Android is now considered to be the most popular mobile operating system in the world.
This is mostly due to its customisable nature and low hardware requirements. This means big-name companies can modify the system to create their own completely unique experiences, or manufacturers with fewer resources can install the system bare bones and let users get on with making Android their own.
Android's versatile nature means that you will find a huge range of phones with different size screens, cameras, processing power and other features. The system can do as much or as little as the manufacturer requires.
There have been several versions of Android since its original release. Whilst the basics have been there from the start, newer releases have introduced more features and changed the design to keep up with modern trends.
To know exactly what features your new Android will have, be sure check the version number and who makes the phone. As a basic rule all of Google's core services will always be available, as well as some other additions on newer devices.
This is where you will find applications for your Android phone. In order to be a truly 'certified' Android phone, the handset must have been approved by Google. They will then allow it to access Google Play. Clove only sell Google certified Android phones.
Applications downloaded from Google Play are considered safe and will have been checked for viruses and other harmful content.
Applications may be free or paid-for, free apps can also contain the ability to purchase 'in-app'. To access Google Play, you will need to link your Android phone to a Google Gmail account - this will also handle your payments through Google Pay should you agree.
Most Android phones also feature a suite of 'core' Google services. This includes Calendar, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Hangouts, Drive, Translate and more.
These services allow you to access the features you expect from a modern smartphone.
You can also make use of Google's cloud services. Android Device Manager lets you locate, ring and even wipe a lost phone remotely, whilst Google can automatically back up pictures so you necver lose them.
Google Now works like an online assistant, reminding you about appointments in your calendar, delivering sports results, providing updates for travel based on location or weather and even suggesting articles to read or programmes to watch from your browsing history.
Information is delivered in 'cards' that can be selected or dismissed. The design carries over to Android's current extensions - Wear and Auto.
Android Wear works on smartwatches and other wearables to make notifications more personal. Your phone continues to do all the work in the background, whilst the most important information is relayed to your watch or other device. With more advanced wearables you can even make a call without having to touch your phone!
Auto is similar to Wear, but for your car. You can use the GPS on your phone, as well as access to music and other media and extend this to a screen on your dash. With Android Auto you can safely take calls, navigate and relax whilst driving, affordably upgrading almost any vehicle.
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