Android Guide to Making a Google Account

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Creating a Google Account is one of the basic tasks required to set-up you’re android phone. This account allows you to access the Android Market and download apps, it also allows you to use the inbuilt Google apps on your phone, like Google Maps. A Google account also backs up your contacts and other data, so that if you lose your phone, you can download all of you’re data on to another one.
Setting up this account is really easy, just follow these simple steps!
1. You can set up a Google account in several different ways: when prompted the first time you turn on you’re handset, by opening the Gmail app, and by opening android market. You will be presented with this screen. Just click ‘Create’.
2. On the second screen enter you’re first and second name into the appropriate boxes, then enter a username into the box with @ next to it. Your username should be something you will remember and it will also be the start of your email address. For example if you choose peter23, your email address would be Peter23 @ . When you are done click next at the bottom of the screen.
3. On this page you need to enter a password for your Google Account, it should be at least 8 characters in length and contain one number. Type your chosen password again in the second box t0 confirm it. Then click the next button at the bottom to continue.
4. On this page you are required to choose a secret question and answer that can be used to verify your identity in the case that you forget your Google account details. Choose a question from the list, and then write your answer in the custom box. You can optionally add a secondary email which will also help to recover a lost account – this can be any email address. When done, click the next button.
5. Google will ask that you accept their terms and conditions, to do so simply use the accept button (it may be necessary to scroll to the bottom of the terms). You will then be asked to verify your humanity by entering a code into a text box.
6. If all is well you will see this screen and your account will be successfully created. Bear in mind that you will need an active internet connection. You can now access Gmail and the android market, have fun!

Best Back to School Android Apps

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Kids are getting antsy and working hard to squeeze the laziness out of these last few precious days of summer.
But no matter how valiantly they fight to ignore the signs of approaching days spent in desks under fluorescent lights, they are inevitable. Stores are starting to line their shelves with crayons, pencils and notebooks and parents are starting to plan lunches and carpool schedules.
No longer will there be mornings free of alarm clocks and mad scrambles out the door. Things are going to get complicated and fast!
Make your family’s launch into the back to school mode a bit less turbulent with a few family apps to simplify those tedious tasks that are essential during the school year.
Top 5 Back to School Apps for Any Family
1. Cozi Family Organizer
This app is the ultimate tool for any family. It provides a shared family calendar, to do lists, photo albums, a family journal and grocery lists. What more does a family need to stay organized? The best part about this app is that you can access all of its functionality on a desktop as well, so you can create, plan and manage from wherever you happen to be.
2. Food on the Table
Does your family have the same thing to eat over and over and over again? So does ours! That’s why we love this app, especially during the school year when a lot of families resort to fast food as a quick fix, it not only provides you with a ton of recipes, but it also finds the best deals on the ingredients you need within your local store. It’s super handy, especially for the family that has Hamburger Helper three nights a week.
3. Evernote
I always remember something extremely important at the oddest times, there’s something about doing a task completely unrelated to what I need to be doing that makes me have a revelation. That’s why Evernote is great for families during back to school because there’s always a disconnect between the something a parent should be doing and what they’re doing at that moment. With Evernote you can capture these passing thoughts without having to stop and interrupt what you’re doing.
4. Mint
Running a family budget is no small task and any kind of help is appreciated. Mint is handy in that it allows you to view all of your accounts in one place, see where you’re spending your money and set budgets for your family. On-the-go finance might not be a tool that everyone’s looking for, but for those parents who like to keep an eye on every transaction, all the time, this might be just the app for your family, especially during the back to school season of big purchases.
5. Study Droid
This app is less family-focused as it’s a tool specifically for studying, something the kids are probably the only ones doing. It’s essentially a pack of customizable digital flashcards. This can be great for anything from quizzing kids on science and history facts to studying up on another language. Let the learning begin!

What Are Some Very Useful Android Apps?

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The Android platform has very quickly become very popular on mobile phones. This is a project that was started by Google and has become highly successful in the last year. There are many applications that are made for Android phones. Find out what some of the very useful applications are that you can get and use on your phone.
One of the more popular apps is Documents To Go. This has been a popular application on a variety of platforms even back in the Palm Pilot days. What it allows you to do is make Microsoft Office documents from the various applications in the suite on your phone. You can open and edit documents at will on the Android device. If you are heavily tied to Office, this is something that is worth considering.
There are a variety of recording applications that you can use on your Android phone. Some of these are just for recording quick memos to yourself so that you can be sure to remember something later. There are a few that can even record calls. This is useful for important calls that you will need to review at a later date. Just be sure the person on the other line knows you are recording him or her for legal purposes.
There is one application called Flashlight. This simply turns the brightness up on the screen and makes the screen go white. This is great to use when you need to see what is going on around you in dark places.
AndWeather is one of the most popular weather apps. It can quickly show you the weather from your preferred location. If you like, you can set it to track your location and show you the local weather no matter where you are.
With this type of phone, it is a good idea to get the application called My Backup Pro. This allows you to take everything on the phone and have it backed up just in case. You can even set it so that it does scheduled backups automatically onto your SD card.

HTC Wildfire – With FriendStream For Simplified Social Networking

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If you’re looking for Smartphone but are on a budget, then one of your first choices should definitely be the HTC Wildfire. This relatively compact phone comes with all the bells and whistles of many of its peers such as a five mega pixel camera, full touchscreen functionality and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity.
With dimensions of 106.8x 60.4x 12 mm, the HTC Wildfire is one of more compact Smartphones on the market and also a lightweight 118 g. Measuring 3.2 inches, the TFT capacitive touchscreen does a great job of displaying on screen imagery in the utmost of quality thanks to a pixel configuration of 240x 320. Within this, up to 16 million individual colours are displayed, adding further depth and quality to the contents of the screen. Proximity and accelerometer sensors are included as standard along with a touch sensitive control panel and optical trackpad.
Although the HTC Wildfire does not boast the same internal storage levels of many more expensive Smartphones, it does come with a microSD slot which is able to house a memory card of up to 32 GB. This is likely to prove ample for the needs of the vast majority of users to store their music collections or video clips or any other files.
Both EDGE & GPRS are utilised by the HTC Wildfire to provide it with its connections to the appropriate cellular networks. Access to the Internet is provided primarily via an HSDPA connection in areas where 3G coverage is available. When this is the case, download speeds of up to 7.2 mega bytes per second are available. A faster and more reliable connection can be achieved however, thanks to full Wi-Fi connectivity.
On the back of the handset there is a powerful and versatile 5 mega pixel digital camera. This operates at a pixel resolution of 2592x 1944 pixels and also boasts Autofocus, LED flash for the increasingly popular geo-tagging function as standard. As an additional method of image capture, users can also film video footage with the camera.
The versatility of the HTC Wildfire is largely thanks to a combination of the Android operating system (version 2.1 in this case, however this is upgradeable to later editions) and a 528 MHz processor. Social networking integration, a comprehensive package of Google widgets, and social media applications for sites such as YouTube and Picasa mean users can stay connected friends and family and share their pictures and videos with ease. The versatile internal media player supports several different formats of both music and video files, whilst there is also a selection of pre-installed games and a radio player.
As you can see, there is plenty to keep users entertained within the HTC Wildfire. As if it wasn’t enough, there is also a number of different colour variants available meaning that users are sure to find an option to suit their taste.
Given the specifications of this phone, you may be very surprised at just how affordable it actually is. For this reason, the HTC Wildfire has proven wildly successful and looks set to do so for quite some time.