Android Mobile Phones Explained

Android Mobile Phones Explained

What is an Android™ mobile phone?

There’s lots of buzz right now about Android™ mobile phones, but what are they? Android™ is the name of Google’s operating system for smart phones, and the main benefit is that it is able to manage all your smart phone functions and applications for you, much like the operating system on your computer.

Recent versions of the Android™ system make it easy to personalise your smart phone, so you can set it up to suit your style of use and get to what you want fast.

What can I do with Android™?

All Android™ smartphones come pre-loaded with your favourite Google apps, like Gmail™, Google Search, Map, Calendar, and YouTube™. But that’s only the beginning. There are already over 200,000 apps and games to choose from on the Android Market™, with more and more by the day. And because most of them are free (mobile data is required), there’s always something new to try.

What's the latest Android version?

Android has seen a number of updates since its original release. These updates to the base operating system typically fix bugs and add new features. Generally each new version of the Android operating system is developed under a code name based on a dessert item.The most recent released versions of Android are: 2.0/2.1 (Eclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Upcoming versions of Android are: 3.0 (Honeycomb), which is a tablet-only release that supports larger screen devices and introduces many new user interface features.

How do I get an Android™ phone?

Optus has a large range of Android™ mobile phones, including Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Motorola and LG. Just look for the Android™ symbol.

Do I need a lot of data on my mobile plan?

Optus has a wide variety of excellent mobile data plans to suit your needs. Our suggestion would be if you are going to use your phone like your PC and watch allot of video etc. Choose a plan with a larger amount of data. Otherwise, if you are interested in tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab then we have a different range of Mobile Broadband plans available to choose from.

Android apps.

The Android™ phone OS has a large community of developers constantly writing application programs or ("apps") that extend the functionality of Android phones into new exciting areas. There are currently over 200,000 apps available for Android. Apps are available via the Android Market which is the online app store run by Google however many apps can also be downloaded from third-party sites.