Full description of Android version 2.1 (Eclair)

Let's briefly list the differences between version 2.1 and previous versions so that you can read about them right away if you wish:

  • Clock app - similar to Motorola Milestone/Droid
  • Live Wallpaper - Animated Wallpaper
  • Desktop thumbnail icons
  • Updated gallery - animation, geotagging
  • Turn-by-turn navigation for the North American market (as of version 2.0)
  • Contacts bar in contact context menus (since version 2.0)
  • The browser has received support for HTML5, as well as a number of APIs (starting from version 2.0)
  • Multi-account support for calendar, contacts (since 2.0)
  • Search for SMS/MMS messages, automatic deletion of messages by date (since version 2.0)
  • MS Exchage support (since version 2.0)

Initially, the display of the device is turned off, when you press any hardware key, it turns on, and we see the lock screen. To unlock the phone, you need to slide your finger over the corresponding elements; another unlock option is to press the hardware "menu" key below the screen (available on all Android phones) twice. The first time - to turn on the screen, the second - to unlock. This method, however, does not work for models with touch keys. As you can see, there are two options for unlocking the screen, they are all simple.

Desktop and screens

The Android OS workspace is a set of five horizontally arranged screens. Each screen is a separate area of ​​the desktop, on which various elements can be placed, all screens are united by a common desktop picture and the ability to move between screens.

To move from one screen to another, you need to swipe the screen from left to right or vice versa. You can also use the trackball for this in the case of devices where it is. When you press the "House" key, you return to the main (central) desktop screen. When moving between screens, the user sees a small line at the bottom of the screen, which shows which screen is currently active relative to the central one.

Holding your finger on the mark for a long time brings up thumbnails of each of the screens, you can quickly select the one you need.

Now let's look at the elements that can be placed on the desktop. There are several types of base elements:

  • Widgets - graphical modules with specific content, weather, time, photo albums and more. Most users have an excellent idea of ​​what a widget is, in Android they are no different from these representations. Widgets do not have a fixed size, there are widgets that take up the whole screen, and there are small ones that are comparable in size to a simple icon.
  • Shortcuts is an active link to a program, contact, mailbox, or bookmark to a specific page on the site. A shortcut can be not only an application icon, but also a specific user.Labels also include icons for selected music playlists. Shortcuts of programs are pulled out on the screen by simple dragging from the menu or by selection in the list of programs.
  • Folders are a rather peculiar content type. Android has folders with contacts as well as favorite contacts. The peculiarity and difference from a simple link to contacts is that when you click on a folder with contacts, they are displayed in a pop-up translucent window on the background of the screen, and not in full screen mode. Accordingly, with this type of display, contacts can only be scrolled through and opened, there is no search, there are no settings. There is also a folder for files received via Bluetooth. You can also give such a link to any of your folders.
  • Wallpaper - starting from 2.1, "live" wallpapers appear, this is an animation that changes depending on the time of day or when you touch the screen, for example, these are circles on the water in one of the pictures on the Nexus One .

Elements placed on the desktop can be dragged from one screen to another, it is enough to hold your finger on the element, and an interface appears for dragging/removing it from the screen.

Phone Application

An application is allocated for working with the phone in Android, it is always on the main window, in some devices there is no hardware call send/hang up key, which forces only this application to be launched. Its screen is divided into four tabs.

Dialer. A regular numeric keypad, here you can dial a number and make a call.

During dialing, as well as an incoming call, the user sees on the screen a photo of the subscriber he is calling.

Call history

The Android call history menu is not the most convenient. Different types of calls (outgoing, incoming, missed) are displayed with an icon on the right side of the contact's mini-picture, and all calls are located in a general list. There is no collection of calls from one subscriber in one line, if you called Vasya 10 times a day, then the list will contain 10 fields with Vasya's calls, similarly with all incoming and missed calls. It is difficult to navigate in such a leapfrog, the ability to view separately outgoing or only incoming ones saves a little, but this is not a panacea.

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When the display is locked, information about missed calls is displayed on the top information line. When the screen is unlocked, the information remains in the top line, to open this window, you need to drag the bar from the top of the screen down.

In the information line, along with the missed call icon, the number of missed calls is also shown.

Address book

Contacts are presented as a list, on the left - a mini-picture (subscriber's photo), on the right - First Name and Last Name. The address book displays up to 24 characters for the first and last name (including spaces). The minus of the contact list is the inability to immediately see the subscriber's number under his name, for this you need to open the contact card, and also that you cannot configure the display type First Name-Last Name and vice versa.

The search in the address book is carried out by the main field (full name), you can also simply scroll through the list of contacts, if you hold your finger on the right side of the screen, a bar will appear displaying the currently selected letter.

The capacity of the address book is not limited (except perhaps by the memory of the device), the contact card has several basic fields: phone number, mail address, ringtone and picture. The user enters other data at will by selecting the additional data field, in which you can add many other phones (work, home, fax, etc.), addresses (home, work), specify names in different messaging services (MS Live, Skype , QQ, etc.).

By clicking on the contact icon, you can quickly call up a menu with configured methods of communication with the subscriber, all the information that you entered for him will be displayed here.

Any contact can be transferred to another subscriber in vCard format.

All contacts are automatically synchronized with your Gmail account, how information will be updated on it - you can specify separately in the synchronization settings.

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The problem with the resolution of photos assigned to subscribers, which we described in our experience with HTC Hero, remained in Android 2.1. Contacts in the Gmail address book are assigned very poor quality pictures, and when you sync this book with your device, these same low-resolution pictures are transferred to your device. When making calls, such images look ugly. One way to remedy the situation is to make a folder with good quality contact photos on the memory card and assign images to contacts from there. However, the problem is that the first time you sync the phone's data with Gmail, the pictures assigned from the memory card will also be compressed and become as terrible in quality as the rest.

Groups

In Android, you can create any number of groups, adding contacts is done by simply checking the boxes next to the required subscribers in the address book. A key feature of groups in Android is the ability to send bulk text or mail to all members of the same group, in some cases this feature is very useful.

You can assign a separate picture to a group, but you can't assign a melody, this is a drawback.

Display contacts on desktop

Contacts can be placed on the desktop as a shortcut. At the same time, an action icon is added to the desktop, by clicking on which a context menu appears, from which you can call, write a message or perform any action for the entered information, for example, chat on Skype.

Sync data

Logically, the main way to synchronize data for Android should be the phone-to-Internet scheme, or more precisely, Android-services-Google. On this scheme, we will stop for now. I will make a reservation that there is also an option to synchronize data between a phone and a PC, there is also special software (in the case of HTC, this is the HTC Sync program).

In this window, the user selects one of the types of synchronization: with Google services, with ActiveSync, or with a PC using a program supplied by the manufacturer (in the case of HTC, this is HTC Sync). We are interested in the first profile, that is, data synchronization with Google services. If you already have a profile, and you entered it on your phone, then when you try to enter the menu, you will be asked to enter a password, if not, enter your profile data. Next, the system will prompt you to select the account components that you want to synchronize. Ideally, the user selects all profiles (mail, calendar and contacts) and gets a ready-made working environment, of course, provided that he uses a Google account: he stores contacts there, creates events in the calendar and maintains an address book. By the way, even if you stored contacts locally, in Outlook, for example, transferring the entire database to Gmail is a matter of 10 minutes. That's how long this operation took me, plus another hour to check that the transfer was successful and fix some conversion inaccuracies.

The scheme for synchronizing your phone with Google services is convenient in that you get the opportunity to create events on a PC or laptop, edit contacts in a browser, all this data is immediately transferred to an Android phone. This is convenient, you can create an event in the Google Calendar window and it will appear in the phone, the same with contacts, editing them on the server leads to updating the information in the device. At the same time, several calendars are supported, entries from each are combined in a general form and differ in color.

Call, profiles

There is no concept of profiles as such in the system, there are volume levels, a silent mode (immediately following the minimum volume level) and a vibrate mode.

In the settings, the volume levels for the call and multimedia (music, radio, video) are set separately.

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On-screen keyboards, typing

Android devices have several types of on-screen keyboards: full-size QWERTY, compact QWERTY (not in the standard Android package, only for HTC) and a numeric keypad familiar to ordinary devices, where 3-4 letters are placed on each number key. Keyboard settings are called up by holding down the language switch button.

