Motorola Xoom Guides for Beginner Your Xoom is a powerful multimedia, productivity, and communications marvel, and the first time you hold it in your hands, you’ll immediately want to put it through its paces, browsing the Web, downloading and trying out apps, playing games, watching videos, gathering the news, checking your email, and more. That’s as it should be: Your Xoom can do many remarkable things. To help you unlock all those powers, though, it’s a good idea to get a solid understanding of how the Xoom works, and a look at all its different parts. You’ll want to know where all of its buttons, ports, and cameras are located, for example—not to mention how to get to your Home screen panes, or to a location that will become one of your best friends, the App Menu. Power/Lock Key On the upper-left rear of your Xoom as you hold the Xoom horizontally, with the Motorola logo on the upper left, you find a small, black button. It may be only a single button, but it’s a hard-working one, and it performs several functions: • Sleep/Wake. When your Xoom is turned on, pressing and releasing the button puts your Xoom into S leep mode, a state in which the display is turned off and the device uses only a minimum amount of power, in order to save battery life. When the Xoom is in dreamland, it also doesn’t register any taps, so that you can’t accidentally send an email or delete every picture on your Xoom. When your Xoom is asleep, pressing and releasing this button wakes up the Xoom into its locked mode—you’ll see how to unlock it a little later. • On/Off. If your Xoom is turned off, hold down the button, and it springs to life. Simple, yes? If, on the other hand, it’s turned on, holding down the button turns it off. When you do so, though, it doesn’t immediately shut down. Instead, a screen appears asking if you want to turn it off. Tap OK to turn it off; tap cancel to keep using your Xoom. Locking the Screen As described on page 8, when you put the Xoom to sleep, the screen stops responding to touch. It blacks out, indicating that the screen is locked. A lways lock the screen before putting your Xoom somewhere like in a bag or backpack to avoid accidental screen taps. In fact, every time you leave the Xoom untouched for two minutes, the screen automatically locks itself. While the screen is locked, the Xoom still operates behind the scenes, checking email and Facebook on schedule. It still receives text messages while the screen is locked. You get all the usual notifications for all the things you’ve asked it to notify you about. In fact, in many ways your Xoom works just as hard when it’s locked as when it’s not. When you again want to use the Xoom, you need to unlock it. S imply put your fingertip on the lock icon on the screen and slide it in any direction. Your Xoom is now ready to do your bidding. About the Screen The screen is Xoom’s center stage—it’s where it displays web pages, apps, games, and more, and because it’s a touch screen, it’s also where you’ll tell the Xoom what you want to do next. T he screen is a roomy 10.1 inches measured diagonally (technically, that’s 1280 × 800 pixels with a resolution of 150 pixels to the inch). For the tech-inclined, its HD screen is 720p. When you turn it sideways, it switches to a widescreen TV and movie format. But there’s a lot going on behind that pretty display. Built-in Sensors Underneath its flat black screen, the Xoom has four sensors that perform a lot of its magic: • Proximity sensor. T he Xoom has a proximity sensor, just like most smartphones do. You might think this somewhat odd, because the primary purpose of one on a phone is to automatically turn off and blank the touchscreen when your face is close to a phone during a phone call. It does this to the screen to save power, and so you don’t accidentally touch the screen while talking and perform some unwanted task. A s to why you would need one on a tablet…no one’s quite sure why yet. But Motorola put it there, and maybe some day a clever app developer will come up with a use for a proximity sensor on a tablet. • Ambient light sensor. T his senses the light level, and adjusts your screen’s brightness, as a way to save battery power. S o in bright light, it makes the screen brighter so that it can be more easily seen, and in dim light, it makes the screen dimmer, because bright light is not needed. • 3-axis accelerometer. A s its name implies, this measures acceleration and motion. T he Xoom uses the accelerometer to sense the orientation of the screen and turn it to either landscape or portrait mode. But clever app makers use it for other things as well. T here’s even an app that works with the Xoom’s magnetometer and detects potholes as you drive, and creates a log about their locations which you can then email to your local department of public works. (It’s called Pothole Agent. Search the Android Marketplace app for it.) • Magnetometer. T his measures the strength and direction of the Earth’s magnetic field. It’s used for compass apps and can also work with the accelerometer, as it does in Pothole Agent. • Barometer. You read that right—it’s got a barometer built into it. E xpect app developers to find all kinds of creative uses for it. • Gyroscope. Yes, it’s got one of these as well, for games and all kinds of motion-sensing apps. Home Screen When you turn on your Xoom, you see its big, beautiful screen, which you can hold in either a horizontal or vertical position. Right in the center you find a clock. T ap it and you can add an alarm—yes, it’s true, your Xoom doubles as an alarm clock. The upper-left portion of the screen is your central location for search. Type a search term or tap the microphone icon, and then speak your search. Either way, you search the Internet as well as your Xoom. O ver on the upper right, tap the A pps button and you’ll open the A pp Menu, displaying all of the apps you’ve got on the Xoom—those preloaded as well as any you’ve installed. If you’ve got more apps than can fit on one screen, notice one or more outlines of icons on the right-hand side of the screen. T hat tells you that you’ve got more apps over there. Flick your finger toward the left, and you go to that screen. You see whatever apps you’ve got there—and if you look to the left of the screen, you see outlines if icons showing you that you’ve got icons back on the main Apps Menu screen. Flick over to it. Down at the bottom of the screen are several areas that stay with you no matter where you go, the combination N otification Panel/Quick S ettings area on the right, and the three soft buttons—onscreen, not physical buttons—on the right. T he soft buttons are used for navigation, and the Notification Panel/Quick S ettings area sends any notifications and alerts your way, and lets you change some important Xoom settings. Now it’s time to look at some of the Home screen’s features in more detail. Notification Panel and Quick Settings The Xoom makes sure to always keep you updated with information about its current status, and with any news, updates, and information it thinks is important. It does this by displaying a variety of icons in the Notification Panel at the bottom right of the Xoom’s screen. You’ll find a variety of icons there, such as those that give information about the current state of the Xoom, such as Wi-Fi signal strength, 3G or 4G connection status, battery life, and so on. T here are also notifications about events, such as a new email or chat message received, a calendar event reminder, and so on. When a new notification comes in, it briefly appears in a pop-up window with information about it—part of all of a chat message, for example. T ap the notification, and you launch the app that sent the notification, for example, Gmail or your email software if the notification is about incoming messages. If you miss the notification pop-up, don’t worry—the small icon showing you’ve received a notification stays in the N otification Panel. T ap the icon, and the pop-up appears again. You can then tap the pop-up to head to the app. If you want the notification icon to vamoose, tap the X next to it. You can also see every one of your notifications in one fell swoop, rather than tapping them one at a time. T ap the right side of the N otification Panel, and the Panel expands, showing every one of your notifications. It shows not just the notifications about events, but also gives more information about the state of your Xoom, such as how much battery life you’ve got left, the name of the Wi-Fi network to which you’re currently connected, and so on. Here are the most common icons you come across in the Notification Panel: • Cell signal . If you’ve got a Xoom tablet with 3G or 4G, you see a notification about your cell signal. T he more bars you see, the stronger the signal. • 3G . T his one appears when you’re connected via 3G, Verizon’s highspeed, broadband service, which should be most of the time. It means that download and upload speeds are fast. T he little arrows underneath the symbol show when data is being sent and received. Notice that the arrows may turn black even when you think you’re not sending or receiving data. T hat’s because the Xoom may be checking for email, updates, and so on.