While I really do dig my new phone, I know so little about how to use it that I feel rather lost. Sometimes it’s easier and more desirable to set the phone down and do something else entirely, as opposed to pushing through this learning curve as I know I must.
It’s a bit embarrassing to admit just how steep of a learning curve my graduation to a smartphone actually is. I practically made a game out of how long I could resist upgrading. Until just the other day, I was still using an old-school numeric keypad and had no data access via phone.
Now, suddenly, I find myself with a fancy new Samsung Galaxy S 2, which was recommended by a friend in the wireless industry – and having no idea how to install a free app.
Secret: Just learning how to unlock the damn thing was a virtual chore!
The current operating system for Android devices is Android 4.0 – aka Ice Cream Sandwich.
What’s new about Andoid 4.0
However, according to the Wikipedia chart of Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy S II comes with Android version 2.3.3 (Ginger-bread) with TouchWiz UI 4.0
APK file extension; .apk files
Developers often do beta testing, which is where they distribute a pre-release version of their app so they can have people test it before it’s uploaded to the Android Market. They often distribute these Android apps as .apk files
displayed at the top (sometimes also at the bottom) of all apps
recent apps button
A method of typing text into the messaging content area without lifting your finger from the screen’s surface
using a smartphone as Wi-Fi hotspot
voice input engine
Silent mode, instant
All users of handheld devices need to know the fastest way possible to activate silent mode.
Press power + volume down (v4 – Ice Cream Sandwich)
To use voice recognition instead of inputting text the usual way (typing in the text with your fingers), just tap the microphone icon at the bottom of the keypad. This fires up the voice recognition engine, so notifying you onscreen; it will remain on until it detects a pause of a couple of seconds.
I was amazed at how well Android’s voice recognition engine actually works!
Punch list, per Tristan
Install app brain
Resources: Learning to use the Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S II – Home page
Samsung Galaxy S Forum
Phone features – Samsung Galaxy S II
Beginner’s Guide to Android – Androinica: Android Apps and News
Tips: How to install Android beta apps and .apk files
As Android gets popular, so does Android malware – CNN
Android operating system (OS): Need to know
Android operating system – Wikipedia
Finding new apps
7 Ways to Find Amazing New Android Apps – Mashable
This post was started on Sunday, January 01, 2012