When you type a letter, it is displayed in a pop-up field above the key itself, so that even when you press the button, you always see which letter you are currently typing. If the button has additional characters, holding it down after a second in the pop-up field will change the letter to the image of the character, if there are several of them - a horizontal list of characters that can be entered by pressing this key.

A nice moment: when you hold down the key to go to the additional characters screen, a number of them are immediately highlighted in a pop-up field. That is, without entering this screen, you can enter one of these characters, often this pop-up list is enough, and the transition to the additional screen is no longer required.

Each time you press a key on the on-screen keyboard, the machine vibrates slightly. This effect allows you to quickly get used to touch input, which is not tangible, unlike working with hardware keys.

Let's start with the compact keyboard. It works only in vertical mode, to enter numbers, you need to hold the key, to enter letters, just press a certain number of times. Additional characters (. @') are entered without switching to the auxiliary keyboard, the rest - from it.

Compact QWERTY has letters on 14 keys, 2-3 letters per button. The keyboard only works in vertical mode. The additional characters mentioned above are available from the main keyboard screen, the rest are available when you go to the character screen. This type of keyboard is not typical for the standard delivery of Android, it is used by device manufacturers, for example, HTC.

What's convenient about these keyboards is the presence of a key to switch the input mode from simple to T9 and vice versa (for HTC devices and only for them). There is no such key in full-length QWERTY.

Full-size QWERTY works both in vertical and horizontal modes, while in horizontal mode any other one switches to it, it is worth turning the device around.

The T9 system on Android performs significantly worse than on other operating systems, what this is connected with is unknown. For the Russian language, not the most obvious, applicable variants of words are offered, but rare words. It is quite easy to recognize a person using such input, phrases are often erroneous. The device learns automatically and remembers the words that you enter, and then offers them to you as an option.

Text messages

Text messages are presented as a list, several fields with messages are placed on the screen, plus information and service lines, as well as a line with a button for creating a new message. The message field displays its sender, date of departure and a small piece of text (about 35 characters). New messages are marked with a vertical green bar on the left side of each message panel.

Messages from one subscriber are collected in a common feed and in the list they are hidden under one link to the last message from this subscriber. Also in this case, next to the name of the subscriber, the total number of messages in this thread is displayed (both messages sent to you by the subscriber and your answers are counted).

When you open a message, the full text of the message is displayed along with the sender's name, the date it was sent, and the sender's thumbnail. If the picture is not assigned to the contact, the standard one with the image of a human head will be shown. Messages are presented in the form of a chat (correspondence), that is, they go sequentially from top to bottom, old messages are on top, new ones are on the bottom. The chat is divided into blocks, each block is one day of correspondence, the blocks are separated by color, above each block the day of the week, day, month and year are indicated. In the same window, a new message is created for this subscriber. In this menu, you can choose how it is more convenient for you to type, in the vertical orientation of the screen or in the horizontal one. When you rotate the machine, the system automatically changes the orientation of the display and keyboard.

Individual messages in the conversation window can be deleted by simply holding your finger on them and selecting the appropriate menu item. In the same way, individual messages can be forwarded as text, mail, or multimedia messages. There is a button to delete all messages of the thread at once, it will come in handy for someone.

When you create a new message, it defaults to text, if you add a picture, ringtone, other content, or the number of characters entered in the message exceeds the text limit, it will automatically change to multimedia. The user at this moment sees a pop-up notification on the screen about the change in the message type, so they will not miss this change.

By clicking on the icon/name of the contact, you can choose the way you want to answer him - call, text message, Gtalk, Skype, and so on.

Mail. By default, Android has two mail clients, at least for GMail there is a separate icon, for all other mail - the Mail icon.

Gmail. Mail messages are presented as a list, several fields with messages are placed on the screen, the subject of the letter (the name of the mailing list, as an option), the name of the sender, and the date the letter was received are displayed in the field. To the left of this data is an inactive checkmark, to the right is the favorites icon (star), by clicking on which you can add a message to favorites. If you select messages with checkmarks, you can perform a group action with them: delete all selected messages, archive or assign them a common label from the set you created (for example, it could be Travel or something similar).

Attachments are displayed at the end of the email with a small icon and file name. If the device has a program to open the attachment, there will be a corresponding icon next to it in the body of the letter, if the device “does not understand” the extension / format of the attachment, no actions can be taken with it, including saving it somewhere in memory devices, in my opinion, this is a small, but still a minus.

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All tasks in the calendar entry format can be automatically added to the default calendar. The same works in all mailboxes, which is convenient.

Other accounts. Messages are also presented as a list, new ones are marked with a vertical green bar on the left. The message field contains the subject, sender, and date received. The name of the selected account is displayed at the top of the screen, and you can also select another account here.

Messages can be deleted one by one, selecting the one you want and deleting it personally, or https://cars45.com.gh/kBjxXNcsTHqGCfK0B5D8u4So delete by selecting several messages at once. You can also delete all messages at once.

The conversation window displays all current conversations, each of which can be expanded, in this case a vertical list of all messages will be displayed, each of which also needs to be opened separately. Near the subject of the last message of each correspondence, the total number of letters in it is indicated.

In the mail settings, you can edit signatures for different accounts, enable ringtone and vibration notifications (the latter only works if ringtone notifications are enabled). The notification sound is the same for all mailboxes.

Upload frequency of messages:

  • Never
  • 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour

In previous versions (before 2.0), the update frequency could be once every 4 hours or even once a day, this was abandoned. Also in previous versions, the size of received letters was configured, but from now on, all mail is downloaded, the phone accepts attachments on request, displaying them in the body of the letter. Exactly the same with pictures (in the body of the html-letter), they are turned off by default. This step was taken towards the mass market, where users do not think about how much an email weighs on average, how much data they need to download. The ability to download a separate number of letters has also been removed (in batches of 20, 50 and 100 messages, you can no longer receive mail). And this is also a plus, although for users with a huge amount of correspondence, like mine, this is rather a minus.

As for the search in other accounts, everything is extremely simple. The search is carried out in the subject and body of messages downloaded to the device.

Android Market

After launch, the user sees a panel with the most popular programs, which includes completely different applications, a kind of versatile TOP. Below is a very simplified directory: programs, games, search and my downloads, where all downloaded programs are saved. When you enter the Programs or Games section, a more detailed division begins.

When you open a catalog subsection, you see two tabs: by popularity and by date. How they are sorted, I think, is clear. In my opinion, in this part the utility lacks a filtering system, division by popularity and publication date is, of course, good, but filters by the size of the utility, paid and free, and the alphabet would also not hurt. You can also filter the list by free or paid apps (only show apps of the same type).

Near each program from the list, the type of its distribution is indicated, free or paid, there are not many of the latter in the Market yet. It also displays the rating of the application (star system, maximum 5), the name of the program and its developer. The list of programs can be filtered by paid or free applications (display only programs of the same type).

When opening a link to one of the programs, the user sees immediately below its name the number of downloads of this application and its digital rating, followed by a short (or not so short) text description, and below it the version of the program and its size are indicated. Further, user comments, even lower - information about the developer. After you download and install the app, you can rate it (1-5 stars) on the app's Market page.

Android Market has more than 16000 apps and is growing all the time, most apps are free.

Music player

The basis of the player is a library divided into artists, albums, playlists, as well as a list of all songs. During playback in full screen mode, the picture of the album, the remaining and elapsed time of the track, as well as the name of the group and track are displayed. From this window, you can go to the library or the list of tracks being played. It is also possible to view the properties of the file being played or set it to ring.

If there are tracks from different albums or different groups in the playlist, they are displayed in the main window as a horizontal row of album pictures, so you can change tracks either by pressing the back and forth button or by scrolling the album picture left and right. There is no equalizer in the player.

Photos and videos

To view photos and videos, the same program is used - Albums (in the case of OS without add-ons - Gallery). When entering the program, you can select folders signed by date, you can also change pictures by geotags (sort by location). The presentation of the gallery has changed in 2.1, it has become much more convenient, animated. For individual images, you can call up editing options (rotate, crop the image field), they can also be sent to e

Full description of Android version 2.1 (Eclair)

Let's briefly list the differences between version 2.1 and previous versions so that you can read about them right away if you wish:

  • Clock app - similar to Motorola Milestone/Droid
  • Live Wallpaper - Animated Wallpaper
  • Desktop thumbnail icons
  • Updated gallery - animation, geotagging
  • Turn-by-turn navigation for the North American market (as of version 2.0)
  • Line of contacts in context menus associated with subscribers (since version 2.0)
  • The browser has received HTML5 support, as well as a number of APIs (starting from version 2.0)
  • Multi-account support for calendar, contacts (since 2.0)
  • Search for SMS/MMS messages, automatic deletion of messages by date (since version 2.0)
  • MS Exchage support (since version 2.0)

Initially, the display of the device is turned off, when you press any hardware key, it turns on, and we see the lock screen. To unlock the phone, you need to slide your finger over the corresponding elements; another unlock option is to press the hardware "menu" key below the screen (available on all Android phones) twice. The first time - to turn on the screen, the second - to unlock. This method, however, does not work for models with touch keys. As you can see, there are two options for unlocking the screen, they are all simple.

