What is Android

Learn the fundamentals of Android Os in this easy to follow guide If you have not been living under a rock for the last few years chances are that you already know what Android Os for phones is. What you may not know is a little more about how it works and what the key elements of Android phones are. If you are thinking about buying a phone with Android for the first time this guide will be very useful to you.

First a little history

  • Android inc was founded in the USA in 2003.

    Samsung galaxy s2 and s3 and the HTC legend

    A few Android phones

  • Google bought Android inc in 2005.
  • Android was and is based on Linux.

What separates Android phones from other phones. The Android Os has a lot of great features, to many to mention in fact. I will however try to tell you a little bit about the most important ones.

  • They can be upgraded. Every once and again a new and better version of the Android Os is released. This means that your phone can get important new features without the need for you to fork out a lot of cash for a new phone. Sadly this does not mean that you will get all the new updates. It is up to the phone manufacturers to release new updates to their phones. Learn how to upgrade your Android phone here.
  • Google play. The most important thing that separates a modern Android phone from phones of the past is that you can download apps and games from the Google play store. Literally hundreds of thousands of these expansions can be downloaded to make your phone into so much more than just a thing to place calls with. These programs you download to your phone are called apps. You might have heard that name before.
  • Gmail. One thing you are going to need when you get an Android phone is a Gmail address. Its not that you have to Its just that you are going to need one to get the most out of your phone. Amongst other things you will not be able to get apps without a valid Gmail address.
The naming of the Android versions follows a certain pattern. The first letter of the name starts with the next letter in the alphabet.
  • Cupcake
  • Donut
  • Eclair
  • Froyo
  • Gingerbread
  • Honeycomb
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Jelly Bean
If Google will continue naming versions in a similar manner the next Android Os will have a name starting with the letter K.

How Android presents it contents to the user.

home screen Android one way

Android homescreen

In cell phones of the past the home screen was where you would find things like your settings call and messaging among other things. Today however on a modern Android phone this areas content is determined by the user himself. Lets say that your favorite program on your phone is the camera. You can now choose to put a shortcut to your camera app right there on the home screen for easy access, eliminating the need to go through several menus to start your favorite app, game etc.
This concludes this guide to the Android Os. Hopefully you learned a few things and had a good time. I hope you will come back to Androidomedia  later if you choose to get and Android Phone.
We have many good guides and tutorials which will help you get started on your cell.
A few other useful links if you want more information on Android Os


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About Bertil Hansen
I am the owner and main contributor to this website. Throughout the years I've owned an embarrassing number of Android phones. Too many to mention in fact. Lets just say it started with the HTC legend and I'm now on the Galaxy Note 4.

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