Android is now a decade old and the most popular mobile operating system in the world. You’ll find it on mobile phones, tablets and even on TVs and in cars. So what actually is Android? Here’s all you need to know about Google’s mobile OS.
What is Android?
Android is a mobile operating system which is found on a variety of modern devices, the most popular being smartphones. On top of that, you’ll also find Android on tablets, TV streaming boxes and other portable gadgets.
Android is basically a piece of software which allows your hardware to function. The Android OS gives you access to apps, including many of Google’s own creation. These allow you to look for information on the web, play music and videos, check your location on a map, take photos using your device’s camera and plenty more besides.
Without Android, none of this would be possible.
Android phones are highly customisable, so they can be altered to suit your personal tastes and needs. For instance, you can set your own wallpaper, themes and launchers, which completely change the look of your device’s interface. You can download new applications to do all sorts of things like check your Facebook and Twitter feeds, manage your bank account, order pizza and play games.
What apps can I get on an Android phone?
There are millions of apps and games available to download from the Google Play store (formerly Android Market). There are camera apps that allow you to take pictures with artistic effects and music players which allow you to stream songs from the web or create playlists. You can customise the appearance of your Android handset with a number of wallpapers based on pictures you’ve taken yourself or downloaded from the internet too. There are also various on-screen widgets to download which allow access to, and the alteration of, settings on your phone, without the need to dive through menus as you would on non-Android devices. You can pretty much create your own system of shortcuts and menus to better suit how you uniquely use your phone.