: Games
      1. PUZZLE GAMES
      2. CLASSIC BOARD GAMES
      3. ACTION GAMES
      4. CARD GAMES
      5. GAMES THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR PHONE'S ABILITIES
      6. CLASSIC GAMES
      7. WEB-BASED GAMES
    3. 14: Other Cool Apps
      1. STARGAZING WITH GOOGLE SKY MAPS
      2. FINDING LOCAL BUSINESSES
      3. WHERE
      4. GETTING MOVIE AND TV INFORMATION WITH IMDB
      5. CREATING SHOPPING LISTS
      6. CALCULATING TIPS
      7. TAKING NOTES WITH EVERNOTE
      8. PLANNING TRIPS WITH KAYAK
      9. KEEPING TRACK OF THE WEATHER WITH WEATHERBUG
      10. RESEARCHING WITH WAPEDIA AND WIKIMOBILE
      11. FINDING RECIPES
      12. FOLLOWING YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAMS
      13. SCANNING BARCODES
      14. TRANSLATING WITH GOOGLE TRANSLATE
      15. SEARCHING WITH GESTURE SEARCH
      16. GETTING NEWS WITH PULSE
      17. TAKING CREDIT CARDS WITH SQUARE
    4. 15: Troubleshooting
      1. KILLING APPS
      2. FORCING A REBOOT
      3. FORMATTING YOUR SD CARD
      4. BOOTING INTO RECOVERY MODE
      5. ROOTING
    5. 16: Advanced Topics
      1. MANAGING YOUR PHONE'S POWER SETTINGS
      2. GET YOUR COMPUTER ONLINE WITH YOUR PHONE
      3. DOWNLOADING THE ANDROID SDK
      4. TURNING ON USB DEBUGGING
      5. TAKING SCREENSHOTS
  12. Index
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