My Samsung Galaxy S III

My Samsung Galaxy S III

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By (author) Steve Schwartz

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  • Publisher: Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 228mm x 26mm | 900g
  • Publication date: 19 November 2012
  • ISBN 10: 0789749637
  • ISBN 13: 9780789749635
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 162,073

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Friendly, quick, and 100% practical, My Samsung Galaxy S III is the must-have companion for every Samsung Galaxy S III user. Authored by Dr. Steven Schwartz, a leading expert in demystifying complex technologies, this book walks new users through every task they'll want to perform, including: * Setting up the Samsung Galaxy S III and mastering its TouchWiz touch interface * Placing and receiving calls * Browsing the web with the latest mobile version of Google Chrome * Using social networks, managing contacts, and creating calendar appointments * Send and receive email from multiple accounts * Moving data between phone and computer * Playing and managing music * Watching video from movies, TV, and other sources * Shooting and sharing photos and HD video * Using built-in and third-party apps for productivity and fun * Customizing and optimizing the Samsung Galaxy S III phone, services, and usage * Troubleshooting and fixing problems Every task is presented step-by-step, using carefully annotated, full-color screenshots, all numbered so there's no chance of getting lost of confused. Everything's clearly organized in modular, self-contained chapters designed to help readers get up-and-running in no time, and keep their Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones working exactly the way they want. Throughout, the book is packed with helpful tips, lists, and quick solutions to the problems users are most likely to encounter.

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Steve Schwartz got an early start as a computer industry writer and author. Immediately after buying an Apple II+ in 1978, he began writing regularly for the computer magazines of the day. Since then, he has written hundreds of articles for major publications, including Macworld, PC World, InfoWorld, and Computerworld. He is also the author of more than 60 books on game and computer topics, including guides to business/productivity software (Microsoft Office, Access, and FileMaker Pro), Internet software (Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Entourage, and Gmail), and graphics/imageediting software (Picasa, Picture It!, Digital Image Suite, and CorelDRAW). Before becoming a full-time writer in 1990, Steve served as editor-in-chief for Software Digest and technical services director for Funk Software. He also authored the first trade paperback on the then-new Nintendo phenomenon: Compute!'s Guide to Nintendo Games. Steve has a Ph.D. in psychology, consults on game and database design issues, and lives in the fictional town of Lizard Spit, Arizona. You can see the complete list of his published books at http://www.siliconwasteland.com/misc.htm.

