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DROIDS Made Simple Martin Trautschold Gary Mazo Marziah Karch...
10:00 AM Wi-Fi – Ch. 5 also has a DROID. I still have time so I reply to a few emails in the Email app while waiting for my Skype – Ch. 20 colleague. I am able to dictate my email using the Voice dictation feature.
■ CONTENTS AT A GLANCE DROIDS Made Simple For the DROID, DROID X, DROID 2, and DROID 2 Global ■ ■ ■ Martin Trautschold Gary Mazo Marziah Karch...
■ CONTENTS AT A GLANCE From Martin and Gary: This book is dedicated to our families—to our wives, Julie and Gloria, and to our kids, Sophie, Livvie and Cece, and Ari, Dan, Sara, Billy, Elise and Jonah. Without their love, support, and understanding, we could never take on projects like this one. From Marziah: This book is dedicated to my husband, Harold, the best stay-at-home dad our kids could ever have, and to our kids, Pari and Kiyan.
■Chapter 1: Getting Started ................39 ■Chapter 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search ..........67 ■Chapter 3: Sync Your DROID With Your Google Account ....... 97 ■Chapter 4: Other Sync Methods ..............105 ■Chapter 5: Wi-Fi and 3G Connectivity ............127 ■Chapter 6: Organize Your Home Screen: Icons and Widgets .......
■Chapter 22: Fun and Games ................ 469 ■Chapter 23: Utilities: Clock, Calculator, and Weather ......... 479 ■Chapter 24: Troubleshooting ............... 493 Part III: Sync Media to your DROID ..............505 ■Chapter 25: DROID Media Sync ..............507 ■Appendix: DRIOD App Guide ................ 525...
Contents ■Contents at a Glance ..................iv ■About the Authors ..................xix ■About the Technical Reviewer ................ xx ■Acknowledgments ..................xxi Part I: Quick Start Guide ..................1 ■Getting Around Quickly ..................3 Learning Your Way Around ............................. 4 Keys, Buttons, and Switches ..........................4 The Launcher Icon .............................
How This Book Is Organized ..........................33 Quickly Locating Tips, Cautions, and Notes ..................... 34 Free DROID Email Tips ............................. 35 Part III: You and Your DROID................37 ■Chapter 1: Getting Started ................39 Getting to Know Your DROID ..........................39 What Is Included in the Box ..........................
Performing the Search ............................. 93 Performing a Voice Search ..........................93 Adding the Google Search Widget to Your Home Screen ................. 94 ■Chapter 3: Sync Your DROID With Your Google Account ....... 97 Activating Your Phone ............................97 Activating Your Google Account ..........................98 The Wonders of the Cloud ...........................
Supported Software (What You Need) ......................113 Before You Install ............................113 Downloading and Installing PC or Mac Software .................... 113 Installing and Setting Up the DROID Software ....................116 Troubleshooting Missing Sync ........................116 CompanionLink for Android ..........................117 Reviews of CompanionLink and DejaOffice App .....................
Opening Other Apps While on a Call ......................157 Getting Back to the Phone From Any App ...................... 157 Using Speed Dial on Your DROID (DROID 2 and DROID X only) ................158 Adding Speed Dial Numbers .......................... 158 Using Speed Dial ............................159 Using the Recent View (Call Logs) ........................
Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) ............................. 194 Connecting to a Stereo Bluetooth Device ...................... 194 Disconnecting a Bluetooth Device ........................196 ■Chapter 9: Email on Your DROID ..............197 Getting to Know Gmail ............................198 Understanding Gmail Mobile ..........................199 Inbox and Archive ............................199 Priority Inbox ..............................
When Is Your Contact List Most Useful? ......................257 Two Simple Rules to Improve Your Contact List .................... 258 Adding a New Contact Right on Your DROID ....................... 258 Start the Contacts App ........................... 259 Adding a New Phone Number ........................261 Adding an Email Address and Web Site ......................
■ CONTENTS ■Chapter 13: Managing Your Calendar ............273 Managing Your Busy Life on Your DROID ......................273 Accessing Your Calendar ..........................273 Viewing Your Schedule and Getting Around ....................274 Switching Between the Four Calendar Views ....................275 Adding New Calendar Events ..........................278 Adding a New Appointment ...........................
Playing Videos ..............................321 Adjusting the DROID’s Video Controls ......................321 Clearing Your History ............................. 323 Using Netflix and Hulu on the DROID ......................323 ■Chapter 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books ............325 Newspapers on the DROID ..........................325 Popular Choices: The New York Times and USA Today .................
■ CONTENTS Mint.com ................................ 357 Cooking Capsules Taster ..........................358 Evernote ................................. 359 Pandora ................................360 New York Times ............................. 361 Google Voice ..............................362 WikiMobile Encyclopedia (Bonfire) ........................ 363 Yelp ................................364 ■Chapter 18: Taking Photos and Videos ............365 Understanding Your Camera ..........................
Cross-Posting ..............................425 Aggregating Content With Readers ........................427 Making Phone Calls and More with Skype ......................428 Creating Your Skype Account on Your DROID ....................429 Log in to the Skype App ..........................430 Finding and Adding Skype Contacts ......................430 Making Calls With Skype on Your DROID .......................
■Chapter 24: Troubleshooting ............... 493 Basic Troubleshooting ............................493 What to Do If the DROID Stops Responding ....................493 Managing Your Apps ............................494 Resolving Issues With Placing a Phone Call, Syncing With Google, or Browsing the Web ......497 Turning Off Airplane Mode ..........................
Selecting a USB Connection Mode ......................... 509 Changing USB Connection Modes ........................510 Dragging-and-Dropping Files ........................510 Disconnecting Your DROID Safely (Don’t Skip!) ..................... 512 Using doubleTwist .............................. 512 Downloading and Installing doubleTwist ....................... 513 Getting Started With doubleTwist ........................514 Importing Your Playlists ..........................
■ CONTENTS About the Authors Martin Trautschold is the founder and CEO of Made Simple Learning, a leading provider of Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android, and Palm webOS books and video tutorials. He has been a successful entrepreneur in the mobile device training and software business since 2001.
■ ACKNOWLEDGMENTS About the Technical Reviewer Phil Nickinson spent 11 years at a daily newspaper as a sports clerk, page designer, news copy editor and news editor before becoming a full-time online editor with Smartphone Experts in December 2009. He cut his teeth on Windows Mobile and currently is editor of AndroidCentral.com, host of its weekly podcast and has more Android devices than he knows what to do with.
■ CONTENTS Acknowledgments A book like this takes many people to successfully complete. We would like to thank Apress for believing in us and our unique style of writing. We would like to thank our Editors, Steve, Jim and Laurin, and the entire editorial team at Apress. We would like to thank our families for their patience and support in allowing us to pursue projects such as this one.
In your hands is one of the most exciting devices to hit the market in quite some time: a new DROID smartphone. This Quick Start Guide will help get you and your new DROID up and running in a hurry. You’ll learn all about the buttons, switches, and ports, and how to use the innovative and responsive touch screen and multitask.
We’ll start with the nuts and bolts in our “Learning Your Way Around” section, which covers what all the keys, buttons, switches, and symbols mean and do on your DROID. In this section, you’ll see some handy features such as multitasking and adding and removing widgets.
Figures 1 and 2 show all the things you can do with the buttons, keys, switches, and ports on your DROID, DROID 2, DROID 2 Global, and DROID X. Go ahead and try out a few things to see what happens. Tap the Search button (the Magnifying Glass icon) on the bottom of your phone, then tap the Microphone icon to try out Voice Actions.
Figure 2. The buttons, ports, and keys on the DROID X. The Launcher Icon You may wonder where all your icons are kept. Swiping left or right won’t show you them. To see them all, you need to tap the Launcher icon at the bottom of your main Home screen.
The Four Buttons Along the Bottom In addition to tapping or the touching the screen, you can use the Menu, Home, Back and Search buttons to help you navigate around your DROID. Menu button Press the Menu button to see a menu for the currently open app or the Home screen.
QUICK START GUIDE Long press to multitask and see the eight most recent apps you have opened. Back button Press the Back button to back out of any screen to the previous screen. Continue pressing to exit an app back to the Home screen.
You will quickly find that your DROID is highly customizable, starting with your Home screen. The DROID 2 and DROID X have seven Home screens, and the DROID has five. TIP: We explain more details about how to use widgets and move icons in Chapter 6: “Organize Your Home Screen: Icons and Widgets.”...
QUICK START GUIDE To remove a widget or other item, you long press until it gets highlighted and drag it down to the Trashcan icon at the bottom Long of the screen. press & drag To move a widget, icon, or other Home Slide your finger off screen item, long press and drag that item either side of the screen...
If you are like most smartphone users these days, you definitely want to be doing more than one thing at a time. For example, you might like listening to free Pandora Internet radio while reading and replying to your email or text messages. The DROID is built to multitask (see Figure 4).
NOTE: Switches set to On are green, while switches set to Off are gray. You can back up to the previous screen or menu by pressing the Back button on the bottom of your DROID. For example, if you’re in the Wireless & networks menu, you can press the Back button to return to the main...
Figure 5. Selecting menu items, navigating submenus, and setting switches. Reading the Top Status Bar Most of the functions on your DROID work only when you are connected to the Internet (e.g., email, your browser, the wireless sync to Google Contacts and Google Calendar, Android Market, and so on), so you need to know when you’re connected.
QUICK START GUIDE TIP: If you touch and hold the status bar, then you can see today’s date. TIP: Touch and hold this status bar to see today’s date. Seeing More Detailed Status Messages Touch the very top of the device (above the screen), then swipe your finger down onto the screen to see detailed status messages.
You can tell whether you are connected to a network, as well as the general speed of the connection, by looking at the right side of your DROID’s top status bar. Table 1 shows typical examples of what you might see on this status bar.
TIP: Check out the “International Travel” section of Chapter 5 for many money saving tips you can take advantage of when you travel overseas with your DROID. If you need to turn off your DROID, long press the Power button on the top-right edge, and then tap Power off.
The DROID has an amazingly sensitive and intuitive touch screen. If you own a DROID, DROID 2, or DROID 2 Global, you also can slide out the physical keyboard to type. We show you more typing tips in Chapter 2.
To move quickly through Home screens, contacts, lists, and the music library in List mode, flick from side-to-side or up and down. Figure 7 shows both of these gestures. Note: The DROID Notice the red Gently...
QUICK START GUIDE Scrolling Scrolling is as simple as touching the screen and sliding your finger in the direction you want to scroll (see Figure 9). You can use this technique in messages (email), the Browser app, menus, and more. The current letter “M”...
QUICK START GUIDE Double-Tapping You can double-tap the screen to zoom in and then double-tap again to zoom back out. This works in many places, such as web pages, mail messages, and pictures (see Figure 10). Double-tap the Double-tap again Slide your finger around to screen to zoom in.
2. Gradually slide your fingers closed, so they touch. The screen zooms out. At some point, you Lift your hands from the Pinch your fingers open cannot zoom in any screen and then pinch to zoom in. further. The DROID will open again to zoom in vibrate and let you know. more.
Getting Started Table 2 provides some quick links to help you connect your DROID to the Web (using Wi-Fi or 3G); buy and enjoy songs or videos; lock your DROID or power it off; unlock your DROID; and more.
Press and hold Getting Started – Ch. 1 on or off. this key located on the DROID’s top edge. See all icons on your DROID in the Getting Started – Ch. 1 Launcher App Tray. Adjust settings Settings > Wi-Fi or and connect to Settings >...
Phone – Ch. 7 Call and chat with Social Networking and Skype mobile friends. Skype – Ch. 20 Control your iPod and DROID with your voice. Voice Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search – Command Ch. 2 (Press and hold the Home button.)
Entertaining Yourself You can have lots of fun with your DROID; Table 4 shows you a few ways to get started. For example, you can use your DROID to view movies and TV shows, as well as to check out free Internet radio with Pandora.
QUICK START GUIDE To Do This… Use This… Where to Learn More Browse and download apps Market DROID App Guide – Appendix A right to your DROID. See playlists, artists,songs, Music – Ch. 14 albums, Music audiobooks, and more. Listen to free Pandora Music –...
QUICK START GUIDE Staying Informed You can also use your DROID to read your favorite magazine or newspaper with up-to- the-minute vibrant pictures and videos (see Table 5). Or, you can use it to check out the latest weather reports.
QUICK START GUIDE Networking Socially You can also use your DROID to connect to and stay up-to-date with friends, colleagues, and professional networks using the social networking tools on your DROID (see Table 6). Table 6. Networking Socially. To Do This…...
QUICK START GUIDE Being Productive A DROID can also help you be more productive. You can use it to access and read just about any PDF file or other document with the GoodReader app. You can also take notes with the basic Notes app or step up to the advanced Evernote app, which has amazing capabilities for integrating audio, pictures, and text notes, as well as the ability to sync everything to a web site.
Part Introduction Welcome to your new DROID—and to the book that tells you what you need to know to get the most out of it. In this part we show you how the book is organized and where to go to find what you need. We even show you how to get some great tips and tricks sent...
Congratulations on Your New DROID! You hold in your hands perhaps the most powerful smartphones available today, a phone that is also a media player, e-book reader, gaming machine, life organizer, and just about everything else available today: the DROID.
Be sure to check out our DROID App Guide in Appendix A at the end of the book to explore more than 80 apps that the authors have reviewed and tested to help you get the most out of your DROID.
