Update: Since the release of Weixin by Tencant there is no longer a need to use QQ app if you cannot read Chinese. Weixin links to your QQ account and allows messages to be sent and recieved over the QQ network as well as performing as an independent mobile to mobile messenger. It has both Chinese and English interfaces.
Edit: Since writing this article a newer version of QQ has been released for Android. The program is basically the same with some additional options regarding vibrate and sound tone.
I can’t translate everything. There is so much text with the various warnings etc. As a general rule, like most applications, any warning messages can be accepted with the left button, cancelled with the right.
This is just a list of the basic options which helped get me started, and to turn off the constant beeping. Most of the basic functions such as adding a friend are self explanatory based on the icons.
(These may change depending on what changes you made to your desktop QQ)
在线好友 zoi6 sin3 hou2 jau5
Online friends (繁體字: 在線好友)
我的好友 ngo5 dik1 hou2 jau5
陌生人 mak6 sang1 jan4
黑名单 hak1 ming4 daan1
Black listed / blocked (繁體字: 黑名單)
Click the add button (top left of the bottom toolbar in the pic above), the top option is to enter the QQ ID and hit search. It will bring up the person you’re looking for and you can then review their profile by hitting the top option (in the middle picture below), or add them using the second option (in the middle image below). You have an option to enter a message as well at this point. The second option on the add screen (first picture below) is for the email addresses or names. The third option brings up a menu (last picture below) where you can search for people based on their origin, age, or sex.
To accept a friendship, the top option of the notification is to add them to your strangers list, and they will disappear when they go offline, and second option which contains 好友 at the end is to add them to your friends list.
The first option lets you changes your status 我的…
The second is your profile, which links to a mobile webpage with relatively self explanatory Chinese (and you can always set this up on your computer in the English version).
Third option is your status.
分组管理 fan1 zou2 gun2 lei5
Manage groups (allows you to create & delete contact groups) (繁體字: 分組管理)
开启声音 hoi1 kai2 sing1 jam1
Sound on / off (繁體字: 開啟聲音)
开启消息振动 hoi1 kai2 siu1 sik1 zan3 dung6
Vibrate when information is received (open information shake) (繁體字: 開啟消息振動)
开启按健振动 hoi1 kai2 on3 gin6 zan3 dung6
Vibrate on key press (繁體字: 開啟按健振動)
允许横屏 wan5 heoi2 waang4 ping4
Allow horizontal screen (繁體字: 允許橫屏)
接收群消息 zip3 sau1 kwan4 siu1 sik1
Receive group news / information
开启自动登录 hoi1 kai2 zi6 dung6 dang1 luk6
Automatic login (繁體字: 開啟自動登錄)
The last option has the word skin in it so I’m sure you can guess what that does.
Edit: In version 2.0 for Android there is also an options “自动回复” which has some additional options inside.