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Android Tablets For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Learn all you need to know about your Android tablet in one quick and easy reference!

It's not a computer and it's not a smartphone—so what in the world is it? Whether you're new to Android or new to tablets altogether, you're about to experience mobile computing like never before with this fun, full-color guide! Inside, longtime and bestselling author Dan Gookin walks you through setting up your Android tablet, navigating the interface, browsing the web, setting up email, connecting to social media, finding plenty of apps, music, books, and movies to indulge your interests—and so much more.

No matter which Android tablet tickles your fancy, this hands-on, friendly guide takes the intimidation out of the technology and arms you with the confidence and know-how to make the most of your new device. Covering the features native to all Android tablets, as well as model-specific guidance, this new edition of Android Tablets For Dummies will have you customizing your tablet, connecting with WiFi, and choosing the right apps like a pro in no time.

  • Set up your tablet, configure the home screen, and get connected

  • Surf the web, use email, text and video chat, and keep in touch with social media

  • Have fun with photos, videos, games, eBooks, music, and movies

  • Get up and running with the new Lollipop OS

  • If you're eager to learn the ins and outs of your Android device—but don't want to spend hours pulling your hair out trying to figure things out —this go-to guide has you covered.

    Table of Contents

      1. Cover
      2. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. How to Use This Book
        3. Foolish Assumptions
        4. How This Book Is Organized
        5. Icons Used in This Book
        6. Where to Go from Here
      3. Part I: Getting Started with Android Tablets
        1. Chapter 1: That Out-of-the-Box Experience
          1. Initial Procedures
          2. Tablet Exploration
          3. Optional Accessories
          4. Where to Keep Your Tablet
        2. Chapter 2: Android Tablet On and Off
          1. Greetings, Android Tablet
          2. More Accounts
          3. The End of Your Android Tablet Day
        3. Chapter 3: How Android Tablets Work
          1. Basic Operations
          2. There’s No Place Like Home Screen
          3. The World of Apps
          4. Common Android Icons
        4. Chapter 4: Creating and Editing Text
          1. Behold the Onscreen Keyboard
          2. Everybody Was Touchscreen Typing
          3. Android Tablet Dictation
          4. Text Editing and Correcting
      4. Part II: Stay in Touch
        1. Chapter 5: All Your Friends
          1. The Tablet’s Address Book
          2. Even More Friends
          3. Manage Your Friends
        2. Chapter 6: You’ve Got Email
          1. Android Tablet Email
          2. Message for You!
          3. Write a New Email Message
          4. Message Attachments
          5. Email Configuration
        3. Chapter 7: Tablet Web Browsing
          1. The Web Browser App
          2. The Web on a Tablet
          3. The Art of Downloading
          4. Web Browser Controls and Settings
        4. Chapter 8: Text, Voice, and Video
          1. Can We Hangout?
          2. Connect to the World with Skype
        5. Chapter 9: Digital Social Life
          1. Your Life on Facebook
          2. The Tweet Life
          3. More Social Networking Opportunities
      5. Part III: Omni Tablet
        1. Chapter 10: There’s a Map for That
          1. A Map That Needs No Folding
          2. It Knows Where You Are
          3. Find Things
          4. Android the Navigator
        2. Chapter 11: Everyone Say “Cheese!”
          1. Android Tablet Camera 101
          2. Camera Settings and Options
        3. Chapter 12: Image Management
          1. The Digital Gallery
          2. Edit and Manage Images
          3. Set Your Pictures and Videos Free
        4. Chapter 13: Music, Music, Music
          1. Listen Here
          2. Add Some Music to Your Life
          3. Organize Your Music
          4. Music from the Stream
        5. Chapter 14: Amazing Tablet Feats
          1. Clock
          2. Calculator
          3. Calendar
          4. eBook Reader
          5. Game Machine
          6. Google Now
          7. Video Entertainment
        6. Chapter 15: Play Store Shopping
          1. Hello, Google Play Store
          2. Play Store Tricks
      6. Part IV: Nuts and Bolts
        1. Chapter 16: It’s a Wireless Life
          1. The Wonderful World of Wireless
          2. The Bluetooth World
          3. Android, Beam It to Me
        2. Chapter 17: Connect, Share, and Store
          1. The USB Connection
          2. Files Back and Forth
          3. Android Tablet Storage
        3. Chapter 18: Apps and Widgets
          1. Apps and Widgets on the Home Screen
          2. App Management
          3. Apps Drawer Organization
        4. Chapter 19: Customize Your Android Tablet
          1. Home Screen and Display Settings
          2. Lock Screen Settings
          3. Keyboard Settings
          4. Audio Adjustments
        5. Chapter 20: Android Tablet Security
          1. Lock Your Tablet
          2. Other Tablet Security
          3. It’s Everyone’s Tablet!
        6. Chapter 21: On the Road
          1. You Can Take It with You
          2. The Android Tablet Goes Abroad
        7. Chapter 22: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Help
          1. The Maintenance Chore
          2. Battery Care and Feeding
          3. Help and Troubleshooting
          4. Valuable Tablet Q&A
      7. Part V: The Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 23: Ten Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
          1. Quickly Switch Apps
          2. Install Apps from a Computer
          3. Shooting a Panorama
          4. Avoid Data Surcharges
          5. Share Mobile Data
          6. Make the Tablet Dream
          7. Add Spice to Dictation
          8. Add a Word to the Dictionary
          9. Add Useful Widgets
          10. Take a Screen Shot
        2. Chapter 24: Ten Things to Remember
          1. Dictate Text
          2. Change the Tablet’s Orientation
          3. Work the Quick Settings
          4. Employ Keyboard Suggestions
          5. Avoid the Battery Hogs
          6. Unlock and Launch
          7. Make Phone Calls
          8. Check Your Schedule
          9. Snap a Pic of That Contact
          10. Use Google Now
      8. About the Author
      9. Cheat Sheet
      10. Advertisement Page
      11. Connect with Dummies
      12. End User License Agreement