Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Top 10 android setup tasks for a new android user

Kick start your shiny new android phone including the Droid family, Evo 4G, Galaxy S or other Motorola, Samsung and HTC android phones.
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Top 10 Android setup tasks:
  1. Import contacts:
    • Export contacts to CSV, import to Gmail contacts.
    • Sign in to your phone with your Google account, if you haven’t done that yet.
    • Browse to Contacts>Settings>Display options>Select “Only contacts with phones”, and also Google>Manually select all groups. Then sync.
    • While you are at it, use the Email app to setup your school/office email too. Use IMAP or Exchange settings to ensure that email read status is synced to your phone.
    • Install Gtasks and sync your todo lists with Google tasks.
  2. Facebook and Twitter:
    • Install the Facebook and Twitter apps.
    • Select to import data on your existing contacts. Pictures and other address data are the automagically added to your contacts.
    • Set Facebook and Twitter to update once every 4 hrs to prevent your friends from draining your battery. The Facebook sync setting could be in Contacts>Settings>Accounts or in the app itself
  3. Home screen:
    • Install ADW launcher to get a better home screen.
    • Select ADW launcher to open by default when the Home button is pressed.
    • Set the number of screens to 3 and apps to scroll vertically. Thats feels a lot better on the Galaxy S phones.
    • Set desktop rows to 5. Theres a lot more screenspace on large screen phones.
    • Select fade app labels for some nice animation.
    • If you want to reset the launcher for any reason, browse to Settings>Manage apps>ADW launcher> Reset defaults.
  4. Home screen widgets:
    • Install Beautiful widgets, one of the best Time and Weather widgets.
    • Try out some clock skins and pick the one you like.
    • Tap on Time to open alarm, Date to open calendar and Weather to open a nice animated weather widget.
    • Galaxy S phones have the WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G, enable/disable buttons in the notification area, but you might want to place Power Control, an android standard widget, on your home screen and have better control over your battery.
    • While disabling the GPS, enable Geo location using WiFi to retrieve current location without sacrificing battery power.
  5. Get your phone back if you loose it:
    • Install Contact Owner.
    • Enable the security pattern in settings,
    • Setup Google Voice if needed
    • Add your email and the Google Voice number to your contact. You can use a friends number instead too.
    • Get Contact Owner to show your email and the phone number on the password screen, so the finder can reach you to give back the phone.
    • Also, enable Latitude in maps to track the location of your phone.
  6. Find your background:
  7. Change phone settings automatically:
    • Install Timerrific
    • There are apps that use GPS or phone battery levels to change settings automatically, like Tasker and Power Manager
    • Timerrific is better though. It changes settings based on time/day and is nice to the battery.
    • Now you can set the phone to vibrate at office/school and turn off WiFi when not at home.
    • While you are at it, install No Signal Alert, so you don’t miss important calls. Your phone will let you know if it looses signal.
  8. Don’t type, scan (or write):
  9. Other must have Apps:
    • Music, News and TV apps are always a must.
    • Pandora, Slacker radio or Last.FM: Free personalized radio
    • NYtimes: Award-winning journalism of The New York Times
    • NPR: Listen to NPR shows
    • TV.com: TV shows from CBS, The CW, CNET, ET, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Sports and much more!
  10. Last but not the least change your ringtone:
    • Android comes with some nice ones, you can create your own too.
    • Install Ringdroid. Copy any MP3 to your SD card to edit and set it as your Ringtone.
    • You can assign a specific ringtone to a contact too.

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