Android 4.0 Tutorial, Walkthrough, Guide for Tablets (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Uploaded by tabletpcuk on 02.02.2012

Hi there, this is a video showing you an overview of Android 4.0, also
known as Android Ice Cream Sandwich.  
Now, we’ve already put up a video that covers the differences between Android 4.0 and the
previous version of Android, Android Honeycomb. But today I’m just going to give you a full
overview of what Android 4.0 is like, if you haven’t even seen Android Honeycomb.
  So this kind of walkthrough will talk you
through some of the features. First up, just a bit of overview of Google’s Android operating
system. It’s originally designed for Smartphones and tablets. So, the Smartphone version you’ll
find will be Versions 1, Version 2, there’s various sort of ones 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 versions,
you’ll hear names like Android Froyo, Android Éclair, etc., on the Android 2 versions.
Those are principally Smartphone operating systems. Some tablets run them, but they tend
to be the cheaper tablets.  
Once you get into Android 3, which is also known as Android Honeycomb, that’s where
they were specifically designed for the tablet format, for the bigger screen. And then Android
4, which is Android Ice Cream, is actually going to be used across both tablets and Smartphones.
So that means that it’s going to help the developers as to how they can have a unified
platform going forward, so hopefully we’re going to see some more improved apps and ecosystem
around Android.  
So, to run you through Android, let’s start by having a look at how the screens are set
up. So basically there’s five kind of home screens here when you first go in. Now I haven’t
got anything on this home screen, I’ve only got this one kind of widget for YouTube on
this home screen, this is kind of a central home screen where I’ve got a few different
things set up. Another home screen where I’ve got a couple of widgets and a few widgets
to applications, another screen here where I haven’t got anything set up apart from
one short cut to an application there. But basically all these screens are configurable.
You can kind of put stuff whereever you need to put it. We’ll have a little more look
at that in detail as we go along.  
Now down at the bottom here you’ve got three different kind of virtual buttons on the screen.
You’ve got a back button, a home button, which always brings you back to this screen,
and a multi-tasking button. This multi-tasking button effectively brings up everything that
you’ve got on the tablet at that stage and allows you to close things down or jump between
certain things. So for example, if I jump over to the browser, you can see there’s
a web page I’ve already pulled up there. I can press back, and that actually takes
me back on the browser, or I can press home, and takes me all the way back to the home
So then if you’re wanting to search anything and you’re wanting to find anything on the
web or anything on your tablet, you can also jump first to the top here and jump back there. Round
here you’ve got a Google logo and a little microphone. You can click up there and it
brings up kind of a search facility which you can type away into. So let’s say we
want to jump to the BBC website, give you some prompts…let’s jump to sports…and
that then pulls it up in a Google search. It’s a quick and easy way to jump to the
kind of content you want to see.  
If I jump back here again, the other option you’d have seen there is a search by voice
and I’m going to show you how that works. Let’s jump to the BBC website that way,
if I click that button and say “BBC” … let’s wait for it to get that … and you can see
it comes up with what it thinks you’ve gone for, tap on it and you’re straight into
the Google search results again. So you can just go from there and pull up the web page.
  So that’s all fairly straight forward in
terms of searching. If you want to get to your apps, apart from the ones you set up
as shortcuts on the front screen here, there’s six boxes up at the top here, click on that
brings you this kind of app here, you can jump between them, as you can see here this
kind of transition effect as you jump between screens and flick back and forth between them.
If you want to select an app, literally tap on it and that brings it up and you can go
straight into that app.  
Let’s go back to the home screen. Also, within that screen where the apps are is the
little logo up top here that says widgets. Jump onto widgets there and you can pick up
whatever widgets you actually want to put on your home screens. So, for example, let’s
say we want to bring in this photo gallery, you’d click on it, hold it and I’m going
to bring it right over here onto this home screen, and it brings that up. And it gives
you some configuration options.  
Okay, so that’s how you get to your widgets on your screen, it's a similar approach for
your apps on the apps screen. Let’s say we want to bring in the Amazon Kindle app
into a shortcut right on to the front of my home screen, you’re holding it down and
you just drop it and there you are. If you ever want to remove that icon, that shortcut,
you just click on that little X in the middle and drag it over to the edge and drop it in
there and it removes it from the screen. All pretty straight forward stuff.
  I’ve got a separate video where I’m going
to show you how to use Google Android Market, so keep an eye out for that and I’ll leave
a link at the end of this video. Also, there’s a number of kind of apps here that you might
be interested in, so first of all, let’s look at the stock Android browser that comes
here. I’ve got a few different tabs open here. You can quickly flick between stuff
and if you want to select a website or anything like that, it’s just a case of tapping on
the website. If you want to select a URL, let’s say we want to go to Yahoo, so it’s
all pretty straight forward quick to pick up stuff. There are several different kinds
of buttons in your browser such as your option to bookmark pages, a search function where
you can type in what you need for your URL and also options to look at history. And the
history here gives you kind of bookmarks, so if you bookmarked something, it gives you
a nice little icon here to show you what they are, the history of what you’ve been looking
at, any saved pages, that kind of thing.  
So let’s jump out of the browser. Another kind of stock app you’ll find with Android
is the YouTube app. This is all pretty straightforward, looks great, little sort of a carousel approach,
you can actually look through stuff. That’s the home screen, you can browse for videos,
brings up various different categories, top rated stuff, top favorited, most viewed, most
discussed, anything that’s going on this week, all that sort of stuff. And of course,
you can browse, search for videos, whatever you’re looking for.
  Also with Android comes a kind of camera app
which covers video and taking stills if your tablet has those functions. You’ve also
got a thing like a gallery app for looking at photos, etc. on this one currently I’ve
only got a few screen shots, nothing much else. Let’s come back out of that.
  There’s a music app with is quite nice and
quite sort of eloquently put together, which gives you sort of various views within that.
I actually haven’t got much in there so let’s back out of there.
  Email, Android Market, which I mentioned,
and a few more bits and pieces on here that I’ve actually put on here myself or came
with the tablet.  
So that’s it in terms of apps and stuff like that. One last thing, if you want to
configure the wallpaper it’s simply a long hold on the main home screen and you can pick
from the gallery, live wallpaper or standard wallpapers. Live wallpapers just give you
kind of an interaction, say, for example, the one I’ve selected here, which is just
this kind of grassy effect and set it as wallpaper, it will change depending on what the weather
is and also a certain time of day to take into account whether it’s nighttime or daytime.
So, just a bit of nice interaction. You can see as I flick back and forth the grass kind
of switches around. It’s just a nice kind of eloquent approach to a nice user experience.
  So that’s it for this video for covering
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