Exploring the Android System

If you're not already familiar with Android devices, now is a good time to learn your way around the Android system as users see it. Table 2.1 lists some important features of Android.

TABLE 2.1 Android System Screens and Features

Feature

Description

Appearance

Home screen

Default screen.

This is a common location for app widgets and live folders.

Dialer application

Messaging application

Built-in application for making and receiving phone calls.

Note that the emulator has limited phone features.

Built-in application for sending and receiving SMS messages.

Note that the emulator has limited messaging features.

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Browser application

Contacts application

Built-in web browser.

Note that the emulator has an Internet connection, provided that your machine has one.

Database of contact information.

Application sliding drawer Shows all installed applications.

From the Home screen, pull the gray sliding drawer tab to see all installed applications.

TABLE 2.1 continued

Feature

Description

Appearance

Settings application

Built-in application to configure a wide variety of "phone" settings for the emulator, such as application management, sound and display settings, and localization.

Built-in application to configure a wide variety of "phone" settings for the emulator, such as application management, sound and display settings, and localization.

Dev Tools application

Built-in application to configure configure development tool settings.

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