Welcome, to all new comers to Android or any smartphone for that matter. Android phones are an amazing thing, but for those just starting out figuring out how to use the thing can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, here at TheDroidGuy, we know how you feel, and we’re here to help.
Now that you have your smartphone one of the main things you’re going to need are apps. Some might not know how to get them, or what they even are, so we will start from the very beginning.
What is an app? An app is basically an extension of your phone. The human body, for example, wouldn’t get much done without arms and hands. Arms are an extension of the human body to help you do things. In this same way, apps are an extension of your Android phone to help you get things done. Whatever it may be, there is most likely an app that can give you some assistance. Mobile applications or apps are just like programs that you run on your PC or Mac to do things for you. Word processors and web browsers are things we use every day on a computer, and without them we couldn’t search the web or type documents. Just like a computer, Android has hundreds of thousands of apps available in the Market ready and available for you to download to help you with your everyday life.
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I have heard some people who get a smartphone say things like “I just want to use my phone as a phone; I don’t need all these extra things to complicate everything”. This is the wrong way to look at an app. An app is there to give you assistance on getting things done easier, not make things harder. For example, instead of getting on the computer and finding a destination that you want to travel to, and then waiting for it to print out and attempt to read it while driving, you can just use Google Maps to give you turn-by-turn navigation right on your phone. All you have to do is type or speak your destination and then choose whether you want car, bike, or walking directions and you are on your way. The navigation system will tell you when and where to turn, how long it will take to get there, show you a map of the route, and just about anything else you would like to know about the trip. There are many other apps that, just like Google Maps, can help you do things faster and easier in ways you didn’t even know were possible.
Apps come in many different categories: business, productivity, communication, social, and many others. You can see all the different types of apps that are in the Market by opening in and clicking categories. There are email clients for business, group texting applications for helping you communicate with a large group of people, and apps that calculate your tip at a restaurant for you. There are also apps for things we do everyday like cook books that can look up recipes, and educational apps that you can lets kids use to help them learn shapes and letters. Instead of going to your desktop or laptop and logging onto Facebook there, you can just open up the Facebook app and have everything right at your fingertips. The social aspect of your life can now come with you everywhere you go.
Another type of app is games. Whether you think gaming is a waste or not, there is a game on the Market for everyone. Whether its Sudoku or Angry Birds, you will find yourself playing a game at some point to pass time. Mobile Gaming is becoming huge in our world today, and integrating it into phones and iPods is becoming big as well. People must really be enjoying them if kids are buying iPod Touches over handheld devices made specifically for gaming. There are puzzle games, action games, educational games, and many more. Not all games are for everyone, but don’t knock it til’ you try it.
Smartphones wouldn’t be what they are today if it weren’t for apps. They are the blood of Android; they are what makes having a smartphone so beneficial to us. They help us be more productive and stay in touch. They make things we waste too much time on easier, and help you devote more time to the important things in life like spending time with those we love. Apps are awesome, so get out on the Market and start downloading.
about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have questions? email [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @ElijahIsMe