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Android Devices in Wireless Internet and Mobile Broadband

Android devices, such as the Motorola Milestone A 854 and HTC Desire 6275, use the Android software stack which was purchased by Google, who then made it open source enabling it to be used by any developer working on software for mobile devices. Android was built on the Linux Kernel, and can be used to develop mobile applications that make full use of the true potential of a mobile handset, and enable developers to combine the various functions that a handset is capable of providing.

Using Android, your phone’s core applications can combine with third party applications to offer services not otherwise possible, such as combining internet data with that on your cell phone, which would not be possible without Android. You can design your phone to match your interests, and make full use of mobile broadband and wireless internet applications. In other words, by using Android a developer can enable you to use your phone in ways not possible without it.

Because it is open source software, anybody can use it, and it is currently installed on a number of Android devices, including smartphones marketed by Acer, Cherry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, and also on some tablets and e-readers. Where installed, full use can be made of the Android Market, offering a number of applications such as the free Time Mobile, offer the latest from Time Magazine and Sports Tap, also free, providing the latest sports results and stats.

To make full use of Android devices you will need Wireless internet and Mobile broadband (such as in the Motorola Milestone X MB810). With Wireless internet, or Wi-Fi, you can access the internet through ‘hotspots’ allowing wireless access to a router wired to the internet. Mobile broadband, such as 3G, allows internet access from anywhere at any time, and most mobile phones these days have mobile broadband technology integrated into their software.

Mobile broadband offers wireless high-speed internet access by means of a portable modem, cell phone or any other device that can access a wireless signal. It is available to laptops via a USB ‘dongle’ that provides a connection, and other Android devices that can provide mobile broadband connections are PC cards, notebooks with built in mobile broadband modules and all leading laptops.

One of the advantages claimed for Android is that because it is open source, more developers will use it because it’s free, and the fact that it is implemented under an Apache license enables Android to be more easily used in software development. You should thus be able to connect your smartphone to car radios and many other Android devices.

A smartphone using Android always knows where you are, and one of the apps on Android Market is known as Aloqa. No matter where you are, Aloqa will make real time recommendations to your phone based on your choice of preferences in respect of restaurants, music, hotels, events and activities close to where you are at the time. This can be done because Android enables developers to interface the location of your device with other devices that can offer you this type of information.

Naturally, this also makes use of wireless internet or mobile broadband. Without either of these connections, Android would be extremely limited in application, as would other smartphones that don’t use it such as Blackberry. Blackberry has its own platform and its own version of some of the apps on Google’s Android Market.

So the obvious next question is which is better – Android devices or Blackberry or even Apple’s iPhone system. If sales matter, then the Android platform phones are selling better in the USA than iPhones, while Blackberry (RIM platform) and Window’s Phone 7 (Windows Mobile platform) dropped even more. Android phones now have 33% of the American cell phone market. It’s not a matter of how they compare technically, but how many phone manufacturers are using each platform.

Naturally, you will find the best selling platform will have most apps, and Google is expanding its range of apps on Android Market. Not all are free, but a good number are. Among them are the highly rated games Robot Defense and Spec Trek. Both are extremely popular, but why not pop over to Android Market and check out what they have. Some are free while others are not so free.

Most Android devices therefore, such as the LG Axis 740, will also offer a WiFi internet connection and likely mobile broadband to enable you to make the most of the Android platform and apps downloadable from Android market. There must be some reason for most cell phones being supplied with Android, and Google is currently tightening up the rules regarding its use so that it less fragmented with more interoperability between applications and Android devices.

Dissecting Android Phones

There is indeed no doubt that Android is one of the biggest names under smartphones technology as of this writing. Top mobile phone brands make use of the Android hardware, software and applications to operate through its product because of its continuous evolution in the market as a leading platform. Android is a software stack that was designed and developed by programmers who wanted to picture out a better way to access applications with a reliable operating system and middleware.

In order to get to know the Android platform better, here is the part-by-part analysis for Android and how it works to make daily living easier and faster through connectivity and entertainment:

HARDWARE

The hardware among many Android phones has very flexible parts. For one, it has removable parts such as a battery which can be replaced easily when the old one do not perform as expected any longer. Also, all Android phones accept SD cards. With that, when the phone’s internal memory is not enough to suffice the load of files that you want to input into the phone, inserting an SD card will immediately expand the memory capacity of the device. Furthermore, Android phones come in variety and not all of them are touch screen phones. Therefore, if a user wants to purchase an Android phone but is not a big fan of touch screen mobile phones, he or she can freely choose among other models which have a physical keyboard in it.

SOFTWARE

Software-wise, Android phones are quite competitive. Its software can run multiple applications at the same time without lagging. With this feature, multi-tasking can be easily performed. Another plus factor is that it integrates and works well with many Google Apps.

APPLICATION

No question that Android offers more niche apps. Meaning to say, downloading is so easy that a user does not need to go through dragging and obscure approval process just to download a single free application. The Android application store is a friendly-user cache of applications that getting them is as easy as clicking on the ones that you want to download.

INTERFACE

The interface of Android is even much better as it can carry up to seven home screens instead of other carriers that can only afford one to three. Also, the language and spell checker of the Android phone is so superb that it can provide not just one, but multiple word-completion suggestions.

Android software stack has definitely soared to greater heights with their easy-to-download applications, flexible hardware-built and software that lets you do things you needed to do in time. Why share apps limited only with users of the same brand as yours when you can reach the whole world through your fingertips with the stronger, broader and more vivid scope of Android phones?

Android Security: How Secure Is Your Android Phone?

There’s little debate over the recent headlines which have highlighted – on several occasions – the rising threat to Android users’. Threats such as hacking attempts, data theft from stolen phones, and malware are only a few examples of the many threats to your Android phone. Thankfully, the following set of tips can help you keep your Android phone away from harm’s way.

Download only trusted apps:

The foremost thing you can do is to be vigilant when it comes to downloading apps on your Android device. The key to staying safe is to avoid downloading applications from non-trusted sources such as torrents and other external websites – only download apps from the Google Play Store. Apps published on the play store are thoroughly tested and screened for malware and other security threats, so every time you download an app from the Play Store, you can be confident that it’s safe.

Use Antivirus software:

All too often, Smart phone users neglect the security of their Smart phones by not installing Antivirus software. Even though, the Play store pre-screens all apps before they are approved, it’s usually not enough to prevent viruses from infecting your Android Device – as more than often – Android user tend to download applications such as APK files from unknown sources, despite knowing of the risks associated with external sources. Thus, this is where antivirus software becomes a necessity. Though, not all antivirus apps can be trusted fully, therefore, users should be picky about which app they can trust to offer them reliable protection. Thankfully, there are plenty of trustworthy antivirus apps available for free download, such as AVG, Avast, Norton, Kapersky and lookout are great examples of the most popular and dependable antivirus applications on the Play Store.

Lock away sensitive files:

Statistically, smart phones contain more personal information about us than any other personal device. Thus, this makes smart phones a hot target for thieves – your personal information and the device itself can be a real steal, literally. To make matters worse, chances are higher of you losing your smart phone compared to other portable devices, because we tend to carry our phones with us almost everywhere. Therefore, locking your personal images, videos, PDF documents and other private information is essential to prevent your delicate data from leaking into the wrong hands, such as your girlfriend, your boss, or worse – identity thieves. Consequently, there are plenty of free applications available to download on the Play Store, perhaps the most comprehensive of all file locking software is Folder Lock.