SCOTTY'S ANDROID NOTES...THURSDAY 17th AUGUST 2017

1. LAUNCHERS. FOLDERS
2. WEATHER APP & LINKS
3. NEWS APPS
4. EXCHANGE RATES
5. MS APPS…WPS OFFICE
6. KEYBOARDS
7. TWILIGHT
8. KEEP
9. BOOKMARK APP

LAUNCHERS AND FOLDERS
Launchers are what you see when you turn on your phone….equivalent to your PC desktop.
There are loads of launchers available to suit all tastes…the easiest being Smart Launcher.
See Scotty at the JCC re installation
Folders are icons which contain several app icons.
Dragging one app icon onto another icon creates a folder and others can be added using the same process.
Opening the folder and tapping on the name will allow you to change the folder name.
Very useful for saving screen space and keeping similar apps in one place.

WEATHER APP
The one I demonstrated is called "Transparent Weather Clock" …free and paid versions.
Very comprehensive and programmable if needed.

NEWS APPS
Demonstrated were Flipboard. Feedly and Play Newsstand.

EXCHANGE RATES
The one that was shown is called "Exchange Rates". You can even add items like gold and also see images of all countries banknotes.
Very easy to use and comprehensive.

MICROSOFT APPS
Several were listed including Powerpoint, Excel and Word, but the one I recommend is the multi-function WPS Office.
If someone emails you a Microsoft attachment you need a Microsoft app to open it.

KEYBOARDS
The demonstrated keyboard was a version of Swype which costs 99 centimos.
A free one is called Swiftkey.
They can be sized. themed and swiped…the latter being a way to use predictive text by swiping the keyboard.
Both also have a microphone icon for using voice to text, for doing emails, for example.

TWILIGHT
This is an app to adjust your screen colour, adding a reddish hue, supposedly to reduce eyestrain at night.

KEEP
This app is used to store information, such as text, photos, drawing, website links, etc.
I am using Keep to do these notes
Everything can be labeled and coloured to assist location of information…an excellent app, invaluable for me.

BOOKMARK APP
By the same name to create links to websites for use with any browser….invaluable for users with many bookmarks.
Sets of bookmarks can also be labeled into separate screens for easier access.

All of the above apps can be found in the Google Playstore.

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