Android: Android is an operating system that was developed by Android, Inc. and later bought by Google in 2005. Android is a leading operating system for touchscreen devices like smartphone and tablets. It is a Linux based Operating System.
Makers and Manufacturers: The owner and maker of Android operating system (OS) is Google. It is mainly used by manufacturers like HTC and Samsung and also some other phone companies. Android’s main rival is IOS which is the OS of Apple products like iPhones and iTabs. Manufacturers add their own skins to the Android OS to stand out among competing manufacturers of Android Phones. If one wants to buy an Android phone without skins they should buy Google’s phone Nexus.
Unique Desert Names: Android has given its OS versions dessert names in alphabetical order. So each upgrade gets a new name from the next alphabetical letter. So far the versions have been named Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Icecream Sandwich and the latest version is named Jellybean.
Android apps and how to use them: Android’s main attraction is its large number of applications or apps that can be acquired by users through the app store such as Google Play or the Amazon Appstore or downloading the app’s APK file from a third party site. Android has gaming, social networking and user friendly service apps.
Social networking and Android: Like every other Smartphone OS out there, Android phones have internet capabilities and support social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter.
Widgets: Widgets are components of interfaces on the home screen that let users use or access applications or services directly from their home screen. They help save power as one can easily access the app or service without opening it completely.
Features: Android Phones like other Smartphones have plenty of features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS etc. Android supports multiple languages. It also supports tethering which allows the phone to become a wireless Wi-Fi hotspot. One can listen to music or stream music through Android phones. They can also view video files on Android phones. This is because Android phones support various types of media files. This also helps one store various types of personal files on their Android phones.
Top Apps on Android: Top Apps on Android include social networking Apps like Facebook and Twitter, Messenger service like Whatsapp, Google Maps and Gaming Apps like Angry Birds.
Google Account: To use Android one needs to have a Google Account. You can add other accounts to Android but a primary Google Account is essential to use Android. An easy way to add your contacts to your Android phone is to enter them in your Google Account and sync your mobile with the account.
Battery and Security: Android is a Smartphone and Tablet OS, so it runs on wireless battery. It is designed in such a way that it tries to save as much battery as possible. There are various ways to secure your android phones.
These are the few things a beginner needs to know about using Android.