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Android Essential Training (2014)

with Dan Gookin

Video: Welcome

Ready to get the most out of your Android device? Get a comprehensive overview of the Android operating system, complete with expert tips and tricks, in this course.
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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 16s
  2. 17m 0s
    1. Exploring your Android device
      3m 45s
    2. Mastering the touch screen
      2m 53s
    3. Understanding the home screen
      3m 28s
    4. Entering text
      4m 50s
    5. Editing text
      2m 4s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Managing your accounts
      3m 36s
    2. Customizing the home screen
      3m 45s
    3. Making the Wi-Fi connection
      5m 34s
    4. Connecting with Bluetooth
      3m 8s
    5. Setting a screen lock
      4m 36s
  4. 18m 57s
    1. Understanding apps
      3m 38s
    2. Exploring the App Drawer
      6m 6s
    3. Shopping at the Google Play store
      5m 34s
    4. Controlling your apps
      3m 39s
  5. 16m 12s
    1. Exploring the contacts list
      4m 36s
    2. Creating a contact
      3m 57s
    3. Editing a contact
      4m 52s
    4. Managing the address book
      2m 47s
  6. 20m 30s
    1. Configuring your email accounts
      5m 8s
    2. Reading and responding to email
      4m 12s
    3. Composing a new message
      2m 19s
    4. Attaching photos to an email
      4m 46s
    5. Managing your email
      4m 5s
  7. 18m 26s
    1. Talking on the phone
      5m 18s
    2. Calling multiple people
      4m 30s
    3. Mastering the phone experience
      4m 31s
    4. Accessing voicemail
      4m 7s
  8. 12m 48s
    1. Texting
      3m 58s
    2. Hanging out with Google Hangouts
      4m 22s
    3. Talking to the world with Skype
      4m 28s
  9. 14m 52s
    1. Browsing the web
      3m 42s
    2. Using tabs or multiple windows
      3m 32s
    3. Managing bookmarks
      4m 12s
    4. Web security settings
      3m 26s
  10. 21m 37s
    1. Snapping a shot
      5m 46s
    2. Recording video
      4m 18s
    3. Exploring shooting modes
      3m 36s
    4. Managing images
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing images and videos
      3m 35s
  11. 12m 35s
    1. Exploring the world with the Maps app
      3m 46s
    2. Locating people, places, and things
      4m 55s
    3. Getting directions
      3m 54s
  12. 12m 48s
    1. Reviewing appointments in the Calendar app
      3m 53s
    2. Creating a new event
      5m 15s
    3. Setting an alarms and timers
      3m 40s
  13. 17m 16s
    1. Working with external storage
      4m 3s
    2. Transferring files
      4m 57s
    3. Exploring Android storage
      3m 54s
    4. Sharing the mobile data network
      4m 22s
  14. 12m 4s
    1. Problems and solutions
      4m 5s
    2. Extending battery life
      3m 14s
    3. Monitoring data usage
      4m 45s
  15. 49s
    1. Next steps

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Android Essential Training (2014)
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Whether you're getting started with your first Android device or just want to learn more about its features, this course will show you how to get the most out of your Android phone or tablet. Join Dan Gookin, the author who sparked the For Dummies series, for a comprehensive overview of the Android OS that will get you up and running quickly. First, get comfortable with the touch screen and other basics. Then learn how to add and manage your accounts and configure and customize your Android device to make it your own. Discover how to use all the phone features, organize contacts, and send and receive emails, texts, and video calls. Then explore scheduling appointments and events, downloading and using apps from Google Play, browsing the web, and capturing compelling video and images using the different camera modes. Finally, the course details how to maintain an Android device, including syncing and sharing files.

Topics include:
  • Exploring basic Android operations
  • Understanding and customizing the Home screen
  • Connecting with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Controlling your apps
  • Using your mobile address book
  • Configuring email accounts
  • Receiving and sending email
  • Handling phone calls and accessing voicemail
  • Using Google Hangouts and Skype
  • Using tabs and bookmarks
  • Taking and managing photos and videos
  • Getting directions and finding locations with the Maps app
  • Making appointments and setting alarms and timers
  • Transferring files
  • Sharing the mobile data network
  • Extending battery life
  • Monitoring data usage
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Welcome to Android Essential Training. My name is Dan Gookin, your mentor and guide. I wrote the book DOS for Dummies, which spawned the entire for Dummies publishing phenomenon. All told I've written over 144 books on computers and technology, translated into over 32 languages worldwide and sold millions of copies. In this course, I'll show you the essentials of using an Android device, a smart phone or tablet. With me, you'll explore basic operations, from turning on the device to working the touchscreen and adding accounts.

You'll discover how to customize your Android, how to put it to work as a useful communications tool and how to get the most from its features. I'll demonstrate interesting, fun and useful things you can do with your phone or tablet. You'll see many tips and tricks, plus a few surprises. Please join me, as together you and I explore the exciting world of mobile technology while using Google's Android operating system.

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