Topic outline

  • Catch up TV, YouTube and streaming apps

    In this course, you’ll learn how your mobile device can be an entertainment hub. All you need is the right set of apps! While your smartphone or tablet can act like a TV or radio, there are some other forms of entertainment to explore too. The activities in this course cover apps in different categories. These kinds of apps are available on both Android and Apple devices, but the actual apps may vary between devices.


    Welcome to "Using apps in your day-to-day". This is Nita. She's been visiting Melbourne and has a full day ahead before flying home to Brisbane this afternoon. She'll use her mobile phone and some apps to help her get around and get things done. Only download apps from the official app store for your device. That's the Google Play Store for Android phones and tablets and the App Store for Apple iPhones and iPads. Nita plans to visit the National Gallery so checks the Public Transport Victoria app to see how to get there. The app provides bus, train and tram timetable information to help her plan almost any trip. Plus travel alerts and information about fairs. She decides to take the tram, but before heading out, she checks the Weather app. Chilly with a chance of rain. Better take a jacket. At the tram stop, Nita unlocks her phone and opens the Wallet app. This lets her use her phone to securely pay for things and to store documents such as loyalty cards, cinema and event tickets, and travel cards. Nita has registered her Myki Travel Card to the Wallet app so she can use her phone to pay for trips. She taps her phone on the card reader as she boards the tram and the fare is automatically deducted from her Myki account. While on the tram, Nita follows the route on the map in the Public Transport Victoria app so she can see when her stop is coming up. Outside the gallery, she opens the Camera app on her phone and takes a selfie to remember the day. Inside at the admissions counter, she'll pay for her entry with her phone using the Wallet app. The fee is charged to her saved credit card account. It sure is quicker than digging in her purse for her card. The Wallet app has been designed to be very secure so it's safe to enter your banking details. These aren't shared with the device manufacturer or other third parties. After the exhibition, Nita looks for a place to have lunch. She opens the Google Maps app and taps on restaurants to find what's nearby. This one has good reviews and isn't too expensive. Also, it's close enough to walk to. She uses the map in the app to navigate her way there. While she's waiting for lunch, Nita uses apps to catch up on some things. She opens the Photos app and finds the selfie she took earlier. Then uses the Messages app to send it to a friend. She opens the Mail app and checks her email and uses her banking app to pay her electricity bill. She opens the Qantas app to check her flight is leaving on time and to check in. Her boarding pass gets saved in the app, ready for her to show at the airport. To get to the airport, she uses the Uber app to arrange for a car to collect her from the restaurant. She also schedules a pickup for her arrival in Brisbane. While waiting at the airport, she uses her Coles app to create a shopping list. She schedules a delivery for the morning so she can have fresh bread and milk for breakfast. In the air at last, and Nita looks for some entertainment to fill the next couple of hours. She downloaded music and podcasts to her Spotify app and some TV shows to Netflix beforehand, so there's lots to choose from. It's been a fun trip, and apps have helped make it easy and enjoyable. Nita wonders how she ever managed without them.