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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:17 AM

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What's new in Android
Whether you're new to Android or an avid user, check out some of the new features in Android 4.1 and 4.2 (Jelly Bean). For a comprehensive list of all changes since Android 4.0, see Android 4.1, Jelly Bean and Android 4.2: A new flavor of Jelly Bean.
  • Gesture Typing (Android 4.2)Instead of typing each letter, use Gesture Typing to input a word without lifting your finger. You dont need to worry about spaces because theyre added automatically for you. Glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift it after each word.
  • Photo Sphere mode (Android 4.2)Use Photo Sphere mode in the Camera app to capture 360-degree photos. Touch the Camera icon to open the app, then touch the mode options to select Photo Sphere mode.
  • Google Play widgets - New widgets on your Home screens display recently used apps, music, movies, books, or games you already have - including preloaded content that comes with your device. Other widgets offer suggestions for browsing Google Play. Touch a widget to access its content on Google Play. Touch & hold a widget to resize it or remove it.
  • Quick Settings (Android 4.2) - Use Quick Settings to easily access Wi-Fi settings, manage display brightness, open the main Settings menu, and more. Swipe down with two fingers from the top of any screen to open Quick Settings, then touch one of the boxes to open a specific setting.
  • Expandable notifications - Expandable notifications were introduced in Android 4.1, including the option to perform actions from the notification itself. In Android 4.2, you can expand notifications more easily with a swipe of your finger. Swipe down the notification shade from the top of the screen, then glide your finger down the notifications to expand them. Touch an icon inside a notification to handle a task directly.
  • Rearrange Home screens - Slide an icon slowly to move other icons or widgets gently aside. Touch & hold an icon and slide slowly to the location of your choice. Slide an icon quickly over another to create a folder.
  • Screen magnification (Android 4.2) - Users with visual impairments can enter full-screen magnification by triple-tapping the screen. Go to Settings > System > Accessibility > Magnification gestures to turn on screen magnification.
  • Google Now - Google Now shows you information at just the right time, such as todays weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, and even your favorite teams score while theyre playing. Swipe up from the bottom center of any screen, or touch the Google Search bar at the top of any Home screen.
  • Say Google to search - When the Google Now screen is open, you can say "Google" to activate a voice search. Open Google Now, then say "Google" and your query to search.
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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:18 AM

Insert a SIM card
 
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Before you start using your phone, you may need to insert a micro SIM card. If no card is installed, the message “No SIM card” appears on the phone’s lock screen.  
The SIM card tray is located on the left side of the phone below the volume button. The eject button is a small hole just above the tray door.

To install a micro SIM card:
  • Insert the SIM ejection tool that comes with the phone (or a thin pin) into the hole, and push firmly but gently until the tray pops out.  
  • Remove the tray and place the micro SIM card inside it, with the contacts out and the angled corner to the right.
  • Carefully reposition the tray in the slot and push it gently back into the phone.
Tip: Your phone’s IMEI identification number is on the SIM card tray. You may need this number later to identify your phone for service purposes. Write the IMEI number down in your QSG or take a photo of the label on the product box.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:18 AM

Charge the battery

Your battery will not be fully charged when you first unpack your device. It’s a good idea to fully charge the battery as soon as you get a chance.
If you’re using the travel adapter that comes with the phone, connect one end of the micro USB cable to the charger port at the bottom of the phone, and the other end to the travel adapter. Then connect the travel adapter to a power outlet.

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  • The travel adapter varies by country or region.
  • Use only the travel adapter and micro USB cable that come with your phone. Using a different travel adapter or cable may damage your phone.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this travel adapter is AC 100V– 240V, and the travel adapter’s output voltage is DC 5V, 1.2A.
  • Charging your phone through a USB cable attached to another device, such as a laptop computer, takes longer than charging with a travel adapter.
  • If the battery can’t be removed. Don’t attempt to open the phone.
Important: If you use a wireless charger, you must use an approved model and only as directed. The devices travel adapter may not generate enough current to power a wireless charger.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:19 AM

Set up your phone
 
The first time you turn on the phone, you'll see a Welcome screen.
  • To choose a different language, touch the menu.
  • To continue, touch Start and follow the instructions.
When prompted, you can sign in with your Google Account or create one at that time. You can also choose to skip this step and create one later.
An email address that you use for any of the following counts as a Google Account:
  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • Google Apps
  • AdWords
  • Any other Google product
When you sign in with a Google Account, all the email, contacts, Calendar events, and other data associated with that account are automatically synced with your phone.
If you have multiple Google Accounts, you’ll be able to add the others later.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:19 AM

Get around
 
Every Home screen shows the Favorites tray: another quick way to get to your apps.
 
