- This is a question I have been asked several times by my friends who use Android. How would you delete or forward a single message in an SMS conversation? Long press is the answer. Long press the message you want to delete or forward and you will get a menu that will let you do it.
- Android's built-in SMS app will not autocomplete phone numbers of your contacts that are not marked as "mobile". Not everyone has correctly categorized phone numbers in their contact list, and it could be a pain. There are two ways to solve it: 1. correctly classify mobile phone numbers as mobile numbers in your contact list; this can be hard to do. 2. Use a third-party app like Handcent SMS for messaging. Handcent SMS lets you configure if you want to see non-mobile numbers while composing SMS.
- Let's say you have a phone without a physical keyboard. You are in some UI where there is no text entry field, but you want to type something. For example, imagine you are seeing your contacts list, and you want to find a contact by typing the contact's name. (It's faster than scrolling and finding it.) What you can do is long press Menu button, and that will bring the soft keyboard. Now type the first few letters of the contact to filter the contact list.
- You know that all your Google Talk chat history is available in Gmail. But did you know that you can search your chat log from within Android's Google Talk app itself? When you are in Google Talk app, press the Search button and enter your search query. This will show all chats that match your search query. Opening a result would show you the chat log in the same way Gmail does. You can even reply to that chat by email or chat from there itself. This can be extended to other apps too. Any app's search functionality can be activated by pressing Search key when you are in that app. You press Search button when in home screen, it brings the regular Google search (or phone search in 2.2/Froyo and above). You press Search button when in Gmail app, it brings the Gmail search box.
June 21, 2010
I see that many Android users have difficulty in discovering features that are available in their devices. In this post I am going to share some commonly unknown features/functionality of Android software.