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How to Use the Android OS
Hey guys Jon Rettinger with Jon4lakers.com here with a software overview for you of the T-mobile G1 or more specifically an overview of the Android Operating System that the device is running. So, I hope you enjoy and I will see you guys in the next video. Bye-bye.
All right guys so here we have the Android home screen. And the really cool thing about the device is— Well, most smart phone only have one screen. The G1 and Andriod actually have three so in this home screen here I've got some icons and a Google search and if I scroll the right, I actually get another home screen and I can drag icons here or if I hold down, I get a little half of feedback and I can add widgets or clocks or anything that I like here. So let put a clock there and I can hold it down, and move anywhere I like and go back and you can select icons that you want on the home screen. If you find one you want, you can just hold it down and it shows up by on the home screen.
Go to the right and you have another home screen and you actually have the options to do that one more time. So three home screens makes it a very customizable experience. I personally enjoy having everything on one but you make like having applications on one screen clock on another, shortcuts or settings on a third. It really at varies on user’s experience.
So let’s go ahead and get started to walk to the software. So, the first thing you’ll notice when you look at it is the string’s little arrow down there. That little arrow is actually one of the most important features of the operating system itself.
Take your finger, slide it up and it pulls up in period of menu choices that you have. Come to the alarm clock, Amazon, MP3, browser which is sort of like Google’s Chrome, calculator, calendar, camera, contacts styler, e-mail, G-mail which actually it syncs your contacts automatically with G-mail and prompts you to set up a G-mail account or log in to your existing G-mail account when you first turn on the device, IM Maps Android market place, messaging, movies, this application that I downloaded, music my fave is picture, pro-basketball another one that I downloaded, Quote Pro for checking your stocks. I downloaded that as well, ring toggle which is a must have. I'll show you that in a little bit later, settings, Twit Droid which is a Twitter client for the device, voice styler and YouTube.
So, we’ll go back here and then I've got a Google search bar. You can click it, slide it open the screen, type in anything you want and Google will search it for you. So you may have seen my browser comparison versus the iPhone. Let me walk you through the browser here one more time. And I'm going to show you the highlights of the browser. It’s the one I want to be selected. There we go.
Typing at a wrong angle— And I'm using the device’s capacitive touch screen so it’s not resistive. So, here we are on home screen lets go ahead and search for—we’ll do basketball since I have the basketball application right there. And the keyboard is extremely usable and it pulls up a list of choices. I’ll hit the scroll ball into enter and we will let it search. I'm scrolling down to search and we are off. So we got NBA.com, that sounds like a good choice we’ll go and click that and is loading up on the T-mobile 3D connector which is actually relativity fast.
Loading up and it letting me know that I need a flash player which we don’t have right now. Let’s go ahead keep looking at the browser. Scrolling is very smooth. The zooming in out is done through this positive or negative magnifying glasses so let’s zoom out. And you do get a very desktop like browsing experience. It is very smooth and fluent. One of the cool things that this browser has in the corner, there's four little arrow that if you click it— I have trouble clicking it right there. Click it one more time. There we go, click it to tap it.
So if you tap it, you can move around and you get a little sort of magnifying glasses and type thing. So lets tap it again and hopefully you can see it right there on screen. I can move it around anywhere I like and I find an arrow that I want to zoom in on. Let’s say that advertiser. Let it go and it zooms in right there. It is actually a very cool feature.
Tap it, zoom in on a flash ad and there we go zoomed in. And the browser is very full feature and quite nice. And if you want to rotate it, get the side out of the keyboard and it will rotate. The device does have built in accelerometer but for unfortunately right now it does not work with tilting similar to the iPhone. Let’s go back to the home screen.
So like I mentioned before, you can scroll up and scroll through your icons nice and simple. I'm sure you have figured that out. What this does have though and is very cool feature is makes you use of the top bar for alerts.
You actually take your finger and scroll down and you can get a list of notifications. So I have text messages or e-mails, they will all show up right there in the list. It’s actually quite handy. Scroll that right up. And if you want to see that again, flick it right on down, very cool feature.
So let me go ahead and walk you through some of the things that you got to have on the device. One of the annoying things that I had with the phone was it didn’t have an easy way to change profiles. Meaning, if I was walking in to work or a meeting and I wanted to set the phone to vibrate. I had to put the volume button down all the way, all the way. That can be a little bit annoying.
So I downloaded this ring toggle program. Essentially what it does, it is pretty self-explanatory. Let you select your profile. So I set it to vibrate and there it goes nice and set to vibrate, very quick and very easy and certainly very painless.
So, the next thing you guys that probably going to want to know is how does this stack up to the iPhone compared to the App Store. Well the Android market place is in its infancy but it certainly has a lot of room and potential so let me go ahead and show you what the market place looks like. I was speaking about programs that you have to download.
So you’re good with the very simple home screen, applications, games, search and My Downloads. So go and applications. It’s queuing up right there and I'm going to keep this in real time. So you guys can see how its have load over to the 3G connection.
So all application, entertainment, finance, lifestyle, and right now all applications in the app store are free. So I'm very into the social aspect of it, so let’s click Social and its source by — click a whole of bunch of different choices. So here, we have one for let say Myspace mobile, and it gives you star review on it and there it goes.
If you love Myspace, you’re really going to Myspace mobile. Go to read some reviews and then just hit Install and that is it, piece of cake. So let’s install it, so you can see what that looks like. Hit Okay, Access to the Network; give me hardware controls and it downloading now.
So if I pull down a little menu bar, it should give me notifications status. There it goes, Myspace mobile 0%, 11%, really show the speed of team mobile 3G network is actually relativity impressive. So it already half way downloaded and now it is fully downloaded actually. So, hit the home button and go back to the home screen, scroll up to your applications. Do you think you find it there? Myspace mobile— I hit the wrong button. There it is myspace mobile and simple, just log in.
As I showed you before on different home screens, let’s say I want you to put that myspace mobile icon say on the blank home screen. So the one all over the right. You can drag that up go back to Myspace Mobile. Hold it down and I get an icon that I can drag anywhere that I like. And you will notice when I click the icon now it’s on the home screen, that little arrow down below turn it into a trash can and I can drag it right to the little trash can and it will remove the icon from the home screen. It won’t delete it, unless we will remove from the screen.
So well, go back to the home screen here. So it really does call the merit of games, got a Google map application that everybody very familiar with. It looks like Google, Google map on any device. I think terribly exciting there. It’s got a music player built in but it does not have a built in video player.
There are third party video players that you can download. Artists, album, songs and playlist is a pretty straightforward music player. There are some pre-loaded songs in here. This one is Flight of the Conchords. I'm a big fan of them so lets open that up, click it and it pulls the album information, open up the song. Go ahead hit the play.
So, avoid copyright here. I'm not going to be able to play that anymore for you but you guys can see what it looks like album art, little information about it. You can shuffle or go back. We’ll take a look at the home screen here.
So overall, I found the device can be very usable. The user interface is intuitive and it is only going to get better with software updates. So guys this is Jon Rettinger with Jon4lakers.com, just giving you very quick software overview of the T-Mobile G1 and Android in particular. I hope you enjoyed. And if you want, some more exclusive content, be sure to follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/Jon4lakers. I’ll see you guys in the next video. Bye-bye.