Also remember that devices this powerful are not always easy to grasp—at first. You will get the most out of your DROID if you can read a section and then try out what you just read. We all know that reading and then doing an activity gives us a much higher retention rate than simply reading alone.
We also show you how to use Mass Storage mode to transfer media and documents using the USB cable. The more of your media you can load on your DROID, the more fun you will have with it. Appendix A: DROID App Guide...
DROID, but we also include some fun and useful apps you can download from the Android Market. Sure, the DROID can help you get work done, but it’s for a whole lot more, too. We finish with some handy...
In this chapter, we will tell you everything you need to know to get up and running on your DROID. This chapter will go into a little more detail than you saw in the Quick Start Guide. First, we will go around the outside of the DROID and describe what each of the buttons and keys on your device does.
What Is Included in the Box The DROID box may seem small, but it contains everything you need to get started (your DROID, a USB cable, and wall plug adapter) except for a good manual – which is why we wrote this book! The USB Cable This is the cable that connects your DROID to your computer.
CHAPTER 1: Getting Started Volume Buttons The Volume buttons located on the upper- Volume buttons right side of your DROID perform multiple Raise or lower functions, depending on the context in phone ring tone, which you press them. music volume and phone volume.
Along the bottom of your DROID, you will find four buttons: Menu, Home, Back, and Search. Note that these buttons do not appear in the same order on all DROID models. (Be sure to check out the Quick Start Guide earlier in this book to learn what each of the...
Slide-out Keyboard (for DROID and DROID 2) If you own the DROID, DROID 2, or DROID 2 Global, then you have a physical slide-out keyboard. Slide it out from the left side of the phone and turn the phone to Landscape mode to type using the keyboard (see Figure 1–2).
BATTERY REMOVAL HERE. The DROID X has a plastic tab you can pull to remove the battery. 4. Figure 1–3 shows where the memory card slots are located on your phone. You find these slots in different places on the DROID X and DROID 2 models.
Figure 1–3. How to insert a memory card into your DROID. Adjusting the Date, Time, Time Zone, and 24-Hour Format Usually, the date and time is set and adjusted automatically on your DROID using the wireless network. However, there may be a few adjustments you might want to make, such as your time and date formats.
CHAPTER 1: Getting Started 3. You can see that the Automatic box at the top is checked (set to On) in the figure to the right. If you want to manually adjust the date, time zone, and/or time, then you have to uncheck the Automatic setting (i.e., set it to Off).
Home screen. Adjusting the DROID’s Brightness The wonderful screen on your DROID is also one of the largest consumers of your battery life. The default is automatic brightness, which uses the built-in light sensor to adjust the brightness of the screen. When it is darker in your immediate environment, the auto-brightness control will dim the screen.
Your DROID may already have some battery life, but you might want to charge it completely, so you can enjoy uninterrupted hours of use after you get it set up. TIP: We recommend charging your DROID every night, especially if you use it a lot during the day for phone calls or web browsing.
CHAPTER 1: Getting Started Stopping the Verizon VCAST Video Auto-play (Windows PC) If you plug your DROID into a Windows PC, you might see your web browser pop up and start automatically playing a Verizon VCAST promotional video. If your computer speaker volume is turned up relatively high, you might be really surprised by this video.
Getting More Out of Each Charge Following these tips will help you extend your DROID’s battery life: 1. Put the DROID into Sleep mode whenever possible: Tap the Power/Lock button on the upper-right edge of the device to put it into Sleep mode whenever you are not using it.
Wi-Fi by going to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Set Wi-Fi to Off. TIP: DROID 2 and X users can swipe left to the second of the seven Home screens, and then tap the Wi-Fi switch that looks like this to turn Wi-Fi off or on.
CHAPTER 1: Getting Started Using the Battery Manager To see the Battery Manager (DROID 2 and DROID X) shown to the right, tap your Settings icon, then swipe up and tap Battery Manager. The Checkmark in the large Battery icon shows that the DROID is currently being charged.
CHAPTER 1: Getting Started Tap Battery mode at the bottom of the screen to see available modes, as shown to the right. To save battery life, you need to reduce the frequency of automatic data updates and make the screen a little dimmer. The top two settings will allow you to get more battery life.
No matter what you do, you will want to find more places and more ways to charge your DROID if you use it a lot. Table 1–1 shows you some other options for charging your DROID besides using your power cord or connecting it to your computer.
Google Checkout app to complete the transaction. The default email account is Gmail, and the default calendar is Google Calendar. Here are a few of the default Google services you’ll get to know as you use your DROID: Gmail (Google’s email program), Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Checkout (a payment system like the one from PayPal), Picasa (a photo upload and sharing site like Flickr), and YouTube (a video upload and sharing service).
After you get your accounts set up, you may be wondering where you can find your email. There are two icons for email on your DROID: Email and Gmail. The one called Email handles all email accounts except Gmail. And, as you might imagine, you use the Gmail app for all your Gmail accounts.
Securing Your DROID Your DROID can hold a great deal of valuable information. This is especially true if you save information such as the Social Security numbers and birthdates of your family members in your Contacts list. It’s a good idea to make sure that anyone who picks up your DROID can’t access all that information!
If someone is watching you do this, however, then that person may be able to see your pattern code. By default the DROID will not lock for 20 minutes, so we recommend tapping the Security lock timer and setting it to a smaller interval.
CHAPTER 1: Getting Started If you tapped PIN for the security method, then you would need to type a numeric PIN of at least four digits. You can definitely use more, if you like. In this screen shot to the right, we used nine digits.
CAUTION: We have heard that sometimes even entering the correct Google information will not allow you to unlock your DROID. If this occurs, then you will need to perform a Hard Reset. See Chapter 24: “Troubleshooting” for detailed information on performing a Hard Reset.
You could also do a web search for “DROID cases” or“DROID protective covers.” TIP: You may be able to use a case designed for another type of smartphone for your DROID. If you go this route to save some money, just make sure your DROID fits securely in the case or cover.
Waterproof Cases ($10–40) What these do: Provide waterproof protection for your DROID and allow you to safely use the DROID near water (in the rain, at the pool, at the beach, on a boat, and so on). Pros: Provide good water protection.
At about $8 / month, you are paying $96 per year. If you add on the $90 deductible, you are still at just $186 in the first year and $276 for the second year. This is well below the $500 - $600 price to buy a new DROID without a service plan.
Mobile Hotspot or Visual Voicemail. Our recommendation is that you put the service on a recurring monthly reminder on your DROID calendar. This reminder should be set to a day or two before your monthly billing cycle ends. When the reminder comes up, you should check whether there are any features that you want to turn off.
Rates and plans vary by cruise line, so give Verizon a call to see what is available. Now that you know all about the various service plans, you are ready to start using your new DROID!
You can also fine-tune your keyboard to vibrate, click, or be silent when you press keys. Your DROID also comes with accessibility features such as Voice ReadOuts (where the DROID reads the screen out loud) and Zoom Mode (where you zoom in on a section of the screen for easier reading).
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Two Ways to Type: Multi-touch and Swype Your DROID also gives you two ways to type text on your virtual keyboards: Multi-touch and Swype. We recommend trying both methods and seeing which one works best for you.
Swype and Multi- touch keyboards. Swype Typing (DROID 2 and DROID X only) When using the Swype typing method, you touch-and-drag your finger around the screen to cross each of the letters in the word you are typing. With Swype, you only lift your finger after completely touching all the letters.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Follow these steps to Using Swype to type the word “hope.” type the word “hope” with Swype: Lift your 1. Touch the Drag finger your keyboard on first on the finger letter (h). last to each Drag...
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Word Choice Window If Swype cannot figure out what you are trying to type, it shows you a Word Choice window. Follow these tips to navigate the Word Choice window: Tap any word to select it or press the Space key to select the bold word (in this image, merck is bold.) Tap the arrow on the bottom of the...
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Swype Tips and Tricks Here are some things to keep in mind while using Swype: Touch and hold the Swype key for tips and tricks about how to use Swype. No spaces are necessary. Skip pressing the Space key between words because spaces are automatically inserted.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search The Device Keyboard (DROID 2 and Similar) If you have a DROID 2 or DROID with a slide out keyboard – also known as the Device keyboard – you can slide it out to type (see Figure 2–3).
Just be patient; it takes practice to become proficient typing quickly with two thumbs. TIP: If you have large hands and fingers, try flipping your DROID on its side to get the larger landscape keyboard! You will eventually notice that the on-screen keyboard touch sensitivity assumes you are typing with two thumbs.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Smaller Portrait Keyboard Larger Landscape Keyboard Flip the DROID on its side to get the larger keyboard. Hold the DROID with Type the keys on the Type the keys on the both hands near the...
Figure 2–6. Tap the screen to move the cursor around. NOTE: The full and half circles do not appear on the original DROID. Sliding to Exactly Position the Cursor If you need to position the cursor on the...
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Keyboard Vibration and Sounds When using the on-screen keyboard, you might find it useful to have some audible or sensory feedback as you press the virtual keys. Follow these steps to toggle a click sound or a short vibration on or off: 1.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search select it. If the correct word were not highlighted, then we would need to tap the correct word to select it from the list. Suggested words Tap any suggested word or the Space key to select it.
Accessibility Options There are a number of useful features on the DROID to help with accessibility. For example, the Voice Readouts feature will read text on the screen to you. It will tell you what you tap on, what choices are selected, and even read email. If you like to see things in a larger size, you can turn on the Zoom Mode feature;...
Accessibility – Voice Readouts (Reads the Screen) One cool feature of the DROID is that it has a Voice Readouts feature you can turn on to make the DROID will speak anything you tap on the screen. You can even get it to read to you from any email or other text-based document.
Social Networking, Text Messaging, Voice Command, and Voice Search. NOTE: Double tap home launch is not available on the original DROID. Pressing and Holding to Type Symbols (and More) You might wonder how you type symbols that aren’t shown on the standard keyboard.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Several characters have special, additional characters associated with them, including all the vowels; the letters “C” and “N”; and the . (period) and $ (dollar) symbols. For example, follow these steps if you want to ¥...
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Quickly Change Text Sometimes you need to quickly change or delete some text you are typing. Follow these steps to do so: 1. Begin by selecting the desired text by double-tapping it. Notice that the word you tapped is now selected.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Changing the Language and Keyboard Options The DROID includes a few keyboard options to make typing on your DROID easier. The keyboard options are located in the Settings app. Follow these steps to change these settings: 1.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Voice Command The DROID 2 and DROID X comes with a nice feature called Voice Command that allows you to control many aspects of your phone using your voice. Double-pressing the Home button will usually bring up Voice Command.
Tap the Send button to send the message. NOTE: On the original DROID, just start the Messaging app and then touch the Microphone icon to speak your text. Using Copy-and-Paste The ability to copy-and-paste is very useful for saving time and increasing your accuracy.
Select all or Select text. TIP: In the Browser, you can save an image to your DROID by pressing and holding it until you see a pop-up menu. Tap Save image to save the image or Set as wallpaper to set the image as your DROID wallpaper.
For example, you can check the Kindle app to search titles and authors of your Kindle books. You can also check Contacts to search your DROID contact list. Or, you can check Music to quickly search for artists, album names, and song names.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search In the image shown to the right, we searched for “pizza 32174.” This search quickly found all pizza restaurants in the ZIP code 32174. You could search for anything, including the following: Golf courses Bars Plumbers Libraries...
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search Now you have instant access to Google Search right from your Home screen.
CHAPTER 2: Typing, Voice, Copy, and Search...
Sync Your DROID With Your Google Account In order to use a DROID, you must have a Google Account. You can still check your work email and use other accounts, but you must have at least one Google Account. When you activate a new DROID, setting up a Google Account is the second thing you’ll do, right after activating the phone number itself with Verizon Wireless.
CHAPTER 3: Sync Your DROID With Your Google Account Activating Your Google Account You have two basic choices: you can use a Google Account you’ve already created, or you can create one. Once you’ve completed this step, you can also go back and add multiple Google Accounts;...
CHAPTER 3: Sync Your DROID With Your Google Account 5. Google will indicate if this is a “strong” password. Our experience is that Google overrates the strength of passwords, so try to create a password that has at least one number, punctuation character, and at least one capital letter.
@ sign, and your DROID will autocomplete the rest. Once you’re done adding the first account, the DROID will ask if you’d like to add more Google Accounts. To add multiple accounts, just press the Google button and repeat the same steps.
Google’s answer to Flickr. If you want to upload pictures from your phone to the Web, this is the default location for sharing such pictures on the DROID. You may want to set up your account with albums and public or private sharing permissions if you need to share photos as part of your job.
TIP: Most DROIDs do not come with a SIM card. The exception is the DROID 2 Global. This is because they run on Verizon Wireless’ CDMA network and not on a GSM network. This means you won’t be able to transfer contacts by popping a SIM card between phones, but your Google...
NOTE: If you can get the data to Google Contacts at http://www.google.com/contacts, it will appear on your phone after you setup your Google Account on your DROID. The backup plan, if none of the sync or import options work is that you can add your contacts manually. See Chapter 12: “Using your Contacts.”...
CHAPTER 3: Sync Your DROID With Your Google Account Figure 3–4 guides you through the steps for enabling and disabling Google syncing; follow these steps to do so: 1. From the Home screen, press the Menu button. 2. Tap Settings, then tap Accounts.
NOTE: We cover how to sync media and other files such as documents using free software options in Chapter 25: "DROID Media Sync." We discuss ways to sync your email in Chapter 9: "Email on Your DROID."...
