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Android for Work: Productivity for Professionals

Android for Work: Productivity for Professionals

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by Marziah Karch

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Android is new, Android is open, and Android is fun. It’s also serious about business. Android for Work shows you how to harness the power of Android to stay productive and take your office on the road. This book also sheds light on the often daunting task of finding the right Android phone for the business user.

Whether this is your first


Android is new, Android is open, and Android is fun. It’s also serious about business. Android for Work shows you how to harness the power of Android to stay productive and take your office on the road. This book also sheds light on the often daunting task of finding the right Android phone for the business user.

Whether this is your first smartphone, your first Android smartphone, or your first attempt to make your phone into a productivity tool, Android for Work gets you started. You’ll learn how to manage email and tasks, but you’ll also learn how to weed through the sea of games to find specialized productivity tools for a variety of professions.

For those that are more interested in an enterprise wide deployment, the book includes an appendix of information on administering Android phones, creating custom interfaces, and creating specialized apps for your enterprise. You’ll also learn more about integrating Android with other Google Apps for enterprise.

What you’ll learn

  • Select the Android phone that is right for you
  • Integrate your work email and calendar tools
  • Navigate business trips and meetings with ease
  • Find specialized apps for your profession
  • Collaborate with coworkers in large and small groups
  • Harness the power of Android customization

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who is considering an Android phone or who has recently purchased one. Whether you are a web designer, writer, medical professional, lawyer, or educator, an Android phone can help you be more productive and finally find a reason for having a phone with a data plan.

Table of Contents

  1. Buying and Activating an Android Phone
  2. Using Your Phone for the First Time
  3. Going Online with Android
  4. Android Calling
  5. Managing Texting
  6. Wrangling Your E-mail
  7. The Calendar
  8. Android in a Microsoft World
  9. Photos and Video
  10. Web Browsing
  11. Social Media and Work
  12. Maps and Mobile
  13. The Remaining Android Apps
  14. The Android Market
  15. General Business Applications
  16. Specialized Apps for Professionals
  17. Advanced Customization and Troubleshooting
  18. Resources for Managing Enterprise-Wide Android Deployment
  19. Resources for Developing Android Apps

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Meet the Author

Marziah Karch takes a special delight in the challenge of explaining new gadgets and complex technology to beginning audiences. She is the author of multiple books on technology topics. Marziah writes for About.com and GeekMom.com. Her articles have also appeared in Wired magazine.

Marziah was a senior educational technologist for Johnson County Community College in the Kansas City metro area for 14 years before she began working as a senior instructional designer for NWEA in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Master's in instructional design and is a doctoral student in Library and Information Management. When she's not feeding her geek side with new gadgets or writing about technology, Marziah enjoys keeping Portland weird with her husband and two children.

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Android for Work: Productivity for Professionals 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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MultiverseBM More than 1 year ago
Review - Android for Work, Productivity for Professionals by Marziah Karch Anyone who has looked at the smartphone market recently knows there are a variety of phones to choose from. As I'm sure you will have noticed many of these phones use the same hardware but what provides the features, in addition to the hardware, are the operating systems. So which one to buy; especially if it is for business use. As the name suggests this book was written mainly for the mobile office worker who wants to get the most out of their Android phone, while you may not want an Android phone it's useful to see what the features are available. I found it useful to help determine the features I want in my smartphone, independent of operating system (OS) or smartphone vendor. You're will be glad to learn you don't need to be a programmer or a techie to understand this book. Android is still evolving, both from an operating system (OS) view point and phone vendor's modifications, This book was written mainly with the Google Nexus One running Android 2.1 and 2.2 in mind, although other phones and earlier versions of Android are mentioned, as I write this Android 2.3 has just been introduced. As you read through the book it's peppered with the tips, notes and web links which provide further information, I found this very useful and a great help to get started. The information, in chapter 1, on activation was very interesting, this requires a Google account, and some Android phones require a Gmail account as well, worth knowing these sorts of things before you decide on the phone. As I read through the book there was lots of useful information e.g. international calls, VPN, email, Microsoft exchange etc. However what was disappointing was that this information was not summarised in an appendix, perhaps in table form, to help choose smartphone features etc. The book is about 300 pages, I realised this about page 100 and started to make my own notes. Chapter 8 looks at "Android in a Microsoft World," this is a useful chapter since many enterprises use Microsoft products. However knowing you can download Microsoft documents is cold comfort if you can't do anything with them. Fortunately, you can view and even edit Microsoft Office documents with the help of some third-party tools. The most important thing to ask yourself, as you evaluate apps, is just how much you need them to do. Do you just need to view Office files, or do you need the ability to edit them? This book is well structured and written in an easy to understand format, it's not technical. I highly recommend this book if you want to understand and get the best out of your Android smartphone.
LKHammer More than 1 year ago
Full Disclosure: I have been provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in return for providing a review. Although titled 'Android for Work' this book is more of a missing manual for Android phone users, or people thinking of purchasing an Android phone. It begins by outlining some of the things to consider when purchasing an Android phone. Given the fragmentation in the Android market I'm not sure how useful the advice in this section is, but this is a small criticism. The sections on activating and using the phone are nicely written and pitched at the non-technical user in clear and understandable language. It describes the basic phone functions, such as making calls, texting, and getting on-line. Following on from this it describes in detail how Android phones interact with the Google mail and calendar applications. This provides a good grounding in these applications and has a few useful tips and an tricks for even the most seasoned users of Google apps. There is also a section on using Android in a Microsoft world, which while mentioning using Microsoft Exchange, doesn't really go into any great detail about this. I personally think this is an area where a book on using Android for work should provide in-depth coverage as e-mail integration is one of the most important features for the average business user. Instead the book spends quite a lot of time describing how to use photos and video, and social networking sites such as Facebook, and Twitter, which to my mind aren't really legitimate business uses. The book closes with a description of the Android market and recommends a number of applications that maybe useful to the business professional. Each app includes a QR code so that any phone equipped with a bar code reading application can quickly access the application on the Android market, this is a nice touch. Overall I think this is a well written user guide for Android users in general rather than the business users specifically. It is pitched at about the right level for non-technical users and is a good purchase for anyone that wants to get the best out of their device.