My Android Tablet

My Android Tablet

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Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Android tablet working just the way you want. Learn how to

* Take advantage of the new Android 5.0 "Lollipop" features
* Quickly set up your Android tablet and Google account
* Manage all your email accounts, from Gmail to corporate email
* Browse the Web safely and efficiently with new versions of Google Chrome
* Connect and transfer content over Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth
* Search, watch, and upload YouTube videos
* Store your music in the cloud so you can access it anywhere
* Create incredible images with Panorama and Photo Spheres
* Use your built-in camera to record videos
* Organize and track all your meetings, tasks, events, and contacts
* Stay completely up-to-date with Google Now
* Get turn-by-turn navigation help wherever you go
* Find and install great new apps on Google Play
* Buy products and send money with Google Wallet
* Transform your tablet into a world-class e-book reader
* Fix lockups and memory shortages, and keep your tablet up-to-date
* Master Android tips and time-savers for improving your daily life
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 153 x 226 x 16mm | 540g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated ed
  • illustrations (colour)
  • 0789753685
  • 9780789753687
  • 1,470,732

Table of contents

Prologue: Getting to Know Your Android Tablet 3
Your Android Tablet's External Features 3
Front 4
Back 6
Other Buttons and Connectors 7
First-Time Setup 8
Set Up Your Android Tablet 8
Fundamentals of Android 5.0 (Lollipop) 12
The Lock Screen 12
The Home Screen 14
The System Bar 18
Using Your Touchscreen 19
Using Your Keyboard 20
Edit Text 25
Menus 26
Switch Between Apps 27
Setting Up Multiple Users on Your Tablet 28
Add a New Tablet User 28
Add a Tablet Guest User 30
Installing Synchronization Software 31
Install Android File Transfer (Apple Mac OS X) 32
Install Google Music Manager (Apple Mac) 33
Install Google Music Manager (Windows) 35
Configure Music Manager (Windows and Apple Mac) 36
Chapter 1 Contacts 41
Adding Accounts 41
Add a Work Email Account 42
Navigating Contacts 48
Edit a Contact 50
Add a Contact Photo 51
Adding and Managing Contacts 53
Add Contacts from an Email 53
Add a Contact Manually 54
Add a Contact from a vCard 55
Customize Contacts Settings 58
Contact Groups 58
Choose Contacts to Display 60
Joining and Separating Contacts 61
Adding a Contact to Your Home Screen 64
Chapter 2 Audio, Video, and Movies 69
Music 69
Find Music 70
Purchase Music 71
Add Your Existing Music to Google Play Music 73
Use the Music App 75
Work with My Library 77
Work with Playlists 78
Instant Mixes 80
Control Playback 82
Work and Listen to Music 84
Listen to Music with No Wireless Coverage 85
Change Google Play Music Settings 85
Recording Videos with the Camera Application 88
Record Video 88
Change Video Settings 90
Play Videos 92
Share Videos 95
Delete Videos 97
Change Photos App Settings 97
Movies and TV Shows 100
Buy and Rent Movies 100
Buy TV Shows 103
Use the Play Movies & TV App 105
Copy Videos from Your Computer 107
Watching Videos with YouTube 109
Navigate the YouTube Main Screen 109
Navigate the YouTube App 110
Play a Video 111
Upload a Video 112
Change YouTube Settings 114
Chapter 3 Connecting to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and VPNs 117
Connecting to Bluetooth Devices 117
Pair with a New Bluetooth Device 118
Extra Bluetooth Options 120
Change Bluetooth Device Options 120
Wi-Fi 121
Connect to Wi-Fi 121
Adjust Wi-Fi Network Options 124
Set Advanced Wi-Fi Options 124
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) 126
Add a VPN 127
Connect to a VPN 128
Near Field Communications (NFC) 132
Enable NFC 133
Chapter 4 Email 135
Adding Accounts To Gmail 135
Add a Google Account 136
Add a New POP3 or IMAP Account 138
Add a Work Email Account 142
Navigate the Gmail App 145
Compose an Email 148
Read an Email 151
Customize Gmail App Settings 154
Chapter 5 Browsing the Web with Chrome 163
Navigating with Chrome 163
Get Started with Chrome 164
Use Web Page and Chrome Options 165
Master Chrome Browser Tricks 167
Managing Bookmarks and History 169
Open a Bookmark 169
