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  1. 1. What is Android, How to use it, and what's it good for? Or what I what I love about my smart phones and tablets, and discovered while playing with them. http://www.slideshare.net/msz/ Mark S. Zinzow December, 2013
  2. 2. What is Android? "Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and later bought in 2005" ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_%28operating_system%29
  3. 3. What is Android? A versatile operating environment to do more stuff for free, or at lower cost, than most any other computing environment with low cost hardware. Best Android Apps The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders By Mike Hendrickson, Brian Sawyer
  4. 4. What kinds of devices run Android? Smartphones, TV Media Streamers, Tablets, Ebook Readers, Netbooks, Smart Watch, Car Computers, Game Consoles http://www.android.com/devices/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Android_devices
  5. 5. What flavors does it come in? Release No. - Name Android 1.5 - Cupcake Android 1.6 - Donut Android 2.0-1 - Eclair Android 2.2 - Froyo Android 2.3 - Gingerbread Android 3.x - Honeycomb Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.1-3 - Jelly Bean Android 4.4 - Kit-kat Android 5.0 - Key Lime Pie *Stock vs. Custom http://hubpages.com/hub/Cupcake-Donut-Eclair-Froyo-Gingerbread-Hone http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_in_Android http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
  6. 6. How do I use it? (The Basic UI) ● Touch Controls - Tap, Long Press, & swipe (like single click, double or right-click, and scroll) ● Home screen(s) (like Windows Desktop) ● Adding & Removing shortcuts ● Voice search ● Common buttons: Home, Menu, Back & Search Recent Apps button replaced Menu and Search in Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). ● Virtual Keyboards & Text Editing ● Notification Area or Status Bar ● Settings e.g. Sync & AutoSync
  7. 7. Touch Controls ● ● Tap: Used to select a button or icon, e.g. launch app, select a menu item or paste button Long Press, or Touch & Hold: Select object for drag (e.g. to trash), or cut, copy, or paste ● Double Tab: Used to toggle zoom in/out ● Pinch: Used to zoom in or out with fine control ● ● Swipe or Slide: Scroll through home screens, pages of a document or web site, etc. Two finger scroll or drag http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch http://androidadvices.com/touchscreen-on-android-phone/
  8. 8. Touch Control – Pinch Example https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/windowsviews/conceptual/UIScrollView_pg/Zo
  9. 9. Example Home Screens Notice the notification area at the top, and the standard control buttons are the same on each of these three screens
  10. 10. How to customize an Android home screen, part 1: Launcher basics http://www.pocketables.com/2012/07/how-to-customize-an-android-home-screen-part-1-launcher-b http://tinyurl.com/launcher-basics
  11. 11. Adding & Removing shortcuts Long Press on an empty area to pop up add menu, or an icon or shortcut to select it to drag to trash icon which will pop up after you select something. http://www.onlineandroidtips.com/os/shortcuts.html
  12. 12. Voice Search Voice Search gives you Google searches and a lot more with out having to type anything! Everything You Didn't Know You Could Do with Google's Voice Commands http://lifehacker.com/everything-you-didnt-know-you-could-do-with-google-voi-512727229 How to Create a Custom Voice Command for Anything on Android http://lifehacker.com/how-to-create-custom-voice-commands-with-tasker-and-aut-1282209195
  13. 13. Voice Commands Call [name or number] Define [word] Map [place] Note to Self [message to email] Navigate to [place or address] Go To [website] Send Text to [name or number, message] Email [name, message] Play [group or song title] Android Voice Commands http://www.usemydroid.com/android-voice-commands/ Android 4.4 KitKat lets you say 'OK Google' to activate touchless search http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/31/android-kitkat-nexus-5-google-now-search/
  14. 14. Common Android Buttons Pre 3.0 vs. 3.0 & Above Menu, Home, Back & Search (in 1 & 2) vs. Back, Home, Recent Apps (in 3.x & 4.x + ) Android Fragmentation – Truth or FUD? Hardware or Software? http://www.plomonet.com/2011/11/06/android-fragmentation/
  15. 15. More Buttons & Icons Share Icons Three Square Dots = new Menu Icon
  16. 16. Android Keyboards: Hardware & Virtual Standard default Keyboards Hacker's Keyboard - Adds Fn/Tab/Ctrl/Esc keys, and esp. useful arrow keys!