CHAPTER 4: Other Sync Methods Table 4–1 provides a brief overview of the sync options covered in this chapter. Table 4–1. Alternative Sync Methods for Your DROID. Type of Information Google Calendar Missing Sync Companion Link Sync Android Outlook Contacts...
CHAPTER 4: Other Sync Methods Backing up Your Outlook Data Before you start syncing your Outlook data, we recommend taking a backup copy of your Outlook data. This may be a single file or several files, depending on how your system is setup.
Google Calendar. From the Google Calendar, you use the standard DROID sync software described in Chapter 3 to sync Google to your DROID. It is a two-step sync: Outlook to Google Calendar to DROID Calendar. For this sync to stay updated, your computer needs to be turned on, Microsoft Outlook needs to be running, along with the Google Calendar sync, and you need an Internet connection.
CHAPTER 4: Other Sync Methods Downloading and Installing Download the software from Google. To find the software, go to www.google.com/sync/index.html. You will most likely see a web page similar to the one shown in Figure 4–1. Click on PC to go to the Google Outlook Calendar Sync for Windows page. Follow the instructions on the website to install the software.
4. Then choose your Sync Options. You probably want the 2-way sync unless you have a strong reason for 1-way sync. With the 2-way sync, any updates you make on your DROID Calendar will by synced to Google and back to Outlook and vice-versa. Everything is kept up-to-date.
6. When you are done, click Save to start the calendar sync from Outlook to Google. 7. Remember to follow the steps shown in Chapter 3 to get your DROID Calendar to sync wirelessly with your Google Calendar.
Missing Sync for Android The Missing Sync for Android from Mark/Space, Inc. provides you the ability to sync from your Windows or Mac PC to your DROID. Items that you can sync are: Outlook or Entourage Calendar, Contacts, and Notes...
Windows Media Player to sync media An active Internet connection Three free apps for your DROID to fully take advantage of the synced data. All three are available in the Android Market app. The Missing Sync for Android...
CHAPTER 4: Other Sync Methods 3. Once you have installed the software, locate and double-click on the application icon on your PC or Mac. You should see a settings screen similar to the one shown in Figure 4–3. Figure 4–3. Missing Sync for Android Sync Setup Window. 4.
Photos, Ringtones (create and sync), SMS Log (keep track of SMS messages received and sent), Video (copy and re-format videos to play on your DROID or copy videos recorded on your DROID to your computer). 7. When you are done configuring all...
CHAPTER 4: Other Sync Methods Installing and Setting Up the DROID Software Go to the Android Market app and search for "Missing Sync for Android," then tap that application. Scroll down a little and tap View more applications to see all the applications by Mark/Space, the developer.
Google. The CompanionLink for Outlook software provides two-way sync from Outlook to Google (then you sync your DROID to Google) or Outlook direct via a USB cable to your DROID. In this book, we have chosen to focus on the CompanionLink for Outlook product with the setup that it syncs to your Google Account.
Keep in mind that you only need to install the DejaOffice app if you want to use the USB cable to sync directly from Outlook to your DROID and skip the sync to Google. If you go with the USB sync option, you have the benefit of not having your data pass through Google;...
An active Internet connection A Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account DejaOffice app (free) on your DROID only if you choose the USB or CL Hosted Server Sync options. NOTE: At the time of publishing, the CompanionLink did not support any Mac software applications includingOffice 2011 for Mac.
Companion Link secure server then to your DROID. Android direct via USB — This will sync from your PC through the USB cable directly to your DROID. If you choose this option, you need to install the DejaOffice app on your DROID.
CHAPTER 4: Other Sync Methods Figure 4–4. CompanionLink for Outlook Sync Setup Window. 4. Next, click (Select your Contact Manager) to select your software. In this case, we selected Microsoft Outlook 2000 - 2010. 5. Click Google Settings from the main settings screen to see the Google Settings pop-up window shown to the right.
CHAPTER 4: Other Sync Methods 6. Next, click Outlook Settings from the main setup screen to see the screen to the right. Make adjustments to Selected Categories, if you choose. 7. Click the Applications tab to adjust how to sync your data. Each check shows you want to sync Contacts, Calendar, or Tasks.
12. Finally, if you have not already done so, you need to follow the steps in Chapter 3 to set up access from your DROID to the Google Account to which you just synced all your Outlook Contact and Calendar information.
If you are using the sync method just described above from Outlook to Google, you don't need to install any additional software on your DROID. Instead, your calendar and contacts flow from Google to your DROID native Contacts and Calendar apps after you setup your Google Account as shown in Chapter 3.
Calendar), and Release Notes (notes from the developer about this release of the DejaOffice app). 3. Think of DejaOffice as your mobile version of Outlook on your DROID. Troubleshooting CompanionLink The CompanionLink website provides a FAQ (frequently asked questions), video tutorials, Set Up Guides, and the ability to contact tech support via e-mail or purchase premium support for US$99 for 12 months (as of publishing time).
Chapter Wi-Fi and 3G Connectivity Let’s face it, you wouldn’t buy a DROID if you didn’t want to go online. Going online doesn’t just mean using the built-in web browser in Android. Whether you’re using apps or checking your contact list, talking on the phone is just about the only activity that doesn’t involve using your data plan.
Wi-Fi that can be broadcast for miles instead of several dozen feet. The bad news is that you will not be able to connect to 4G networks on your DROID, DROID X or DROID 2. Your phone must be specifically made to take advantage of 4G networks.
4G signals and create your own portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Wi-Fi Wi-Fi signals are generally the fastest way to connect your DROID to the Internet. This is the same technology that connects laptops and other wireless devices to networks. It’s fast but short-range, and it’s not the same signal that telecommunications companies...
The clear advantage of Wi-Fi is speed. Wi-Fi is superior when it comes to uploading or watching videos. Its chief disadvantage is distance. If you’re not within range of a Wi-Fi network all day or even most of the day, you can extend your DROID’s battery life by turning off your Wi-Fi signal.
Creating a Wi-Fi Hotspot with Your DROID If you pay for mobile hotspot access, which is an add-on service for DROID phones, you can use Verizon’s 3G Mobile Hotspot app to turn your DROID into a wireless modem for your laptop or other device, as shown in Figure 5–3.
Hotspot and The SSID- Hotspot app. configure it for Service Set the first time. Identifier is the name of Connect to your hotspot. your DROID just like any Choose a other type of network. security. WPA2 is the Mobile default.
TIP: Creating a Wi-Fi hotspot uses a lot of energy and drains a battery quickly. Connect your DROID to your laptop with a USB cable to keep the phone charged while surfing. Users on Verizon’s support forum have also reported that June Fabric’s PDAnet program works on their DROID and allows them to tether their 3G connection through their USB port.
Figure 5–4 shows how the Data manager settings can help you save battery time, as well as how to disable data roaming. On the DROID 2 and DROID X, you can also turn off data completely for those times you really need to preserve your battery.
3. Use the same steps to exit Airplane mode. Your DROID also comes with a Motorola widget to toggle Airplane mode on and off. TIP: In addition to using Airplane mode to avoid roaming charges, you can use it to avoid calls, emails, and other distractions during important meetings.
CHAPTER 5: Wi-Fi and 3G Connectivity VNC, or Virtual Network Computing, provides a way to share screens remotely and control one device from another, even if that device runs on a different platform. If you leave your office or home computer on at all times and your office allows it, then you can use VNC to check documents, email, or execute work tasks from wherever you are.
CHAPTER 6: Organize Your Home Screen: Icons and Widgets Long press Launch the app Your app icon will Long press on the appear on the tray by tapping desired app by Home screen. Long Launcher icon on pressing until you press and drag the the center bottom feel the vibration.
CHAPTER 6: Organize Your Home Screen: Icons and Widgets Long press The shortcut will Long press on the Tap Add shortcut have a specific icon bookmark you wish to Home. The for some sites and to add to the Home shortcut will be a generic star for screen.
CHAPTER 6: Organize Your Home Screen: Icons and Widgets Adding Shortcuts When you long press on the Home screen, you’ll see the menu shown to the right. One of your menu choices is Shortcuts. Shortcuts aren’t reserved for bookmarks. You can add shortcuts for individual contacts, Gmail labels, items in the Settings menu, and more.
Home screen. Figure 6–3. Some Android widgets. Your DROID comes with two basic styles of widgets: the standard Android widget and the Motorola widget. Motorola widgets were created as part of the Motorola DROID modifications, and they behave a bit differently than standard widgets by letting you resize them.
CHAPTER 6: Organize Your Home Screen: Icons and Widgets Long press Tap on the desired The widget appears Long press on the widget. In this on the screen. Long Home screen Tap to select case, it’s the press and drag to where you wish to Android widgets.
Motorola Widgets Your DROID ships with a few Android widgets, and you can download a nearly endless supply from the Android Market. Your DROID 2, DROID 2 Global, and DROID X also ships with Motorola widgets that aren’t available for download. Table 6–1 has a rundown of the different Motorola widgets and what they do.
Photo slideshow: This is a gallery widget that displays an interactive slideshow of photos you’ve taken from your DROID. You can also use it as a quick shortcut to your DROID’s gallery and camera apps. You can only have one Photo slideshow widget at a time.
DROID. Toggle it off when you’re out of Wi-Fi range to save battery time. Motorola widgets have a lot in common with Android widgets, but they also give you an extra bonus in flexibility. Motorola widgets are resizable, so they’ll take up as much or as...
Once you’ve added a widget, you can follow these steps to resize that widget to fit on your screen: 1. Long press on a Motorola widget until your DROID vibrates and you see a green halo around the widget. 2. A frame appears around the widget. Drag the corners of the frame to resize the...
Removing Unwanted Items from the Home Screen The Android Home screen Tips widget is only useful when you first get started with your DROID. After a while, you may want to remove it to make space for other app icons, widgets, or shortcuts.
Media Gallery You might want to use a photo you took on your DROID as your wallpaper; this is easy to do, and it falls into the Media Gallery wallpaper category. Keep in mind that you can only use a portion of the photo, and the entire photo will not display at once. You might also notice that the portion of the image you see is actually thinner than your Home screens.
Chapter Making Phone Calls The DROID is capable of so many cool things that it’s easy to forget that it’s also a very powerful phone. In this chapter, we will cover the many DROID features you would expect from a high-end smartphone. You can dial by name, save time by using your recent call logs, dial by voice, use speed dial numbers, and use Basic or Visual Voicemail features.
TIP: You can also check your phone number using Voice Command on the DROID 2 and DROID X. From the Phone dialer screen, tap the Voice Command icon just to the right of the Green phone icon and say, “Check my phone number.”...
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Notice the mute icon is shown in status bar. Slide this to Slide again to mute your un-mute your ringer and ringer and other sounds. other sounds. Icon shows you are currently in mute mode. Slide Slide Figure 7–1.
The simplest way to make a call is to use the Dialer. The numbers on the screen are large, so it’s easy to dial a number. Follow these steps to use the Dialer app or Phone app on the original DROID to make a call: 1. Tap the Dialer icon (see Figure 7–3).
(Dial by voice.) the call. Figure 7–3. Dialing phone numbers with your DROID keypad. TIP: You can redial the number you just called by tapping the Green phone key on the Dialer pad. You will see the most recent number you dialed appear; tap the Green phone key again to place the call.
If you are in one of the many states or provinces where you cannot legally hold your DROID while driving a car, you will want to purchase a Bluetooth headset or use a Bluetooth car stereo connection to talk hands-free (please see Chapter 8: “Bluetooth on...
Opening Other Apps While on a Call It’s easy to multitask on your DROID. This is especially useful when you are on a phone call. For example, you can press the Home button to jump back to the Home screen and start another app, or long-press the Home button to jump to a recently used app.
Slide Figure 7–4. Getting back to the call in progress from any app. Using Speed Dial on Your DROID (DROID 2 and DROID X only) The Speed Dial feature lets you use the number keys on the phone’s dialpad to quickly dial phone numbers.
Using Speed Dial It’s easy to use the DROID’s speed dial feature to make a call. Follow these steps to do 1. Bring up the keypad on the phone by tapping the Phone icon and then tapping the Dialer soft key.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Tap this bar Tap the Recent soft to filter key to see this screen. your view. Select a You see only different phone numbers way to when they are not filter your in your contacts. view.
Sending a Text Message to a Recent Caller Another cool DROID ability: You can send a text message to a recent caller. To do so, long-press the name or phone number in the Recent list and select Send text message.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls 3. When done, tap Add at the bottom to assign this speed dial number to a recent caller. Tapping the Contact Icon to Access Other Features When you tap the icon shown to the left of the contact name in your Recent list, a little Quick Access pop-up appears above the icon.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls NOTE: On the original DROID, you only see the contact icons in the Contacts and Favorites sections of the Phone app. NOTE: Certain icons will not appear in the Quick Access window if you do not have the related information stored in your Contacts app.
One of the great things about having all your contact information in your phone is that it becomes very easy to place calls from your Contacts list on the DROID. Follow these steps to call someone in your Contacts list: 1.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Using Favorites Your Favorites view shows both contacts you have specifically assigned as Favorites and frequently called contacts. This is a nice view because it can save you time by putting your contacts just a tap away.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls 6. Long-press the contact you want to add as a Favorite and select Add to favorites. TIP: You can also make any contact a Favorite by just touching the star next to his name in your Contacts app. Calling a Favorite To call any Favorite, touch the Green phone icon next to the name of the contact in your Favorites screen.
