Android Tablets For Beginners


What is Android? -Android is a Linux based open source operating system by Google which is popular on mobile phones, touch screen tablet PCs,

It is also used on watches (android wear) and is intended to be used in smart TVs and Cars. Various efforts are also under way to install android on PCs.

Android Tablets

Android Tablets come  in various  sizes,  but the commonly sold machines have  7, 8 and 10 inch screens.

They are lightweight, generally weighing under 1000 grams, and have WIFI capability, and a variety of sensors.

They are also use a touch screen as the main interface, rather than a mouse and keyboard.

If you don’t currently own a tablet or are considering a new one, then the android tablet basic specification guide  and Cheap vs Expensive Tablets – What’s the Difference articles should help.

I use the  Google nexus 7 and most of the articles/tutorials on this site were created using it,

Tablets vs Phones

Although all of the tutorials on this site were created using a tablet they will also work on android phones.

The main difference between android on a mobile phone, and android on a tablet, besides the screen size, is that tablets don’t support telephone calls and SMS.

Getting Started

Finding your way around Android  may be intuitive to those who have grown up with mobile phones and games , but for the none technical, seniors and complete beginners, it is less so.

The aim of this site is to help you understand, and use your Android tablet. Here are some starting guides you may find useful.

Because android devices come with a limited amount of storage when compared to a laptop/PC you need to keep any eye on your free disk space and maybe free up some space. See Understanding Your Storage Space



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Printing From Android Tablets and Phones

If you use your Tablet/phone frequently you will sooner or later want to print something.

Many of you will transfer the document to your PC either via email or file transfer and print them from there, as it is usually the easiest method.

However if you are prepared to do a little setup in advance  you can also print directly to printers on your network from your Tablet/phone. Continue reading

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Reading and Managing Kindle Books on Android

kindle-book-iconOne of the most common uses of Android tablets in for reading ebooks.

There are many different formats for ebooks some, are proprietary like Amazon kindle, Nook, and others are more open and standard like pdfs (portable document format) ebooks.

The two most common are ebook formats are Kindle and pdf. and the Kindle reader App can read both. Continue reading

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Accessing The Web on Android Part 2

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  • Changing The Default Search Engine
  • Logging into a Google Account
  • Saving a Web page To your Home Screen.
  • Downloading Files

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Accessing The Web on Android

access-web-androidTo access websites on your android tablet/phone you will need a web browser.

The Google chrome browser has been the default browser on Android since Android 4.0.

The chrome browser that comes with Android is the same as the desktop version. Continue reading

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Screen Pinning- Locking an App to the Screen

screen-pinnied-notificationScreen pinning is a very useful feature that is available in Android v5 (lollipop) that  allows you to lock the screen to a selected App.

You can use it to stop your kids roaming around your phone/tablet when they are supposedly playing a game or to ensure that you don’t accidentally close an App you are using. Continue reading

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