Desktop and screens

The Android OS workspace is a set of five horizontally arranged screens. Each screen is a separate area of ​​the desktop, on which various elements can be placed, all screens are united by a common desktop picture and the ability to move between screens.

To move from one screen to another, you need to swipe the screen from left to right or vice versa. You can also use the trackball for this in the case of devices where it is. When you press the "House" key, you return to the main (central) desktop screen. When moving between screens, the user sees a small line at the bottom of the screen, which shows which screen is currently active relative to the central one.

Holding your finger on the mark for a long time brings up thumbnails of each of the screens, you can quickly select the one you need.

Now let's look at the elements that can be placed on the desktop. There are several types of base elements:

  • Widgets - graphical modules with specific content, weather, time, photo albums and more. Most users have an excellent idea of ​​what a widget is, in Android they are no different from these representations. Widgets do not have a fixed size, there are widgets that take up the whole screen, and there are small ones that are comparable in size to a simple icon.
  • Shortcuts is an active link to a program, contact, mailbox, or bookmark to a specific page on the site. A shortcut can be not only an application icon, but also a specific user.Labels also include icons for selected music playlists. Shortcuts of programs are pulled out on the screen by simple dragging from the menu or by selection in the list of programs.
  • Folders are a rather peculiar content type. Android has folders with contacts as well as favorite contacts. The peculiarity and difference from a simple link to contacts is that when you click on a folder with contacts, they are displayed in a pop-up translucent window on the background of the screen, and not in full screen mode. Accordingly, with this type of display, contacts can only be scrolled through and opened, there is no search, there are no settings. There is also a folder for files received via Bluetooth. You can also give such a link to any of your folders.
  • Wallpaper - starting from 2.1, "live" wallpapers appear, this is an animation that changes depending on the time of day or when you touch the screen, for example, these are circles on the water in one of the pictures on the Nexus One .

Elements placed on the desktop can be dragged from one screen to another, it is enough to hold your finger on the element, and an interface appears for dragging/removing it from the screen.

Phone application

An application is allocated for working with the phone in Android, it is always on the main window, in some devices there is no hardware call send/hang up key, which forces only this application to be launched. Its screen is divided into four tabs.

Dialer. A regular numeric keypad, here you can dial a number and make a call.

During dialing, as well as an incoming call, the user sees on the screen a photo of the subscriber he is calling.

Call history

The Android call history menu is not the most convenient. Different types of calls (outgoing, incoming, missed) are displayed with an icon on the right side of the contact's mini-picture, and all calls are located in a general list. There is no collection of calls from one subscriber in one line, if you called Vasya 10 times a day, then the list will contain 10 fields with Vasya's calls, similarly with all incoming and missed calls. It is difficult to navigate in such a leapfrog, the ability to view separately outgoing or only incoming ones saves a little, but this is not a panacea.

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When the display is locked, information about missed calls is displayed on the top information line. When the screen is unlocked, the information remains in the top line, to open this window, you need to drag the bar from the top of the screen down.

In the information line, along with the missed call icon, the number of missed calls is also shown.

Address book

Contacts are presented as a list, on the left - a mini-picture (subscriber's photo), on the right - First Name and Last Name. The address book displays up to 24 characters for the first and last name (including spaces). The minus of the contact list is the inability to immediately see the subscriber's number under his name, for this you need to open the contact card, and also that you cannot configure the display type First Name-Last Name and vice versa.

The search in the address book is carried out by the main field (full name), you can also simply scroll through the list of contacts, if you hold your finger on the right side of the screen, a bar will appear displaying the currently selected letter.

The capacity of the address book is not limited (except perhaps by the memory of the device), the contact card has several basic fields: phone number, mail address, ringtone and picture. The user enters other data at will by selecting the additional data field, in which you can add many other phones (work, home, fax, etc.), addresses (home, work), specify names in different messaging services (MS Live, Skype , QQ, etc.).

By clicking on the contact icon, you can quickly call up a menu with configured methods of communication with the subscriber, all the information that you entered for him will be displayed here.

Any contact can be transferred to another subscriber in vCard format.

All contacts are automatically synchronized with your Gmail account, how information will be updated on it - you can specify separately in the synchronization settings.

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The problem with the resolution of photos assigned to subscribers, which we described in our experience with HTC Hero, remained in Android 2.1. Contacts in the Gmail address book are assigned very poor quality pictures, and when you sync this book with your device, these same low-resolution pictures are transferred to your device. When making calls, such images look ugly. One way to remedy the situation is to make a folder with good quality contact photos on the memory card and assign images to contacts from there. However, the problem is that the first time you sync the phone's data with Gmail, the pictures assigned from the memory card will also be compressed and become as terrible in quality as the rest.

Groups

In Android, you can create any number of groups, adding contacts is done by simply checking the boxes next to the required subscribers in the address book. A key feature of groups in Android is the ability to send bulk text or mail to all members of the same group, in some cases this feature is very useful.

You can assign a separate picture to a group, but you can't assign a melody, this is a drawback.

Display contacts on desktop

Contacts can be placed on the desktop as a shortcut. At the same time, an action icon is added to the desktop, by clicking on which a context menu appears, from which you can call, write a message or perform any action for the entered information, for example, chat on Skype.

Sync data

By logic, the main way to synchronize data for Android should be the phone-to-Internet scheme, or more precisely, Android-services-Google. On this scheme, we will stop for now. I will make a reservation that there is also an option to synchronize data between a phone and a PC, there is also special software (in the case of HTC, this is the HTC Sync program).

The scheme for synchronizing your phone with Google services is convenient in that you get the opportunity to create events on a PC or laptop, edit contacts in a browser, all this data is immediately transferred to an Android phone. This is convenient, you can create an event in the Google Calendar window and it will appear in the phone, the same with contacts, editing them on the server leads to updating the information in the device. At the same time, several calendars are supported, entries from each are combined in a general form and differ in color.

Call, profiles

There is no concept of profiles as such in the system, there are volume levels, a silent mode (immediately following the minimum volume level) and a vibrate mode.

In the settings, the volume levels for the call and multimedia (music, radio, video) are set separately.

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On-screen keyboards, typing

Android devices have several types of on-screen keyboards: full-size QWERTY, compact QWERTY (not in the standard Android package, only for HTC) and a numeric keypad familiar to ordinary devices, where 3-4 letters are placed on each number key. Keyboard settings are called up by holding down the language switch button.

When you type a letter, it is displayed in a pop-up field above the key itself, so that even when you press the button, you always see which letter you are currently typing. If the button has additional characters, holding it down after a second in the pop-up field will change the letter to the image of the character, if there are several of them - a horizontal list of characters that can be entered by pressing this key.

A nice moment: when you hold down the key to go to the additional characters screen, a number of them are immediately highlighted in a pop-up field. That is, without entering this screen, you can enter one of these characters, often this pop-up list is enough, and the transition to the additional screen is no longer required.

Each time you press a key on the on-screen keyboard, the machine vibrates slightly. This effect allows you to quickly get used to touch input, which is not tangible, unlike working with hardware keys.

Let's start with the compact keyboard. It works only in vertical mode, to enter numbers, you need to hold the key, to enter letters, just press a certain number of times. Additional characters (. @') are entered without switching to the auxiliary keyboard, the rest - from it.

Compact QWERTY has letters on 14 keys, 2-3 letters per button. The keyboard only works in vertical mode. The additional characters mentioned above are available from the main keyboard screen, the rest are available when you go to the character screen. This type of keyboard is not typical for the standard delivery of Android, it is used by device manufacturers, for example, HTC.

What's convenient about these keyboards is the presence of a key to switch the input mode from simple to T9 and vice versa (for HTC devices and only for them). There is no such key in full-length QWERTY.