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At the bottom of every screen, no matter what you're doing, you'll always find these three navigation buttons:

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If you don't use these buttons often, they may shrink to dots or fade away, depending on the current app. To bring them back, touch their location.
On the All Apps screen available from the Favorites tray, notice the Settings icon. This brings you to the Settings screens for your phone, where you can adjust things like network, sound, and account settings, among many others.
 
Tip: You can use Quick Settings to toggle Wi-Fi, change display brightness, and more. To open Quick Settings, swipe down with two fingers from the top of any screen. Or, swipe down with one finger to pull down the notification shade, then touch the Quick Settings icon in the top right.
 
At the top of the screen you'll find Google Search, which lets you search your phone or the Internet. Touch Google to type your search terms, or the Microphone icon to speak them; you can also say "Google" and your query to activate a voice search. 
 
Many screens in apps and Settings include a Menu icon. Touch it to explore additional options, often including a Help item that provides more information about that screen.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:19 AM

Browse & organize Home screens
 
Browse Home screens

To move between Home screens, swipe left or right.
The My Library widget displays apps, music, movies, books, and games you already have - including free content that comes with your device:
 
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When you're ready to shop for more, try the suggestions in one of the Play Recommendations widgets:
 
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To resize a widget, touch & hold, then let go and drag the blue dots. To remove it, touch & hold, then drag it to the Remove icon at the top of the screen.
Organize Home screens

To add an app or widget to a Home screen:
  • Go to the Home screen where you want to place the app or widget.
  • Touch the All Apps icon.
  • Swipe right, if necessary, to find the app or widget you want.
  • Touch & hold the app or widget until the Home screen appears, slide it into place, and lift your finger.
To move an app or widget icon to a different location on a Home screen:
  • Touch & hold the icon. 
  • Slide your finger to the new position. To move between Home screens, slide towards the edge of the screen. To bump another icon out of the way, slide slowly into it. 
  • Lift your finger.
    The icon drops into its new position.
To create a folder, slide one icon quickly over the other.
 
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To rename a folder, touch its name.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:20 AM

Touch & type
 
To select or activate something, touch it.
 
To type something, such as a name, password, or search terms, just touch where you want to type. A keyboard pops up that lets you type into the field.
 
Other common gestures include:
  • Touch & hold: Touch & hold an item on the screen by touching it and not lifting your finger until it responds.
  • Drag: Touch & hold an item for a moment and then, without lifting your finger, move your finger on the screen until you reach the target position. For example, you can move apps around on the Home screen.
  • Swipe or slide: Quickly move your finger across the surface of the screen, without pausing when you first touch (so you don’t drag something instead). For example, you can slide a Home screen left or right to view the other Home screens.
  • Double-tap: Tap quickly twice on a webpage, map, or other screen to zoom. For example, double-tap a picture in Chrome to zoom in, and double-tap again to zoom out.
  • Pinch: In some apps (such as Maps, Chrome, and Gallery), you can zoom in and out by placing two fingers on the screen at once and pinching them together (to zoom out) or spreading them apart (to zoom in).

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Type text by speaking
 
You can speak to enter text in most places that you can enter text with the onscreen keyboard.
  • Touch a text field, or a location in text you’ve already entered in a text field.
  • Touch the Microphone key on the onscreen keyboard.
  • When you see the microphone image, speak what you want to type.
Say “comma,” “period,” “question mark,” “exclamation mark,” or “exclamation point” to enter punctuation.
 
When you pause, what you spoke is transcribed by the speech-recognition service and entered in the text field, underlined. You can touch the Delete key to erase the underlined text. If you start typing or entering more text by speaking, the underline disappears.
 