  17. 17. Text Editing: Move, Copy & Paste How to Copy and Paste on an Android http://www.wikihow.com/Copy-and-Paste-on-an-Android Guide: Using the OnScreen Keyboard on your Android Phone http://androidadvices.com/guide-onscreen-keyboard-android-phone/
  18. 18. TIP: Buy at least one extra stylus Most fingers are larger than keyboard buttons or letters on a screen. There are usually hundreds of auctions on eBay where you can get 8 or 10 Styli for under a dollar shipped. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?clk_rvr_id=551741736265&_nkw=stylus&_sop=15 Just drop a half dozen auctions or so into Gixen, or similar snipe service, and place them in the same group to easily get one at your target price! http://www.gixen.com/
  19. 19. Notification Area or Status Bar
  20. 20. Settings: Look Through Them! http://wiki.witopia.net/wiki/Google_Android_DNS_Settings
  21. 21. Settings to Save Battery or $ http://www.techshout.com/guide/2012/12/how-to-save-battery-on-android/ http://www.androidcentral.com/android-101-keep-your-picasa-account-synced-your-android-device
  22. 22. What can I run on Android? Software programs are called apps (short for applications) and distributed through Markets, Stores or web sites. Google Play (formerly Android Market) http://play.google.com (Tip: Count stars, read reviews, check screen shots, and similar apps before installing.) Amazon Appstore for Android (Free paid app every day) http://www.amazon.com/getappstore Getjar (limited app market often found on cheap tablets) http://www.getjar.com Google Play Hits One Million Android Apps - July 24, 2013 http://readwrite.com/2013/07/24/google-play-hits-one-million-android-apps 35+ Best Websites for Free Android Apps http://www.designrazzi.com/2013/free-android-apps/
  23. 23. Sideloading How do I bootstrap a Market that didn't come with my device? APK Downloader Chrome Browser Extension – Downloads apps to your PC http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/ Sideload. (Side-load). To move files / content from one local device (such as a computer) to another local device (such as a phone.) http://www.phonescoop.com/glossary/term.php?gid=485 TIP: Keep your .apk (Application PacKage File) install files with version numbers, so you can revert to an old version, uninstall apps that run in the background when not using them, or reinstall a hung app even when offline (much faster than rebooting on many devices). How to Sideload Android Apps http://lifehacker.com/5943562/how-to-sideload-android-apps http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2012/01/16/pandigital-supernova-how-to-install-android-market-an http://www.androidcentral.com/swm
  24. 24. Websites for APK archives or direct downloads Warning: There is greater risk of getting APS containing malware when bypassing an approved market such as Google Play. AndroidDrawer.com – simple download of new and older versions of Android Apps. Don't like the latest app release? Go back to a perfectly working previous one! (Updated) How to Download Android Apps APK to PC from Google Play Android FileHost is (“Real APK Leecher” exe - May be worth knowing about a free file hosting should APK Downloader stop working. solution for developers. http://www.hacktabs.com/download-android-apps-apk-toyour-pc-from-android-market-or-google-play/ http://www.apkfiles.com/ Neat Android themed web list. http://www.tucows.com/mobile/android Well established http://en.uptodown.com/android Nice search and rank http://www.freewarelovers.com/android User submitted... https://m.app.box.com/view_shared/93t5vc7np8 http://www.androlib.com/ http://slideme.org/ I'm not sure I'd trust these: http://www.apkarchive.com/ Annoying pop-up windows. http://www.apkdownloads.com/ Same as above. Android Vending - Download android apps without access to Google Play. http://androidvnd.com/
  25. 25. This App needs Root, what's Root? Basically a way to take full control over your device. Downside: apps that require DRM like Netflix may refuse to run, or worse... See: http://www.clockworkmod.com/ Hack your Android like a pro: Rooting and ROMs explained http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57578709-251/hack-your-an https://www.google.com/search?&q=android+root+roms 7,250,000 results
  26. 26. Games https://www.google.com/search?&q=android+game 1,040,000,000 results - over a Billion! Angry Birds, Arcade Classics like Bejeweled, ..., too many to review, this could be a presentation in itself. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirds https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ezjoynetwork.jewelsmaze TIP: Find a game partner online anytime night or day for Scrabble, Chess, Bridge, etc. Search Google play for "online game" ? Audience Favorites ?
