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  • Copyright 2009
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3953-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3953-7

Google on the Go


So you’ve got one of those hot new Android-powered phones? Awesome! Now, get the most out of it with Google on the Go! This friendly, easy book shows exactly how to use your phone to make your life more productive, more efficient, and more fun!

Making calls? Playing MP3s? Sending Gmail? Taking pictures? It’s all covered here—one step at a time, in plain English. There’s no faster way to master the great Google tools built into your new phone: calendar, messaging, web browsing, chat, Google Maps, YouTube, you name it!

Want to customize your phone? Here’s how. Need to troubleshoot a problem? No sweat: you’ll find easy, step-by-step directions. Whether you’re using the T-Mobile G1 or another Android-powered smartphone, this book answers all your questions so you can harness the power of Google applications and tools in the palm of your hand.

 • Set up your Google Android phone fast!

 • Quickly master phone basics, from speakerphone to call waiting

 • Transfer contacts from your computer or another phone

 • Add new Calendar appointments and reminders

 • Make the most of your free Gmail account

 • Take photos, and send them instantly to your contacts

 • Watch videos and upload them to YouTube

 • Find practically anything with Google Search

 • Use Google Talk’s handy chat features

 • Get directions and traffic info with Google Maps... even use GPS!

 • Install new software tools and even start writing your own

 • Fix the most common problems with service and hardware

John Eddy is a long-time gadget hobbyist who has spent most of his career helping everyday people use technology, in roles ranging from product support to moderation of online forums.

Patricia DiGiacomo Eddy is an accomplished technology author and mobile phone geek whose books include Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, The
Absolute Beginner’s Guide to OneNote, and Access 2003: VBA Programmer’s Reference.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Phone Basics

Setting Up the Phone

    Using an Existing Google Account

    Creating a New Google Account

Navigating the Phone’s Screens

Making and Answering Calls


    Conference Calling

    Call Waiting

Configuring Calling Features

    Fixed Dialing Number


    Call Forwarding

    Caller ID

    Call Waiting

    Operator Selection

Managing Voicemail

Date/Time Settings and Alarms

    Setting the Date and Time

    Setting an Alarm


    Deleting an Alarm

Text Messaging

    Sending a Text Message

    Configuring Text Messaging Alert Settings

    Viewing a Received Message

Customizing Your Phone

    Sound Settings

    Display Settings

Autocorrect Options

Customizing Your Home Screen




Chapter 2 Working with Contacts

What Are Contacts?

Viewing Your Contacts

Adding a New Contact

Editing an Existing Contact

Calling a Contact

Sending a Contact a Text Message

Mapping a Contact’s Address

Setting Up Favorite Contacts

Transferring Contacts from Another Phone

Transferring Contacts from Your Computer

Deleting a Contact

What About All That Other Stuff?

Chapter 3 Using Your Calendar

Viewing Your Calendar

Viewing Other Calendars

Creating a New Appointment

Viewing Your Agenda

Reminder Settings and Other Options

    Set Alerts & Notifications

    Select Ringtone


    Set Default Reminder

Some Tasks You Can’t Perform from the Phone

    Creating a Second Calendar

    Sharing an Existing Calendar

    Adding a Public Calendar

    Inviting People to a Meeting

Chapter 4 Working with Email

Overview of Gmail

    Reading Email

    Sending a New Message

    Replying to or Forwarding a Message

    Archiving an Email

    All About Labels

    Applying Labels to Received Mail Automatically

Customizing Gmail Settings

    General Settings

    Notification Settings

Connecting to Other Email Accounts

    Reading Email

    Sending a New Message

    Replying to or Forwarding a Message

    Deleting a Message

    Switching Between Multiple Accounts

    Removing an Account

Chapter 5 Taking Pictures

Taking Pictures with Your Phone


    Set As



    Camera Settings

Viewing Pictures You’ve Taken

    Viewing a Slideshow of Your Pictures

    Basic Picture Options

    Advanced Picture Options

Customizing Picture Settings

    Picture Size

    Picture Sort

    Confirm Deletions

    Slideshow Interval

    Slideshow Transition

    Repeat Slideshow

    Shuffle Slides

Chapter 6 Using Your Android-Powered Phone as a Personal Media Player

Listening to Your Music

    Playing Music

    Creating and Using Playlists

    Party Shuffle

    Removing Songs from Your Library

    Purchasing New Songs

    Using Songs as Ringtones

    Copying Songs to Your Phone

Watching Videos

The Joy of YouTube

    Playing a YouTube Video

    YouTube Categories

    Searching for YouTube Videos

    Accessing Video Details

    Commenting on Videos

    Choosing Your Favorite Videos

    Sharing Videos

    Accessing YouTube Settings

Chapter 7 Using the Internet

Accessing the Browser

    Opening a Website by Typing a URL

    Viewing More Than One Website at a Time

    Checking a Page for Content Updates

    Moving Through History

    There’s No Place Like Home

    Sharing Web Pages with Others

    Zooming to a Better View

Creating and Using Bookmarks

Google Search

    Searching for Websites

    Searching for Images

    Local Searches

    Searching for News

Advanced Web Browser Settings

    Managing Your History

    Finding Your Downloads

    Browser Settings

Chapter 8 Using the Rest of the Google Application Suite

Google Talk

    Adding Friends

    Chatting with a Friend

    More IM Fun

    Friends List Options

    Instant Messaging Settings

Other Instant Message Programs

    Adding an Account

    Frequent Chatting

    Removing an Account

Google Maps

    Viewing a Map

    Searching for a Location

    Using Google Maps with GPS

    Getting Directions

Other Google Applications

    Google Reader

    Google Docs

Chapter 9 Adding New Applications

Finding and Installing New Applications

    Using ShopSavvy

    Using Shazam

Managing Your Applications

    Adding Applications to Your Home Screen

Find More Applications Using Search

Uninstalling Unwanted Applications

Chapter 10 Using Wi-Fi

Setting Up Wi-Fi

Other Wireless Options

    Enabling Bluetooth

    Airplane Mode

    The Professor and Mary Ann: Mobile Networks

Chapter 11 Security

SIM Card Lock

Screen Lock

Starting Over—Completely

Chapter 12 An Open-Source Platform

Creating Applications for Your Phone

Installing the SDK


Chapter 13 Troubleshooting

Service Issues

Hardware and Software Issues

    My Phone Is Slower Than Molasses in January

    My Phone Crashed

    My Phone Won’t Do Anything

    I Dropped My Phone in Water

Resetting Your Phone

Getting Help

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