Need-to-Know Information about Android Phones

Smartphones are constantly improving and expanding in the technology market. Millions of people in the United States own mobile phones and many of these phones are smartphones. Android phones are some of the most popular smart phones. Android is a Linux-based OS (operating system) designed for touch-screen phones. Since the first Android phone was released in October 2008, Android phones have dominated the market for smartphones.

Android phones allow users to download various applications that are used for work, pleasure and convenience. As of 2012, there are about 700,000 Android apps available to Android phone users. Google Play is Android’s primary application store. As of 2012, 25 billion applications had been downloaded from Google Play. Many Android apps are completely free for users (free apps are generally available due to paid advertisements within the applications).

These statistics combined make Android the most commonly used smartphone platform available. Seventy-five percent of the smartphones on the market run on Android operating systems. As many as 1.3 million Android smartphones are activated each day. There are 500 million Android devices activated as of 2012.

Android’s user interface is designed for ease of use based on touch input actions. These actions include swiping and tapping to use objects on a touch screen. The interface of Android phones is known for being fluid and immediately responsive to touch. Android touch-screen phones loosely resemble the look of a computer’s desktop. The phone’s screen features icons that link to applications and other tools. Users can change backgrounds and organize icons as they would with a computer. With some Android phones, real-time updates are displayed on the main screen. These updates include weather updates, email updates and other updates that depend on the user’s preference. Third-party applications allow users to change the interface of the Android phone if they want to do so. For example, some Google Play applications can be used to mimic a Windows or iPhone’s display.

The applications for Android smartphones are virtually limitless. Many corporations offer free applications that allow users to easily access the company’s website. Email, blogging, calendar and music applications are commonly used and completely free for Android users.

These aspects combined make Android the most popular and powerful smartphone operating system on the market.