You can use your voice to dial names and phone numbers from a variety of places on your DROID. Here are three options you have for dialing a call with your voice: Tap the Voice dialing icon in the lower-left corner of the Dialer app’s Dialer screen.
Voice dialing icon in the lower-right corner of the Dialer app’s Dialpad screen. Conference Calling You can get a conference call going fairly easily on your DROID. Follow these steps to do so: 1. Call the first person and press the Add call button.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls 3. Once the second person is connected, you see a large Green phone icon in the center of the screen and the green Merge calls button. Tap Merge calls to put the callers together in a conference call. 4.
Setting up Basic Voicemail Setting up basic voicemail features on your DROID requires only a handful of steps: 1. Tap the Dialer icon or Phone icon on the original DROID.
Getting Your DROID to Enter Your Voicemail Password Normally, you have to type in your voicemail password or PIN every time you call voicemail. This tip will allow you to have it automatically entered for you by your DROID: 1. Start your Contacts app.
– and without dialing them each time. We definitely recommend you secure your DROID with a password or other method if you choose to enter sensitive information such as bank access passwords in your DROID contacts.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Follow these steps to access the Visual Voicemail service from your DROID: 1. Tap the Dialer icon. 2. Tap the Voicemail icon in the bottom row of soft keys next to the Green phone key.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Unsubscribing from Visual Voicemail If you decide you want to turn off and stop paying for the Visual Voicemail service, you can do so, but the wireless carrier wants to make absolutely certain you want to stop using the service; you need to confirm your choice four times! Follow these steps to cancel the Visual Voicemail service:...
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Archiving or Deleting Multiple Messages Sometimes you may want to archive or delete multiple voicemail messages at once. Follow these steps to do so: 1. From your Visual Voicemail inbox, press the Menu button and tap Select Multiple.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Using Google Voice If you already use the Google Voice app, you will want to install it on your DROID. If you are new to Google Voice, then you should know that this is a great service that gives you the following features for free: Ring all your phones simultaneously –...
The first time you start the app, you need to log in. You need to use the Google account you used to set up your Google Voice account. This account could be the same or different from your default Google account on your DROID. After logging in, you have a few things to set up.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Now select whether you want to use the Google Voice app’s Voicemail service on your DROID. We recommend doing this because it gives you free visual voicemail and transcription of all your voicemail messages. Make sure that you tap Google Voice when shown the screen to the right.
The caller ID displayed on the phone of the person you are calling will show your Google Voice number, not the number of your DROID. That way, the person will call you back on your Google Voice number. This also means that you can use the enhanced voicemail services of Google Voice.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls Customizing Phone Options and Settings You can customize your DROID phone by going into the Settings app. Follow these steps to do so: 1. Tap the Settings icon. 2. Tap Call settings. From this screen, you can configure the following options: Voicemail service and settings –...
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls TTY Mode – This option specifies the deaf accessibility settings for the DROID. Possible values for this option are Off, Full, HCO, or VCO. DTMF Tones – This option sets the length of the tones you hear when you press a key on the dialpad between Normal (default) and Long.
Balloons by Nena. Press the Menu button and select Use as ringtone. TIP: Check out Chapter 25: “DROID Media Sync” to learn how to get your music onto your DROID. Using Custom Ringtones and Alerts You can customize the way your DROID sounds by using the preloaded DROID ringtones and notifications.
TIP: The steps described in this section will also work for custom ringtones and alarms – once you have them synced to your device. You will learn how to sync these to your DROID later in this chapter.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls 1. Connect your DROID to your computer with the USB cable. 2. Drag your finger down from the top of the status bar to open your Notifications screen, and then tap the USB connection setting.
Sometimes, it is both fun and useful to give a unique ringtone to a certain contacts in your address book. This way, you know who is calling without looking at your phone. You can use ringtones that are already on your DROID, or you can use one of the following options to get new ringtones: Purchase ringtones using the Amazon MP3 or DROID Market apps on your DROID.
CHAPTER 7: Making Phone Calls NOTE: On the original DROID, press the Menu button, then press Options and then select Ringtone and choose a unique ringtone. Purchasing a Ringtone from the Amazon MP3 The Amazon MP3 app connects you to a site where you can purchase files that can serve as ringtones.
Chapter Bluetooth on Your DROID In this chapter, we will show you how to pair your DROID with any Bluetooth device, whether it is another computer, stereo speakers, or a wireless headset. Thanks to the technology known as A2DP, you can also stream your music to a capable Bluetooth stereo.
Bluetooth is a small radio that transmits from each device. Before you can use a peripheral with the DROID, you have to “pair” it with that device to connect it to the peripheral. Many Bluetooth devices can be used up to 30 feet away from the DROID.
Your primary uses for Bluetooth might be with Bluetooth headphones, Bluetooth stereo adapters, or a Bluetooth headset. Any Bluetooth headphones should work well with your DROID. To start using any Bluetooth device, you need to first pair (connect) it with your DROID.
CHAPTER 8: Bluetooth on Your DROID Figure 8–1. Bluetooth device discovered and in process of pairing. NOTE: In the case of a Bluetooth device, such as a computer, you may be asked to enter a series of numbers (passkey) on the keyboard itself or confirm that a passkey is being shown. See Figure 8–2.
Usually you can just press the main button on the headset to answer the call or answer it on the DROID. Move the phone away from your face (while the DROID is dialing), and you should see the indicator showing you that the Bluetooth headset is in use. In the image you see that the Bluetooth icon is activated.
Bluetooth selected. Figure 8–3. Changing from Bluetooth headset back to the DROID while on a call. Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) One of the great features of today’s advanced Bluetooth technology is the ability to stream your music without wires via Bluetooth. The fancy name for this technology is A2DP, but it is simply known as Stereo Bluetooth.
You will now notice a small Bluetooth icon in the middle of top status bar. Touch the Volume buttons on the side of your DROID to adjust the volume of the paired Bluetooth device streaming your music (see Figure 8–4).
CHAPTER 8: Bluetooth on Your DROID Disconnecting a Bluetooth Device Sometimes, you might want to disconnect a Bluetooth device from your DROID. It is easy to get this done. Get into the Bluetooth settings as you did earlier in this chapter.
One of the big reasons to have a smartphone is to keep on top of your email. Your DROID allows you to keep track of both personal and corporate email. It works with Microsoft Exchange accounts, Yahoo! Email, and, of course, your Gmail account. You can sync your phone with all your accounts, and you can create signatures to let your recipients know you’re responding from your phone, if you choose.
“Organize Your Home Screens: Icons and Widgets.” Getting to Know Gmail Gmail is the default email app for Android phones, and your DROID ships with the Gmail app icon displaying on the Home screen. Go to http://mail.google.com to get started with a free Gmail account.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID TIP: Although it’s not a faux pas to use a Gmail address for professional correspondence, you can use Google Apps to send and receive Gmail through custom business domains. If you own a small- to medium-sized business, you can take advantage of their services from either the limited free “standard”...
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID If you don’t ever want a message again, by all means delete it. Email sent to the trash is permanently deleted after thirty days. However, messages you might need later should be archived. To archive a message from the Web, select the check box next to the message, and then press the Archive button.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Priority Inbox Google introduced a new feature called the Priority Inbox. What this is meant to do is filter your important email from what some call bacn. Bacn (pronounced “bacon”) messages are those newsletters, alerts, and coupons that you did at some point sign up to receive and you probably do want to read, just not right now.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID You’ll notice that Starred is also a label. Click the empty star to the left of a message in order to “star” it or give it the star label. That highlights the message with a yellow star.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Automatic Filters Automatic filters are probably one of the most powerful tools in any email program. When combined with labels, Gmail lets you do quite a lot with filters. 1. Click the check box next to one or more messages.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID General Settings The first tab offers some general settings. Make sure your browser connection is set to always use https://. That makes sure you use a more secure connection to check your email when using a web browser. It’s also the default setting, so if you don’t have either one selected, it’s still using the secure connection.
Your default address is the address you’ll use to compose new messages. You can also add more accounts from your DROID without joining them in your Gmail account. It’s just a matter of deciding how you’d rather manage your email accounts.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Labs, Themes, Offline These are settings that apply only to the web-based version of Gmail. Gmail Labs allows you to add experimental features that may or may not make it into the main release. Themes allow you to customize the look and feel of your Gmail Web experience, and offline access lets you read and compose Gmail messages while not connected to the Internet.
Figure 9–3. Composing Gmail messages. 1. Navigate to the correct account, click the menu button, and select Compose. If you’re using a DROID or DROID 2 with a keyboard, you can slide it out or just use the virtual keyboards.
Do you want the phone to vibrate? Do you want an update in your status bar? Or, you may want your DROID to do nothing, so you can review new email when you choose? These are options listed under “Notification settings.”...
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Silent turns ringtone notifications off. Swipe Tap OK when done. Press the Menu button and Scroll down tap More. to see the Notification settings. Settings Tap Select from the ringtone to More change the menu.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Labels Another way you can cut down on your inbox clutter is to sync only certain Gmail labels. Choose Labels in from the Settings menu of the account you want to change, and you’ll see the Synchronization menu as shown on the right.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Tap on the My Enter your email Accounts app address and in the App Tray. password. This success Choose the message indicates type of account. the automatic Choose Email settings worked. for a generic email account.
Universal Inbox Your DROID organizes all your non-Gmail email accounts, your text messages, and social networking status updates into a Universal Inbox in the Messaging app, so you can read all your messages from one central location. The Universal Inbox is shown in Figure 9–6.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Click the plus Click the plus sign to sign to compose a new compose a new message. message. The Universal The symbol Inbox shows indicates the messages from type of account everything but for the Gmail.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Pull down the Notifications Swipe bar to see a down preview. Tap to go to the message in the Email app. Navigate to previous messages by tapping the side. Tap the Messages This indicates...
Figure 9–8. Emailing attachments. If your DROID has more than one app capable of handling an attachment, you’ll see a dialog box that lets you choose how you want to handle the file. Click your preferred app, and you can view your attachment.
CHAPTER 9: Email on Your DROID Third-Party Apps If you want an alternative to Corporate Sync, you may be able to use third-party apps. One popular app is TouchDown by NitroDesk. You can get more information here: www.nitrodesk.com/dk_touchdownFeatures.aspx. TouchDown comes in both a free and paid version.
In this chapter, we will cover how to send and receive SMS text and MMS picture/video messages on your DROID. As shown to the right, your DROID has only one Messaging icon, but on your DROID 2/X, you will see two icons Messaging and Text Messaging. The Text Messaging icon is the faster way to get into messaging when you have a DROID 2/X.
It is much less disruptive than a phone call; and you may have friends, colleagues, or co-workers who do not own a DROID – so email may not be an option. One of the this book’s authors uses text messaging with his children all the time – this is how the generation his kids are part of communicates.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging Follow these steps to send a new SMS message: Tap here to view 1. Tap the Messaging icon (DROID) or Text your Contacts Messaging icon (DROID 2/X). (for DROID 2/X). 2. Touch New message or New text message at the top of the screen.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging To SMS someone in your Then touch to select their name. Usually Contacts, just type a few letters you can only send SMS to mobile of their first / last name. phones. Touch to When Select ready to...
TIP: If you prefer, you can use the larger Landscape mode keyboard for sending text messages. It can be easier to type with the larger keys on the DROID X or the keyboard on the DROID and DROID 2, especially when your fingers are a little larger, or it is hard to see the smaller keys.
Composing an SMS Message from Contacts You also have the ability to send a text message right from your Contacts list on your DROID. Follow these steps to do so: 1. Tap your Contacts icon. 2. Find the contact you wish to send a text to by searching or scrolling through Contacts.
Figure 10–2. Sending an SMS message from your Contacts app. Replying to a Text Message When a text message is received, your DROID will play an indicator tone or vibrate – or both – depending on your settings. A notification will appear on the screen in the notification bar at the top.
Once you begin a few threaded messages, they will be stored in the Messaging DROID) or Text Messaging (DROID 2/X) app. Touch the Messaging icon to scroll through your message threads. Sometimes you will want to continue an earlier conversation with someone. Follow these steps to do 1.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging Messaging Notification Options There are a couple of options available to you with respect to how your DROID reacts when an SMS message arrives. Follow these steps to customize those options: 1. Start your Text Messaging app and press the Menu button.
MMS format, including picture and video messages. MMS messages appear right in the messaging window, just like your SMS text messages. NOTE: You can send multimedia messages from your DROID that includeimages, videos, locations (from maps), audio (from Voice Memo), and vCard files (from Contacts) in MMS format.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging 3. To take a photo, follow the instructions in Chapter 18: “Take Photos and Videos.” If you touch Pictures or Videos, just navigate through your pictures/videos and find the item you would like to add to your message (see Figure 10–3). Figure 10–3.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging 5. Select a recipient and type in a short note if you like. 6. Touch the Send button. If you already have a threaded discussion with that particular contact, then the picture will show up in that threaded discussion.
You can also send multiple pictures in an MMS message. Start your Gallery app as you did in the previous section. On the DROID, touch and hold one picture until you see a check mark. On the DROID 2/X, press the Menu button and choose Select items. Now tap as many pictures as you want to add.
