Google publishes free Android Lollipop how-to guide in Play Store

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If you’re one of the few who actually reads instruction manuals, then you may want to grab a new ebook from Google.

The Android Quick Start Guide is a free download on Google Play Books that outlines basic Android Lollipop features, such as connecting your Google account, setting up a security screen, and how to track down a missing device with Android Device Manager.

It also details the new Messenger app that now handles SMS and MMS (which still work with Hangouts if that’s your preference). The book also gives cursory mention of Android Auto and Android TV.   

The book uses a lot of external links to connect with existing Android support pages. For example, if you’re reading about settings and want to know about Sync options, just touch the highlighted text and the book will kick you over to your default browser and the related support page.

It’s the second time Google has put out a how-to book to accompany a major Android release, after publishing a similar guide for KitKat last year. Google also recently cranked out a book with tips for app developers, titled The Secrets to App Success on Google Play.

Why this matters: This is another step in Google’s effort to make Android more user-friendly. Publishing the book in advance gives you a chance to find out more about how Lollipop will change the Android experience. It’s also another subtle way to get you to try out Google Play Books, the company’s ebook platform.

This story, "Google publishes free Android Lollipop how-to guide in Play Store" was originally published by Greenbot.

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