Android can be really tough to get to grips with. In this article, we will try to explain how use and navigate your ROKiT device simply.
- Setting up your ROKiT device
- Navigation buttons and gestures
- Multiple home screens
- Quick settings bar
- Extensive customisation
- Google Assistant integration
- Google Play Store
- What apps should I get?
Before you can do anything on Android, you need to boot up your phone and set it up. Android is built by Google, and as such, it works best with Google’s proprietary services. To take full advantage of your device, you’re going to need a Google account. Visit this article for a complete guide on how to setup your Android device.
Your Android device is equipped with three touch-sensitive navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen at demonstrated below.
Back Button Home Button Recent Apps
Used to navigate your device
Back Button on the left, will take you back to the last thing you did in an app, or revert to the last page in your mobile browser. Additionally, holding the button down when using your browser should automatically open up a menu that makes it easy to access browsing history and the websites you visit most often.
Home Button located in the middle, will simply take you back to your home screen. In the most recent version of Android, holding down the home button will also activate “Screen search” which pulls up the Google Assistant, Google’s AI-powered helper, from any app.
Recent Apps, on the right, is a multi-tasking function. Pressing this button reveals a list of every open and active app on your mobile device, allowing you to quickly navigate and jump between various apps with a simple tap of the screen. Double tap this button and you’ll jump straight back into your last used app.
Our devices also use gestures to control some aspects of your device. For example, if you swipe upwards on the dock of your home screen, it will open your App Drawer. The App Drawer contains all the apps on your device.
Shows 5 apps of your choice on the home screen
Jump to camera is an incredibly simple gesture to use. Simply double click the power button on your phone and it will jump straight to camera, even if your device is locked. Third party applications exist to add and change gestures on your device.
Android devices allow you to manage multiple home screens. You are able to create shortcuts and group apps together within folders, you can install and store apps in the App Drawer located within the dock. To add apps to your home screen, open your App Drawer then tap and hold the icon then place it where you want it. Android also allows you to create, resize, and arrange various widgets on the home screen. Widgets display real-time information from apps on the home screen, and some of them are interactive.
To take a look at the widgets on your device, tap and hold an empty section of your home screen > Tap Widgets. The more apps you download, the more widgets will be available.
The Quick Settings bar is a convenient way to quickly access your most-used tiles, and it’s also where you can see and dismiss all of your notifications. However, it may not be obvious how to use it at first. To use it, swipe down once from the top to reveal your notifications, swipe down again to reveal quick tiles.
Notifications can be tapped which will launch the application or you can swipe to dismiss it.
Tiles are used to turn your settings on or off quickly. You can activate or deactivate Wi-Fi or Bluetooth by tapping the icon. If you tap and hold an icon in the Quick Settings bar for a couple of seconds, the full settings for that tiles will open.
You should also be aware that you can tap the icons at the top of the Quick Settings bar. You can tap the battery icon to reveal the battery settings, for instance, or the cogwheel icon to access your system settings. If you tap your profile picture, you can add more users.
Launcher refers to different skins your Android phone can run. Different launchers change the look and functionality of your home screens and your app drawer. Although you’re always welcome to install a third-party launcher, our default launcher, created by Google, does a pretty good job of letting you arrange your content in an attractive way.
Nonetheless, installing a new launcher allows you to cram more into your dock while utilising a more distinct theme and interface. Aside from the default launcher, Android allows you to customise nearly every component of the OS right down to the wallpaper. You can customise the virtual keyboard you use for texting and browsing the web, too. Keyboard customisation might seem like a small feature on the surface, but choosing a proper Android keyboard from Google Play is crucial making your Android experience a productive and enjoyable one.
Google Assistant is available on ROKiT devices. If you opt in, it will use your search history to display relevant news stories and sports scores. It will also analyse your travel habits to bring up relevant travel information, while additionally providing you with a time estimate and the best directions for driving to your next location. It will even tell you when to leave, so you don’t miss your next appointment.
To access Google Assistant, tap and hold the home button for a couple of seconds. You can also activate it with your voice using the “OK, Google” or “Hey Google” voice command. If those commands aren’t working, or you would like to tweak the feature’s settings, open the Google app.
Google Play operates as Google’s official digital store, allowing you to purchase apps, books, movies, music, and more with a few simple taps. It even lets you install apps remotely, meaning you can download an app on your tablet when you’re at work and it’ll be there when you arrive home.
We have included some essentials that we think you should check out; otherwise this is totally up to you. Browse the Play Store to see if there are any social media, entertainment or gaming apps you may want to download.
ROKFLiX to download and watch our entire 3D catalogue
ROK Launch Control to manage added-value services that come with your device.