New To Android? Welcome, Here’s A Brief Intro

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Just got your first Android device LG G3 Review and Giveaway Read More ? It’s probably better to be familiar with the device and its history, don’t you think? Luckily, Techiesense produced a useful and interesting infograph that illustrates Android’s colourful background.

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  1. sSuelane
    September 23, 2014 at 8:48 am

    My smartphone and Galaxy S4 and mini Duos Android is Jelly Bean, I would like to upgrade to kitkat?

  2. Tom
    September 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Nice one!

  3. miss.S.Blakey
    September 22, 2014 at 6:11 am

    can i join and use it!_Sue

  4. Vivek
    September 22, 2014 at 3:28 am

    I didn't find any new info in that image

    • TL
      September 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Maybe because it's for people who - as it says - are new to Android?

  5. Harry
    September 22, 2014 at 1:04 am

    More easier ??

  6. Kai M.
    September 22, 2014 at 12:53 am

    The only problem with this infographic is that it makes no mention of Android security. With viruses and security vulnerabilities on Android on the rise, we need to get new users used to installing antivirus software on their devices from the get go.

    • likefunbutnot
      September 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Most Android security software is massively over-focused on stopping viruses, which REALLY ARE a minimal concern for most adults who get their devices from first-tier OEMs and their software exclusively from Google. Malware is a much bigger concern, and it does not appear at the moment that there's a effective set of best practices for dealing with that. The security apps that do exist are most often just a waste of electricity and won't stop the most troubling sorts of issues that largely come in the form of ad hijackers, extra pop-ups or just software that prevents a device from entering a low-power state, because that software does not meet the minimal definition of "virus."

      Android malware appears to me (as someone who supports mobile devices that are issued to adults in a professional context) to be very rare, and the best tool I've found for sorting it out misbehaving software is actually called "Addons Detector", which can show exactly which advertising networks installed programs are talking to. Addons Detector isn't saddled with a histrionic security warnings. It just shows users what program to remove to make pop-ups go away.

      Usually, when someone tells me their mobile device is slow or misbehaving, I discover it's because they've never in their life closed a browser tab or have zero free space on their device. I have run across what I'd call Malware a few times, almost always associated with something that's obviously VERY scammy, like program for cheating at Facebook games.

      For the moment, I'm entirely willing to downplay the likelihood of security issues on Android. Maybe it's different for teenagers who install weird apps from third party stores all day or heavy mobile device gamers, but for right now the problems seem very rare and the security software seems nearly useless, so it's just not that big of a deal.

  7. Howard B
    September 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    So much brokken Engrish in that image... LOL

  8. likefunbutnot
    September 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I really don't like that this infographic uses "Droid" interchangeably with Android. Droid is branding that is specific to Verizon Wireless in the USA. When I see that term, I assume the device in question is one of a few different Verizon smartphones rather than a generic Android device. Mislabeling of that sort can cause all sorts of confusion.

    As far as REAL introductory hints:

    1. Learn what different pictographs are used for the Menu and Share functions are. Menu is often three horizontal lines or three dots arranged in a vertical row. Share is most often a Y-shaped icon. Everything that can be done on any particular application at any particular point will be exposed through the Menu icon. Share is how we move data from one tool, account or device to another without having to understand underlying the underlying files.

    2. Tap and hold icons on the home screens to move them around or delete them. The home screen icons are completely customizable. If you're not going to use the Messages or Calendar app, they probably don't need to be on your home screen.

    Most devices will come with a lot of useless crap, especially in the form of home screen widgets. Widgets are programs that can be interacted with directly on the home screen, such as weather or news updates. Widgets can have an impact on battery life and data usage, so if you're not using one, go ahead and remove it. Especially if it's on a home screen you don't normally flip to on a regular basis.

    3. Pay attention to the radios your device is using. In particular, GPS and Bluetooth do not need to be on all the time for most people. These are normally controlled in the Settings application under the Networks heading. Some devices do a better job of indicating which radios are being used, but I recently helped someone who thought that a four-hour run-time on her Galaxy S3 was normal because she had never in her life turned off the GPS.

    4. A lot of the coolest things that can be done with Android rely on Google applications and services. You CAN share put videos on Youtube without making them available to other people. You can also upload a pretty large music collection from your personal computer through Google Music Manager so that it's available on your Google-licensed Android devices. Google Drive and Picasa (or Google Web Albums) are excellent ways to share other data between your computer and your mobile devices. Using Gmail as your primary email also means perfect synchronization of calendar, contact and e-mail (and yes, Gmail can also check your third-party email accounts if you want it to) data. It is HIGHLY worthwhile to investigate these things.

    5. It's worthwhile to go spend some time looking at what applications are in the Play Store, even if you don't have a particularly internet-enriched life. A unit-converting calculator, a gym routine randomizer or a weekly grocery shopping planner might very well be more up an individual's alley than a chat application or bubble shooting game. A lot of people who have Android phones simply never investigate what their devices can do besides game playing and web browsing, and that's a shame.

    6. If you don't like the keyboard, you can change the keyboard. Go in to the Settings app, then Language, then input. Most devices have the Google Standard keyboard, but a lot of devices also have a manufacturer keyboard (Samsung et al) option. Other keyboard options such as Swype and Swiftkey exist in the Google Play Store. There's no reason to limp around with a keyboard that doesn't suit your needs! Almost every keyboard also has a voice input option, usually as a microphone-shaped key somewhere near the space bar; you can talk to your Android device if typing is hard. Since on-screen keyboards are often the biggest source of frustration, especially for older or less technical users, this is a point that should be emphasized.

  9. Abhishek R
    September 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Very good advice for begineers

  10. mastaeit
    September 21, 2014 at 6:19 am

    As I agree with most of the advices, using task manager will not boost your speed, plus it will hog more battery.