  27. 27. Some Useful Apps https://www.google.com/search?&q=android+most+useful+apps 41,300,000 results There will be a lot more that I will have time to highlight, or even know about myself! e.g. Shush! When you turn your ringer off for a meeting or movie, this app turns it back on afterwards. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.publicobject.shush
  28. 28. Web Browsers Puffin, Dolphin, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Maxthon, Baidu, Boat, Orweb... Browser Wars: the best 10 Android browsers go toe-to-toe
  29. 29. Mobile vs. Desktop Web Pages http://m.gasbuddy.com/touch/ See also an early attempt to get around Gasbuddy map navigation limits on Android devices: http://www.zguru.us/gas.html http://www.gasbuddy.com
  30. 30. Browser User Agent Setting Gecko user agent string reference Custom User-Agent String – Android Firefox Add-ON 8 Reasons Android Owners Should Try Dolphin Browser Puffin Web Browser Free – Settings, Mobile browser mode
  31. 31. Puffin Virtual Track Pad Two Finger Drag http://www.puffinbrowser.com/help/#drag_and_drop_with_trackpad
  32. 32. QR Code Reader Use your camera to read and load a URL, add a contact entry to your address book, add an event to your calendar, or login to a WiFi AP, purchase something in a printed ad, etc. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.zxing. See also: http://www.qrstuff.com/ for one of the best QR Code generators.
  33. 33. Utilities Super aTool Box-cache battery https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.lepeng.superb TIP: Move as many apps as possible to your SD or MicroSD card! X-plore File Manager https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lonelycatgam
  34. 34. File Transfer AirDroid, Bump, ES File Explorer File Manager, etc. AirDroid TIP: Point camera at display before tapping the scan button. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bumptech.bu
  35. 35. Music/Media players/streamers Winamp https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nullsoft.winamp Stitcher Radio - News & Talk https://play.google.com/store/apps/details? id=com.stitcher.app http://www.stitcher.com/ Public Radio & Podcast https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nprpodcastplayer.app VLC for Android Beta https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc.betav7neon HBO Go, TWC TV, Xfinity player, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Netflix, TuneIn Radio, etc.
  36. 36. eBook & PDF viewers Cool Reader https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.coolreader EBookDroid - PDF & DJVU Reader https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ebookdroid Kindle, B&N Nook, etc. See also for your desktop: http://www.calibre-ebook.com/ Apprentice Alf's Blog: http://apprenticealf.wordpress.com/ Free ebooks - Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ Baen Ebooks - Free Library http://www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-library.aspx
  37. 37. Free Voip (Voice over Internet Protocol) Free calls & Free Video Chat GrooVe IP - Free Calls + Text https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gvoip OBiON Android https://play.google.com/store/a pps/details?id=com.paad.hello http://blog.obihai.com/2013/10/important-message-about-google-voice.html Skype, Google Hangouts, & many more!
  38. 38. Wifi Analyzer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com NOTE: Apple forbids this type of app on their devices (Iphone, Ipad etc.)
  39. 39. Health & Fitness apps Cardiograph, SleepStats, Sleep as Android, many Pedometer apps, and many others See also: http://www.qualcommtricorderxprize.org/ A $10 million competition to bring healthcare to the palm of your hand. http://www.xprize.org/
  40. 40. GPS, Maps & Navigation Google Maps, Sky Map, Google Earth, OsmAnd, navFree, Route66, etc.
