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Search

If you want to search for a particular type of app or some or all of an app name, tap the Search icon at the right side of the bar (or the upper right of the screen if you prefer). The search bar opens so you can type in your search terms (see Figure 8). Tap the Search button in the keyboard to return any matches.

Figure 8 The Search bar.

Settings

The Settings icon at the far right of the bar has three options. The first is to open the Settings screen and view the Samsung Apps settings. There are only two settings to look at. The first is the New Application Notification, which is turned on by default. When there are new apps available through Samsung Apps, then these new apps will appear in the New screen. You can turn this feature off by tapping on the checkbox to clear it.

When you start Samsung Apps for the first time, you set your country, or what Samsung Apps calls your locale. You can reset your locale by tapping Reset Locale. The next time you start Samsung Apps, you’ll be asked to select your country from the list. You’ll also be asked to accept the terms and conditions as you were when you launched Samsung Apps for the first time.

Figure 9 Samsung Apps settings.

You can also receive targeted ads from Samsung based on your interests beyond what you see in the advertising pane at the right side of the screen. Tap Add Preferences to open the Ad Preferences window (see Figure 10). You can learn more about the data Samsung will collect by tapping the Learn More link and viewing the information in the Browser.

If you want Samsung to collect your personal data to send you targeted ads, tap the Agree checkbox and then tap OK. If you decide against it, then tap the Back icon in the status bar at the lower-left corner of the screen.

Figure 10 The Ad Preferences window.

The About link at the bottom of the Settings menu opens a window that shows the current version of Samsung Apps, invites you to call the Samsung customer care center if you have any questions or comments, and also has three buttons that let you view various types of terms and conditions in the Browser. You can close the window by tapping the Back icon in the status bar.

Final Thoughts

That wraps it up for the tour of Samsung Apps. With Samsung Apps augmenting the Android Market, you have the resources you need to find the apps that you’re looking for so you can get the most out of your Galaxy Tab.

Eric Butow is the owner of Butow Communications Group (BCG) in Jackson, California. BCG offers Web development, online marketing, technical documentation, and computer-based training to small and medium sized businesses. He has written 17 books, with one translated into Chinese and another being revised for a second edition. Eric has also developed and taught networking and usability courses for Ed2Go and California State University, Sacramento.

When he’s not working in (and on) his business or writing books, you can find Eric enjoying time with friends, walking around the historic Gold Rush town of Jackson, and helping his parents manage their infant and toddler daycare business.

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