Figure 10–4. Selecting multiple photos to send in an MMS message. Once you have chosen all the pictures you want to send, on the DROID, touch the Share button and choose Messaging. On the DROID 2/X, press the Menu button and select Share then tap Text Messaging and the pictures will appear in the message, along with an arrow that allows the recipient to play a slideshow of the images.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging Google Talk Your DROID is made to operate in the Google world, so it makes sense to start with the instant messaging app designed by Google: Google Talk. Google Talk is an instant messaging client available to anyone with a Gmail or Google account.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging Using Google Talk Using Google Talk is just like using your Messaging app. Start the Google Talk app and choose the contact you wish to chat with. Type your message in the Type to compose box and then touch Send.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging Follow these steps to download AIM from the Android Market. 1. Start up the Android Market (see Chapter 17: “Exploring the Android Market” for more information on how to do this). 2. Search for AIM and download the app.
CHAPTER 10: SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging Figure 10–6. Logging in to your AIM account using AIM or Facebook.
Chapter Surfing the Web Now, we’ll take you through one of the most fun things to do on your DROID: surfing the Web. You may have heard web surfing on the DROID is a better experience than ever before—we agree! We’ll show you how to touch, zoom around, and interact with the Web like never before with the web browser on your DROID.
Why Do Some Videos and Sites Not Appear? (Flash Player Required) Some web sites are designed with Adobe Flash Player. At the time of this writing, the DROID fully support Adobe Flash through the Flash “lite” app that is making its way onto select Android phones.
Settings. Figure 11–1. Web browser page layout. NOTE: On your DROID 2/X the icons shown on the menu items may appear slightly different than shown in figure 11-1, but the names and functions they perform will be the same. As you look at your screen, notice the Address Bar in the upper left side of the screen.
CHAPTER 11: Surfing the Web Typing a Web Address The first thing you’ll want to learn is how to get to your favorite web pages. Just like on your computer, you type in the web address (URL) into the browser. 1.
Figure 11–2. Typing a web address. TIP: If you turn the DROID sideways, you get a landscape keyboard which might be easier for those with “big thumbs” to use. Moving Backward or Forward Through Open Web Pages Now that you know how to enter web addresses, you’ll probably be jumping to various...
Figure 11–3. Returning to a previously viewed web page. Using the Windows Menu Command When you press the Menu button and then select the New window button, the DROID keeps track of all the open windows in the browser. Just press the Menu button again and choose the Windows button to see all the open Browser windows.
Figure 11–4. Jumping between open web pages on the DROID. Zooming In and Out in Web Pages Zooming in and out of web pages is very easy on the DROID. There are two primary ways of zooming—double tapping, and pinching.
Figure 11–4 above. Working with Browser Bookmarks As soon as you start browsing a bit on your DROID, you will want to quickly access your favorite web sites. One good way to do this is to add bookmarks for one-tap access to web sites.
Once you have set a few bookmarks, it is easy to view and work with them. In the same area, you can also see and use your web browsing history. A very useful tool on your DROID is the ability to browse the web from your History, just as you would on a computer.
It is very easy to accumulate quite a collection of bookmarks, since setting them up is so easy. You may find you no longer need a particular bookmark, or you may want to organize them by adding new folders. Like other lists on your DROID, you can reorder your bookmarks’ list and remove entries.
Browser Tips and Tricks Now that you know the basics of how to get around, we will cover a few useful tips and tricks to make web browsing more enjoyable and quicker on your DROID. Finding Something on a Web Page Sometimes, you need to find something specific on a particular web page.
CHAPTER 11: Surfing the Web Figure 11–5. Use the Find command on a page the browser. Emailing a Web Page Sometimes while browsing, you find a page so compelling you just have to send it to a friend or colleague. Touch the Menu key and then touch More select Share Page (see Figure 11–6).
Figure 11–6. Share a link to a web page. Printing a Web Page The DROID (at the time of this writing) does not have a built-in Print command. You have a couple of options, but neither is very simple. Option 1: Email yourself or a colleague the web page link and print it from a computer.
You will find videos in many web sites. You will be able to play most but not all videos. If the Flash Player installs properly on your DROID, you can play Flash videos right inside the web browser window. YouTube videos should also play right inside your browser window.
Once this is enabled, just go to any web page that has a field to fill out. if you have your DROID set to remember your login information, you should see it displayed already in the proper fields. Just touch the Login button to enter the site.
CHAPTER 11: Surfing the Web For Usernames and Passwords The first time you go to a web site where you have to enter a username and password, you type them and press Submit or Enter. At that time, AutoFill will ask if you want to remember them.
CHAPTER 11: Surfing the Web Adjusting the Browser Settings There are settings you can adjust in your Browser app. 1. Press the Menu button from any browser page and select More. Select Settings at the bottom. 3. Choose to adjust Text size, Default zoom, Text encoding, Enable plugins, Set home page, and more from choosing the Drop down arrow...
CHAPTER 11: Surfing the Web Speeding Up Your Browser by Clearing History and Cookies In the middle of the Browser settings screen, you can see a heading marked Privacy settings. The Clear History, Clear all Cookie data, and Clear Cache drop down arrows are all next to the appropriate item.
Finally, you will learn a few troubleshooting tips that will save you some time when you run into difficulties. The beauty of the DROID is how it integrates all of the apps so you can email and map your contacts right from the contact entry.
CHAPTER 12: Working with Contacts Two Simple Rules to Improve Your Contact List Here are a couple of basic rules to help make your contact list on your DROID more useful. Rule 1: Add anything and everything to your contacts.
CHAPTER 12: Working with Contacts Start the Contacts App 1. From your Home screen, touch the Contacts icon and then the Menu button. Tap the New contact button to add a new contact, as shown in the figure to the right. Tap here to add a new Contact entry To start...
CHAPTER 12: Working with Contacts 2. Touch the First name and Last name buttons to enter the new contact’s first and last names. You can also add a company name by touching the green + sign next to Organization. TIP: Keep in mind that the contacts search feature uses first, last, and company names. When you add or edit contacts, adding a special word to the company name can help you find a particular contact later.
TIP: Don’t worry about parentheses, dashes, or dots—the DROID will put the number into the correct format. Just type the digits of the area code and number. If you know the country code, it’s a good idea to put that in as well.
This is easy to do on the DROID. You just add a Pause which shows up as a comma between the main number and the extension like this: 386-555-7687, 19323. To add a pause, tap the * # ( key in the lower left corner of the keypad and tap Pause.
CHAPTER 12: Working with Contacts Adding the Address Below the Email field are the fields for adding the Postal address. Input the Street, City, State and Zip Code. You can also specify the Country and whether this is a home or work address. When you are done, just touch the Done button right below the Address field.
CHAPTER 12: Working with Contacts To choose an existing photo, select the photo album where the picture is located and touch the corresponding tab. When you see the picture you want to use, just touch it. You’ll notice that the top and bottom of the photo are now grayed out and that you can manipulate the picture by moving it and then arranging it in the picture window.
First Name Last Name Company Name The DROID begins to filter immediately and displays only those contacts that match the letters typed. TIP: To further narrow the search, hit the space key and type a few more letters.
CHAPTER 12: Working with Contacts Adding Contacts from Email Messages Often you’ll receive an email message and realize that the contact is not in your address book. Adding a new contact from an email message is easy. Open the email message from the contact you’d like to add to your contacts list.
In this example, Martin, the sender of the email message, is one of my Facebook contacts, and I want to link his picture and birthday to my DROID contact information. Here is how I can link his contact information in my DROID to the information I have in Facebook.
Verify profile for contact. Choose Sync with existing contacts. Now, DROID contact information is more complete. Figure 12–4. Linking social networking contact to an existing contact profile. TIP: Learning the names of parents of your school-age children’s friends can be fairly challenging.
Showing Your Contacts Addresses on the Map One of the great things about the DROID is its integration with Google Maps. This is very evident in the Contacts app. Let’s say you want to map the home or work address of any contact in your address book.
TIP: To return to your contact information, tap the Map button and then touch the Back button. Contact History and Social Networking Screens On your DROID 2 and DROID X, you can see Contact History and Social Networking feeds for your contacts by swiping left and right from the contact detail screen. (See Figure 12-5.) You can also see history and social networking information for all your...
CHAPTER 12: Working with Contacts Swipe left to see Swipe right to see You first see the main communication history Social Networking Contact Info screen. with this contact. feeds with this contact. Figure 12–5. Swipe left or right to see Contact History and Social Networking screens. Contacts Troubleshooting Sometimes, your Contacts app might not work the way you expect.
DROID and other places. If you choose, you can also use your DROID in a standalone mode, where you do not sync to any other calendar. In the latter case, all the steps we describe for events, viewing, and managing events still apply equally to you.
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar TIP: If you use your DROID’s Calendar app often, you can also create a Calendar widget (see Chapter 6: “Organize your Home Screens: Icons and Widgets”); this Calendar widget will show today’s date and any upcoming appointments for the day.
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar Tap to see appointment details. Swipe to the right to see the next day. Event topic Event location Colors show events Swipe up or from particular down to view calendars. more. Day view. Tap to see additional calendars or to adjust calendar settings.
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar Day view: When you start the DROID’s Calendar app, the default view is usually the Day view. This allows you to quickly see everything you have scheduled for the day. You can bring up buttons to change the view by pressing the Menu button;...
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar Month view: Touch the Month button at the bottom to see a layout of the full month. Days with appointments have a small dot in them. TIP: To return to the Today view, press the Menu button and touch the Today button at the bottom of the screen .
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar Adding New Calendar Events You can easily add new events or appointments right on your DROID. These new events and appointments will be synced (i.e., shared with) your computer the next time the sync takes place.
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar 3. Touch the From or To tab to adjust the timing of the event. To change the date, touch the day and date field to bring up the month, date, and year adjustments. Next, touch the + or - buttons above and below to adjust the date and start time of the appointment.
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar Setting Calendar Reminders You can have your DROID give you an audible reminder, or alert, about an upcoming appointment. Alerts can help you keep from forgetting an important event. Follow these steps to create an alert: 1.
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar TIP: Here’s a practical example that illustrates when you might want to set up two calendar reminders. If your child has a doctor or dentist appointment, then you might want to set the first reminder to go off the night before.
Editing Appointments Sometimes, the details of an appointment may change and need to be adjusted (see Figure 13–3). Fortunately, it’s easy to revise an appointment on your DROID: 1. Tap the appointment that you want to change. 2. Press the Menu key and then tap the Edit button to see the Edit screen...
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar Tap any field to change it. Tap here Tap any Then, press Tap here to save event to Menu and the event. to delete view it. tap the Edit this event. event button to make changes.
NOTE: Remember that only those calendars configured to sync with your computer will update when selected. If you switch to a calendar that doesn’t sync with your computer, the change will only be visible on the DROID, and the event will no longer display on your computer. Deleting an Event...
CHAPTER 13: Managing Your Calendar When a meeting invitation goes to your Gmail or Exchange account, you will receive an email with the invitation; however, the meeting will automatically get placed into your calendar, as shown to the right. Just pull down the Attending drop-down window and respond with either Yes, Maybe, or No.
5. Touch the drop-down box next to Vibrate and choose when you want your DROID to vibrate for alerts: Always, Only when silent, or Never. 6. Touch the Default reminder tab and select a default reminder time prior to calendar events.
Bluetooth, so you can listen to beautiful stereo sound from your DROID! TIP: Check out Chapter 8: “Bluetooth on your DROID” to learn how to hook up your DROID to your Bluetooth stereo speakers or car stereo.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Buying Music from the Amazon MP3 App You can purchase music and ringtones right on your DROID from the Amazon MP3 app. 1. Tap the Amazon MP3 app to get started. 2. Now you will see the main screen of...
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music 3. Tap Bestselling Albums to see a list of albums for sale. You will see similar screens when you tap Bestselling Songs. 4. To purchase a song or album, simply tap the price, enter your amazon.com account information and confirm your purchase.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music 8. You can also search for a particular song, album or artist by using the search field in the first screen you see when you enter the app. Viewing and Playing Downloaded Songs and Albums 1.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music 3. Tap any item to start playing it in your DROID Music player. Enter an Amazon Gift Code, Log Out and Adjust Settings You can enter an Amazon Give Card code, log out or adjust settings from the Setting screen.
The Music App Most music is handled through the Music app – you find the icon for this app on the Home screen of the DROID. Touch the Music icon and, as Figure 14–1 shows, you’ll see four soft keys across the...
Sometimes you want to look at your songs listed by the artist. Other times you might prefer seeing your library organized by album name. The DROID lets you easily change the view to help manage and play just the music you want at a given moment.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music The Albums View The music on your DROID is also organized by albums, which you’ll see when you touch the Albums icon. Again, you can scroll through the album covers to find the album you are looking for.
Creating Playlists on the DROID The DROID lets you create a playlist from recently added music. You can change the playlist whenever you want, removing old songs and adding new ones – it couldn’t be...
2. Tap the Delete button towards the bottom of the list. The song will be removed from your music library on the DROID. Follow these steps to move a song up or down in a playlist: 1. Touch a playlist to display the songs.
Figure 14–2. From any of the music views, just touch the Search button on the DROID. Tap once in the Search window and type a few letters of the name of an artist, album, playlist, video, or song to instantly see a list of all matching items.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Viewing Songs in an Album When you’re in Albums view, just touch an album cover or name and the screen will slide, showing you the songs on that album (see Figure 14–3). To see the songs on an album that is playing, tap the List button.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Playing Your Music Now that you know how to find your music, it’s time to play it! Find a song or browse to a playlist using any of the methods mentioned above. Simply tap the song name and it will begin to play.