Manage Browsing History 171
Customizing Browser Settings 172
Chapter 6 Google Now and Navigation 181
Google Now 181
Set Up Google Now 184
Google Maps 190
Get Directions 192
Configure Google Maps Settings 194
Use Offline Google Maps 195
Chapter 7 Working with Date, Time, and Calendar 199
Setting the Date and Time 199
Clock Application 201
Navigate the Clock Application 201
Manage Alarms 202
Adjust Clock Settings 204
Using the Calendar Application 205
Get to Know the Calendar Main Screen 205
Adjust Calendar Settings 206
Use Quick Responses 209
Add a New Event 210
Respond to an Event Invitation 212
Chapter 8 Working with Android Applications 215
Configuring Google Wallet 215
Navigating Google Play 216
Install Free Applications 218
Buy Applications 220
Manage Apps 222
Adjust Google Play Settings 224
Chapter 9 Customizing Your Android Tablet 227
Changing Your Wallpaper 228
Wallpaper from Pictures in the Photos App 228
Live Wallpaper 229
Wallpaper 230
Changing Your Keyboard 231
Adding Widgets to Your Home Screens 233
Add a Widget 233
Remove and Move a Widget 234
Customizing Language 235
Adjusting Accessibility Settings 236
Modifying Sound and Notification Settings 239
Changing Display Settings 241
Changing Security Settings 243
Chapter 10 Google Wallet 249
Setting Up Google Wallet 250
Adding Methods of Payment 251
Add a Credit Card or Checking Account 251
Using Loyalty and Gift Cards 252
Add an Existing Gift Card 253
Add an Existing Loyalty Card 254
Using Google Wallet 257
Google Wallet Settings 258
Chapter 11 Books and Magazines 263
Books 263
Navigate the Play Books App 264
Buy Books 265
Read Books 267
Magazines and Newspapers 271
Search for Stories 272
Purchase or Subscribe to Publications 272
Read a Publication 274
Chapter 12 Maintaining Your Android Tablet and Solving Problems 279
Updating Android 279
Optimizing Battery Life 281
Looking After the Battery 281
Determine What Is Using the Battery 281
Applications and Memory 283
Checking Your Apps' Data Usage 284
Caring for the Android Tablet's Exterior 286
Getting Help with Your Android Tablet 287
Chapter 13 Taking and Editing Pictures 289
Using the Camera 289
Adjust Camera Settings 293
Take Regular Pictures 295
Take Panoramic Pictures 296
Take Photo Sphere (360 Panoramic) Pictures 298
Take Lens Blur Pictures 299
Viewing and Managing Your Photos 302
Navigate Photos 302
Delete Photo Albums 303
Review and Share Pictures 304
Edit Pictures 305
Modify Photos App Settings 318
Managing Photos with Your Computer 319
Manual Picture Management 319
Automatic Picture Management on a Mac 322
Synchronizing Pictures Using Your Google Cloud 323
Index 325
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About Craig James Johnston

Craig James Johnston has been involved with technology since his high school days at Glenwood High in Durban, South Africa, when his school was given some Apple ][ Europluses. From that moment technology captivated him, and he has owned, supported, evangelized, and written about it.
Craig has been involved in designing and supporting large-scale enterprise networks with integrated email and directory services since 1989. He has held many different IT-related positions in his career ranging from sales support engineer to mobile architect for a 40,000 smartphone infrastructure at a large bank.
In addition to designing and supporting mobile computing environments, Craig co-hosts the podcast, as well as guest hosting on other podcasts including iPhone and iPad Live podcasts. You can see Craig's previously published work in his books Professional BlackBerry and My iMovie, plus many other books in the My series, including books covering BlackBerry, Palm, and Android devices.
Craig also enjoys high-horsepower, high-speed vehicles and tries very hard to keep to the speed limit while driving them. Originally from Durban, South Africa, Craig has lived in the United Kingdom, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New Jersey, where he now lives with his wife, Karen, and a couple cats.
Craig would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact Craig about your experiences with My Android Tablet at
All comments, suggestions, and feedback are welcome, including positive and negative.
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