Full-size QWERTY works both in vertical and horizontal modes, while in horizontal mode any other one switches to it, it is worth turning the device around.

The T9 system on Android performs significantly worse than on other operating systems, what this is connected with is unknown. For the Russian language, not the most obvious, applicable variants of words are offered, but rare words. It is quite easy to recognize a person using such input, phrases are often erroneous. The device learns automatically and remembers the words that you enter, and then offers them to you as an option.

Text messages

Text messages are presented as a list, several fields with messages are placed on the screen, plus information and service lines, as well as a line with a button for creating a new message. The message field displays its sender, date of departure and a small piece of text (about 35 characters). New messages are marked with a vertical green bar on the left side of each message panel.

Messages from one subscriber are collected in a common feed and in the list they are hidden under one link to the last message from this subscriber. Also in this case, next to the name of the subscriber, the total number of messages in this thread is displayed (both messages sent to you by the subscriber and your answers are counted).

When you open a message, the full text of the message is displayed along with the sender's name, the date it was sent, and the sender's thumbnail. If the picture is not assigned to the contact, the standard one with the image of a human head will be shown. Messages are presented in the form of a chat (correspondence), that is, they go sequentially from top to bottom, old messages are on top, new ones are on the bottom. The chat is divided into blocks, each block is one day of correspondence, the blocks are separated by color, above each block the day of the week, day, month and year are indicated. In the same window, a new message is created for this subscriber. In this menu, you can choose how it is more convenient for you to type, in the vertical orientation of the screen or in the horizontal one. When you rotate the machine, the system automatically changes the orientation of the display and keyboard.

Individual messages in the conversation window can be deleted by simply holding your finger on them and selecting the appropriate menu item. In the same way, individual messages can be forwarded as a text, mail, or multimedia message. There is a button to delete all messages of the thread at once, it will come in handy for someone.

When you create a new message, it defaults to text, if you add a picture, ringtone, other content, or the number of characters entered in the message exceeds the text limit, it will automatically change to multimedia. The user at this moment sees a pop-up notification on the screen about the change in the message type, so they will not miss this change.

By clicking on the icon/name of the contact, you can choose the way you want to answer him - call, text message, Gtalk, Skype, and so on.

Mail. By default, Android has two mail clients, at least for GMail there is a separate icon, for all other mail - the Mail icon.

Gmail. Mail messages are presented in a list, several fields with messages are placed on the screen, the subject of the letter (the name of the mailing list, as an option), the name of the sender, and the date the letter was received are displayed in the field. To the left of this data is an inactive checkmark, to the right is the favorites icon (star), by clicking on which you can add a message to favorites. If you select messages with checkmarks, you can perform a group action with them: delete all selected messages, archive or assign them a common label from the set you created (for example, it could be Travel or something similar).

Attachments are displayed at the end of the email with a small icon and file name. If the device has a program to open the attachment, there will be a corresponding icon next to it in the body of the letter, if the device “does not understand” the extension / format of the attachment, no actions can be taken with it, including saving it somewhere in memory devices, in my opinion, this is a small, but still a minus.

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All tasks in the calendar entry format can be automatically added to the default calendar. The same works in all mailboxes, which is convenient.

Other accounts. Messages are also presented as a list, new ones are marked with a vertical green bar on the left. The message field contains the subject, sender, and date received. The name of the selected account is displayed at the top of the screen, and you can also select another account here.

Messages can be deleted one by one, selecting the one you want and deleting it personally, or https://cars45.com.gh/kBjxXNcsTHqGCfK0B5D8u4So delete by selecting several messages at once. You can also delete all messages at once.

The conversation window displays all current conversations, each of which can be expanded, in this case a vertical list of all messages will be displayed, each of which also needs to be opened separately. Near the subject of the last message of each correspondence, the total number of letters in it is indicated.

In the mail settings, you can edit signatures for different accounts, enable ringtone and vibration notifications (the latter only works if ringtone notifications are enabled). The notification sound is the same for all mailboxes.

Upload frequency of messages:

  • Never
  • 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour

In previous versions (before 2.0), the update frequency could be once every 4 hours or even once a day, this was abandoned. Also in previous versions, the size of received letters was configured, but now all mail is downloaded, the phone accepts attachments on request, displaying them in the body of the letter. Exactly the same with pictures (in the body of the html-letter), they are turned off by default. This step was taken towards the mass market, where users do not think about how much an email weighs on average, how much data they need to download. The ability to download a separate number of letters has also been removed (in batches of 20, 50 and 100 messages, you can no longer receive mail). And this is also a plus, although for users with a huge amount of correspondence, like mine, this is rather a minus.

Mail display

The mail client(s) display both standard text messages and .html messages without issue. In the case of the latter, the main text is aligned to the width of the screen in one column, so that it is convenient to read it in both horizontal and vertical screen orientations. There are also functions for turning images on and off for such messages.

Search

Mail searches can be divided into two types: searches in a Gmail account and searches in other accounts. Based on the features of displaying mail in your Gmail box (the device loads messages as needed from the server, and does not download a certain amount of data in advance), the search is carried out among all available messages. Moreover, if you use the Google Talk service at work / life, then the search for the history of correspondence in it also applies. A search keyword is entered, after which a list of all messages in the subject and / or body of which this word occurs is displayed. If this word was mentioned in one of the correspondence via Gtalk, the entire conversation chain will be shown (the chain in this case is one continuous segment of the correspondence). In my opinion, these search capabilities are more than enough to get the job done, the only thing that is a little confusing is that there is no search in the body of the selected email.

As for the search in other accounts, everything is extremely simple. The search is carried out in the subject and body of letters downloaded to the device.

Android Market

After launch, the user sees a panel with the most popular programs, which includes completely different applications, a kind of versatile TOP. Below is a very simplified directory: programs, games, search and my downloads, where all downloaded programs are saved. When you enter the Programs or Games section, a more detailed division begins.

When you open a catalog subsection, you see two tabs: by popularity and by date. How they are sorted, I think, is clear. In my opinion, in this part the utility lacks a filtering system, division by popularity and publication date is, of course, good, but filters by the size of the utility, paid and free, and the alphabet would also not hurt. You can also filter the list by paid or free apps (only show apps of the same type).

Near each program from the list, the type of its distribution is indicated, free or paid, there are not many of the latter in the Market yet. It also displays the rating of the application (star system, maximum 5), the name of the program and its developer. The list of programs can be filtered by paid or free applications (display only programs of the same type).

When opening a link to one of the programs, the user sees immediately below its name the number of downloads of this application and its digital rating, followed by a short (or not so short) text description, and below it the version of the program and its size are indicated. Further, user comments, even lower - information about the developer. After you download and install the app, you can rate it (1-5 stars) on the app's Market page.

Android Market has more than 16000 apps and is growing all the time, most apps are free.

Music player

The basis of the player is a library divided into artists, albums, playlists, as well as a list of all songs. During playback in full screen mode, the picture of the album, the remaining and elapsed time of the track, as well as the name of the group and track are displayed. From this window, you can go to the library or the list of tracks being played. It is also possible to view the properties of the file being played or set it to ring.

If there are tracks from different albums or different groups in the playlist, they are displayed in the main window as a horizontal row of album pictures, so you can change tracks either by pressing the back and forth button or by scrolling the album picture left and right. There is no equalizer in the player.

Photos and videos

To view photos and videos, the same program is used - Albums (in the case of OS without add-ons - Gallery). When entering the program, you can select folders signed by date, you can also change pictures by geotags (sort by location). The presentation of the gallery has changed in 2.1, it has become much more convenient, animated. For individual images, you can call up editing options (rotate, crop the image field), they can also be sent to e

Full description of Android version 2.1 (Eclair)

Let's briefly list the differences between version 2.1 and previous versions so that you can read about them right away if you wish:

  • Clock app - similar to Motorola Milestone/Droid
  • Live Wallpaper - Animated Wallpaper
  • Desktop thumbnail icons
  • Updated gallery - animation, geotagging
  • Turn-by-turn navigation for the North American market (as of version 2.0)
  • Line of contacts in context menus associated with subscribers (since version 2.0)
  • The browser has received HTML5 support, as well as a number of APIs (starting from version 2.0)
  • Multi-account support for calendar, contacts (since 2.0)
  • Search for SMS/MMS messages, automatic deletion of messages by date (since version 2.0)
  • MS Exchage support (since version 2.0)

Initially, the display of the device is turned off, when you press any hardware key, it turns on, and we see the lock screen. To unlock the phone, you need to slide your finger over the corresponding elements; another unlock option is to press the hardware "menu" key below the screen (available on all Android phones) twice. The first time - to turn on the screen, the second - to unlock. This method, however, does not work for models with touch keys. As you can see, there are two options for unlocking the screen, they are all simple.