To improve processing of your voice input, Google may record a few seconds of ambient background noise in temporary memory at any time. This recording remains on the device only fleetingly and is not sent to Google.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:20 AM

Swipe up for Google Now
 
Google Now is about getting you just the right information, at just the right time.
 
It tells you today's weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, and even your favorite team's score while they’re playing.
 
All of this happens automatically. Google Now intelligently brings you the information you want to see, when you want to see it. No digging required.
 
For example, here's a Google Now card that appears when you're about to start your commute home:
 
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Give it a try! Swipe your finger up from the bottom of any screen, or touch the Google Search bar at the top of the Home screen.
 
When you want to see more cards, touch Show more cards at the bottom of the screen. When you don't need them any more, swipe them out of the way.
 
You're in control
When you decide to use Google Now, you're also turning on location reporting and location history. Google Now also uses location information provided by Google’s location service and GPS, if those are currently turned on.
 
Google Now also uses data that you may have stored in other Google products. For example, if you have searches stored in your Web History, Google Now can show cards based on sports scores, flight status, and so on.
 
Similarly, Google Now can use data that you may have stored in third-party products that you allow Google to access. For example, your phone's synced calendar may include entries from non-Google calendar products. If you have a synced calendar entry for a dentist appointment that includes the dentist's address, Google Now can check traffic and suggest when to leave.
 
You're in control. You can choose exactly which cards you’d like to see, adjust the details of what they display, and adjust your privacy settings.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:21 AM

Swipe down for notifications & settings
 
Notifications alert you to the arrival of new messages, calendar events, and alarms, as well as ongoing events, such as video downloads.
 
When a notification arrives, its icon appears at the top of the screen. Icons for pending notifications appear on the left, and system icons showing things like Wi-Fi signal or battery strength on the right:
 
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To open the notification shade, swipe down from the top of any screen:
 
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Certain notifications can be expanded to show more information, such as email previews or calendar events. The one at the top is always expanded when possible.
 
To open the related app, touch the notification icon on the left. Some notifications also allow you to take specific actions by touching icons within the notification. For example, Calendar notifications allow you to Snooze (remind you later) or send email to other guests.
 
When you’re finished with a notification, just swipe it away. To dismiss all notifications, touch the Dismiss icon at the top right of the notification shade.
 
Quick Settings
You can use Quick Settings to easily access Wi-Fi settings, manage display brightness, open the main Settings menu, and more. To open Quick Settings, do one of the following:
  • Swipe down the notification shade and touch the Quick Settings icon at the top right.
  • Swipe down with two fingers from the top of any screen.
Both methods bring up Quick Settings:
 
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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:21 AM

Relax with Google Play
 
Google Play brings together all your favorite content in one place – movies, TV shows, books, music, magazines, apps, and more – so you can reach it from any of your devices.
 
Use Google Play widgets
These widgets are available on your Home screens:
  • My Library: Displays your most recently used music, books, and so on. Touch any of the images to see your content.
  • Recommended on Play: Suggests music, movies, and other content that may interest you. Touch the suggestion to learn more about it.
  • Recommended apps: Recommends apps that you can add to your Home screen. Touch the recommendation to learn more about it.
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To resize a widget, touch & hold, then let go and drag the blue dots. To remove it, touch & hold, then drag it to the Remove icon at the top of the screen.
 
To add another Google Play widget, touch the All Apps icon, then Widgets, and swipe from right to left until you see the one you want. Then touch & hold, and let go in the Home screen location you want.
 
Shop on Google Play
To open the Google Play Store app, touch the Play Store icon in your Favorites tray on every Home screen.
 
Most things you purchase on Google Play are available from your computer as well as from any of your Android mobile devices. (Android apps are one exception – they run only on Android devices.)
 
Sign in to play.google.com to get your entertainment from anywhere.
 
Find your content
If you purchased on Google Play in the past, you’ll automatically have access to this content on your device – just make sure you’re signed in using the same account that you used to purchase it.
 
You can get to your content using any of the Google Play icons in your Favorites tray, including Books, Magazines, Movies, and Music.
 
Or, touch the Play Store icon  to open Google Play, and then go to one of the main sections, such as Apps, Music, and so on. When you touch the Menu icon in any section, the first item in the menu is always something like My Apps or My Music, which will bring you your content for that section of Google Play.
 
