In today’s world, almost everything electronic has some sort of information available about it online. Whether it be an official webpage, a fan site, or a collection of forum posts, you can almost always find it online somewhere. Android devices are no different””in fact, in many ways an Android device relies on this internet information system like any other phone operating system.
For this reason, it’s important to find a few Android websites that can keep you up to date on your Android device. Recently, I wrote an article about 5 Awesome Android Applications That Could Make Life Easier, and now I’d like to tell you which Android websites I’ve found useful in my experience as an Android user.
Coined as “the best resource for Android App Reviews, Android Apps, Android App Ratings, Interviews with mobile app developers, News and Showcases”, Android Tapp really fits the bill for new and veteran Android users out there. Whether you just picked one up over the holidays, or have followed Android since day 1, you’ll still find something useful here.
While you’re at it, check out the videos page hosting android tips and tricks. There’s even a page for hardware news, and an applications blog you don’t want to miss. In addition, AndroidTapp now has an “app of the week” featured on the homepage to check out. Overall, this is one of my favorite Android websites to check out on a regular basis for Android news a reviews.
Love the Android market on your phone? I do””but unfortunately it’s only on my phone. AndroidZoom solves this problem by bringing the Android application store to you for access online. Updated hourly with new games, applications, and utilities; Android Zoom is the best substitute I have found to fill the lack of a good Android market online. In fact, this Android website even includes the ratings and reviews exactly as they appear on your phone’s market application. For this reason, I have found that not only is AndroidZoom reliable and up to date, but it’s also convenient and user friendly.
Find something you liked on AndroidZoom? Just click on it, and on the same page as the product reviews and screenshots you’ll find a QR code that you can scan with your phone to download that app straight to your Android device (Note: to download via a QR code, get the free application “˜Barcode Scanner’ for your Android). From the looks of things, AndroidZoom has over 11,000 Android applications currently in its extensive database””go check it out!
This Android website is a very extensive Android resource and covers news and software just like the others, but also has a few excellent pages that sets it apart in several ways. First, I would highly recommend checking out the applications page. Android&Me has done a great job of providing news about new, relevant, useful applications that you’ll probably at least want to try out on your device.
In addition, if you’re new to the Android scene, take a look at the Android&Me page for beginners. There you’ll find a steady stream of information (in no particular order) which will keep you informed of popular terminology or software that a new Android owner should keep up with. For instance, it has information on what it is to root an Android device, as well as the benefits and dangers of doing such a thing. Even though I’d like to think I know a fair amount about my Android device by now, I still learned quite a bit just by scanning the beginners page. Oh, and don’t worry””in this case, the lack of structure actually proves beneficial to the learning process. Don’t understand what I mean? Give the Android&Me Android website a look and see what you think.
Android Community is a website that I only use parts of, but still consider invaluable to a good learning experience with my phone. Even though I don’t care as much for the content on the main webpage (frankly, it’s information you can find all over the place), I personally find the Android Community Forums to be one of the most indispensable resources I have access to today.
Within the Android Community forums, you can find discussions about your specific model of Android, different builds, hacks, software lists compiled by users, and quite a bit more. Developers can look to these forums for development tips, program ideas-even software requests and reviews. Phones have evolved from simple communication devices into so much more, and the Android Community forums give you access to the thoughts, opinions, and accomplishments of users just like you who want to continue making their phones better tomorrow than they were yesterday.
Phandroid is an Android fan site focused on providing the viewer with media about Android and its devices. I would personally highly recommend the podcasts page, which contains excellent discussion and news about everything Android. There’s a podcast about the Motorola Droid and its impact on the market, and even an interview with the creator of the popular Android ROM Cyanogen.
In addition, Phandroid contains an awesome video page which has quite an assortment of demonstrations, tutorials, and game videos that no Android fan could ignore. Give Phandroid a run and see what you think.
Lastly I’d like to mention AndroLib””it’s a lot like Android Zoom but with a few key differences. Androlib has a useful toplist containing the top downloaded apps of the day. Androlib’s database also includes a recent apps page, and a search function.
You may find it useful to view the statistics page as well, to get a feel for what the rest of the Android community is doing on the market. Don’t sell this site short””its database has a massive amount of applications, and the website definitely contains more than meets the eye.
Without the Android websites I mentioned above, my experience with an Android phone wouldn’t be nearly as good as it’s proven to be so far. I would highly recommend that you give these websites a look, and see what you think. If you have a website to recommend, leave me a comment and I’ll check it out!
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