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Introduction 1Part I: Devices1 The Theory of the Android Phone 11The Melding of Google Mobile and Android 13Today's Internet Society 16Bringing It All Together 17Making Devices Usable 18Adding Software Applications to the Mix 19Closing the Door 202 Getting to Know Android Phones 21The T-Mobile G1 22The Buttons 23Screen Icons 27The T-Mobile myTouch 30Overview of Software and Applications 32Android in Brief 32Core Applications 33Third-Party Apps 36Device Security 37Closing the Door 403 Basic Use of Your Android Phone 41Phone Calls 42Calling Methods 42Call Capabilities 46Text Messages, Multimedia Messages, and IMs 49Text Messages 49Multimedia Messages 51Instant Messages 54To Sync or Not to Sync 56Syncing with the Web, Not the Desktop 57You Can Still Sync With the Desktop-Sorta 58Closing the Door 59Part II: The Applications4 Core Applications 63Connecting with Contacts 64Adding Contacts 65Managing Existing Contacts 68Saving the Date in the Calendar 70Navigating the Calendar 71Adding Events 75Editing and Deleting Events 76Adding Multiple Calendars 76Figuring with the Calculator 77Using the Camera to Capture Pictures 79Camera Settings 79Working with Pictures 80Capturing and Sharing Videos 83Capturing Video 83Sharing Videos 84Closing the Door 845 Going Online 85Getting Connected 86Connection Is More Than Just the Internet 86A Bit More on Bluetooth and GPS 87The Important Stuff: Wi-Fi 91Understanding the Android Browser 95Accessing the Browser 95Browser Controls 97Link Menus 98Multiple Page Instances 98Go to URL 100Search 100Bookmarks 102Refresh 105Additional Browser Options 105Settings 107Closing the Door 1116 Email Anywhere 113Introduction to Gmail 114Accessing Gmail 114Using Gmail to Send and Receive Messages 117Reading Messages 117Receiving Messages 119Composing and Sending Messages 120Advanced Gmail Controls 124Managing Your Email 124Email Settings 128Other Email Services 131Account Settings 132Message Controls 134Closing the Door 1357 Getting Around with GPS and Google Maps 137An Introduction to the G1's GPS Capabilities 138Using Google Maps 138Getting Directions 139Additional Options 144Changing the Map View 144Other GPS Capabilities 149Closing the Door 1498 Breaking Boredom with Entertainment Options 151Listening to Music 152Finding Your Music 153Using Music Controls 154Putting Music on Your Device 156Finding Music with Amazon MP3 159Watching Videos with YouTube 161Accessing YouTube and Videos 161Navigating a Video 162Playing Games and Other Diversions 163Closing the Door 1649 Adding Applications to Your Device 165Finding Apps in the Android Market 167Downloading and Installing Apps 173Managing Apps 174Removing Apps the Easy Way 175Managing Apps, Including Removal 176Closing the Door 179Part III: The Android Platfom10 Getting to Know Android 183Understanding Android 184Key Components of Android 185Features of the Android Platform 187The Principles of the Open Handset Alliance 188The Open Handset Alliance 188Alliance versus Single Provider 190Closing The Door 19011 Developing Native Android Apps 191Requirements for Development 192Android Software Development Kit (SDK) 192Java Standard Edition Development Kit (JDK) 192Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 192ANT Build Tool 193Developing Android Applications 193Setting Up the Development Environment on Windows 193Setting Up the Development Environment on Linux 195Making your IDE Android Aware 196Bringing It All Together: Creating Your First Android Application 198Creating an Application Using Eclipse 203Introduction to Android SDK Tools 206Android Debug Bridge (adb) 206Android Device Emulator (emulator) 206Make SD Card (mksdcard) 209Dalvik Debug Monitor Service (ddms) 209Android Asset Packaging Tool (aapt) 211Hierarchy Viewer (hierarchyviewer) 212UI/Application Exerciser Monkey 213Trace View 213SQLite 214Closing the Door 21412 Developing Mobile Web Applications 215Client Code 216The User-Agent 217Server Code 225Security and Authentication 231Error Handling 232Designing Web Content for Android 233WebKit Support for Advanced CSS 233WebKit Support for JavaScript 234Performance Tips for Mobile Content 235Optimal Loading Time 235Simple Layout 236Clean Navigation 236Handling Broken Links 237Spell-Checking 237External Links 23813 Advanced Android Apps 241Ultimate Portability 242Make Contact 243A Few Programmer/Analyst Tips 244How to Get Advanced Apps 245Apps by Categories 246Business Apps 246Communication Apps 248Location-Based Apps 249Entertainment Apps 251Utility Apps 252Creating Advanced Apps 253AppendixesA Troubleshooting 255Troubleshooting Device Issues 256Troubleshooting Application Issues 259Troubleshooting Design Issues 261B G1 Keyboard Shortcuts 265Shortcuts for Navigating Text and Typing 266Shortcuts for Navigating Applications 266Browser Shortcuts 267Index 269

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Jerri Ledford has been a freelance business technology writer for more than 10 years. During that time, more than 1,000 of her articles, profiles, news stories, and reports have appeared online and in print. Her publishing credits include Intelligent Enterprise, Network World, Information Security Magazine, DCM Magazine, CRM Magazine, IT Manager's Journal, and dozens more. Jerri also develops and teaches technology training courses for both consumer and business users. Some of the course topics she's been involved with include security, customer service, career skills, and technology for companies such as IBT Financial, Writer's Village University, Beacon Hill Financial Services, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and CNET. She is the author of 17 books, including these: The Web Geek's Guide to Google Chrome
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Google Analytics 2.0 In her free time, Jerri travels extensively and enjoys hiking, writing fiction novels, and soaking up the positive ions at the beach with her children. Bill Zimmerly is a retired computer programmer with interests that include writing about and programming Linux-powered gadgets like Android cell phones and Web applications for the Internet. With "tongue in cheek" sarcasm Bill considers himself one of those "unreasonable" men that the great writer Mr. George Bernard Shaw wrote about when he penned the famous line, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. All progress, therefore, depends upon the unreasonable man." Prasanna Amirthalingam is a software engineer who develops applications on both Java and .NET. He is very passionate about developing applications and loves sharing his passion through technical speaking and technical writing. He has authored exam content for more than 15 certification exams on various Microsoft technologies, including .NET, VSTS, VSTO, and Mobile development, and has been a Microsoft MVP since 2005. He loves travelling and has been working in different countries after starting his technical career in the beautiful islands of Sri Lanka. You can read his blog at

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