Android devices are very customizable. The Google Play store offers shopping options for new applications (apps). Google accounts are mandatory. This video explores features specific to Android devices.
but the problem we have today is that we seem to be broken into two camps. There are the folks who use Android, and there are the folks who use iOS. So in this episode, I'm going to give a tour of an Android device. Now, if you're an Android user, I hope I'm boring you to death. although they may do it in a little bit of a different way. So I've got my Android device here. Now, the one thing I want to tell you about Android is that, to me, the big difference between Android versus iOS is customization. Android devices are very customized, and people who like to tweak on their phones are the folks who tend to want to go with Android. Folks who like iOS are people, they want it one way, and it works that way, and it works that way like a tank, and we love it. So one of the things I want to show you as we take a look at the screen is what you're looking at is a pretty standard screen. These are very customizable. For example, if I want to, I've got this widget up at the top. If I want to resize it, I can do things like that. I can actually remove the widget completely if I want. There it's gone. I could add more icons at the top. The other thing is that the desktop is a little bit different. So on an Android box, the only thing you're going to be seeing up here is stuff that I put there. If you want to see everything, we hit what's called the Dock, and we click on this. This is all the installed programs. So this is quite a bit different than people who use iOS devices. So if I want to put something on my desktop, I'm going to come in here, and then I'm just going to move it over to whatever screen I want to put it onto. The other big difference from an Android versus iOS is folders. On my iOS phone, I can make a folder and put programs into it. It's a little bit different with an Android. So watch what happens here. So I've got these three different programs running on the second page of my desktop. If I want to make a folder, or at least the closest equivalent, I just push them on top of each other, and now I have a folder within Android. The other big thing that comes up are notifications. I want to know what's happening. Do I have an upcoming appointment? Is there something running in the background? Is there a download going on? That all has to do with the notification screen on an Android. So on this one I don't have a lot going on. You can see it in the upper left-hand corner. I hit a pull-down, and yep it's recording the screen, so you guys can see what I'm talking about here. I also have, when I do a pull-down, settings for a lot of critical things that I need to do. I can turn wifi on and off. Bluetooth. There's my flashlight. I can reduce and increase screen brightness. That's all handled right there. Now, if you're an iOS person, I know you guys love gestures. And unfortunately, unless you're using third party applications, the amount of gesture you see on an Android is very small compared to the typical iOS device, but there's a few. For example, I can scroll back and forth on my desktop. I can sweep up from the bottom, and see all of my installed programs. And I can sweep down to see the notification area. That's about it in terms of default for an Android device. Okay, let's talk about applications. Just like an iOS, there is a store to go to, and in the Android world, it's called the Google Play Store. So here's my Google Play Store. And what I've done is I've selected a particular program I want. I can search for anything I want. This happened to be up at the top. you are compelled to create a Google account to which this phone is associated. There are ways to get around it, but I wouldn't recommend it. So you've got to make some kind of Google account. Now, I've gone ahead during the installation of this phone, when I first got it, and I had to set it up, I went ahead and created a Google account for it, but you can apply other accounts through your account settings. So we come down to Settings. And here's Accounts. Now, right now I only have a Google account, but if I wanted to add an account, you'll notice that it has a bunch of preset types of accounts. I could setup to an Exchange server. I could setup emails with either IMAP or POP3. If you're unfamiliar with those, I have episodes on that. I could even add more Google accounts. The last thing I want to talk about is the concept of backup and reset. Backup and reset are important features. Everybody's lost a phone. Everybody's dropped a phone into a pond. Everybody's cracked a phone where it's not functional. And in that case, a backup can be really, really important. Now, with Android you will get a backup, but you have to turn it on by default. So let's go ahead and take a look. And it's right here at Backup and Reset. So right now I've already turned on Backup for my particular device here. And if I turn that off, I'm not going to have any backup. This backs up everything to Google Drive. And it does a pretty good job. This is another place where I kind of like iOS better than Android. Traditionally, with iOS, backup features were amazing. You could literally lose your phone, buy a new phone, log in with your account and get everything back. All the icons in the right place. Everything. And until the most recent versions of Android, Android couldn't keep up. Did a pretty good job, but not quite as great as you could do with iOS. Okay, let's talk about reset. This is something that gets people in trouble with phones all the time. So if you take a look right here, you'll see it says Factory data reset. So you're done with your phone, and you want to give it to your cousin's plumber's beautician, or whatever it is. So you think to yourself, oh, I'll just go ahead and get all my stuff off this phone by hitting a factory reset. That, on an Android, is a disaster, and it is something you don't want to do. You can most certainly do a factory reset, but you first must delete all of your accounts. If you fail to delete all of your accounts, you've just turned this phone into a brick. And it is very difficult, if not impossible, to recover. So if you want to give the phone to somebody else, first delete all of your accounts. Then feel free to do a factory reset. This is actually a very smart function. What they're trying to do here, is if somebody steals the phone, they don't want them to be able to just do a factory reset and then use the phone. So it's a good idea. You know what, I'm going to throw in one more thing, cause it's kind of cool. And that is the concept of location. So many applications lean on the concept of location that it's a very, very powerful tool. The problem is, is most people don't set their location properly for their phone. Let me show you what I'm talking about. All right, so here I am back in Settings, and here you'll see it says Location, on and high accuracy. What I'm talking about right here is the mode. So you'll see on this phone, I've got three different modes. High accuracy basically means use everything you can to try to figure out where you are. Battery saving means turn off GPS, and device only means only use GPS. When it comes to location settings, it's really a matter of battery life more than anything else. Somebody like me who's a constant road warrior, constantly using GPS tools, using location services, also I'm going to show you in other episodes how you can recover your device if you have location services turned on. I'm always going to be using a very high accuracy mode, but I'm paying for that in battery life. One of the most important things you can look at on a phone is that if you're burning a lot of juice, and your battery is only lasting a few hours, you might want to consider turning off the GPS. (upbeat music)
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