Android is in its peak of popularity, can be seen from Samsung success with their flagship – Galaxy SIII – overcome iPhone selling in 2012. Even it was stated that Android already dominate 72% Smartphone market in the world. Because of this Android popularity, it’s a common thing for anyone to find out about this Google creation OS within smartphone which used it. But, how if you don’t know about it?
One of SOT’s friend felt sad since he was laughed by his friends because he confessed that he didn’t know about Android at all. Ah, it’s too bad if someone trying to search information in curiosity, but receiving such treatment. So, if this kind of case happened again, you just have to show this article to your friend.
In this article, SOT will discuss about basic knowledge related to Android which SOT expected would be able to help all people who unfortunately didn’t follow the existing trend. Let’s discuss about smartphone and Android OS, especially for you who now considering to buy Android in order to support your performance at work and also makes your life easier.
What is Android?
Android is a Linux-based operating system which is designed to be used in mobile device such as smartphone and Tablet. Android developer is Google which once involved in a quarrel with Steve Jobs (followed by Eric Schmidt resignation from Apple direction) since Jobs accused Larry and Page stole iOS which used in iPhone. This is one of the biggest Steve Jobs’ anger besides the time when Bill Gates imitated Macintosh GUI and Adobe rejected to create image editor software for Apple.
So, although sometimes people called their smartphone by ‘Android’, actually this term tend to the Operating System.
Why Choose Android?
Why should you choose Android? What is the advantage? Many reason can be told, such as:
- Device options. Android can be used in hundreds of handset and tablet, just like Windows in PC, user could choose what device they wanted by theirown, suits their budget and needs for sure..
- Customization. Since Android is an open source OS, you are free to change it. If you have skill and passion in such field, then you can change various basic things in this OS! Exciting and full of adventures! Not just OS customization, you can also change your handset appearance so that it would be difference and reflected your own style!
- Google. As one of giant technology compony, Google’s support to this OS is a guarantee that you won’t be down. There are many easiness given by Google via this OS, especially compatibility with various application which is freely sold in Google Playstore.
Those three reasons can be your main reason to choose Android as your smartphone primary OS. Especially if you love adventure and you want to master your own handset without any limitation. (Apple iPhone is easier to be used, but Apple choose to put limit into their users’ experience)
Where from Android got idea for their OS update name?
You will imagine delicious snacks while reading Android OS development: Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean. Slurp!
Actually the OS sequence name is similar as alphabet sequence. Just pay attention the name sequence of the OS development: G-H-I-J.
So, we can predict that the next version of Android will have initial K then L. Hohoho…
Do you have to owe Google Account to use Android Smartphone?
Basically, all the smartphone function is still able to be used although you didn’t register your Google account into cell phone. However, this will restrict you to use Android optimally. For example, for Google Play access, backing up contact in Gmail, and also use various apps which required you to synchronize Gmail account with your smartphone.
What are the functions of Android’s buttons?
In many Android OS-smartphone, there are three or four buttons with “Home” (commonly in the middle) as main button.
Here is the function:
- Back: this button makes you possible to ‘move to one previous step’ whatever you do with your smartphone. It could be applied in all Android apps. If you’re accessing browser, then you’ll be directed into previous page.
- Menu: it depends on which page you are located, and what application do you use. Menu button will give you various options related with application you use at that time.
- Search: Although not all Android cell phone provide this button, Search will display search bar which will give searching result via web browser. If you’re in certain application or file, then search button will make you possible to find certain phrase or word.
- Home: wherever you are or in any application, by tapping this Home button, you’ll return into Home Screen. It used to use to exchange from one application to another.
Those are functions of Android main buttons which the usage will depend on what type of smartphone you use or what application you’re using.
How Customizable an Android is?
Just like as SOT told before in discussion about Android’s specialty, this OS is highly customizable. You’ll have so many options about device used and what applications to be used.
If you don’t like Android appearance, you can change the interface, suits your taste and preference.
Even if you don’t like this smartphone’s ROM looks like, you can do flash and exchange the ROM! Truly super customizable!
What Difference between Homescreen and App Drawer?
Homescreen is the prominent display of Android. Some kind of ‘desktop’ part if we compare it with computer. You can choose to put any shortcut to this ‘desktop’.
While App drawer is application shrotcup in ‘inside’ part of Homescreen. Whatever apps you installed into your Android, it will be displayed in app drawer. This part also showed what applications you owed in your Android.
By paying attention to homescreen and app drawer, related with application you need, you can do some creation yourself, in this thing, creating interface which you consider as the easiest way to operate your smartphone.
How to change Homescreen?
It’s so easy! You just have to do tap and swipe to fill your favorite apps’ icons into homescreen. You can also change the amount of app drawers and select what applications you want to insert into drawers.
The options get wider when you use certain launcher. Every launcher has certain uniqueness in managing their homescreen.
What meant by Widget?
In Homescreen, you’ll see elements showed date and time, weather forecast, and many more. In addition of displaying beautiful appearance, when you tap this widget, it will make you possible to enter and run the application.
The main function of widget is, making you easier to access various application you have and interactively it will develop as the conditions. For example, SMS widget will display new incoming message, so that you can read it just from homescreen.
There are so many widget option which would be able to support your performance with your Android smartphone!
What meant by Notification Bar?
Android specialty is, you will get message everytime there’s a change and interaction in your Android application. For example, phone, sms, email, application update, and certain active application – all can be viewed from Notification Bar.
The notification showed that you haven’t done any action to it. For example, the phone you didn’t pick, SMS you haven’t read, etc.
How to transfer Data into PC or Laptop?
The easiest way would be using data cable. You can move data from Android directly into PC or laptop by treating it as storage media. You can also take your smartphone SD Card and use Card Reader to read the data.
Besides, you can also use various Android application to move your data. For example, using bluetooth, Evernote, or some other applications which is able to connect Android and PC desktop like Pocket Do. The options are so many and depend of your preference.
How to Add Applications into Android?
It’s so easy! You just have to access Google Play and select software you want to download. Automatically, your smartphone will install it for you by one condition: it connected to internet.
You can also use .APK version (Raw or master version of the apps) from application you wanted. You can get this .apk version whether from your friends who also love to play with their Android or some apk provider websites.
How to Install New ROM in Android?
For this question, SOT couldn’t answer in short way. It’s true Android makes you possible to exchange ROM which effect on the appearance of your smartphone wholefully, depend on the ROM you use. However, in order to do this, there are some specific phases you need to pass.
SOT suggests you to join certain website or discussion forum which is suitable with your device to get tips and information related with installing new ROM in your Android device.
What SOT discussed above are basic things related with Android which you need to know before deciding to buy and use Android. As reference, you can also pay attention to tips to choose smartphone which previously discussed by SOT.
To extend your insight related with Android, you can also visit some website which specifically discuss Android in lite way.
If you have another question, feel free to ask it in comment column below. SOT will try to answer it.