The cellular phones that were earlier used for basic mobile communication have now become obsolete. Now is the era of Smartphones which are closer to computers than they are to earlier mobile phones. Such Smartphones require an Operating System (OS). One of them is the Android. These Android Smartphones work on a platform that incorporates basic functions like calling, texting, and camera with advanced features like Web Browsing, Navigation and emailing. Following are the benefits of Android Smartphones.
1. Open Source
The android is an open source software, i.e. its code is available for software developers who are free to design their own android application and sell it through the Android Market. It means that not just one company is working on the codes; rather unlimited people are doing so. This certainly means better apps because people are designing apps for themselves according to their requirements. Hence we can find an Android app for almost anything. It also means more security, since each app is checked by several people, thus the hitches are easily discoverable. Thus the open nature of Android OS makes it is one of the factors behind the success of Android Smartphones.
One of the best features in Android Smartphones is its ability to run multiple applications at the same time. The users can receive notifications, play music and download files at the same time. Thus the users save a lot of time. Without opening Facebook, Twitter or Gmail app, the user can receive updates as notifications in the background without disturbing the app that the user is currently running. This multi tasking facility improves the functionality of the Android Smartphones and gives the freedom to do what a user wants just like a computer.
The feature that is greatly responsible for the success of Android Smartphones is customization. It gives the user real control over his Smartphone. He can decide what to keep on the home screen, what to run in the background, how to type, how to search and what information to display. This feature is enhanced with the ability of Android Smartphone to multi task. The task manager looks after the application running in the background without causing the phone to slowdown. When the customizable nature of Android meets with the widgets (discussed below) available on Android, we realize the reason which makes Android Smartphones the most user-friendly mobile OS.
One of the biggest advantages of Android is its widgets. They are valuable because they give quick access to information and configuration settings. There is no substitute for widgets as they give an at-a-glance look at different types of information which would otherwise have been a lot more tedious. They can be compared to the desktop icons on computers. There are widgets for everything and anything you might need. There is a weather widget, a music widget, a Google search widgets, a message widget that allows to see all notifications on home screen, a twitter widget that allows to update your status and many more useful ones. These widgets allow the user to control the working of his Android Smartphone through the home screen by displaying all the information at the fingertips of the user.
Although it is not exactly an achievement of Android OS but still the Android Smartphones benefit a lot because of their hardware properties. The open nature of Android allows the Smartphone manufacturers to come up with improvements in hardware. The major advantages are the removable battery and SD card. Unlike iOS, the user can take out, swap and replace battery, which is actually quite useful for longer trips when charging facility is not available. Also, the SD card can be replaced when the memory is full in an Android Smartphone which is not the case with mobiles using iOS.
6. Flash Player
Flash Player is required in every other website and if you do not have it you are missing full web access. Hence web browsing is incomplete without the ability to run Flash Player. Without a flash player we cannot have access to flash videos and flash games. It is too important to go without. Unlike its competitors like the iOS, Android has taken care to allow flash player to run on its platform. It makes a user feel like the whole web is at his finger tips. It is one of those features that give Android Smartphones an upper hand over its competitors
7. True App Integration
It cannot be denied that Android was built with the intention of integrating it with Google services, but the app integration that the Android Smartphones have achieved is unbelievable. You can directly call a contact through Google Voice or Skype. You just have to type a string on your home screen and it is automatically searched on Google. Not only the Google services but other apps also can interact among themselves and share data without the intervention of the user. This feature makes the Android Smartphone more user friendly than ever.
8. Diverse Phone Options
Android Smartphones are not limited to a particular mobile manufacturer. Because of its open nature, almost all the leading phone manufacturers are offering Android Smartphones like Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, etc. The price and features of Android Smartphones varies across a large range. Thus there is an Android Smartphone to suit the budget and requirement of each customer. So many options for the customer is also a major reason behind the growing market of Android Smartphones.
9. Android Market : Easy access to apps
Thousand of apps are easily available through the Android market (known as the Google Play Store). There is an app for almost everything at affordable prices or even free. The large app market has something in store for everyone. The wide variety of apps available is one of the most important benefits of Android OS.