Desktop and screens

The Android OS workspace is a set of five horizontally arranged screens. Each screen is a separate area of ​​the desktop, on which various elements can be placed, all screens are united by a common desktop picture and the ability to move between screens.

To move from one screen to another, you need to swipe the screen from left to right or vice versa. You can also use the trackball for this in the case of devices where it is. When you press the "House" key, you return to the main (central) desktop screen. When moving between screens, the user sees a small line at the bottom of the screen, which shows which screen is currently active relative to the central one.

Holding your finger on the mark for a long time brings up thumbnails of each of the screens, you can quickly select the one you need.

Now let's look at the elements that can be placed on the desktop. There are several types of base elements:

  • Widgets - graphical modules with specific content, weather, time, photo albums and more. Most users have an excellent idea of ​​what a widget is, in Android they are no different from these representations. Widgets do not have a fixed size, there are widgets that take up the whole screen, and there are small ones that are comparable in size to a simple icon.
  • Shortcuts is an active link to a program, contact, mailbox, or bookmark to a specific page on the site. A shortcut can be not only an application icon, but also a specific user.Labels also include icons for selected music playlists. Shortcuts of programs are pulled out on the screen by simple dragging from the menu or by selection in the list of programs.
  • Folders are a rather peculiar content type. Android has folders with contacts as well as favorite contacts. The peculiarity and difference from a simple link to contacts is that when you click on a folder with contacts, they are displayed in a pop-up translucent window on the background of the screen, and not in full screen mode. Accordingly, with this type of display, contacts can only be scrolled through and opened, there is no search, there are no settings. There is also a folder for files received via Bluetooth. You can also give such a link to any of your folders.
  • Wallpaper - starting from 2.1, "live" wallpapers appear, this is an animation that changes depending on the time of day or when you touch the screen, for example, these are circles on the water in one of the pictures on the Nexus One .

Elements placed on the desktop can be dragged from one screen to another, it is enough to hold your finger on the element, and an interface appears for dragging/removing it from the screen.

Phone Application

An application is allocated for working with the phone in Android, it is always on the main window, in some devices there is no hardware call send/hang up key, which forces only this application to be launched. Its screen is divided into four tabs.

Dialer. A regular numeric keypad, here you can dial a number and make a call.

During dialing, as well as an incoming call, the user sees on the screen a photo of the subscriber he is calling.

Call history

The Android call history menu is not the most convenient. Different types of calls (outgoing, incoming, missed) are displayed with an icon on the right side of the contact's mini-picture, and all calls are located in a general list. There is no collection of calls from one subscriber in one line, if you called Vasya 10 times a day, then the list will contain 10 fields with Vasya's calls, similarly with all incoming and missed calls. It is difficult to navigate in such a leapfrog, the ability to view separately outgoing or only incoming ones saves a little, but this is not a panacea.

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When the display is locked, information about missed calls is displayed on the top information line. When the screen is unlocked, the information remains in the top line, to open this window, you need to drag the bar from the top of the screen down.

In the information line, along with the missed call icon, the number of missed calls is also shown.

Address book

Contacts are presented as a list, on the left - a mini-picture (subscriber's photo), on the right - First Name and Last Name. The address book displays up to 24 characters for the first and last name (including spaces). The minus of the contact list is the inability to immediately see the subscriber's number under his name, for this you need to open the contact card, and also that you cannot configure the display type First Name-Last Name and vice versa.

The search in the address book is carried out by the main field (full name), you can also simply scroll through the list of contacts, if you hold your finger on the right side of the screen, a bar will appear displaying the currently selected letter.

The capacity of the address book is not limited (except perhaps by the memory of the device), the contact card has several basic fields: phone number, mail address, ringtone and picture. The user enters other data at will by selecting the additional data field, in which you can add many other phones (work, home, fax, etc.), addresses (home, work), specify names in different messaging services (MS Live, Skype , QQ, etc.).

By clicking on the contact icon, you can quickly call up a menu with configured methods of communication with the subscriber, all the information that you entered for him will be displayed here.

Any contact can be transferred to another subscriber in vCard format.

All contacts are automatically synchronized with your Gmail account, how information will be updated on it - you can specify separately in the synchronization settings.

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The problem with the resolution of photos assigned to subscribers, which we described in our experience with HTC Hero, remained in Android 2.1. Contacts in the Gmail address book are assigned very poor quality pictures, and when you sync this book with your device, these same low-resolution pictures are transferred to your device. When making calls, such images look ugly. One way to remedy the situation is to make a folder with good quality contact photos on the memory card and assign images to contacts from there. However, the problem is that the first time you sync the phone's data with Gmail, the pictures assigned from the memory card will also be compressed and become as terrible in quality as the rest.

Groups

In Android, you can create any number of groups, adding contacts is done by simply checking the boxes next to the required subscribers in the address book. A key feature of groups in Android is the ability to send bulk text or mail to all members of the same group, in some cases this feature is very useful.

You can assign a separate picture to a group, but you can't assign a melody, this is a drawback.

Display contacts on desktop

Contacts can be placed on the desktop as a shortcut. At the same time, an action icon is added to the desktop, by clicking on which a context menu appears, from which you can call, write a message or perform any action for the entered information, for example, chat on Skype.

Sync data

By logic, the main way to synchronize data for Android should be the phone-to-Internet scheme, or more precisely, Android-services-Google. On this scheme, we will stop for now. I will make a reservation that there is also an option to synchronize data between a phone and a PC, there is also special software (in the case of HTC, this is the HTC Sync program).

In this window, the user selects one of the types of synchronization: with Google services, with ActiveSync, or with a PC using a program supplied by the manufacturer (in the case of HTC, this is HTC Sync). We are interested in the first profile, that is, data synchronization with Google services. If you already have a profile, and you entered it on your phone, then when you try to enter the menu, you will be asked to enter a password, if not, enter your profile data. Next, the system will prompt you to select the account components that you want to synchronize. Ideally, the user selects all profiles (mail, calendar and contacts) and gets a ready-made working environment, of course, provided that he uses a Google account: he stores contacts there, creates events in the calendar and maintains an address book. By the way, even if you stored contacts locally, in Outlook, for example, transferring the entire database to Gmail is a matter of 10 minutes. That's how long this operation took me, plus another hour to check that the transfer was successful and fix some conversion inaccuracies.

The scheme for synchronizing your phone with Google services is convenient in that you get the opportunity to create events on a PC or laptop, edit contacts in a browser, all this data is immediately transferred to an Android phone. This is convenient, you can create an event in the Google Calendar window and it will appear in the phone, the same with contacts, editing them on the server leads to updating the information in the device. At the same time, several calendars are supported, entries from each are combined in a general form and differ in color.

Call, profiles

There is no concept of profiles as such in the system, there are volume levels, a silent mode (immediately following the minimum volume level) and a vibrate mode.

In the settings, the volume levels for the call and multimedia (music, radio, video) are set separately.

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On-screen keyboards, typing

Android devices have several types of on-screen keyboards: full-size QWERTY, compact QWERTY (not in the standard Android package, only for HTC) and a numeric keypad familiar to ordinary devices, where 3-4 letters are placed on each number key. Keyboard settings are called up by holding down the language switch button.

When you type a letter, it is displayed in a pop-up field above the key itself, so that even when you press the button, you always see which letter you are currently typing. If the button has additional characters, holding it down after a second in the pop-up field will change the letter to the image of the character, if there are several of them - a horizontal list of characters that can be entered by pressing this key.

A nice moment: when you hold down the key to go to the additional characters screen, a number of them are immediately highlighted in a pop-up field. That is, without entering this screen, you can enter one of these characters, often this pop-up list is enough, and the transition to the additional screen is no longer required.

Each time you press a key on the on-screen keyboard, the machine vibrates slightly. This effect allows you to quickly get used to touch input, which is not tangible, unlike working with hardware keys.

Let's start with the compact keyboard. It works only in vertical mode, to enter numbers, you need to hold the key, to enter letters, just press a certain number of times. Additional characters (. @') are entered without switching to the auxiliary keyboard, the rest - from it.