Previous Song goes to the beginning of the current song (and a second tap would take you to the previous song). Adjusting the Volume You can adjust the volume on your DROID by using the external Volume buttons on the side of the phone.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Repeating, Shuffling, and Moving Around in a Song In play mode, under the album art, you will see the controls for Repeat and Shuffle. At the bottom of the Now playing screen, you will see a timeline below the Play/Pause indicator that shows you where you are in the song.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Repeating One Song or All Songs To repeat all the songs you’re listening to, touch the Repeat symbol at the left of the top controls twice until you see it turn green and display Repeating all songs. To repeat the current song in the playlist, song list, or album, touch the Repeat icon again until it displays Repeating current song.
Delete will delete the song from your DROID. NOTE: On the DROID 2/X, you will see another menu item called Audio Effects. Use this to adjust things like which speakers are connected and adjust the sound profile or use an equalizer.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music NOTE: Pandora may have some competition by the time you read this book. Right now there’s one other competitor called Slacker Personal Radio, but there will probably be more. If you want to find more options, try searching the Android Market for “Internet Radio.” Also, please note that Pandora is a US-only application and Slacker is available only in the U.S.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Pandora is also available for your Windows or Mac computer, as well as for most smartphone platforms. If you already have a Pandora account, all you have to do is sign in. Pandora’s Main Screen Your stations are listed on the screen.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Once you select a station, the music begins to play. You’ll see the current song displayed, along with album art – very much like when you play a song using the Music app. Touch the Information icon in the upper- right corner, and you’ll see a bio of the artist, which changes with each new song.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Pandora’s Menu From the Now playing screen, press the Menu button on your DROID. Touch this and you can Bookmark the artist or song, go to Amazon MP3 to buy music from this artist, or Share the station with someone in your Contacts list.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music Adjusting Pandora’s Settings – Your Account, Upgrading, and More You can sign out of your Pandora account, adjust the audio quality, and even upgrade to Pandora One (which removes advertising) by tapping the Preferences icon after pressing the Menu key from the Now playing screen (see Figure 14–4.) Figure 14–4.
CHAPTER 14: Enjoying Your Music To save your battery life, you should set the Auto-Lock to On, which is the default. If you want the force the screen to stay lit, then switch this to Off. To remove all advertising, tap the Upgrade to Pandora One button. A web browser window will open, and you’ll be taken to the Pandora web site to enter your credit card information.
NOTE: These apps change quickly. We expect that services such as Hulu plus will also make their way to the DROID. We suggest that you go to the Android Market frequently and type in “videos” to see the changing options.
DROID. Make sure you don’t violate any copyright laws in the process of doing so! Video conversion software is widely available on the Web. The optimal output settings for ripping videos to play on the DROID are to use MP4 with the following video/audio codecs and settings: Video Resolution: Up to WVGA (854x480) Codec: H.264, Baseline profile...
Menu key and select More. Next, touch Get info to display the details of the video. On the DROID 2/X, tap the video thumbnail to view it in full screen, then tap the information (I with circle) to see...
CHAPTER 15: Viewing Videos, TV Shows, and More Playing a Movie On the DROID touch the movie you wish to watch, and it will begin to play (see Figure 15–1). On the DROID 2/X, tap the video thumbnail, then tap the video again to start playing it.
Music player. Tap the Pause button and the video will pause. NOTE: On the DROID 2/X, you will not have Rewind or Fast Forward buttons, instead you can drag the slider bar back or forth to rewind or fast forward.
To rewind in five-second intervals, tap the Rewind button. To rewind to a specific part or location, move the slider bar to the desired part of the video. On the DROID 2/X, use the slider bar at the bottom to move around the video.
Figure 15–3. Deleting a video. NOTE: On your DROID 2/X, the Play, Delete, Share and Edit buttons will be in a drop down menu in the middle of the screen instead of along the bottom as shown. Using YouTube on your DROID Watching YouTube videos is certainly one of the most popular things for people to do on their computers these days.
CHAPTER 15: Viewing Videos, TV Shows, and More Searching for Videos When you first start the YouTube app, you usually see the Featured videos on YouTube that day. Just scroll through the video choices as you do in other apps. Using the Bottom Icons Touch the Menu key and the YouTube app will display five icons along the bottom: Search, Upload, My account, Categories, and Settings.
You can also Rate, Comment on, Share, or Flag a video after you watch it. You can also search the huge library of YouTube videos from your DROID. Touch the Search box as in previous apps, and the keyboard will pop up. Type in a phrase, topic, or even the name of a video.
Once you make your choice, touch the video you want to watch. Your DROID will begin playing the YouTube video in Landscape mode. There is no way to force the playback into Portrait mode, so you will need to turn the DROID sideways to watch the video (see Figure 15–4).
2. Type the recipient’s name (see Chapter 9: “Email on your DROID” for more information on how to send content via email). 3. Write a short note to provide some context for the link to the recipient, if you so desire.
Hulu is a Flash-based video service for watching recent TV episodes. While you can get to the Hulu website on your DROID, the Flash lite player available for the DROID will not play the episodes available on Hulu. There is a Hulu plus subscription service available for other smartphone platforms;...
CHAPTER 15: Viewing Videos, TV Shows, and More...
Well, those days may be gone forever. You now have the opportunity to interact with the news and even get your paper delivered every day—but to your DROID instead of your driveway. Many newspapers and news sites are developing apps for the DROID, with new apps seeming to appear every day.
NOTE: You can always go and visit the dedicated web site for any news source. Some are optimized for the DROID, while others offer you a full web experience. Some require registration or a paid subscription to view the paper’s full content.
CHAPTER 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books You must first find, download, and install a news app on your DROID to use these. Here are the steps: 1. Locate your desired news app in the Android Market. You may find one or more news apps in the Featured section, and there’s...
CHAPTER 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books Navigate to sections. Pull Down Figure 16–2. Navigating to another section. Navigating The New York Times app is as simple as touching an article and scrolling through. Drag your finger up and down to scroll through an article, and drag your finger sideways to navigate to the next or previous article in the section.
Viewing a Video: Tap a video to start playing it. Usually, this plays the video in the same manner as any other video. See Chapter 15: “Viewing Videos, TV Shows, and More” to learn how to navigate videos on your DROID.
Yahoo News, and there are lots of ways to view news headlines on topics that interest you. On your DROID X, DROID 2, and DROID Global, you can use the Motorola News widget to view custom bundles of news feeds on subject and categories that interest you.
Android offers a totally new way of reading magazines that might just give the media industry the boost it needs. Pictures are incredibly clear and brilliant in magazines on your DROID. Navigation is usually easy, and stories seem to come to life, much more so than in their print counterparts.
One genre of “new media” poised for a comeback with the advent of mobile is the comic book. Reading a comic book on your DROID really makes the pages come alive. Readers can also appreciate comics that would otherwise be harder to find, such as lesser known works or imported Japanese manga.
CHAPTER 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books E-Books Unlike the iPhone, Android doesn’t come with a standard e-book reader. That doesn’t leave you out of options, however. You can choose from a large selection of readers, both for open and proprietary book formats. Keep in mind that there are several formats for reading books, and some companies put Digital Rights Management (DRM) on their e-books to prevent them from being illegally distributed or read in unauthorized readers.
Kindle app directly from your DROID and read them from your DROID or any other device that runs a Kindle app. You can find free Kindle books as well as paid books, although you must be registered in order to purchase these free downloads.
CHAPTER 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books TIP: If you use a Kindle device, don’t worry about signing in from your DROID. You can have several devices tied to your single account. You will be able to enjoy all the books you purchased for your Kindle right on the Kindle app on your DROID.
CHAPTER 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books NOTE: Touching Get Books from the Kndle menu will start up your Browser. From there you can purchase Kindle books. Once you are done, you will need to exit Browser and start up the Kindle app once again.
Noble has released a Nook app for Android. Register with an account either through the Nook app on your DROID or on the Web. One of the selling points for the Nook app is that it allows you to lend books to other Nook users for up to two weeks.
CHAPTER 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books Kobo Kobo is an e-book reading device owned by Borders and other investors. Just as with the Kindle and Nook apps, you can register with an account and download books directly to the Kobo app. It was formerly known as Shortcovers.
Epub formatted books. You can download some books through the Android Market for use with Aldiko, or you can download any Epub book and place it in the eBooks folder on your DROID’s SD card. O’Reilly Media sells DRM-free e-books through the Android Market specifically for use with Aldiko.
Just as with newspaper apps, there are no standards, but there are a series of things that are generally true of most e-reading apps for your DROID. When you first launch an e-reading app, nearly all of them offer a tips menu for navigation.
CHAPTER 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books Search: You can also search to find specific text within a book. Just look for the magnifying glass button. You can usually either press the Search button or the Menu button to find it. Customize Your Experience: There’s almost always a Settings menu, and you can usually find this by pressing the Menu button.
CHAPTER 16: New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books...
Right now, there are several versions of Android shipping on a wide variety of phones, and the Android Market sells apps for all of them. So how do you know if your DROID will run the latest Twitter app? The general rule is that, if you can see an app in the Android Market on your phone, you can run it.
You can generate your own codes at http://zxing.appspot.com/ generator. Your DROID likely did not ship with a barcode reader, but it’s easy to get one. There are countless apps in the Android Market that allow you to scan QR codes, including Google Goggles and ZXing’s Barcode Scanner.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market If you know exactly what you want or how to frame what you want precisely, use the Search button at the top of the screen. Use the search box to You can search for a name or keywords. find apps For instance, searching for “Twitter”...
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market 4. Tap the name of an app to see the details page associated with that app. You’ll see something that resembles Figure 17–1; and as you scroll down, you’ll see the app’s name, rating, two screen captures, the price, and a description of the app submitted by the developer.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market 6. Comments aren’t located at the bottom of the page; rather, they have their own section, as shown to the right. There are Up and Down buttons under each rating. This gives site users a quick-and-easy way to give a thumbs- up or thumbs-down to a given comment.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Google Checkout is an online payment-processing system. Register for a Google Checkout account by going to https://checkout.google.com/buyerSignup and using the same Google account you use as the main account for your phone. You can enter your credit card information, and Google will store it.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Downloading Apps Other than payment processing, the basic steps to downloading an app are the same: 1. Go to the Android Market by tapping the Android Market app icon. 2. Navigate to the details page. 3.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market NOTE: Android 2.2 (Froyo) allows developers to give you the option to install apps on your SD card instead of the phone’s hard disk. This can potentially save some space. However, it is up to the developer to allow the option in his app (see Figure 17–2).
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Uninstalling Apps There are two basic ways to uninstall an app. The more complicated method is to go to the Home screen, press the Menu button, and then tap Applications > “Manage applications.” Tap the app you want to remove, and then tap Uninstall. The second, much easier method is to find your app in the Android Market, navigate to the details page for that app, and tap...
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Updating Apps Occasionally developers will add features or bug fixes. When there’s an update available, you’ll see an alert in your Notification bar at the top of your Home screen. You can tap the alert to go directly to the Android Market, or you can launch the Android Market app, press the Menu button, and then...
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Rating and Commenting If you’ve installed an app, you may want to go back and tell other users how well it works. Even a comment verifying that it works on your model of phone is helpful. The first step is to rate the app.
1. Go to the Home screen 2. Press the Menu button. 3. Tap Applications. On the original DROID, touch Settings and then applications. 4. Check the box next to Unknown sources. Now you can download apps that aren’t in the Android Market.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Keep in mind that this isn’t a move without risks. Apps could have been removed from the Android Market for malicious activity, and those apps can be remotely removed from your phone when you install them using the Android Market. You can still see the permissions required by the app, so be mindful of these permissions before you install it.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Lookout Mobile Lookout Mobile is a free app that provides three valuable services: phone location, virus protection, and backup. You can enable or disable the services as you see fit. For remote location and backup, you need to register with the company’s website at www.mylookoutmobile.com.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Cooking Capsules Taster Cooking Capsules is an innovative approach to selling recipes. The Taster module is free, but the Brunch app is a premium app. However, at $0.99, even the premium version isn’t going to break the bank.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Evernote Evernote is a web service available at www.evernote.com that allows you to keep virtual scrapbooks of notes, pictures, web clippings, and audio files. You can add tags and search terms to your notes and access them anywhere on the Web. This means you can make a grocery list and have it available on your phone.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Pandora Pandora is an Internet radio service that lets you create custom “radio stations” based around a song or artist. The playlist won’t consist entirely of songs from that act, but it will share common style features as analyzed by the Music Genome Project.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market New York Times The official New York Times app is a free app that lets you see the newspaper’s content in a format optimized for mobile viewing. It’s also easier to carry around than a full paper. There’s no registration required, and at this point there appears to be no advertising for anything other than home delivery of The Times.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Google Voice Google Voice is Google’s free phone-call forwarding and visual-voicemail service. It allows you to use a single telephone number as your point of contact, even if you’re not always at the same phone. You can also use it for free SMS text messages and discount international calls.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market WikiMobile Encyclopedia (Bonfire) WikiMobile Encyclopedia may not be the most accurate encyclopedia, but it’s certainly a great first start. If you find yourself looking things up in Wikipedia all the time, it makes sense to have an app that can do that for you.
CHAPTER 17: The Android Market Yelp There are countless restaurant-finding apps for phones these days, but Yelp has a vibrant user community and ratings for just about every location. You can use this app to find a restaurant, bank, gas station, or drugstore near you, at home, or on the road.
