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About Android
Getting Started with Android

Wirefly Learn » Android Phones » About Android

October 14th, 2009


We’ve compiled a series of videos to help you get started with your Android phone and learn more about some of the great features that Android has to offer. These videos showcase some of the most frequently asked about components of the Android mobile operating system and also highlight a number of innovative features to help you quickly become a seasoned Android user.

Setting up your Android device for the first time

Sign in with your Google account user name and password to begin synchronizing your Google contacts, email and calendar.

Finding & downloading applications from the Android Market

A look at how to find, download, uninstall and rate/review applications in the Android Market.

Switching applications in Android

To switch an application, just exit to the home screen and access any other application. Your original application will continue to run in the background.

Gmail syncs fully with Android

Whenever an email is read, deleted, or moved on your computer or Android device, the change will be reflected across platforms.

Notifications & the ‘window shade’

Notifications such as missed calls and new messages are reflected in the upper left of the screen as well as an actionable pull-down menu called the ‘window shade.’

Customizing the homescreen

Adding widgets, folders and shortcuts to applications, contacts, web pages and more to the Android homescreen.

Searching for installed applications

You can begin typing the name of an installed application to quickly find it.

Options in the Android Music Player

While listening to a song, you can search Amazon’s MP3 store, search Google for the name of the current artist, and even search YouTube for a music video of the song you are listening to.

Features of the Android Calendar

You can load public calendars (e.g. U.S. holidays) and easily access web pages and call phone numbers found in event descriptions.

Contacts in Android

There are a number of innovative contacts features in Android, including the ability to create contact groups and favorite contacts, quickly search for contacts, and easily call back the last person you talked to.

Copy & Paste

Android’s copy and paste feature is easy and intuitive and works across applications.

Features of the Android Browser

YouTube videos can be played directly from the Android browser, and photos and MP3s can be easily downloaded from the web.

Tricks in the Android Browser

How to view address locations on Google maps, call phone numbers, and zoom in on specific locations on a web page.

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6 Responses to “Getting Started with Android”

  • ivonne
    May 18, 2011

    how to sink the droi phone in to my car. the 2008 ford

    • Ivonne, I’ve read about Ford’s Sync system but never actually seen it in operation. I suggest you go to a Ford dealer and ask that question.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Elbeepem
    August 26, 2010

    How can I size the photo icons so they’re not cropped to a fragment when adding a contact icon on the Droid HTC Incredible? I’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work.

  • Cholly Capps
    July 4, 2010

    I would like my Ally to be ready to recieve calls and notify me at all times, and silent only when I make it so. My Ally is set to be silent every time I sign off.

  • Steven Lacy
    May 3, 2010

    can widgets be removed from home screen?

  • Dan Kelly
    March 5, 2010

    All I am trying to do is find the nearest Verizon Store so I can physically go there. I live in Fort Mohave, AZ 86426. Thank you.

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