Table of contents

1 Galaxy S III Essentials 3 The Galaxy S III Hardware 3 The Android Operating System and TouchWiz 6 The Galaxy S III Interface 7 Customization 8 Charging the Battery 10 Powering On/Off 10 Darkening and Restoring the Display 13 Restoring a Dark Display 13 Setting the Screen Timeout Interval 14 Adjusting the Volume 15 Using a Headset or Headphones 17 Wired Headset or Headphones 17 Bluetooth Headset 17 Setting Up Voicemail 21 Gmail and Your Phone 22 Creating a Gmail Account 22 Registering Your Gmail Account 23 Creating a Samsung Account 25 Working with Data 29 Manually Setting a Connection Method 30 Connecting to a New Wireless Network 31 2 Understanding the Android/TouchWiz Interface 35 The Home Screen 36 The Status Bar 36 Main Area 37 Extended Home Screen 37 Primary and Other App Shortcuts 38 Using the Hardware Keys 39 Menu Key 39 Home Key 40 Back Key 41 The Notifications Panel 41 Interacting with the Touchscreen 42 Using Your Fingers 42 Rotating the Screen 45 Entering Text 47 Using the Keyboard: Tapping 48 Using the Keyboard: T9 Trace 50 Using Voice Input 53 Editing Text 55 3 Managing Contacts 59 The Contacts Interface 60 Creating a Contact Record 62 Adding a Photo to a Contact Record 67 Viewing Contacts 71 Editing Contact Records 72 Editing Contacts 72 Setting Defaults for a Contact 74 Joining and Separating Contacts 75 Marking Contacts as Favorites 77 Deleting Contacts 78 Working with Contact Groups 80 Creating a Group 80 Changing a Group's Definition 82 Adding or Removing a Person from Group Membership 82 Emailing or Texting a Group 84 Reordering the Groups 86 Deleting a Group 86 Backing Up/Restoring and Exporting/Importing Contact Records 87 Backing Up Contact Data 88 Restoring Backups 95 Importing Contact Data from Other Sources into Google Contacts 102 Odds and Ends 109 The Send Email and Send Message Commands 109 Setting Display Options 109 4 Using the Calendar 113 Adding Calendar Accounts 113 Working in Calendar 115 Creating Events and Tasks 115 Viewing the Calendar 122 Managing Events and Tasks 127 Responding to Reminders 128 Setting Calendar Preferences 131 5 Synchronizing Data 137 Developing a Sync Strategy 137 Microsoft Exchange Server 138 Google/Gmail 138 Alternative Software 141 The Sneakernet (Manual) Approach 142 Enabling Autosync 143 Performing Manual Syncs 145 6 Placing and Receiving Calls 149 Placing Calls 150 Manual Dialing 150 Dialing from a Contact Record 153 Dialing and Texting from the Call Log 154 Dialing a Number in a Text or Email Message 157 Emergency Calling 159 Other Outgoing Call Options 161 Speed Dialing 161 Temporarily Blocking Your Caller ID 167 Three-Way Calling 167 Pause and Wait Commands 169 Receiving Calls 171 Responding to an Incoming Call 171 Call Waiting 173 Call Forwarding 174 In-Call Options 175 Icon Options 176 Other In-Call Options 177 Using Voicemail 178 Enabling Silent and Airplane Mode 180 Silent Mode 180 Airplane Mode 182 Configuring Call Settings 183 7 Text and Multimedia Messaging 187 Creating Messages 188 Composing a Text Message (SMS) 188 Composing a Multimedia Message (MMS) 192 Managing Conversations 196 Responding to a New Message Notification 196 Continuing a Conversation 198 Reviewing a Conversation 199 Deleting Conversations 200 Deleting Messages 201 Other Options for Individual Messages 202 Searching for Messages 204 Configuring Messaging Settings 205 8 Browsing the Web 213 Launching the Browser 214 Visiting Web Pages 215 Typing the Address 216 Following a Link 217 Visiting a Bookmarked, Recent, or Saved Page 218 Searching for a Site or Page 220 Viewing Pages 220 Portrait Versus Landscape View 221 Magnification (Zoom) 221 Refreshing the Page 222 Working with Windows 223 Page Navigation 224 Adjusting the Browser's Brightness and Colors 225 Incognito Browsing 225 Working with Bookmarks 227 Creating a Bookmark from the Current Page 227 Creating a Bookmark from the History List 228 Editing Bookmarks 229 Organizing Bookmarks in Folders 231 Deleting Bookmarks 233 More Menu Commands 234 Configuring the Browser 237 9 Sending and Receiving Email 239 Adding Email Accounts 240 Automatically Adding an Account 240 Manually