What is Android? -Android is a Linux based open source operating system by Google, which is popular on mobile phones, and 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 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 WI-FI capability, and a variety of sensors.
They also use a touch screen as the main interface, rather than a mouse and keyboard.
Tablets for sale on Amazon tend to be running Android 4.2, 4.3, (Jelly bean), 4.4 (KitKat). 5.0 (lollipop) as well as the latest ( version 6 -Marshmallow).
Android version 7 Nougart is expected to be released in August September 2016.
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 you understand the important tablet features.
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.
However many newer tablets do have GSM support (3G/4G) which is usually a premium feature.
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.
Becoming Familiar with Android
Navigating your way around a tablet/smart phone is very different to using a PC. The first thing you may notice is that Android has more than one home screen!- See Understanding and Using Home Screens.
Because you don’t have a mouse and keyboard then you will need to learn techniques like long and short pressing, pinching etc See Android Navigation Basics
Setting Up Android
You will need to connect Android to the Internet to send and receive email, download Apps etc.
All android tablets and phones use Wi-Fi as the primary connection mechanism. Tablets and phone equipped with 3G/4G will also use the mobile network.
- Setting Up Wifi and connecting to the Internet.
- Setting up and Using Email
- Android tablets and mobile data.
On a PC we call them programs, on tablets and smart phones they are called Apps.
Most devices will come with a collection of pre-installed Apps. You can install new Apps from the Google Play store.
- Beginners guide to the Google Play Store.
- Google and Other Android Accounts
- Running and Managing Apps on Android
- Useful Apps
The storage space available on a smart phone/tablet is tiny when compared to a PC/Laptop. Understanding your storage space and managing it is important to make the best use of your device.
- Understanding Your Storage Space
- Using Google Drive with Android
- Android File and Directory Structure explained
The aim of this site is to help you understand and use your Android tablet.
If you are confused by all of the terms then this page might help – Android Terms and Acronyms
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