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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 ...

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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!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118173022
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 964,242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Huddleston has been developing web pages and applications since 1994, and has been teaching web and graphic design fulltime since 1999. He has been named an Adobe Community Expert, and is the author of Android Fully Loaded and several other books from Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiv

Part I The Basics 1

Chapter 1 Android Basics 3

Which Version of Android do I have? 4

Setting Up Your Android Device 5

Getting a Google Account 5

What Makes a Good Password? 6

Synching Your Device with Your Account 7

Accessories 7

The Home Screen 11

The Applications Launcher 11

Organizing Your Applications 12

The Notifications Bar 13

The Action Bar 14

Device Settings 14

Wireless and Network Settings 15

Ringtones 20

Silencing Your Ringtone 20

Orientation and the Accelerometer 21

Lock Your Device 22

Securing with a Pattern 22

Securing with a Passcode 23

Storage 23

Text Input 25

Multitouch Keyboard 26

Swype 26

Device Information 27

Charging 27

Chapter 2 Applications 31

Using the Android Market 31

Searching for Applications 32

Downloading and Installing Free Applications 33

Paying for Applications 34

Amazon Appstore for Android 34

Downloading and Installing Applications from Other Sources 36

Keeping Applications Up to Date 37

Chapter 3 Your Home Screens 39

Adding Application Shortcuts to Your Home Screens Pre-Honeycomb 39

Adding Application Shortcuts to Your Home Screens in Honeycomb 40

Adding Widgets to Your Home Screen 40

Organize Your Home Screen Shortcuts with Folders 41

Changing the Wallpaper 42

Stock Wallpapers 42

Media Gallery 43

Live Wallpapers 43

Chapter 4 The Phone 47

Adding Contacts 47

Managing Contacts on Your Computer 49

Organizing Contacts into Groups 49

Calling a Contact 50

Manually Dialing Numbers 51

Using Favorites 51

Speed Dial 51

Using the Recent List 52

Voice Dialing 53

Calling from the Browser 53

Using the Speaker Phone 54

Conference Calling 54

Google Voice 54

Installing the Google Voice App on Your Phone 56

Google Voice Voicemail 56

Other Google Voice Features 56

Chapter 5 21st Century Communication 59

Switching to Gmail 60

Signing Up with Gmail 60

Organizing E-mail 60

Archiving Messages 63

Searching Mail 64

Spam 64

Importing Your Other Accounts 64

Accessing Gmail on Your Device 65

Viewing Your Inbox 65

Replying and Forwarding 66

Viewing HTML E-mail 67

Viewing Messages by Label 67

Composing Mail 67

Getting Other E-mail on Your Device 67

Instant Messaging 69

Texting 70

Sending Texts 70

Receiving Texts 70

Social Networking 71

Facebook 71

Twitter 73

Chapter 6 Managing Your Time 79

Google Calendar 79

Using the Google Calendar on Your Computer 79

Using Google Calendar on Your Device 83

To-Do List 85

Alarm Clock 85

Part II Maps, Music, Pictures, and the web 89

Chapter 7 Maps 91

Using Google Maps 91

Search in Maps 92

Getting Directions 93

Getting There without a Car 93

Throw Away Your GPS Device 94

View Live Traffic 94

Other Layers 95

Satellite Photos 95

Terrain Maps 95

Latitude 96

Recent Places 96

More Layers 96

Driving with Your Phone 96

Street View 99

Google Places 99

Install a Compass 99

Find Out Where you Were with My Tracks 100

Use Google Earth 100

Chapter 8 Music 105

Preparing Music for Your Phone 105

Ripping CDs 106

Change iTunes Settings 106

Download Album Art 107

Downloading Music to Your device 108

Purchasing Music via Amazon MP3 109

Listening to Music 109

