Android is a platform that many smartphones use. Android phones run on the Android operating system. Some of the Android phones that Three offers include those made by HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG.
The operating system has a big influence on what your phone can do – whether it’s emailing, watching videos, social networking, downloading apps, organising your diary or doing several of these things at once.
Why are there different versions of Android?
Android is being updated all the time, but current phones mostly feature Android 2.2 (nicknamed Froyo) or Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The newer the version, the faster you’ll be able to do things, and the more you’ll be able to do.
The latest version, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), is already available on some Android handsets, and should be ready for all by May at the latest.
What’s so great about Android?
Android phones are popular because they offer a one-stop shop for many of the mobile internet services we need to keep organised and entertained. The Android system comes with loads of Google services built in, such as Gmail, Google search, Google Calendar and YouTube.
When you set up your Android phone, you can add your Gmail account and all your contacts, emails and the info you’ve put in your Google Calendar will automatically appear on your phone.
It makes it easy to keep all your devices synchronised.
Every time you make any changes to your Gmail contacts or Google Calendar on your PC or on your phone, the info will update on both gadgets. This also ensures you don’t lose your contacts if you lose your phone, and it also makes switching to a new Android smartphone really easy.
Of course, if you don’t have a Gmail account, you can still sync your calendar, get your emails on your phone and more – but the process is smoothest with Google Mail.
Get fast, customised search results from Google.
Your default search engine will be Google. It’s the world’s most-used search engine, dealing with hundreds of millions of queries each day. Just like on your computer, you can refine your search on your Android phone to see images, places, news and more – which is really handy when you want to find something fast.
Browse a huge selection of apps in Google Play.
Your phone will also come with access to the Google Play, formerly know as the Android Market. This is where you can buy and download apps to customise your phone. It currently features more than 450,000 apps – and that figure’s growing every day.
And there are loads of ways to customise your Android phone for quick access to all the services you use the most. Just check your user guide to find out how to move the apps you love to your homescreen. Then everything you need will be just one tap away.