Google released their new tablet, the Nexus 7, for sale in early July. Equipped with a new version of the Android OS, the tablet is widely believed to be one of the first true competitors to the iPad, and so far the reviews of the tablet have been largely positive. Add this to the low price, and small businesses now have a truly viable tablet option. But as with anything new, there’s a learning curve when it comes to navigation using a touch screen.
Below we list the most common touch-screen motions. Master these and you will be navigating your Android tablet like a pro in no time. Note: these tips will work for most versions of Android, but are optimized for Android 4 or higher – Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
The vertical scroll is used to browse lists or websites. When you open a website or list that’s longer than the screen, you can scroll down by putting one finger on the screen and moving your finger away from your body. To scroll up you move your finger towards your body. If you want to scroll quickly, flick your finger up or down and lift it off the screen. The faster you flick, the further you will scroll. Tapping the screen will stop scrolling.
Horizontal scrolling is used to navigate your apps screen, turn the page in an e-book reader, and to move through the different home screens. From the main home screen, place your finger on the screen and move it to the left or right to view your other home screens. If a website is too “wide” for your screen, you can view more of it by using the same action. As with vertical scrolling, the quicker you move your finger, the faster you will scroll.
Some apps like Google Maps, Web browsers, and document readers will allow you to zoom in and view more detail in the page or map. To zoom in, place two fingers on the screen – most people place their fingers like you would on a keyboard – and move them apart. When you move your fingers apart, you should notice the screen zoom in. For instance, in Google Maps, the map will zoom in to show a smaller section. To zoom out, or view more, place two fingers on the screen and bring them together, in a pinching motion. If you do this while viewing a website, you’ll be shown more of the site.
If the list, website, book, or document you’re looking at doesn’t really scroll very far, try rotating your tablet to the left or right so you’re holding it more like a book. When you rotate the tablet, your screen should also rotate into Landscape mode, which makes your viewing area wider. Should your screen not rotate, open Settings and select Display. Locate Auto-rotate screen and tap it. If there is a checkmark in the box, it means your screen will auto-rotate. To learn more about your Android tablet, or if you have any questions, please give us a call.