Adding an Account 243 Configuring Email Accounts 247 Editing Account Settings 248 Deleting an Account 254 Retrieving Mail 255 Reading Mail 256 Viewing and Saving Attachments 260 Composing and Sending Mail 262 Creating a New Email Message 263 Replying to Mail 266 Forwarding Mail 267 Adding Attachments and Inserts 268 Managing the Mail 271 Deleting Messages 271 Moving Messages 274 Changing the Message Read Status 275 Marking Important Messages 277 10 Social Networking and Socializing 279 Using Flipboard 279 Adding Social Networking Accounts 280 Adding Content Feeds 283 Viewing and Interacting with Content and Feeds 284 Chatting with imo 287 About imo Instant Messenger 289 Setting Up imo: First Launch 289 Starting a Chat 293 Responding to a New Message 294 11 Installing and Using Applications 299 Running an App 299 Launching an App 300 Using the Hardware Keys 304 Switching Among Running Apps 307 Exiting an App 308 Downloading and Installing Apps from Google Play 308 Customizing Google Play 312 Enabling App Downloads from Other Sources 315 Using the Amazon Appstore for Android 317 Installing the Amazon Appstore App 317 Downloading Apps from the Amazon Appstore 319 Customizing the Amazon Appstore 323 Managing Apps 327 Creating Shortcuts 327 Uninstalling Apps 328 Updating Apps 332 12 Using GPS Apps 335 Enabling/Disabling GPS 335 Driving Directions 337 Google Navigation 337 Google Maps 341 Google Local (Places) 343 13 Transferring and Sharing Files 349 Using Kies Air 350 Transferring Files from Phone to Computer 352 Transferring Files from Computer to Phone 355 Transferring Files over USB 358 Transferring Files Using Bluetooth 362 Pairing the Phone with the Computer 362 Sending Files from Computer to Phone 367 Sending Files from Phone to Computer 368 Emailing Files 371 Emailing Photos 371 Emailing Songs 373 Transferring Files Between Phones 374 Using Wi-Fi Direct 375 Using S Beam 377 Using Share Shot 380 Broadcasting with Group Cast 383 14 Playing and Managing Music 389 Playing Stored Music with Music Player 389 Working with Playlists 394 Creating a Playlist 394 Playing Songs from a Playlist 397 Managing Playlists 398 15 Shooting, Editing, and Sharing Photos 405 Shooting Photos 405 Shooting Self-Portraits with the Front Camera 406 Shooting Photos with the Rear Camera 408 Changing the Camera Settings 410 Reviewing Photos 415 Viewing Photos in the Gallery 419 Running a Slideshow 425 Using Photo Editor 428 16 Videos from Movies, TV, and Other Sources 435 Streaming Video to the Phone 435 Streaming with a Dedicated App 435 Streaming from Web Pages 438 Playing Videos with the Video Player App 438 Using the Video Player Menu 442 Converting DVD Videos for Playback on the Phone 444 Recording Videos with the Phone 450 Video Chats 453 17 Customizing Your Phone 455 Customizing the Home Screen 455 Selecting Wallpaper 456 Rearranging, Removing, and Adding Home Screen Pages 459 Adding Shortcuts 460 Adding Widgets 463 Creating Folders 465 Repositioning and Removing Home Screen Items 466 Setting the Apps View 468 Changing System Settings 471 Date and Time 472 Ringtones 472 Enabling Motion Settings 479 Securing the Phone 481 Securing the Lock Screen 481 Unlocking the Screen 490 Setting Lock Screen Options 492 Showing/Hiding Passwords and PINs 493 Using Voice Services 494 S Voice 494 Voice Command for Apps 495 Google Search 497 Accessorize! 498 18 Powering Other Devices 501 Creating a Mobile HotSpot for Wi-Fi Devices 501 Tethering the Phone and a PC 506 Mirroring the Phone on an HDTV 510 19 Optimizing and Troubleshooting 513 Managing Memory with the Task Manager 513 Conserving the Battery 515 Configuring and Enabling Power Saving Mode 516 Tips for Manually Conserving the Remaining Charge 517 Viewing Battery Usage by Features and Apps 519 Managing Talk Time and Data Usage 521 Checking Current Usage 521 Managing Data Usage 522 What's Cheaper? 524 Can This Call Be Made Later? 524 Viewing and Expanding Storage 525 Viewing Used and Available Space 525 Adding a Memory Card 526 Checking for System Updates 531 Troubleshooting 532 General Troubleshooting 532 Fixing a "Lockup" 533 Performing a Factory Data Reset 533