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Why Most People Switch to Android

Posted by Bloglovers on December 25, 2011

Now days Android is a very popular platform. In fact, over 700,000 new Android devices are activated daily! Many of these are from people who are switching to Android from Nokia, Blackberry, iOS, or webOS. If you’re one of them, then this “Quick Start Guide” is for you. It is designed to give you a quick overview of the Android platform, and then point you in the right direction for learning more!

Introduction to Android
Android is unique in that it can look surprisingly different depending on the brand of phone or tablet you have. This is because Google builds the basic operating system, and the various manufacturers are free to customize it as they see fit. They all run Android at their core, but HTC has Sense, Motorola has Blur (though they seem to be phasing that name out), and Samsung has Touchwiz, to name the main ones.

Despite various customizations, however, there are certain Android features that are consistent across brands. Nearly every Android phone has four main navigation buttons: Back, Menu, Home, and Search. Back brings you back one step in an app, or back a page in a browser. Menu brings up additional options for an app or your Android home screens. Home takes you to the main home screen and Search brings up the search bar, either within an app or globally.

Another basic Android feature is Widgets. Widgets are essentially “mini-apps” that provide at-a-glance details. Popular widgets include clocks, weather forecasts, speed dial contacts, calendars, and more. You can arrange widgets across multiple home screens on your Android device, designing a layout that fits your style.

Finally, every Android device has a notification bar at the top of the screen. Swipe down from the top and you’ll be presented with a list of all current notifications. A single tap will take you to an email, text message, calendar event, etc. This menu is accessible from any app and is the fastest way to see what you missed while you were away.

Some Must Have Applications for Android
In today’s digital world, most smart phones are only as good as the apps you put on them. On Android, Google has built in the Android Market to facilitate this. Where we used to suffer from scarcity, now we are burdened by the tyranny of choice. But if you just got a Android phone what are the first 10 apps you should download? This story is for you.
To get you started, however, we’ve included a list of our “must-have” apps below. Click the links to check them out in the Android Market.

The Android Market has more Twitter apps than you could count, but Twidroyd appears as one of the best, especially since it is a free application. As with most Twitter clients, you can easily meet with @ reply to people and send direct messages. A complete set of options is available if you hold down a specific message. You can also easily send links from the stream to the browser of the phone and the software has no difficulty in managing more than one link at a time. If you are a fan of Twitter, you may become addicted to this application.

Angry Birds
Every mobile device, in my opinion, is naked without Angry Birds! It is the most well known mobile game in the world right now, and as frustrating as it can be at times, it is also awesome. When you want to pass some time doing something mindless, this is definitely the app for that moment. Angry Birds is FREE, so there is no excuse to not have it on your Android.

Evernote – Evernote is a universal note taking app. Keep notes from your Android, your computer, and even your browser all synced up. It’s fast, free, and easy to use.

Android Users can set MP3 as ringtones rather easily, but what if you do not want the first 30 seconds of a song? This is where Ringdroid comes in – it lets you select an MP3 file from your phone or memory card and modify it so that your ring starts and ends exactly where you want. Speaking of MP3s, if you have all your music in iTunes and want to sync it with your Android phone.

Kik Messenger – One of the best ways to chat with friends, family, and peers without using text messages. Kik Messenger is similar to BlackBerry Messenger, and it’s available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and even BlackBerry. So skip the text message plan – use Kik!

We’ve only touched the beginning of what Android has to offer. There’s a wealth of information out there and much more to discover. The above information should be enough to get you up to speed on what Android is all about.


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