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First Edition Errata and Updates

This errata information covers the first edition of Android Phones For Dummies.


Page 1
The first line in the first section should admonish you not to read the book from cover to cover. The C is missing from the first "cover."
Page 25
Some Android phones feature an unlock button that lets you not only unlock the screen but instantly launch an app. For example, you can slide the lock a certain way on the Droid 4 phone to instantly launch the Camera app. Other phones have multiple sliding directions, which let you unlock the phone and then choose to launch from a collection of apps.
Page 35
The new trend is to refer to the soft buttons as navigation buttons. On some phones, the buttons are now part of the touchscreen display, and even change their position when the phone is rotated.
There is also a trend toward having a physical Home button.
A new navigation button is the Recent Apps button, which pops up a list of recently-opened apps. It provides for quicker switching between apps. You can access this feature on older phones by pressing the Home button twice.
Page 41
The Dock may also be referred to as the Favorites bar.
Page 44
Some notification panels feature quick actions at the top. Those are buttons you can press to turn phone features like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on or off.
Page 47 / Chapter 4
A new keyboard replacing the Android Keyboard is the Google Voice Input keyboard. It actually works in combination with the Android Keyboard to provide for smoother dictation. The newer Android Keyboard also features excellent predictive text, which makes it almost as fast as the Swype keyboard.
Page 56
There is a new trend toward showing an Editing bar atop the screen whenever text is selected. The bar lists icons or commands for Select All, Cut, Copy, and Paste (if available). It shows up whenever text is selected.
The cursor tab changes in newer versions of Android to sport a Paste button. Touch the Paste button to paste in text at the cursor's position.
Page 127
The method for setting up a traditional email account (not a web-based account) has been vastly simplified. Generally speaking, you now need only to specify your email address and password; the phone figures the rest out automatically. Only when the phone can't make heads or tails of your email address do you need to precisely follow the steps on pages 127 and 128.
Page 139 / Chapter 11
Some newer versions of the Browser or Web app have the incognito or privacy browser tab settings. This feature allows you to browse the Internet without collecting cookies or having the web site track you. Further, all evidence of your visit on the incognito/privacy tabs is not recorded.
Page 206
The Google Play Music app no longer supports the music file formats used by Windows Media Player. Even when you successfully export music from your PC to the phone, the tunes won't show up in the Play Music app. This restriction may not apply to the Music app, if your phone still sports that app.
Page 254
Some phones don't give you the ability to automatically configure the USB connection. They use the MTP, Media Transfer Protocol, method for connecting to a PC. Once connected, the phone is recognized as a portable media device, and you can then synchronize photos, music, videos, and other media or files as described in the book.
To synchronize files between an MTP mode Android phone and a Macintosh you need a special program, Android File Transfer. Click here to obtain the program for your Macintosh. Once installed, the Mac recognizes MTP mode Android phones once they're connected.
Samsung phones require special apps to be installed to make file transfer easier, such as the Samsung Kies program. From what I've heard, the latest version of Kies doesn't suck as much as previous versions.
Page 278
There can be as many as six different phone locks: None, Swipe, Face unlock, Pattern, PIN, and Password. The last three are covered in the book.
The None lock is basically no lock at all; not even a screen swipe. Unlocking the phone by pressing the Power Lock button lets you use the phone right away.
The Swipe lock is the standard Android phone lock, which is referred to as "None" in the book. On many phones Swipe and None are the same thing, though in the future they will not be.
The Face Unlock is a fancy feature whereby you hold up the phone and it uses the front-facing camera to recognize your visage. When it works, it's great! When it doesn't, you have to resort to a pattern or PIN lock to get access to your phone.
Page 290
On some phones, the choices presented for updating the Android operating system are OK, Defer, and Reject. Touch OK to update; Defer to postpone (Install Later), and Reject to skip the update. Generally speaking, there is no reason to reject an update unless you hear from the Phone Company or some other reliable source that you should do so.