Apr 24 AT 10:03 PM Christopher Earle 4 Comments

Three Tips for New Android Users

Three Tips for New Android Users is a new segment from Christopher Earle.  Each issue he will focus on helpful hints for beginners as he learns Android.  If you have any suggestions for tips or need help with your G1, please contact us.  Read on for this week’s edition.  We will be watching #AskAndy for ideas on tips people are looking for.

Copying & Pasting

It is surprising that not all smart phones support copying and pasting. The T-Mobile G1 with Google supports copying and pasting in text fields. To cut or copy text in a text field, do the following:

  1. Select a text field by touching it
  2. Touch and hold the field a second time, a context menu appears
  3. Select the Cut or Copy option from the context menu.

To paste the text in a different field, do the following:

  1. Select the destination field by touching it
  2. Touch and hold the field a second time, a context menu appears
  3. Select Paste to paste the cut or copied text.

Using Folders

Folders are a great way to group applications on your desk top. How you group your apps depends on how you use your phone. Some people group all GPS apps together, others may group all social media apps in a folder.

To create a folder, do the following:

  1. Press the Menu button
  2. Touch Add
  3. Touch Shortcut on the context menu that appears
  4. Touch Folder

A folder appears on your desktop. To rename the folder, touch and hold the folder’s menu bar. To add items to the folder, drag and drop them on the folder icon. Items from an app drawer can also be dragged onto an open folder.

The Notification Bar

The notification bar is the bar that runs across the top of your G1 home screen. This is one of the G1′s most powerful features. System notifications, such as new email, messages, and other notifications from apps, appear here.

To access the notification bar, touch the bar. Something that looks like a drawer will appear. Simply pull your finger down to open the notification bar. To open applications that have active notifications, touch the notification entry.

T-Mobile G1.  My dream phone.

T-Mobile G1. My dream phone.

[Photo via Flickr]

Christopher Earle has been working as a freelance writer since 1987. He currently lives in the Denver, Colorado area with his wife, son, and their two cats. He has been a fan of open source software for many years.

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  • http://www.googleandblog.com/ Michael Martin

    A tad basic, but its a start :)

    ,Michael Martin

  • http://codethief.eu codethief

    Here’s how to select only some parts of a text (to copy / cut them afterwards): Simply keep the shift button on your keyboard pressed while moving your finger (i.e. the cursor) over the text to be selected. Release the shift button then and do a hold-click on the marked area to copy or cut it.

    Just found that out yesterday. Though, it doesn’t work in non-editable textfields (where you don’t have a cursor).

    Maybe you can add it to the tips, anyway? :)

  • balachandar

    Actually, the phone in the photograph is mine, and its not T mobile G1, its a dev phone. :)
    Wud have been gr8 if you guys have linked it back. Never mind. Good job guys, i track your feeds and its very informative. keep it going.

  • Gammax

    Great tips for new users!!