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 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,
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.
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Most tablets sold today don’t include 3G/4G networking which means that you are restricted to accessing the Internet using Wi-Fi only.
This is OK at Home or in the office, but how about when you travel and there is no Wi-Fi available or out of security reasons you don’t want to use public Wi-Fi? Continue reading
If you travel with your tablet and don’t have a 3G/4G capable device or a 3G/4G dongle then you are reliant on public WI-Fi connections known as hotspots to connect to the Internet.
Many Phone users will often prefer to use public Wi-Fi hotspots to save on their Internet allowance. Continue reading
The price range for Android tablets is large ranging from very cheap/inexpensive tablets (£40- £90) to the mid range (£90-£200) to the expensive £200 and above.
So what are the differences between these tablets, and are these differences important to you? Continue reading
Since the release of Android 4.2 Android tablets have included support for multiple users.
In 4.3 they also included another user option called restricted profiles.
And In 5.0 they have also added a guest user option.
Before we look at how to setup multiple users we will look at why we might need them, and what the options do. Continue reading
Most people are familiar with the file layout on Windows and are happy navigating the Windows file System.
Windows uses a drive letter for each physical drive/partition.
Note: A Physical drive will have at least 1 partition but can have more than one. This is true for Windows and Android. Continue reading
Android devices come with Internal storage i.e. an Internal hard disk.
On some devices like the first nexus 7 the internal storage was between 8 and 32 GB depending on your version.
Many devices also have a SD card port where you can add external storage using SD cards usually up to 32GB
Even with external storage the amount of file storage space on a tablet is incredibly small when compared to a basic laptop/PC which tend to have around (250GB to 1TB). Continue reading