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The Android Phone: 5 Things Newbies Should Know

Nowadays, a lot of mobile phones use the “Android” operating system. It is a Google-run operating system used by smart phone manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola, HTC, BlackBerry, and LG. Day by day, Android features are growing in number and as a consequence people are experiencing a hard time catching up with these advancements. The same holds true with an Internet fax, you are likely to discover many people who are new to this particular modern advancement and are often left behind.

Since the vast majority of mobile phones and gadgets are now run by the Android operating system, you will find using an Android phone difficult if you are unfamiliar with the basics of the operating system. Below are some the need-to-know things and some tips that can be helpful when using a device running an Android operating system:

  1. Most individuals are wondering why they hear dessert names the moment Android phones are being discussed. Android developers won’t go beyond saying that it has something to do with the system developers. Nevertheless, Android OS versions are alphabetically named after desserts. However, the first Android version was introduced in the year 2007 which was called Android Beta (obviously not a name for a dessert). The subsequent versions of the operating system were named after desserts. As of 2012, there were eleven Android versions released namely Cupcake, Froyo, Gingerbread, and the latest version, Jelly Bean. This was released on November 2012. Each feature is almost similar to the older version; the more recent ones come with bug fixes and added features to improvement the performance of Android phones.
  2. Android is not just an operating system, it also caters to applications. You can download applications from Google Play or any third party developers who have applications that are compatible with Android. There are two ways on how you can download or install applications on your device. You can either access Google Play from your Android gadget or from your computer. Either way, once you plug your device to your computer, the information will be synced for both devices to contain the downloaded application.
  3. No doubt you’ve heard of the term ‘rooting’ but this is totally different from a dental procedure or farming that you might now be thinking of. The term rooting with regards to Android means being able to access the system’s files and change it the way you want it. Call yourself a ‘super user’ with a ‘super access’ if you have rooted your Android device. By rooting your device you can customize your phone, improve its performance and so much more without needing to plug the device to a computer.
  4. Since the Android OS is operated by Google, you need a Google account to access Google Play and other Google services like Gmail and Maps. If you don’t have a Google account yet, make sure to create one. You are required to have one when using Android for you to have seamless access to the applications and features available for your device.
  5. Android applications can either be free or paid applications. This depends on the game or application. In most instances, the free applications have limited features and functionalities. You will know whether an application is paid or free when you look below the application icon.

Below the icon, name and rating of the application is the price if it is paid or the word ‘free’. You can also filter your search to show either free or paid applications. Downloading the application is as easy as clicking the ‘Install’ option.

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Leiden Johnson is a photographer by trade but loves all those geeky, tech stuff and the outdoors. If she's not working or going out, you can see her in front of her computer either writing about anything or playing MMORPG’s which helps her to be more creative in her photoshoots. Follow her on Twitter.



  1. Steve Morris

    February 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    You forgot to mention Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – possibly the most ridiculous name for a software version number of all time!

  2. Alex

    February 13, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Yes, I have heard of all the versions of the Android phone that are named after desserts. It actually sounds too funny and I never had a little of idea or know the reason behind it. There are so many features in android phones that we as users do not know.

  3. Molly

    February 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This is a great post for all the android users and the buyers who are still confused to go for it or not. You focuses on the major area which we really search for. Android is the greatest achievement of Google and we already witnessed about it. Let’s welcome new mobile phones featuring high-end hardware’s and updated Android OS.

  4. Mark Milligan

    March 5, 2013 at 7:26 am

    One of the great post for Android users and Newbies. Very informative, thanks for sharing Leiden Johnson

  5. piyush wadhwa

    April 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

    A great article for newbies, very well written

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