You can quickly access your content this way, from the Google Play Store app, even if you originally purchased it on Google Play using a different phone or tablet. If you get a new device, all your media will automatically be waiting for you here when you turn on and sign in.
 
Google Play Settings
To adjust your Google Play settings, switch accounts, or get help, choose the option you want from the Menu in the top right corner.
 
The Google Play Settings screen lets you control when you’re notified about updates to apps and games, clear your search history, and enable user controls. To filter Android apps based on maturity level or require a PIN before completing any purchase, touchContent filtering or Set or change PIN.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:21 AM

Use & customize the lock screen
 
You can add widgets to the top of the lock screen and swipe between them. Lock screen widgets let you scan recent Gmail messages, Calendar entries, and other app content without unlocking your screen.
 
Navigate the lock screen
Clock is the default widget. To hide the PIN, pattern, or password lock, swipe down from the clock or other widget at the top of the lock screen. Touch the lock icon at the bottom of the screen to show the lock again.
 
To open Google Now, swipe up from the bottom of the lock screen. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password if prompted. 
 
To access the Camera app without unlocking the screen:
  • Swipe left from the right edge of the screen.
  • If necessary, switch to the mode you want. The mode is indicated by the camera or other icon at the lower left in portrait mode.
  • Start taking photos or videos.
To view what you captured, swipe left to open the Filmstrip view of your Gallery. The image or video is automatically saved to your Gallery, but you can’t view any of your other photos and videos until you unlock your screen. To get back to the main Camera app, swipe right.
 
To close the Camera app, touch the bottom of your screen to bring up the navigation buttons, then touch one of the buttons.
 
Add a widget to the lock screen
  • Swipe left from the right edge of the screen until you see the Plus icon +.
  • Touch the Plus icon +. If prompted, enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
    A list of widgets appears. Apps that support lock screen widgets can add their own widgets to this list.
  • Touch the widget you want to add.
You can add up to five widgets to your lock screen. To move between them, swipe between screens.
 
Reorder lock screen widgets
  • Touch & hold a widget.
  • Drag the widget and release it in the location of your choice.
Remove a lock screen widget
 
Touch & hold the widget, then drag it onto the Remove icon.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:21 AM

Try Face Unlock
 
You can set an automatic screen lock for your phone. If a lock is set, the screen locks when your phone's display goes to sleep or if you press the Power button.
You can set locks of different strengths using lock settings:
  • Go to Settings > Personal > Security > Screen lock.
  • Touch the type of lock you'd like to use.
Face Unlock is one of the options available. After you've set it up, you can unlock your phone simply by looking at it. Although Face Unlock is not very secure, it can be convenient and fun to use.
 
Tip: After you set up Face Unlock, look under Settings > Personal > Securityfor two additional settings: Improve face matching and Liveness check. Use these to make Face Unlock more reliable and secure.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:22 AM

Share content with Android Beam
 
You can beam a web page, a video, or other content from your screen to another device by bringing the devices together (typically back to back).
Before you begin: Make sure both devices are unlocked, support Near Field Communication (NFC), and have both NFC and Android Beam turned on.
  • Open a screen that contains something you'd like to share, such as a webpage, YouTube video, or place page in Maps.
  • Move the back of your phone toward the back of the other device.
    When the devices connect, you hear a sound, the image on your screen reduces in size, and you see the message Touch to beam.
  • Touch your screen anywhere.
    Your friend's device displays the transferred content. Or, if the necessary app isn't installed, Google Play opens to a screen where your friend can download the app.
Related settings
To turn on NFC, go to Settings > Wireless & networks > More > NFC.
To turn on Android Beam, go to Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Android Beam.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:22 AM

Change the wallpaper
 
To change the wallpaper that's displayed on your Home screens:
  • Touch & hold anywhere on a Home screen that's not occupied.
    A list of options appears.
  • Touch a wallpaper source:
    Gallery. Choose from pictures that you've synced with your phone.
    Live Wallpapers. Choose from a scrolling list of animated wallpapers.
    Wallpapers. Choose from thumbnails of default images, or touch a thumbnail for a larger version.
    You can download additional wallpapers on Google Play.
  • To set a wallpaper, touch Set wallpaper or, for Gallery images, determine the cropping and touch Crop.
Related settings
To change your phone's wallpaper, go to Settings > Device > Display > Wallpaper.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:23 AM

Take a screenshot
 
You can easily take a screenshot on your phone that you can save in your Gallery or share with others:
  • Make sure the image you want to capture is displayed on the screen.
  • Press the Power and Volume down buttons simultaneously.
The screenshot is automatically saved in your Gallery.
 