  41. 41. More! Candle, language translators and tutors, flashlights, musical instruments, stopwatch/timers, sound/dictation recorder, text to speech, DLNA Server, Remote control and Remote Desktop, Hacker's Keyboard, Google Currents Duolingo Gives A Fillip To Free Language Learning With Crowdsourced Lessons http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/duolingo-gives-a-fillip-to-free-language-learning-with-crowdsourced-l
  42. 42. Any easy way to make my own App? http://livecode.com/ “If you’ve never tried programming before then LiveCode is the perfect tool to get you started. Unlike traditional coding languages it uses simple English language that is intuitive and easy to learn.” Create an iPad app in 3 minutes with LiveCode (18:46) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVwI66ag24E How Does LiveCode Work? (0:45) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HF_FcHOP-s
  43. 43. More Programming Tools AIDE - Android IDE - Java, C++ IDEdroid Free http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ Pépé le compiler Build a Simple Android App Java language, Eclipse, & basic Android SDK Terminal IDE *IDE = Integrated development environment 100 Tools to Develop the Next Killer iOS or Android App | DailyTekk
  44. 44. What happens when you go App happy? Or too much of good things... ERROR: Low on space - Internal phone storage is getting low Clear Storage Space on Your Phone Without Rooting http://android.appstorm.net/how-to/hardware/clear-space-without-rooting/ How To Free Storage Space On Your Android Device (suggests DiskUsage app - VERY GOOD!) http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-storage-space-android-device/ How to increase internal memory of android phones (suggests History Eraser app among others) http://www.buddinggeek.com/2011/08/increase-internal-memory-htc-android.html Consider carefully how you want to manage your apps given the space on your device! https://www.google.com/search?&q=android+++%22Internal+phone+storage+is+getting+low22 SD Maid - System Cleaning Tool
  45. 45. Virtual Android for Windows 5 Best FREE Android Emulators For Windows 8,7,XP http://www.techbate.com/5-best-android-emulator-for-windows-87xp/ Android SDK mobile device emulator — a virtual mobile device that runs on your computer http://developer.android.com/tools/help/emulator.html Windroy: A Better Android Emulator for Windows http://thefluffyheads.com/nerdy-nathan/windroy-android-emulator Install Jelly Bean Android 4.3 on Windows 8 With VirtualBox
  46. 46. Virtual Android Genymotion Finally Gives us a Good Jelly Bean Desktop Emulator http://androidspin.com/2013/07/08/genymotion-finally-gives-us-a-good-jellybean-desktop-emulator/ http://www.genymotion.com/ http://linuxonandroid.org/ How to Install Android in VirtualBox http://www.howtogeek.com/164570/how-to-install-android-in-virtualbox/ http://www.android-x86.org/documents/installhowto Windows, Linux, U Run Android 4 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) on a Mac or PC with VirtualBox http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/23/android-4-ics-virtualbox/ How to install and run Android VM on VMware Player http://xmodulo.com/2013/02/how-to-install-and-run-android-vm-on-vmware-player.html http://androvm.org/blog/ http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntuguide http://schier.co/post/install-genymotion-2.0-in-ubuntu http://www.infinum.co/the-capsized-eight/articles/is-your-android-emulator-just-too-slow
  47. 47. Q & A, Demos, More? Thank you for your attention. I hope this inspires fun. Questions? Demonstration Requests? Encore apps/slides? ? Audience Favorite Apps ? My presentation slides are available online at: http://www.slideshare.net/msz/
  48. 48. Encore Apps Sketch Guru – Transform pictures to black-white/color sketch with 13 effects including: Gouache, PencilSketch, ColorPencil, WaterColor, HalfTone, SimpleSketch, ComicB&W, BlackBoard, BlackBoardColor, Print, B&W, PencilSketch2 and No sketch Plasma Sound – fully-featured, 100% free music instrument inspired by the Theremin, Continuum, Keyboard and Sequencer. Gmote – Remote control for your computer, allowing you to start and control movies and music at a distance, Control PowerPoint, WiFi touchpad/keyboard. (One of the first.) Torque Pro – OBD fault codes, car performance, sensor data and more!
  49. 49. Encore Apps Security Tool: KeePassDroid password database with sync to PC. FormFiller is a useful tool that helps you to save time on filling web data (such as names, cell number, and mailing address). Sound Recorder& Voice Recorder – Sound Recorder is a high quality (voice) recorder/player,it designed for simplicity and able to record voice notes/voice memos/audio Digital Inspiration - Protect your Android Phone with these Security Apps Google Android Device Manager Prey Anti Theft Lookout Security & Antivirus The Android Device Manager shows a list of all Android phones and tablets that are connected to your Google Account and helps you locate them on a Google Map. You can ring your phone (in case it is hiding beneath the pillow) from the browser, lock the device with a custom PIN or perform a factory reset which permanently deletes all the data on your phone. See More in the DI article! Wheres My Droid
  50. 50. Apps that require Root Greenify *ROOT: Renew my Phone - Helps you identify & hibernate misbehaving apps when not in use to stop them from lagging your device and leeching the battery. [root] Ntfs Mounter - “Automatically mount and dismount NTFS/FAT/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 formatted USB Sticks, USB HDD, SD Cards” Paragon exFAT, NTFS & HFS+ - Mount Windows NTFS or Mac OS X HFS+ Hide my Root - On some roms (usually rooted stock roms), Hide my Root will allow you to use Google Videos and similar apps on a rooted phone. On custom roms such as CyanogenMod, it will not allow you to use Google Videos and similar apps on a rooted phone. Wifi Password Recovery [ROOT] After android Root? Safe Backup Root - Complete data backup and recovery on Android devices ZDbox ( Root Task Killer ) system optimize toolbox