54 Super Smart Android Tips

Keyboard & Input Guidance

Don’t Wait for Auto Correct

Get proactive and enter the words you use often into the dictionary yourself. Settings > Language & Keyboard > User Dictionary. Tap the Menu button and click Add before you enter a new word.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Android phones with hardware keyboards take advantage of helpful shortcuts. For example, Search + B opens the browser, and Search + G opens Gmail. You can define other shortcuts yourself. Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Quick Launch.

Download a Better Keyboard with… Better Keyboard

Android’s built-in software keyboard is okay, but Better Keyboard is great. It can set your common typing mistakes to be fixed automatically, launch and close the QWERTY keyboard with a swipe, add fonts and themes to your keypad, and switch between multi-language layouts or keypads for smileys or T9 input exclusively. Download Better Keyboard from the Android Market for $2.99.

Dictate Texts and E-mails

Not in the mood to type? Send texts and e-mails with your voice. Launch the Voice Search application and say “Send Text Message” or “Send Email.” Then select the “To:” field and say the name of the recipients. Repeat for the message, subject, CC, or BCC fields.

Train Voice Recognition to Learn the Way You Speak

Set Google’s voice recognition software to get more acquainted with your voice’s speed, inflection, and accent. Just enable personalized recognition. Over time, voice recognition will tailor itself to your individual speech patterns. Settings > Voice Input And Output > Voice Recognition Settings > Personalized Recognition.

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  1. wirecup Says:

    In WinXP, one can type in multiple home pages (separate line for each in box). First line entry is page initially shown. Other home page sites are shown in order as selectable tabs. Is this capability in Android?

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