Tip: To easily share your screenshot via Gmail, Google+, and more, swipe down the notification shade and touch the Share icon next to the preview of your screenshot.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:23 AM

Connect to keyboards, mice, & other devices
 
You can connect a keyboard, mouse, or even a joystick or other input device to your phone via Bluetooth and use it just as you would with a PC. USB is not supported for connecting such devices.
 
Important: Continuous use of a mouse via Bluetooth will cause a significant additional drain on your battery.
 
You pair and connect Bluetooth input devices to your phone in the same way as any other Bluetooth device.
 
Keyboards
In addition to entering text, you can use your keyboard to navigate your phone's features:
  • Use the arrow keys to select items on screen.
  • Pressing Return when an item is selected is equivalent to touching that item.
  • Pressing Escape is equivalent to touching Back.
  • Press Tab or Shift-Tab to move from field to field in a form or other screen with multiple text fields.
Mice
When you connect a mouse to your phone via Bluetooth and move the mouse, an arrow-shaped cursor appears, just as on a computer:
  • Use the mouse to move the cursor.
  • Clicking, pressing, and dragging with the mouse button is equivalent to touching, touching & holding, and dragging with your finger.
  • Only one mouse button is supported.
  • If your mouse has a trackball or scroll wheel, you can use it to scroll both vertically and horizontally.
Other input devices
You can connect joysticks, gamepads, and other input devices to your phone via Bluetooth. If they work without special drivers or adapters on your PC, they will likely work with your phone. However, games and other apps must be designed to support any special features of an input device, such as dedicated buttons or other controls, to take full advantage of them.

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Posted May 18 '13 @ 5:23 AM

Make a phone call
 
You can place calls from the Phone app, the People app, or other apps or widgets that display contact information. Wherever you see a phone number, you can usually touch it to dial.
 
To dial using the Phone app:
  • Touch the Phone icon on a Home or All Apps screen.
  • The Dialer tab lets you dial manually. Touch the keys to enter the number, then touch the Phone icon below the keypad to dial.
    If you enter a wrong number, touch to erase digits one by one.
    To dial an international number, touch & hold the 0 key to enter the plus ( + ) symbol. Then enter the international prefix for the country, followed by the full phone number.
  • The Call log tab shows recent calls. Touch a call to return it.

  • The Contacts tab shows the numbers you frequently call at the top, and all your contacts below. Touch to dial.
You can switch applications during a call – for example, to look up information by using Chrome.
To return to the Phone app while a call is in progress:
  • Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal your notifications.
  • Touch the green phone icon.
To end a call in progress, touch the End Call icon at the bottom of the screen.

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Answer or divert calls
 
When you receive a phone call, the Incoming Call screen opens, displaying the caller ID and any additional information about the caller that you've entered in People.
 
All incoming calls are recorded in the Phone app's Call log tab. If you miss a call, you receive a notification.
 
To silence the ringer before answering the call, press the Volume Down button on the side of your phone.
 
When a call arrives, touch the white phone icon and slide over one of these icons:
 
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Tip: To edit text responses from within the Phone app, touch Menu icon > Settings > Quick responses.

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Work with the Call log
 
The Call log is a list of all the calls you’ve placed, received, or missed. It provides a convenient way to redial a number, return a call, or add a number to your Contacts.
 
Within the Phone app, the Call log is under the middle tab. Touch a number for more information about the call, or touch the phone icon beside it to call back.
 
Arrow icons beside a call indicate the type of call. Multiple arrows indicate multiple calls:
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To clear the Call log, touch Menu > Clear Call Log.

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Place an Internet (SIP) call
 
You can place calls over the Internet when connected to a Wi-Fi network, rather than over your mobile network. To do so, you must first configure your phone to use an Internet calling account.
 