Creating Playlists 110

Google Music 111

Signing Up and Uploading Your Collection 111

Listening On Your Device 112

Listening Offline 113

Adding a Home Screen Widget for Music 113

Using Songs as Ringtones and Notification Sounds 113

Listening to Internet Radio 115

Identifying Music with Shazam 116

Downloading and Listening to Podcasts 118

Find and Subscribe to a Podcast with Google Listen 119

Chapter 9 Taking Pictures 121

Using Your Device's Camera 122

Viewing Your Pictures 122

Sharing Your Pictures 123

Sharing with MMS 123

Sharing on Facebook 124

Sharing on Twitter 125

Sharing via E-mail 125

Other Sharing Methods 126

Downloading Pictures to Your Computer 126

Find Out Where You Took a Picture 127

Enabling GPS on Your Camera 127

Using Geotagging on Your Device 128

Edit Pictures on Your Device 128

Chapter 10 Video 135

Capturing Video on Your device 136

Viewing Your Videos 136

Sharing Your Video 136

Preparing a Video to Upload to Your Phone 138

Upload a Video to Your Phone 140

Watch Streaming Content on Your Device 144

Google 144

Netflix 144

Blockbuster 145

Amazon 146

Hulu Plus 146

HBO and Cinemax 147

Video Chat 148

Google Talk 149

Skype 149

GoogleTV: Android on Your TV 150

Chapter 11 The Web 153

Surfing the Web on Your device 153

Searching the Web 154

Searching the Old-Fashioned Way 154

Limiting Search Results 154

Search without Returning to Google 155

Voice Search in the Browser 155

Search Outside the Browser 155

Use Flash Player to View the Whole Web 156

Using Browser Windows on your phone 156

Using Browser Tabs on Your Tablet 157

Bookmark Sites 158

Change the Home Page 158

Installing a Different Browser 159

Dolphin 159

Opera 160

Mozilla Firefox 160

Desktop Browsing from Your Device 161

Part III Working and plying 165

Chapter 12 Documents 167

PDF 167

Working with Google Docs 169

Working with Microsoft Office Documents 171

Editing Documents in Quickoffice 171

Creating New Documents 172

Other Applications 173

Reading e-Books 174

Amazon Kindle 174

Aldiko 176

Nook 176

Buying Books from Google 177

Chapter 13 Games 179

Puzzle Games 179

Andoku 179

Rush Hour 180

Peggle 180

Chuzzle 181

Classic Board Games 182

Chess for Android 182

Checkers for Android 182

Backgammon 183

Mancala 184

Action Games 184

RoboDefense 184

Plants vs. Zombies 187

Angry Birds 187

Card Games 188

Solitaire 188

Poker 188

Games that Take Advantage of Your Phone's Abilities 189

Abduction! 189

SpecTrek 189

Classic Games 190

Pac-Man 190

Frogger 191

Guitar Hero 5 191

Web-based Games 192

Chapter 14 Other Cool Apps 105

Stargazing with Google Sky Maps 195

Finding Local Businesses 197


Yelp 199

Getting Movie and TV Information with IMDb 200

Creating Shopping Lists 200

Calculating Tips 202

Taking Notes with Evernote 202

Planning Trips with Kayak 203

Keeping Track of the Weather with WeatherBug 204

Researching with Wapedia and Wikimobile 205

Finding Recipes 206

Following Your Favorite Sports Teams 206

Scanning Barcodes 207

Translating with Google Translate 208

Searching with Gesture Search 209

Getting News with Pulse 210

Taking Credit Cards with Square 210

Chapter 15 Troubleshooting 213

Killing Apps 213

Force-stopping Apps 215

Forcing a Reboot 216

Formatting Your SD Card 217

Booting into Recovery Mode 218

Rooting 219

Chapter 16 Advanced Topics 223

Managing Your Phone's Power Settings 223

Get Your Computer Online with Your Phone 225

Downloading the Android SDK 226

Turning on USB Debugging 227

Taking Screenshots 228

Index 231

Terms 231

URLs 23

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    MEH NAMES- Christina Lynn

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    Sorry i meant nookmanager. Also leave comments in res 3!

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