Basic Navigation

Scrolling is done by simply touching the page and moving it with a finger. If you're viewing the mobile version of a web page, such as Google's mobile page in Figure 10-1, the entire page will be sized appropriately for your screen, so you won't need to zoom in and out. If you're viewing a standard web page, you might find that you need to view things a little closer.

The first thing to remember is that viewing pages horizontally is an option. Most phones auto-rotate, but some models with physical keyboards require you to slide out the keyboard to force horizontal orientation. If you find this to be annoying, you can use Droidsans Virtual Keyboard instead. Oftentimes it's easier to scroll up and down on a page than it is to scroll side to side. If you're using a device that supports it, you can zoom out by using a pinching motion with two fingers and zoom in by using a reverse-pinching motion (as if pulling the page corners outward with two fingers).

If you're using an older device or can't use both fingers, you can also expand and contract pages by pressing once on the page, and then clicking the + and -magnifying glass buttons that appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen, as shown in Figure 10-2.

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Figure 10-2. Zooming

Figure 10-2. Zooming

NOTE: Although multitouch capability was included in the very first commercial Android release, Google didn't turn on the capability by default until Android 2.1. The result may have been one of the reasons Apple launched a patent infringement lawsuit against HTC in 2010. The suit is seen by many analysts as a proxy lawsuit against Google.

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