After you set up the account, placing an Internet call is no different than placing any other call. However, you must be connected to a Wi-Fi network. When you're making an Internet call, the phone displays Internet Call near the top of the screen.
 
Internet calling is based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for voice calls on Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
 
Important: Calling a phone number over the Internet requires that your service provider supports it. You may incur additional charges. Check with your service provider for details.
 
To add an Internet calling account and configure your incoming and outgoing preferences:
  • Touch the Phone icon on a Home or All Apps screen.
  • Touch the Menu icon.
  • Touch Settings.
  • At the bottom of the screen, under Internet call settings:
    To change your incoming call preference or account settings, touch Accounts.
    To change your outgoing call preferences, touch Use Internet calling.
You'll also want to add SIP addresses for the contacts you want to call this way. To do so:
  • Touch the contact's info in the Call log tab.
  • Touch to go to the contact's card.
  • Touch the Menu icon, then Edit.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen, touch Add another field, and then Internet call.
  • Touch the Internet call field and type the number.

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Listen to your voicemail
 
When you have a new voicemail message, the voicemail icon appears in the Status area at the top left of your screen.
To read your voicemail:
  • Swipe down from the top of the screen to view your notifications.
    The voicemail notification displays the number of unread messages and a number to dial.
  • Touch New voicemail.
    Your phone dials the voicemail message. Follow the instructions to retrieve your messages.
To change your voicemail service or other settings:
  • Touch the Phone icon on a Home or All Apps screen.
  • Touch Menu, then Settings.
  • Touch the voicemail setting you want to change, or dial the number listed to access other voicemail settings.

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Options during a call
 
During a call, you can
  • Answer another incoming call: You see the Incoming Call screen, displaying the caller ID and any additional information about the caller that you've entered in People. As with any incoming call, touch the white phone icon and slide to answer, respond with a text message, or send the call to voicemail.
    If you answer, the first call will be put on hold. If you respond with a message or send to voicemail, you return to the first call.
  • Adjust the volume: Use the volume buttons on the side of the phone.
During a call, you can also use buttons near the bottom of the screen to
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Enter & edit text
 
You can enter text using the onscreen keyboard. Some apps open it automatically. In others, you open it by touching where you want to type.
 
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To make the keyboard go away, touch the modified Back button below it.
Basic editing
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Use next-word suggestions
  • Touch the location where you want to input text.
  • Start typing out a word. When the word you want is displayed in the suggestion strip above the keyboard, touch it.
  • Continue to touch one of the three options as your phone predicts words you may want. If you don't want any of the options, type the next word without using the space bar.
    Your phone will continue to suggest words as you type.
Turn off next-word suggestions
 
Next-word suggestions are on by default. If you wish to turn them off, go to Settings > Personal > Language & input > Keyboard & input methods > Android keyboard. Touch the Settings icon, then uncheck the box next to Next-word suggestions.
 
Related settings
To change your phone's keyboard and input methods, go to Settings > Personal > Language & input.

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Try Gesture Typing
 
Use Gesture Typing to input text by sliding your finger across the keys:
  • Touch the location where you want to type to open the keyboard.
  • Slide your finger slowly across the letters of the word you want to input.
  • Release your finger when the word you want is displayed in the floating preview or in the middle of the suggestion strip. If you want one of the other word suggestions, touch the word on the left or right to replace the one that was inputted.
If the word you want isn't shown while using Gesture Typing, you can type it out manually.
 
Tip: If there are letters you want to emphasize - for instance, if the keyboard displays a similar word instead of the one you want - hover over it slightly longer before moving on to the next letter.
 
Use Gesture Typing without the space bar
When you use Gesture Typing, there's no need to use the space bar—just continue to slide your finger across the letters you want to input, then lift your finger to start the next word.
 
Turn off Gesture Typing
Gesture Typing is on by default. To turn it off, go to Settings > Language & input > Keyboard & input methods > Android keyboard. Then touch Settings > Gesture typing > Enable gesture typing

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Use keyboard dictionaries
 
To manage keyboard dictionaries, go to Settings > Personal > Language & input.
Personal dictionary
 
You can add your own words to your personal dictionary so that your phone remembers them. Touch the Add icon to add a word or phrase, as well as a shortcut to easily use that word or phrase.
Add-on dictionaries
  • Touch the Settings icon next to Android keyboard.
  • Touch Add-on dictionaries.
    You'll see dictionaries for other languages that you can download to your device.
  • Touch the dictionary you want, then touch Install.

