Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Android Genealogy - A Community Blog

My knowledege of Android is quite limited and I realise that there are lots of genealogists like me who are dipping their toes into Android water. Before this blog was established this week I couldn't find one place that drew together the knowledge and experiences of Android Genealogists.

I hope that they will comment on this blog and send me items that I can publish about their experiences.

Earlier today Patrice Green, the proud new owner of an Android device wrote the following on Google+. She kindly gave me permission to repost it here:

Patrice Green  -  14:12  -  Public
I've had my Samsung Galaxy Nexus for 10 days now. It's my very first smartphone. I thought I knew most things about the phone because I've been watching and reading about it since October. In fact, when I went in to look at the phone for the first time a customer was asking the salesman a question that he could not answer -- but I could and did! In addition, my daughters both have been using Android phones and they were more than willing to give Mom the grand tour.

But then I found the Verizon "Nexus" Simulator yesterday. What a terrific tutorial! I actually learned ten new things that I didn't know before:

1. To capture a screenshot, hold down the power button and the lower volume button at the same time.

2. The Nexus has the equivalent of "call waiting." You can accept a second incoming call (or reject it). You can switch between two calls using the swap button.

3. You can respond to phone calls with text messages by dragging the phone icon up to the message icon. You have a choice of several canned messages or a custom message.

4. You can change to Silent Mode using the power button. Just select it from the menu that pops up. It's the same menu used for Airplane Mode or to Power Off. I just never saw the Silent Option, even though it was staring me in the face.

5. You can "join" Contacts using the Contacts Edit menu.
(Hmm... I have duplicates. I wonder how to solve that. Nor do I want all my G+ contacts to be listed with my Personal Contacts.)

6. Creating a group can't be done unless you tap the bottom group icon too! That's one of the few things that doesn't seem to be intuitive.

7. I knew there had to be some way to set a picture as wallpaper, but I couldn't find it. You have to start from the home screen by tapping and holding an open space. Only then does the Gallery option appear.

8. The web browser has tabs!

9. You can turn WiFi notifications On or Off. Which is better? I don't know yet.

10. As you move across the five home screens a blue bar appears in the line above the Application Launcher section. You can only see it as you are moving from one screen to another. It identifies the position of the screen you moved to relative to the App Launcher (center home screen).

I realize some of this may be old hat to Android users. These are just the new things that surprised and pleased me.

I still have a few things to work out, but all in all I love my new Nexus.

If you'd like to take the Nexus for a test drive, the simulator is located here:

Drive safely!

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