Some “Official” Android Tips And Tricks

Earlier today Google  gave a bit of an early Christmas present to all of the Android users out there by posting on their Official Blog a lengthy list of what they considered to be the best tips and tricks for their mobile OS.

The list contained 3 sections consisting of Tips, Keyboard tricks, and Applications.  Of course they are just highlighting what they consider the best of these areas.  Man user-driven Android site exist which offer much longer lists of these things.  But it’s interesting to see what ones Google themselves chose to point out.  Some of my favorites from their list included the following.

  • Voice actions: Tell your phone what to do by pressing the microphone icon next to the search box on the home screen, or long press the magnifying glass. You can tell it to send an email or text message (“send text to mom, see you for pizza at 7”), call someone (“call mom”), navigate somewhere (“navigate to pizza”), or listen to music (“listen to Mamma Mia”).
  • Walk, don’t drive: Once you’ve gotten directions within Google Maps, click on the walking person icon to get walking directions.
  • Easy access to special characters (like numbers, punctuation): Press and hold any key to go to the special character keyboard. You can also press and hold the “,” key for an extensive punctuation keyboard.
  • RemoteDroid: Control your computer from your phone. Gives you a mobile wireless mouse and keyboard. Great if you’re using your computer for music or movies.

You can view the whole list here.  And if you have any of your own please post them in the comments below.