Compact QWERTY has letters on 14 keys, 2-3 letters per button. The keyboard only works in vertical mode. The additional characters mentioned above are available from the main keyboard screen, the rest are available when you go to the character screen. This type of keyboard is not typical for the standard delivery of Android, it is used by device manufacturers, for example, HTC.

What's convenient about these keyboards is the presence of a key to switch the input mode from simple to T9 and vice versa (for HTC devices and only for them). There is no such key in full-length QWERTY.

Full-size QWERTY works both in vertical and horizontal modes, while in horizontal mode any other one switches to it, it is worth turning the device around.

The T9 system on Android performs significantly worse than on other operating systems, what this is connected with is unknown. For the Russian language, not the most obvious, applicable variants of words are offered, but rare words. It is quite easy to recognize a person using such input, phrases are often erroneous. The device learns automatically and remembers the words that you enter, and then offers them to you as an option.

Text messages

Text messages are presented as a list, several fields with messages are placed on the screen, plus information and service lines, as well as a line with a button for creating a new message. The message field displays its sender, date of departure and a small piece of text (about 35 characters). New messages are marked with a vertical green bar on the left side of each message panel.

Messages from one subscriber are collected in a common feed and in the list they are hidden under one link to the last message from this subscriber. Also in this case, next to the name of the subscriber, the total number of messages in this thread is displayed (both messages sent to you by the subscriber and your answers are counted).

When you open a message, the full text of the message is displayed along with the sender's name, the date it was sent, and the sender's thumbnail. If the picture is not assigned to the contact, the standard one with the image of a human head will be shown. Messages are presented in the form of a chat (correspondence), that is, they go sequentially from top to bottom, old messages are on top, new ones are on the bottom. The chat is divided into blocks, each block is one day of correspondence, the blocks are separated by color, above each block the day of the week, day, month and year are indicated. In the same window, a new message is created for this subscriber. In this menu, you can choose how it is more convenient for you to type, in the vertical orientation of the screen or in the horizontal one. When you rotate the machine, the system automatically changes the orientation of the display and keyboard.

Individual messages in the conversation window can be deleted by simply holding your finger on them and selecting the appropriate menu item. In the same way, individual messages can be forwarded as text, mail, or multimedia messages. There is a button to delete all messages of the thread at once, it will come in handy for someone.

When you create a new message, it defaults to text, if you add a picture, ringtone, other content, or the number of characters entered in the message exceeds the text limit, it will automatically change to multimedia. The user at this moment sees a pop-up notification on the screen about the change in the message type, so they will not miss this change.

By clicking on the icon/name of the contact, you can choose the way you want to answer him - call, text message, Gtalk, Skype, and so on.

Mail. By default, Android has two mail clients, at least for GMail there is a separate icon, for all other mail - the Mail icon.

Gmail. Mail messages are presented in a list, several fields with messages are placed on the screen, the subject of the letter (the name of the mailing list, as an option), the name of the sender, and the date the letter was received are displayed in the field. To the left of this data is an inactive checkmark, to the right is the favorites icon (star), by clicking on which you can add a message to favorites. If you select messages with checkmarks, you can perform a group action with them: delete all selected messages, archive or assign them a common label from the set you created (for example, it could be Travel or something similar).

Attachments are displayed at the end of the email with a small icon and file name. If the device has a program to open the attachment, there will be a corresponding icon next to it in the body of the letter, if the device “does not understand” the extension / format of the attachment, no actions can be taken with it, including saving it somewhere in memory devices, in my opinion, this is a small, but still a minus.

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All tasks in the calendar entry format can be automatically added to the default calendar. The same works in all mailboxes, which is convenient.

Other accounts. Messages are also presented as a list, new ones are marked with a vertical green bar on the left. The message field contains the subject, sender, and date received. The name of the selected account is displayed at the top of the screen, and you can also select another account here.

Messages can be deleted one by one, selecting the one you want and deleting it personally, or https://cars45.com.gh/kBjxXNcsTHqGCfK0B5D8u4So delete by selecting several messages at once. You can also delete all messages at once.

The conversation window displays all current conversations, each of which can be expanded, in this case a vertical list of all messages will be displayed, each of which also needs to be opened separately. Near the subject of the last message of each correspondence, the total number of letters in it is indicated.

In the mail settings, you can edit signatures for different accounts, enable ringtone and vibration notifications (the latter only works if ringtone notifications are enabled). The notification sound is the same for all mailboxes.

Upload frequency of messages:

  • Never
  • 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour

In previous versions (before 2.0), the update frequency could be once every 4 hours or even once a day, this was abandoned. Also in previous versions, the size of received letters was configured, but from now on, all mail is downloaded, the phone accepts attachments on request, displaying them in the body of the letter. Exactly the same with pictures (in the body of the html-letter), they are turned off by default. This step was taken towards the mass market, where users do not think about how much an email weighs on average, how much data they need to download. The ability to download a separate number of letters has also been removed (in batches of 20, 50 and 100 messages, you can no longer receive mail). And this is also a plus, although for users with a huge amount of correspondence, like mine, this is rather a minus.

Display mail

The mail client(s) display both standard text messages and those composed using .html without any problems. In the case of the latter, the main text is aligned to the width of the screen in one column, so that it is convenient to read it in both horizontal and vertical screen orientations. There are also functions for turning images on and off for such messages.

Search

Mail searches can be divided into two types: searches in a Gmail account and searches in other accounts. Based on the features of displaying mail in your Gmail box (the device loads messages as needed from the server, and does not download a certain amount of data in advance), the search is carried out among all available messages. Moreover, if you use the Google Talk service at work / life, then the search also extends to the history of correspondence in it. A search keyword is entered, after which a list of all messages in the subject and / or body of which this word occurs is displayed. If this word was mentioned in one of the correspondence via Gtalk, the entire conversation chain will be shown (the chain in this case is one continuous segment of the correspondence). In my opinion, these search capabilities are more than enough to get the job done, the only thing that is a little confusing is that there is no search in the body of the selected email.

As for the search in other accounts, everything is extremely simple. The search is carried out in the subject and body of messages downloaded to the device.

Android Market

After launch, the user sees a panel with the most popular programs, which includes completely different applications, a kind of versatile TOP. Below is a very simplified directory: programs, games, search and my downloads, where all downloaded programs are saved. When you enter the Programs or Games section, a more detailed division begins.

When you open a catalog subsection, you see two tabs: by popularity and by date. How they are sorted, I think, is clear. In my opinion, in this part the utility lacks a filtering system, division by popularity and publication date is, of course, good, but filters by the size of the utility, paid and free, and the alphabet would also not hurt. You can also filter the list by free or paid apps (only show apps of the same type).

Near each program from the list, the type of its distribution is indicated, free or paid, there are not many of the latter in the Market yet. It also displays the rating of the application (star system, maximum 5), the name of the program and its developer. The list of programs can be filtered by paid or free applications (display only programs of the same type).

When opening a link to one of the programs, the user sees immediately below its name the number of downloads of this application and its digital rating, followed by a short (or not so short) text description, and below it the version of the program and its size are indicated. Further, user comments, even lower - information about the developer. After you download and install the app, you can rate it (1-5 stars) on the app's Market page.

Android Market has more than 16000 apps and is growing all the time, most apps are free.

Music player

The basis of the player is a library divided into artists, albums, playlists, as well as a list of all songs. During playback in full screen mode, the picture of the album, the remaining and elapsed time of the track, as well as the name of the group and track are displayed. From this window, you can go to the library or the list of tracks being played. It is also possible to view the properties of the file being played or set it to ring.

If there are tracks from different albums or different groups in the playlist, they are displayed in the main window as a horizontal row of album pictures, so you can change tracks either by pressing the back and forth button or by scrolling the album picture left and right. There is no equalizer in the player.

