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Book cover image of Google on the Go: Using an Android-Powered Mobile Phone by Patricia DiGiacomo Eddy

Authors: Patricia DiGiacomo Eddy, John Eddy
ISBN-13: 9780789739537, ISBN-10: 0789739534
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Que
Date Published: March 2009
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Patricia DiGiacomo Eddy

John Eddy is a gadget hobbyist who infuriates his wife by continually getting new toys that need to be put somewhere. The majority of his career has been spent trying to ensure that normal, everyday people can successfully use their technological wonders. He has helped people both directly, through product support, and indirectly, by moderating online forums and newsgroups, thus ensuring a safe environment in which to seek answers.


After his long career in and around Microsoft, it's ironic that John's first book is about Google. He spends his days and nights in the Seattle area reading,watching too much TV and not enough movies, and enjoying quality time on his Xbox 360 and Wii with his far more techsavvy wife. Author of Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, she shares his love of cooking and eating.Their food chronicles can be found at


Patricia DiGiacomo Eddyis an accomplished technology author and mobile phone geek who isn't nearly as infuriated with her husband's love of gadgets as he might think. She has written several books, including Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Absolute Beginner's Guide to OneNote, and Access 2003: VBA Programmer's Reference. Her day job is spent writing about email technology with a major software company. Her evenings are spent writing about a wide variety of other topics, including health and fitness, cooking, and Seattle culture. She enjoys a good game of Wii Tennis. Although she watches too much TV, she isn't planning onchanging that habit any time soon. Patricia and her husband recently completed their first half marathon and are looking forward to training for a full marathon as soon as this book is on the shelves.


Book Synopsis

Google on the Go



So you’ve got one of those hot new Android-powered phones? Awesome! Now, get the most out of it with Google on the Go! This friendly, easy book shows exactly how to use your phone to make your life more productive, more efficient, and more fun!


Making calls? Playing MP3s? Sending Gmail? Taking pictures? It’s all covered here—one step at a time, in plain English. There’s no faster way to master the great Google tools built into your new phone: calendar, messaging, web browsing, chat, Google Maps, YouTube, you name it!


Want to customize your phone? Here’s how. Need to troubleshoot a problem? No sweat: you’ll find easy, step-by-step directions. Whether you’re using the T-Mobile G1 or another Android-powered smartphone, this book answers all your questions so you can harness the power of Google applications and tools in the palm of your hand.


 • Set up your Google Android phone fast!

 • Quickly master phone basics, from speakerphone to call waiting

 • Transfer contacts from your computer or another phone

 • Add new Calendar appointments and reminders

 • Make the most of your free Gmail account

 • Take photos, and send them instantly to your contacts

 • Watch videos and upload them to YouTube

 • Find practically anything with Google Search

 • Use Google Talk’shandy chat features

 • Get directions and traffic info with Google Maps... even use GPS!

 • Install new software tools and even start writing your own

 • Fix the most common problems with service and hardware


John Eddy is a long-time gadget hobbyist who has spent most of his career helping everyday people use technology, in roles ranging from product support to moderation of online forums.


Patricia DiGiacomo Eddy is an accomplished technology author and mobile phone geek whose books include Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, The
Absolute Beginner’s Guide to OneNote, and Access 2003: VBA Programmer’s Reference.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The phone basics 5

2 Working with contacts 31

3 Using your calendar 43

4 Working with email 55

5 Taking pictures 71

6 Using your Android-powered phone as a personal media player 85

7 Using the Internet 107

8 Using the rest of the Google application suite 123

9 Adding new applications 149

10 Using Wi-Fi 165

11 Security 173

12 An open-source platform 177

13 Troubleshooting 183

Index 191




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