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Use All Apps
 
To see all your apps, touch All Apps in the Favorites tray on any Home screen.
 
This is where you can see all your apps, including those downloaded on Google Play. You can move app icons to any of your Home screens.
 
From All Apps, you can
  • Move between screens: Swipe left or right.
  • Open an app: Touch its icon.
  • Place an app icon on a Home screen: Touch & hold the app icon, slide your finger, and lift your finger to drop the icon in place.
  • Browse widgets: Touch the Widgets tab at the top of any All Apps screen.
  • Get more apps: Touch the Play Store icon in the list of app icons, or the Shop icon at the upper right.
To remove an app icon from the Home screen, touch & hold it, slide your finger toward the top of the screen, and drop the app over the Remove icon.
 
To view info about an app from an All App screen, touch & hold it, slide your finger toward the top of the screen, and drop the app over the App Info icon.
 
Most apps include a Menu icon near the top or bottom of the screen that lets you control the app's settings.

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Start Gmail
 
Use the Gmail app to read and write email from any mobile device or browser. To open it, touch the Gmail icon on a Home or All Apps screen.
 
But Gmail isn't just about email. You can use your Gmail account to sign in to all Google apps and services, including these and many more:
  • Google Now, for getting just the right information at just the right time 
  • Calendar
  • People, for keeping track of your contacts
  • Google Drive, for working with documents, spreadsheets, or drawings
While you're reading a message:
  • Touch the icons and menu along the bottom of the screen to archive, throw away, label, or perform other actions on that message.
  • Swipe left or right to read the previous or next conversation.
To organize your email, check the box beside a message to select it. Then use the icons and menu along the top of the screen to manage the selected messages.
 
To change your settings, add an account, or get help, touch the Menu icon.
 
No matter where you are within Gmail, you can always get back to the Inbox by touching the Gmail icon at the top of the screen.

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Find People
 
The People app gives you quick and easy access to everyone you want to reach. To open it, touch the People icon on a Home or All Apps screen.
 
When you first turn on your phone and sign into a Google Account, any existing contacts from that account are synced with your People app. After that, all your contacts stay in sync automatically on your phone, another device, or a Web browser.
 
If you use Exchange, you can also sync that contact information with People.
 
All your People information is available from Gmail, Google Talk, and other apps. As you add contacts from different sources, the People app syncs them automatically across all the places you need them.
 
When you open the People app, you can:
  • View all contacts, favorites, or groups. Choose from the top left of the screen.
  • Read details. Touch a name to see details for a contact or group.
  • View recent activity. When viewing a contact, swipe to the right to see recent updates.
  • Edit details. While viewing a contact, touch the Menu icon to search contaccts, edit or share contact details, delete a contact, and so on. You can also touch the star beside the contact's name to add a contact to your Favorites list.
  • Change your settings. While viewing the main list screen, touch the Menu icon to import or export contacts, choose display options for the Groups and All tabs, and add or edit accounts.

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Manage your Calendar
 
Use the Calendar app to view and edit your schedule. To open it, touch the Calendar icon on a Home or All Apps screen.
 
When you first set up your phone, you configured it to use an existing Google Account (such as Gmail), or you created a new one. The first time you open the Calendar app on your phone, it displays any existing calendar events from that Google Account on the web.
 
As you edit events from any mobile device or web browser, they are synced automatically across all the places you need them.
 
To change the Calendar view, choose Day, Week, Month, or Agenda from the top of the screen. From any of these views, you can:
  • Read or edit event details. Touch an event to view its details.
  • Manage events and calendars. Touch icons across the top or Menu to search or create events, return to today, or adjust settings.
To email everyone who's invited to an event, you have two options:
  • Open the event from the Calendar app at any time and touch Email guests.
  • When a notification of the event arrives just before the meeting starts, swipe down the notification shade. Then swipe using one finger to expand the notification if necessary, and touch Email guests.

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