Photos and videos

To view photos and videos, the same program is used - Albums (in the case of OS without add-ons - Gallery). When entering the program, you can select folders signed by date, you can also change pictures by geotags (sort by location). The presentation of the gallery has changed in 2.1, it has become much more convenient, animated. For individual images, you can call up editing options (rotate, crop the image field), they can also be sent to e

Full description of Android version 2.1 (Eclair)

Let's briefly list the differences between version 2.1 and previous versions so that you can read about them right away if you wish:

  • Clock app - similar to Motorola Milestone/Droid
  • Live Wallpaper - Animated Wallpaper
  • Desktop thumbnail icons
  • Updated gallery - animation, geotagging
  • Turn-by-turn navigation for the North American market (as of version 2.0)
  • Line of contacts in context menus associated with subscribers (since version 2.0)
  • The browser has received HTML5 support, as well as a number of APIs (starting from version 2.0)
  • Multi-account support for calendar, contacts (since 2.0)
  • Search for SMS/MMS messages, automatic deletion of messages by date (since version 2.0)
  • MS Exchage support (since version 2.0)

Initially, the display of the device is turned off, when you press any hardware key, it turns on, and we see the lock screen. To unlock the phone, you need to slide your finger over the corresponding elements; another unlock option is to press the hardware "menu" key below the screen (available on all Android phones) twice. The first time - to turn on the screen, the second - to unlock. This method, however, does not work for models with touch keys. As you can see, there are two options for unlocking the screen, they are all simple.

Desktop and screens

The Android OS workspace is a set of five horizontally arranged screens. Each screen is a separate area of ​​the desktop, on which various elements can be placed, all screens are united by a common desktop picture and the ability to move between screens.

To move from one screen to another, you need to swipe the screen from left to right or vice versa. You can also use the trackball for this in the case of devices where it is. When you press the "House" key, you return to the main (central) desktop screen. When moving between screens, the user sees a small line at the bottom of the screen, which shows which screen is currently active relative to the central one.

Holding your finger on the mark for a long time brings up thumbnails of each of the screens, you can quickly select the one you need.

Now let's look at the elements that can be placed on the desktop. There are several types of base elements:

  • Widgets - graphical modules with specific content, weather, time, photo albums and more. Most users have an excellent idea of ​​what a widget is, in Android they are no different from these representations. Widgets do not have a fixed size, there are widgets that take up the whole screen, and there are small ones that are comparable in size to a simple icon.
  • Shortcuts are an active link to a program, contact, mailbox, or bookmark to a specific page on a site. A shortcut can be not only an application icon, but also a specific user. Labels also include icons for selected music playlists. Program shortcuts are dragged onto the screen by simply dragging them from the menu or by selecting them from the list of programs.
  • Folders are a rather peculiar type of content. Android has folders with contacts as well as favorite contacts. The peculiarity and difference from a simple link to contacts is that when you click on a folder with contacts, they are displayed in a pop-up translucent window on the background of the screen, and not in full screen mode. Accordingly, with this type of display, contacts can only be scrolled through and opened, there is no search, there are no settings. There is also a folder for files received via Bluetooth. You can also give such a link to any of your folders.
  • Wallpaper - starting with 2.1, "live" wallpapers appear, this is an animation that changes depending on the time of day or when you touch the screen, for example, these are circles on the water in one of the pictures on the Nexus One.

Elements placed on the desktop can be dragged from one screen to another, it is enough to hold your finger on the element, and an interface appears for dragging/removing it from the screen.

Phone Application

An application is allocated for working with the phone in Android, it is always on the main window, in some devices there is no hardware call send/hang up key, which forces only this application to be launched. Its screen is divided into four tabs.

Dialer. A regular numeric keypad, here you can dial a number and make a call.

During dialing, as well as an incoming call, the user sees on the screen a photo of the subscriber he is calling.

Call history

The Android call history menu is not the most convenient. Different types of calls (outgoing, incoming, missed) are displayed with an icon on the right side of the contact's mini-picture, and all calls are located in a general list. There is no collection of calls from one subscriber in one line, if you called Vasya 10 times a day, then the list will contain 10 fields with Vasya's calls, similarly with all incoming and missed calls. It is difficult to navigate in such a leapfrog, the ability to view separately outgoing or only incoming ones saves a little, but this is not a panacea.

When the display is locked, information about missed calls is displayed on the top information line. When the screen is unlocked, the information remains in the top line, to open this window, you need to drag the bar from the top of the screen down.

In the information line, along with the missed call icon, the number of missed calls is also shown.

Address book

Contacts are presented as a list, on the left - a mini-picture (subscriber's photo), on the right - First Name and Last Name. The address book displays up to 24 characters for the first and last name (including spaces). The minus of the contact list is the inability to immediately see the subscriber's number under his name, for this you need to open the contact card, and also that you cannot configure the display type First Name-Last Name and vice versa.

The search in the address book is carried out by the main field (full name), you can also simply scroll through the list of contacts, if you hold your finger on the right side of the screen, a bar will appear displaying the currently selected letter.

The capacity of the address book is not limited (except perhaps by the memory of the device), the contact card has several basic fields: phone number, mail address, ringtone and picture. The user enters other data at will by selecting the additional data field, in which you can add many other phones (work, home, fax, etc.), addresses (home, work), specify names in different messaging services (MS Live, Skype , QQ, etc.).

By clicking on the contact icon, you can quickly call up a menu with configured methods of communication with the subscriber, all the information that you entered for him will be displayed here.

Any contact can be transferred to another subscriber in vCard format.

All contacts are automatically synchronized with your Gmail account, how information will be updated on it - you can specify separately in the synchronization settings.

The problem with the resolution of photos assigned to subscribers, which we described in our experience with HTC Hero, remained in Android 2.1. Contacts in the Gmail address book are assigned very poor quality pictures, and when you sync this book with your device, these same low-resolution pictures are transferred to your device. When making calls, such images look ugly. One way to remedy the situation is to make a folder with good quality contact photos on the memory card and assign images to contacts from there. However, the problem is that the first time you sync the phone's data with Gmail, the pictures assigned from the memory card will also be compressed and become as terrible in quality as the rest.

Groups

In Android, you can create any number of groups, adding contacts is done by simply checking the boxes next to the required subscribers in the address book. A key feature of groups in Android is the ability to send bulk text or mail to all members of the same group, in some cases this feature is very useful.

You can assign a separate picture to a group, but you can't assign a melody, this is a drawback.

Display contacts on desktop

Contacts can be placed on the desktop as a shortcut. At the same time, an action icon is added to the desktop, by clicking on which a context menu appears, from which you can call, write a message or perform any action for the entered information, for example, chat on Skype.

Sync data

By logic, the main way to synchronize data for Android should be the phone-to-Internet scheme, or more precisely, Android-services-Google. On this scheme, we will stop for now. I will make a reservation that there is also an option to synchronize data between a phone and a PC, there is also special software (in the case of HTC, this is the HTC Sync program).

In this window, the user selects one of the types of synchronization: with Google services, with ActiveSync, or with a PC using a program supplied by the manufacturer (in the case of HTC, this is HTC Sync). We are interested in the first profile, that is, data synchronization with Google services. If you already have a profile, and you entered it on your phone, then when you try to enter the menu, you will be asked to enter a password, if not, enter your profile data. Next, the system will prompt you to select the account components that you want to synchronize. Ideally, the user selects all profiles (mail, calendar and contacts) and gets a ready-made working environment, of course, provided that he uses a Google account: he stores contacts there, creates events in the calendar and maintains an address book. By the way, even if you stored contacts locally, in Outlook, for example, transferring the entire database to Gmail is a matter of 10 minutes. That's how long this operation took me, plus another hour to check that the transfer was successful and fix some conversion inaccuracies.

The scheme for synchronizing your phone with Google services is convenient in that you get the opportunity to create events on a PC or laptop, edit contacts in a browser, all this data is immediately transferred to an Android phone. This is convenient, you can create an event in the Google Calendar window and it will appear in the phone, the same with contacts, editing them on the server leads to updating the information in the device. At the same time, several calendars are supported, entries from each are combined in a general form and differ in color.

Call, profiles

There is no concept of profiles as such in the system, there are volume levels, a silent mode (immediately following the minimum volume level) and a vibrate mode.

In the settings, the volume levels for the call and multimedia (music, radio, video) are set separately.

On-screen keyboards, typing

Android devices have several types of on-screen keyboards: full-size QWERTY, compact QWERTY (not in the standard Android package, only for HTC) and a numeric keypad familiar to ordinary devices, where 3-4 letters are placed on each number key. Keyboard settings are called up by holding down the language switch button.

When you type a letter, it is displayed in a pop-up field above the key itself, so that even when you press the button, you always see which letter you are currently typing. If the button has additional characters, holding it down after a second in the pop-up field will change the letter to the image of the character, if there are several of them - a horizontal list of characters that can be entered by pressing this key.