Not every phone is created equal when it comes to cameras, and the same is true for DROIDs. The DROID X sports a higher resolution camera than the DROID 2 or the DROID, but all three are capable of replacing your point-and-shoot in a pinch.
Many entry-level video cameras don’t even support that rate. The DROID X will shoot 720p at 24fps. That means it will shoot a video of 1280x720 pixels at 24 frames per second. It also uses three microphones to capture better audio.
Unlike with some apps, the position of the buttons on the screen will not change as you rotate the phone orientation. (This isn’t true if you’re using an original DROID.) Figure 18–1 shows a typical screen.
Figure 18–1. The Camera screen (for DROID 2 and DROID X only). You have more options than simple pictures. Your DROID will let you choose the mode best for your images by using Scenes, and even apply some Effects before shooting your picture.
One of the most common things you may want to control when taking photos is whether you use a flash. In most cases, the DROID camera will automatically detect the lighting conditions and make the right choice, but there are cases like shots lit from behind where you want the flash on, or museums and performances where you want the flash off, no matter what the camera seems to think is appropriate.
Android apps can take advantage of photo sharing, so your sharing choices can include all sorts of apps, as shown here. Your DROID ships with the ability to share with Bluetooth, Email, Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket, Text Messaging, and Print to Retail.
3. Tap the Share icon. 4. Tap Send to Retail. 5. If your GPS is enabled, your DROID will find a retail location near you. Alternatively, you can tap the Search by City or Zip Code button instead. Use this when you are on vacation or sending photos to another city for someone else to pick up.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos Set As You use the Set as button to use a picture to personalize part of your phone. You can set a picture as a Contact, your profile picture, or your Home screen Wallpaper. To create a Contact icon from a photo, do the following: 1.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos The Camera Roll When you take a photo, you see an image for review briefly on the screen. After that, the review image goes to the bottom corner of the screen, as shown in Figure 18–2. If you tap the previous image, you’ll see the Camera roll, as shown in Figure 18–3.
Table 18–1. NOTE: On the original DROID, touch the settings icon and then scroll down to Scene Mode. The icons pictured here are not available on the original DROID. The icons may look slightly different on your DROID 2 depending on your software version.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos Scene Icon Description Macros are close-ups and detail shots. Use this to focus on something small and near the camera. Use this for better sunset pictures. Rather than focusing on the low lighting in the foreground, the camera will capture the pretty colors in the background and silhouette anything in the foreground.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos Creating a Panorama You can create a panorama using your DROID by using the Panorama Assist feature. It’s not completely intuitive, but once you figure it out, you can have some fantastic panoramas. Rather than one continuous shot, a panorama is a long, skinny shot made from stitching photos together.
Upload album, the length of time you preview images, or even ISO settings on your phone’s camera. To get to the Camera Settings menu, press the Menu button and then tap Settings. On the original DROID, touch the Settings icon (farthest to the right) and scroll down for settings to adjust.
Web, you probably don’t need the highest setting, but if you’d like to print some of your photos and have room on your phone’s memory card, increase this. The highest resolution on a DROID or DROID 2 is 5 megapixels, and the highest on a DROID X is 8 megapixels.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos that. Faster speeds mean grainier/poorer quality pictures. Slower speeds mean more chance of shaky hands and motion blur. In most cases, your best bet is to leave this setting as Auto and use Scenes to compensate for different lighting situations. Exposure This is a simulation of film and exposure or how light-sensitive the sensors on the camera are.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos In order for location tags to work, your phone GPS must be enabled. You can also disable location or geotags separately from custom tags. Figure 18–6 shows how this works. Figure 18–6. Adding tags. 1.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos NOTE: On the original DROID, touch the Store Location icon (second from right) to turn on geotagging. Shooting Video You can shoot video using the same Camera app and slightly adjusted settings. Drag out the Photo Capture Settings tray, as shown to the right, and tap the bottom button: Switch to.
Just as with still photos, you can choose Scenes and Effects. Just as with still photos, you just need to tap the Scenes button and slide through the available choices. Table 18-2 shows the available Scene settings for your DROID. Scenes for video adjusts audio quality as well as video.
3. Press the Menu button. 4. Tap Video Modes. You’ll see choices like those on the right except for the original DROID. Normal video is self-explanatory, and this is the setting you’ll use to return to your regular video settings.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos Sharing Videos Once you create video, you can share that video using the Share button. Just as with still pictures, you can tap the screen right after the video is shot, or you can go to the Camera roll, tap the video, and then press the Menu button.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos TIP: You can upload or delete multiple photos at once through the gallery by viewing an album and pressing the Menu button twice. Gray check marks will appear on each photo or video. Select multiple items by pressing each one. You can then mass-delete them with the Delete button, or upload them to Picasa or YouTube using the Share button.
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos To upload a photo to Picasa, click the Share button when viewing a picture in the Gallery app or reviewing a picture in the Camera app. 1. Select Picasa. 2. Choose a Google account. 3.
Syncing media is explained in more detail in Chapter 25: “DROID Media Sync.” Editing Photos You can apply effects and choose Scenes, but what if you want to do something more advanced? What if you want to add an effect after you’ve already taken...
CHAPTER 18: Taking Photos and Videos The advanced editing tools allow you to add frames and stamps, but you can also use it to change the color settings, resize, and crop photos. Photoshop Mobile Adobe Photoshop is probably the most trusted name in photo-editing software, and Adobe has expanded to also offer a mobile version of its product, as shown here.
The $4.95 pro Android app allows you to print directly to Wi-Fi printers and doesn’t have a page limit. Remember that the resolution on your DROID or DROID 2 is still only enough for quality 5 7-inch prints or smaller.
Cell phone towers WPS (Wireless Positioning System) There are dozens global positioning satellites orbiting the Earth. Your DROID’s GPS unit attempts to find the signal from at least three of them and triangulate your position. However, this requires your phone to have a chip that detects GPS signals and be in an area that can detect them.
Understanding Google Maps Your DROID ships with Google Maps, and it comes with several related apps, all of which will be covered in this chapter. Google Maps-related apps include Google Maps, Places, Street View, and Navigator.
The smaller the circle, the more accurate the prediction. Your location may be indicated as a blue arrow if the DROID can determine which direction your phone is facing or moving. If you don't see any circle around your blue dot or arrow, then your location is as accurate as possible - usually about 3 meters (about 10 feet).
These layers can be turned on and off individually. Follow these steps to use this app: 1. On the DROID 2/X press the Menu button and then Layers to see some of the available layers, as shown to the right.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps Traffic Much of the information you see in Google Maps comes from contracts with third parties, and the traffic information is no exception. Traffic information is only available for large cities, and it’s shown by color-coding the roads. Green indicates smooth traffic, yellow indicates delays, and red indicates major snarls.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps Google Labs Layers The Google Labs layer is shown to the right. It is a collection of experimental features you can turn on and off. They’re not always reliable, and they don’t always last, but some Google Labs “graduates” have turned into solid and popular features, such as the public transportation directions in the Google Maps app.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps Location Sharing With Latitude Google’s Latitude service is a way to let your social network know where you are. You can use it to make sure people know you made your flight, or let your contacts know you’ve got a trip in their city.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps The friend will receive an email inviting her to join Latitude or accept your request. When someone sends you an invitation, you’ll receive an email asking if you’d like to ignore the request, share your location back, or accept their request and hide your location. If all of this sounds a bit too personal, you can ratchet it down a notch for more casual business contacts.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps If there’s an available phone number, you can call it by tapping the Phone button. NOTE: If you need to give someone an address in a hurry, go to the location’s place page, tap Share this place, and send it as an SMS text message.
Follow these steps to access your list of starred items in Google Maps: 1. Press Menu. 2. Tap More. On the original DROID, tap Starred Places. 3. Tap Starred items. NOTE: When you travel for business, put a star on the convention center and your hotel before you arrive;...
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps Google Street View At first the idea of the Google Street View service seemed a bit creepy: Google used cars with mounted cameras and other equipment to take 360-degree photos of roads everywhere. It’s still a bit creepy in light of the company’s admission that it inadvertently snooped on users in open Wi-Fi hotspots (this is another reason to use caution when using...
Google Maps data. When you get driving directions, choose the Navigate option. You can select Navigate from within Google Maps or just launch the Navigation app. Directions will be spoken from your DROID’s speaker or Bluetooth headset when attached.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps You can purchase special accessories for your DROID such as car mounts for charging your phone while using it to navigate. You can also use a cigarette lighter adapter to power your phone while navigating. It’s a good idea to have some sort of dock or charger because navigation eats up a lot of battery juice.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps Figure 19–2. CarDock as seen in Night mode. NOTE: On the original DROID, this is called Car Home and the icons are somewhat different. Adding a Favorite App You may notice that CarDock has six buttons, and one of them is labeled Add App.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps 2. Tap Preferences. 3. Select Custom. 4. Choose an app. You must use the Preferences method if you’ve already chosen a custom app for CarDock and want to change it to something else. Email and Text Directions Many apps link to Google Maps, and Google provides plenty of alternative ways to find directions and locations.
Yelp and Geodelic, as well as apps that tag photos or messages with your location. Your DROID camera can also tag your photos with the location they were taken. See Chapter 18: “Photos and Video” for more information.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps Foursquare Foursquare was cofounded by ex-Googler Dennis Crowley, who worked on a similar project, Dodgeball, which was purchased and abandoned by Google. However, Foursquare takes the social network to a new and different level by adding a gaming component.
CHAPTER 19: Finding Your Way With Maps check in. This makes it ideal for walking tours and pub crawls, but not so great for check-ins within a building or anyplace where the GPS will not work well. In the next chapter, we'll explore social media in more detail.
6: “Organize Your Home Screens.” Let’s begin by reviewing the two social networking Motorola widgets: Social Networking and Social Status (see Figure 20–1). NOTE: The original DROID has a separate Facebook and Twitter widgets as opposed to the Social Networking widget.
Motorola Widgets. Figure 20–1. The social networking Motorola widgets. Both of these widgets are interactive. Tap on a widget to expand it for more choices. The Social Status widget expands to allow you to make status updates to your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype It’s possible you’ll never need another social networking app for your DROID. It’s also possible you’ll find features or social networks missing from your collection if you rely only on the included Motorola widgets.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype The Mechanics and Culture of Twitter We tend to think of Twitter like a noisy party where everyone has to speak loudly. As you walk through the party, you can hear snippets of conversations, but you can’t always be sure who is being addressed.
Your DROID doesn’t support directly uploading photos to Twitter from the Social Networking app at this time, so you’ll need to use a service like TwitPic or a Twitter client that supports such a feature to attach pictures to your updates.
That doesn’t mean the official app is the best or the only possibility you should consider. You can also use the Social Networking app that comes with your DROID, and many third-party apps provide enhanced features not available in the official app.
Twidroyd was formerly known as Twidroid, but its publisher, TweetUp, changed the name when it purchased the service to avoid any branding confusion with the LucasArts trademarked term, droid. Verizon Wireless actually licensed the term droid for your DROID.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype Touiteur offers nice features like trend search, but you must upgrade to the 1.99 (about $2.60) version to upload pictures or manage multiple accounts. Tweetcaster (shown on the right) is a $4.99 app with a pleasant user interface that supports saved searches.
There’s no shortage of microblogging services, so there’s no chance of naming them all. Some, like Jaiku, seem to be short on dedicated apps. Others have a large selection of dedicated apps, but none of these other microblogs are included in the Social Networking widget on DROID.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype Tumblr is worthy of mention. It allows short microblog posts, but it also supports multimedia better than Twitter by directly embedding it in threads. It also enables threaded responses to posts. Tumblr users create rich Tumblogs with pictures, videos, links, and text.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype Social Bookmarking Social bookmarking is a method of sharing sites you like. In the purest form, Delicious, one of the leading social bookmarking services (www.delicious.com), allows you to save a bookmark with a quick note and tags to organize the bookmark by category. You can also network with other users to see their bookmarks and measure the relative popularity of bookmarks by seeing how many other users have marked a particular site.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype assume anything you say is completely visible to the world; indeed, you should make this same assumption for any website you post information to. Facebook allows multiple types of posts, from quick status updates to photos, videos, and longer notes.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype Facebook Apps Your DROID already supports Facebook through the Social Networking app. Original DROID owners can use Facebook’s official app, which is shown to the right. Facebook’s official app is great for personal networking. You can also use it to sync status updates with your contacts, check into locations, and you can upload photos directly to Facebook.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype LinkedIn has grown in popularity among business users by adding features for use beyond a simple chart of connections. LinkedIn claims to have more than 65 million users in 200 countries. As it has grown in popularity, LinkedIn has added features that go far beyond job seeking.
However, you probably don’t want as many options when you’re trying to type them in on a slide-out keyboard or touchscreen. If you need more access on the road, you can log into your account from your DROID’s Browser app.
Fortunately, you can take advantage of cross-posting tools that let you focus on the tool or format that is easiest and/or most rewarding for you. The Motorola widget, Social Status, does exactly this. Follow these steps to use the Social Status widget: 1.