A nice moment: when you hold down the key to go to the additional characters screen, a number of them are immediately highlighted in a pop-up field. That is, without entering this screen, you can enter one of these characters, often this pop-up list is enough, and the transition to the additional screen is no longer required.

Each time you press a key on the on-screen keyboard, the machine vibrates slightly. This effect allows you to quickly get used to touch input, which is not tangible, unlike working with hardware keys.

Let's start with the compact keyboard. It works only in vertical mode, to enter numbers, you need to hold the key, to enter letters, just press a certain number of times. Additional characters (. @') are entered without switching to the auxiliary keyboard, the rest - from it.

Compact QWERTY has letters on 14 keys, 2-3 letters per button. The keyboard only works in vertical mode. The additional characters mentioned above are available from the main keyboard screen, the rest are available when you go to the character screen. This type of keyboard is not typical for the standard delivery of Android, it is used by device manufacturers, for example, HTC.

What's convenient about these keyboards is the presence of a key to switch the input mode from simple to T9 and vice versa (for HTC devices and only for them). There is no such key in full-length QWERTY.

Full-size QWERTY works both in vertical and horizontal modes, while in horizontal mode any other one switches to it, it is worth turning the device around.

The T9 system on Android performs significantly worse than on other operating systems, what this is connected with is unknown. For the Russian language, not the most obvious, applicable variants of words are offered, but rare words. It is quite easy to recognize a person using such input, phrases are often erroneous. The device learns automatically and remembers the words that you enter, and then offers them to you as an option.

Text messages

Text messages are presented as a list, several fields with messages are placed on the screen, plus information and service lines, as well as a line with a button for creating a new message. The message field displays its sender, date of departure and a small piece of text (about 35 characters). New messages are marked with a vertical green bar on the left side of each message panel.

Messages from one subscriber are collected in a common feed and in the list they are hidden under one link to the last message from this subscriber. Also in this case, next to the name of the subscriber, the total number of messages in this thread is displayed (both messages sent to you by the subscriber and your answers are counted).

When you open a message, the full text of the message is displayed along with the sender's name, the date it was sent, and the sender's thumbnail. If the picture is not assigned to the contact, the standard one with the image of a human head will be shown. Messages are presented in the form of a chat (correspondence), that is, they go sequentially from top to bottom, old messages are on top, new ones are on the bottom. The chat is divided into blocks, each block is one day of correspondence, the blocks are separated by color, above each block the day of the week, day, month and year are indicated. In the same window, a new message is created for this subscriber. In this menu, you can choose how it is more convenient for you to type, in the vertical orientation of the screen or in the horizontal one. When you rotate the machine, the system automatically changes the orientation of the display and keyboard.

Individual messages in the conversation window can be deleted by simply holding your finger on them and selecting the appropriate menu item. In the same way, individual messages can be forwarded as a text, mail, or multimedia message. There is a button to delete all messages of the thread at once, it will come in handy for someone.

When you create a new message, it defaults to text, if you add a picture, ringtone, other content, or the number of characters entered in the message exceeds the text limit, it will automatically change to multimedia. The user at this moment sees a pop-up notification on the screen about the change in the message type, so they will not miss this change.

By clicking on the icon/name of the contact, you can choose the way you want to answer him - call, text message, Gtalk, Skype, and so on.

Mail. By default, Android has two mail clients, at least for GMail there is a separate icon, for all other mail - the Mail icon.

Gmail. Mail messages are presented in a list, several fields with messages are placed on the screen, the subject of the letter (the name of the mailing list, as an option), the name of the sender, and the date the letter was received are displayed in the field. To the left of this data is an inactive checkmark, to the right is the favorites icon (star), by clicking on which you can add a message to favorites. If you select messages with checkmarks, you can perform a group action with them: delete all selected messages, archive or assign them a common label from the set you created (for example, it could be Travel or something similar).

Attachments are displayed at the end of the email with a small icon and file name. If the device has a program to open the attachment, there will be a corresponding icon next to it in the body of the letter, if the device “does not understand” the extension / format of the attachment, no actions can be taken with it, including saving it somewhere in memory devices, in my opinion, this is a small, but still a minus.

All tasks in the calendar entry format can be automatically added to the default calendar. The same works in all mailboxes, which is convenient.

Other accounts. Messages are also presented as a list, new ones are marked with a vertical green bar on the left. The message field contains the subject, sender, and date received. The name of the selected account is displayed at the top of the screen, and you can also select another account here.

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The conversation window displays all current conversations, each of which can be expanded, in this case a vertical list of all messages will be displayed, each of which also needs to be opened separately. Near the subject of the last message of each correspondence, the total number of letters in it is indicated.

In the mail settings, you can edit signatures for different accounts, enable ringtone and vibration notifications (the latter only works if ringtone notifications are enabled). The notification sound is the same for all mailboxes.

Upload frequency of messages:

  • Never
  • 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour

In previous versions (before 2.0), the update frequency could be once every 4 hours or even once a day, this was abandoned. Also in previous versions, the size of received letters was configured, but from now on, all mail is downloaded, the phone accepts attachments on request, displaying them in the body of the letter. Exactly the same with pictures (in the body of the html-letter), they are turned off by default. This step was taken towards the mass market, where users do not think about how much an email weighs on average, how much data they need to download. The ability to download a separate number of letters has also been removed (in batches of 20, 50 and 100 messages, you can no longer receive mail). And this is also a plus, although for users with a huge amount of correspondence, like mine, this is rather a minus.

Mail display

The mail client(s) display both standard text messages and .html messages without issue. In the case of the latter, the main text is aligned to the width of the screen in one column, so that it is convenient to read it in both horizontal and vertical screen orientations. There are also functions for turning images on and off for such messages.

Search

Mail searches can be divided into two types: searches in a Gmail account and searches in other accounts. Based on the features of displaying mail in your Gmail box (the device loads messages as needed from the server, and does not download a certain amount of data in advance), the search is carried out among all available messages. Moreover, if you use the Google Talk service at work / life, then the search for the history of correspondence in it also applies. A search keyword is entered, after which a list of all messages in the subject and / or body of which this word occurs is displayed. If this word was mentioned in one of the correspondence via Gtalk, the entire conversation chain will be shown (the chain in this case is one continuous segment of the correspondence). In my opinion, these search capabilities are more than enough to get the job done, the only thing that is a little confusing is that there is no search in the body of the selected email.

As for the search in other accounts, everything is extremely simple. The search is carried out in the subject and body of messages downloaded to the device.

Android Market

After launch, the user sees a panel with the most popular programs, which includes completely different applications, a kind of versatile TOP. Below is a very simplified directory: programs, games, search and my downloads, where all downloaded programs are saved. When you enter the Programs or Games section, a more detailed division begins.

When you open a catalog subsection, you see two tabs: by popularity and by date. How they are sorted, I think, is clear. In my opinion, in this part the utility lacks a filtering system, division by popularity and publication date is, of course, good, but filters by the size of the utility, paid and free, and the alphabet would also not hurt. You can also filter the list by free or paid apps (only show apps of the same type).

Near each program from the list, the type of its distribution is indicated, free or paid, there are not many of the latter in the Market yet. It also displays the rating of the application (star system, maximum 5), the name of the program and its developer. The list of programs can be filtered by paid or free applications (display only programs of the same type).

When opening a link to one of the programs, the user sees immediately below its name the number of downloads of this application and its digital rating, followed by a short (or not so short) text description, and below it the version of the program and its size are indicated. Further, user comments, even lower - information about the developer. After you download and install the app, you can rate it (1-5 stars) on the app's Market page.

Android Market has more than 16000 apps and is growing all the time, most apps are free.

Music player

The basis of the player is a library divided into artists, albums, playlists, as well as a list of all songs. During playback in full screen mode, the picture of the album, the remaining and elapsed time of the track, as well as the name of the group and track are displayed. From this window, you can go to the library or the list of tracks being played. It is also possible to view the properties of the file being played or set it to ring.

If there are tracks from different albums or different groups in the playlist, they are displayed in the main window as a horizontal row of album pictures, so you can change tracks either by pressing the back and forth button or by scrolling the album picture left and right. There is no equalizer in the player.

Photos and videos

To view photos and videos, the same program is used - Albums (in the case of OS without add-ons - Gallery). When entering the program, you can select folders signed by date, you can also change pictures by geotags (sort by location). The presentation of the gallery has changed in 2.1, it has become much more convenient, animated. For individual images, you can call up editing options (rotate, crop the image field), they can also be sent to e