Facebook fan page, WordPress blog, and Delicious bookmark. Any post you make to that group is automatically cross-posted. NOTE: Ping.fm is the web service, not the DROID app that enables cross-posting. The DROID app for using the Ping.fm service is called AnyPost.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype NOTE: As far as cross-posting is concerned, there’s a fine line between posting the same message to multiple groups and simply spamming. The more places you cross-post, the more places you’ll also have to monitor comments. Aggregating Content With Readers If you want to read all your content in one place rather than posting it, you’ll want an aggregator (aka feed reader).
If you need to set up your Skype account and have not already done so on your computer (see the “Using Skype on Your Computer” section later in this chapter), then follow these steps to set up Skype on your DROID: 1. Tap the Skype icon from your Home screen.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype Log in to the Skype App After you create your account, you’re ready to log in to Skype on your DROID. To do so, follow these steps: 1. If you are not already in Skype, tap the Skype icon from your Home screen.
CHAPTER 20: Social Media and Skype 3. Tap Add a Contact. 4. Tap Search Skype Directory and then type someone’s first and last name or Skype Name. 5. Tap the Magnifying Glass button to locate that person. 6. Once you see the person you want to add, tap his name.
So far you have created your account and added your contacts. Now you are ready to finally make that first call with Skype on your DROID. Follow these steps to do so: 1. If you are not already in Skype, tap the Skype icon from your Home screen and log in, if asked.
Tap the call button. Figure 20–3. Placing calls from Skype on your DROID. NOTE: You can call toll free numbers for free using Skype Out on your DROID. The following notice comes from the Skype website at www.skype.com: “The following countries and number ranges are supported and are free of charge to all users.
Skype call! TIP: If you want to call someone whom you know uses Skype on her DROID, just send her a quick email or give her a quick call to alert her to the fact you would like to talk to her using the Skype app.
Chatting with Skype In addition to making phone calls, you can also chat via text with other Skype users from your DROID. Starting a chat is very similar to starting a call; follow these steps to do so: 1. If you are not already in Skype, tap the Skype icon from your Home screen and log in, if asked.
You can also use Skype to make video calls on your computer if you also have a web cam hooked up. NOTE: When you call from your computer to a DROID, you will not be able to make a video call. To create a Skype account and download the Skype app to your computer, follow these steps: 1.
We will show you two apps in this arena: Quickoffice, which may be pre-installed on the DROID 2 and DROID X models; and the full version of Documents to Go. Both of these apps allow you to open, view, create, and edit Office documents.
Notes-Based Apps on Your DROID We will cover two of the many notes-based apps that you can use on your DROID. The AK Notepad app is more of a standard, easy-to-use notepad app. Evernote is a more of a full-featured note-taking app that includes the ability to attach multimedia items to your notes, including pictures, files, and voice notes.
(#) like this: #mytag. When done typing, press the Back button on your DROID to save your note and return to the list of notes. If you are not satisfied with the pre-...
Notification settings.) The alert will pop up in the very top status bar. Drag your finger down from the top of the DROID screen to see all the reminders. Now you can tap the Groceries list to view your list as you go through the store.
Catch.com account and tap the Sign In button. Now your list of notes on your DROID will instantly display any new notes you have added from Catch.com, as well as the Welcome to Catch.com note.
“Starbucks” in the image. The other nice thing about Evernote is that there are apps for multiple mobile devices, so you can view notes you synchronize from your DROID, PC, or Mac on an iPod touch, iPad, iPhone, or BlackBerry.
New note (add a new note which can include attachments of pictures, audio, video or files) Snapshot (take a picture with your DROID camera) All Notes (view all your notes) Tags (view your notes organized by their tags) Notebooks (view your notebooks)
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Viewing and Finding Notes To view your notes, press All Notes, Tags or Notebooks from the main screen. Follow these steps to find a note: 1. Press the Search icon from the main screen. 2.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents 4. To assign one or more tags to this note, tap the Tag icon 5. From this screen you may type a new tag and click the plus sign (+) in the upper right corner to add It to the list.
To locate pictures you have taken on your Select File to browse to a file DROID, tap the dcim folder on your DROID or SD Card to and then tap the Camera attach to the note. folder.
Append text (add text to the note), Email, view Note info, Delete, or View in full size (see the image in full size on the screen). You can also create an icon or shortcut to this note on your DROID Home screen by selecting Create shortcut from the menu.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents NOTE: You will need an SD card to transfer files to and from your DROID. This section assumes you have an SD card installed in your DROID (most DROID models come with an SD card pre- installed).
50 GB of storage costs $9.99 per month, and 100 GB of storage costs $19.99 per month. TIP: You can also use Dropbox as a backup service for your important files. If your DROID or computer crashes, you will still have a backup copy of your files in your Dropbox account on that company’s servers.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents 7. Open a web browser on your computer and go to www.dropbox.com. 8. Click the Download Dropbox button to get the software for your Windows PC, Mac, or Linux computer. 9. Double-click the file you downloaded to start the Dropbox installation.
Installing Dropbox on Your DROID Once you have set up Dropbox on your computer, you’re ready to repeat the process on your DROID. Follow these steps to do so: 1. Install the Dropbox app from the Android Market and tap the Dropbox icon to start it.
Dropbox app on your DROID. The same thing works in reverse: if you place a new file in the Dropbox folder on your DROID, it will appear in minutes in the Dropbox folder on your computer (see Figure 21–3).
Figure 21–3. Copy files into your Dropbox folder on your computer, and they appear in the Dropbox folder on your DROID. Moving Files from Your DROID Follow these steps to move files from your DROID to your computer and Dropbox account: 1. Tap the Drobox icon to start it. 2. Press the Menu button and select...
TIP: Check your list of applications; you may already have the full version of Quickoffice pre- installed on your DROID. Be sure to check whether you already have it before you buy any third- party software for creating or editing Office documents.
NOTE: Imagine putting the core of Microsoft Office on your DROID and just how many many features and functions it includes. We could easily write 50 pages or more about either Quickoffice or Documents to Go;...
Another popular way to move documents is to attach them to email messages. You can receive and send attachments to yourself and others. Learn more about working with email in Chapter 9: “Email on Your DROID.” Follow these steps to transfer documents between your computer and DROID via email: 1.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Quickoffice You may already have Quickoffice pre-installed on your DROID. Take a look through your app icons; if you don’t see it, then you can purchase it for about $10 from the Android Market.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Formatting Text in Quickword Once you have a Quickword document open, you can change its text formatting by following these steps: 1. Select text by double-tapping it, and then tap the screen above or below the selected text to expand the selection.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Getting Around in Quickoffice Once you understand that you get to most of the commands by pressing the Menu button, you can access all the functionality in the Quickoffice apps. What follows is a list of menu commands accessible from the various apps: Quickword menu commands –...
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Zooming in Quickoffice The best way to zoom in or out is to pinch open or pinch closed with your fingers on the screen. Double-tapping only works to zoom in or out in Quickpoint; otherwise, it will move the cursor and start a selection.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Word To Go Tips You’ll probably spend the most time using the Word To Go app. In the upcoming sections, we’ll look at several tips for getting the most out of this app. Zooming in or out Tap the screen once to bring up the (-) and (+) Magnifying glass buttons at the bottom of the...
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Menu Commands You may be amazed at the number of features and functions available to you in Word To Go. Just press the Menu button to see the following commands: File – New, Open, Close, Save, Save As, and Send via Email Edit (this brings up the same options as long-pressing the text) –...
Slideshow To Go menu. This menu lets you do almost anything possible from this app. Remember that you can flip your DROID on its side to make a slide fit its screen better.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Editing Slide Text (Using Outline View) Editing text on a slide is easy to do. Simply long- press anywhere on the slide and select Edit Slide Text. This switches you into Outline view. This will give you a screen similar to the one shown to the right.
Excel, you can just click cells to reference them. However, to add a cell reference in a formula on your DROID, you need to either type out the cell reference (e.g. “E8”); or press the Menu button, select Cell Reference, and then tap the cell.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Adding Functions While you are editing a cell, press the Menu button and select Function. This displays a list of virtually every function available in Excel. To narrow the list, tap the All dropdown list at the top of the window.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents Adjusting Row and Column Sizes (and Hiding or Unhiding Them) Now let’s look at some tips for adjusting the sizes of rows and columns. Press the Menu button, tap More, and then tap Row or Column to see a menu similar to the one shown to the right.
CHAPTER 21: Working With Notes and Documents...
(which we will show you later in the chapter.) NOTE: There is enough fun stuff to do with the DROID that we routinely discover that the DROID has disappeared from its charger and we have to yell out: “Where is my DROID? I need to finish this book!”...
Raging Thunder. itself to steer. You do this simply by turning the device. You can touch the DROID to brake or tilt it forward to accelerate. The game on the right, Raging Thunder, is so fun and fast that it might make you car sick! Tap to brake.
On some games, such as the new Guitar Hero, you really have to “strum” to keep pace and score points. The DROID also has a very fast processor and a sophisticated graphics chip. Bundling these together with the accelerometer gives you a very capable gaming device.
CHAPTER 22: Fun and Games Acquiring Games and Other Fun Apps As is the case for all DROID apps, games can be found in the Android Market (see Figure 21-1). You can get them either through doubleTwist (See Chapter 25: “DROID Media Sync”) on your computer or through the device’s built-in Android Market app.
Games tab. You will also find many games in the Featured section of the Android Market. Figure 22–2 shows the App Purchase page for a game available for the DROID. Touch Games. Touch to Scroll down to...
Being Careful When You Play You might use the DROID to cast your line in a fishing game, as you would in real life. You can also move around a bit in driving and first person shooter games. So be mindful of your surroundings as you play! For example, make sure you have a good grip on your device, so it doesn’t slip out of your hand;...
CHAPTER 22: Fun and Games CAUTION: Games such as Angry Birds can be quite addictive! Two-Player Games The DROID really opens up the possibility for two-player gaming. In this example, we are playing checkers against one another, using the DROID as a game board.
Android Market to see what’s available. One of the apps that was in the Top 5 of the Free DROID apps category when we were writing this book was xPiano, which turns your DROID into an on- screen piano.
Menu key to see the main menu of options. When you first register the app, you pick your favorite team. The favorite team on the DROID in this example is set to the Patriots. Touch the My Team tab to go to your team’s page.
CHAPTER 22: Fun and Games Touch the News and Videos tab and you can see the days NFL headlines. You can also watch video highlights by touching the Videos tab. Touch the Live tab from the menu to watch TV broadcasts of live games. If no game is currently on and an upcoming game is going to be televised, that will be indicated at the bottom of the Live screen.
TIP: You can always find additional utilities in the Android Market. Check out Chapter 17: “Exploring the Android Market” for more information on the DROID’s official marketplace. The Clock App (for DROID) Your DROID comes with a built-in clock that also provides various alarm options.
CHAPTER 23: Utilities: Clock, Calculator, and Weather The Alarm Clock (for DROID) The DROID’s alarm clock feature is flexible and powerful. You can use it to easily set multiple alarms. For example, you might set one alarm to wake you up on weekdays and a separate alarm on weekends.
CHAPTER 23: Utilities: Clock, Calculator, and Weather Touching Set takes you to the Alarm Options screen. From this screen, you can adjust the Repeat, Ringtone, Vibration, and Label of the alarm. If this is a one-time alarm, then leave the Repeat option set at Never.
CHAPTER 23: Utilities: Clock, Calculator, and Weather To adjust the Snooze feature, press the Menu key from the Clock app and then choose Settings. Snooze will be in the default 10 minutes position. NOTE: The pre-set Snooze duration is 10 minutes; however, you can adjust that value to anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes.
Using the Timer (for DROID 2/X) On the DROID 2/X the Timer app provides a count-down timer that can prove handy in a number of situations. For example, you might use it in lieu of a kitchen timer to remind you to take something out of the oven in 30 minutes or to ensure that you cook your pasta for exactly eight minutes.
NOTE: You can continue to use the phone for other tasks without stopping the timer. The Calculator App Another handy app included on your DROID is the Calculator app. The DROID’s Calculator app can handle almost anything a typical family will throw its way,...
Menu key and then touch Advanced panel soft key. Viewing the Advanced Panel Once your Calculator app is in Advanced mode, turn the DROID sideways to enter Landscape mode (horizontal). This gives you a bit more room to work with your calculations.
NOTE: By default, GPS is not turned on at first boot on the DROID 2 and DROID X devices. Thus the News and Weather app may use your wireless connection or cell-tower triangulation, but it won’t use GPS by default.
Figure 23–1. The current and hourly views of the weather from the built-in Weather app. Adding a Weather Widget One of the great things about the software on your DROID is that it is highly customizable. One way to customize it is to add widgets to your Home screen. A widget is essentially a live, updating shortcut to another app.
Widgets from the menu. 4. Choose News and Weather to make a widget for the News and Weather app. 5. On the DROID 2/X, you will then be asked to configure the widget to show Weather, News, or News and Weather.
CHAPTER 23: Utilities: Clock, Calculator, and Weather Other Weather Apps The Weather app bundled with the DROID is certainly functional, but there are alternatives available. Most of the weather apps are free in the Android Market, but some also offer premium versions for a modest fee.
AccuWeather Another weather authority, AccuWeather, has put together a very comprehensive weather app for the DROID. You can download this app from the Android Market, as explained earlier. When you fire up the AccuWeather app, you will be prompted to use your location for determining local weather –...
DROID. Basic Troubleshooting We will begin by covering a few basic tips and tricks to get your DROID back up and running. What to Do If the DROID Stops Responding Sometimes, your DROID won’t respond to your touch because it freezes in the middle of...