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What is an Android phone?

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Everything you need to know about the world’s most popular mobile operating system

Best Android phone features

Android Phones

Developed by Google, and incorporating the search giant’s many services, Android mobile phones put the world at your fingertips with an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. From the personal assistance of Google Now to the millions of apps on Google Play, there’s plenty to discover.

New Android devices are generally compatible with a wide range of home technology too, making integration with your existing tech simple. With universal chargers, USB transfers and Micro SD card slots all available, Android is a hassle-free way to keep yourself connected.

Whether you’re looking for the best android phones available, or a low-cost smartphone that won’t break the bank, there’s plenty of choice on offer. Enjoy flagship tech with the latest android phones, or save some cash with cheap android phones – the choice is yours.

What’s with all the confectionary names?

Marshmallow

Android have a habit of naming each updated version of their operating system after sweet treats in alphabetical order. Recent versions have been Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, Lollipop and Marshmallow, so you can tell how recent a version of Android is by simply running through your ABCs. The latest Android phones are usually open to updates, so if your handset is running an older version of Android you may still be able to download a more recent version, depending on the handset capabilities.

Next up is Android N, yet to be named, with rumours of new virtual reality features, a split-screen option, better battery life and even new emojis. We’re expecting to see Android N unveiled towards the autumn of 2016, but as for the new name, the jury is still out. Nougat? Nutella? Neapolitan? It seems as though not even Google have decided yet, and if you go to android.com/versions/name-n you can throw your suggestions into the ring.

How do I get the latest apps and games on Android phones?

The Google Play Store (previously known as the Android Market) is your one-stop-shop for all the latest mobile titles, as well as movies, TV shows, news, music, books, comics and magazines too. With over 50 billion downloads to date, there’s plenty of content to please any taste. Just tap the icon for Google Play and sign in using your Google account to both browse and download the masses free and paid-for apps and content.

With almost two million applications available you won’t be short of entertainment. The Google Play store can be accessed across multiple devices, so you can stream movie rentals on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, while books can be stored in the cloud and downloaded as PDFs when required. You can also, of course, deck out your smartphone with the all the must-have apps to stay connection with friends, such as Facebook, Whatsapp, and the ever-popular Snapchat.

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Does Android have its own virtual assistant?

Google Now

Much like Apple’s Siri and Windows Cortana, Android phones have their own voice recognition software in the form of Google Now. Where it differs from Siri is that it won’t just answer your questions - it also offers information and intelligent recommendations based on your previous search results. You’ll often find there’s no need to even search, as helpful cards let you know the quickest route to work, the day’s weather, or even the footie results.

But the benefits don’t stop there. You can request the best local restaurants, check flight updates, and get the latest updates from the stock market. The more you use Google Now, the more it gets to know your interests and routines, and can answer your questions before you even think to ask them. This helps you stay on top of things and be more organised that ever before, with news, info, and your personal interests all just seconds away.

What else can I expect on Android phones?

Keep your day on track with a personal organiser, Google Maps, and home-screen widgets for every update you may need. Android phones are easily customisable, so you’ll be free to update your home-screen, wallpaper, icons and sound settings with minimum effort. The latest Android phones also support fingerprint technology, increased security, contactless payments and USB type C.

Android handsets are generally compatible with the your other home devices, thanks to micro USB slots making them easy to plug into your home PC or laptop to drag and transfer files by cable. Many Android smartphones also offer an SD card slot that lets you beef up the storage capacity, as well as being another way to swap files between various devices. Android phones are also a great way to listen to music, with both audio-steaming apps, or downloads of your favourite tunes in the standard mp3 format.

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Android Phone vs. Windows Phone

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Android smartphones come in a range of shapes and sizes, from a whole host of manufacturers, built to suit every pocket. Whether you’re looking for a face-eclipsing flagship, or a budget Android phone, you won’t have to look far to find the perfect handset for you. With high-end handsets such as the HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7 leading the charge, you can enjoy full HD displays, octa-core processors and advanced cameras.

Windows Phones

Windows phones are fairly uniform in their design, and are all manufactured by Microsoft. There’s less choice available, although if you hate decisions this may be a bonus. Windows smartphones work well within their own ecosystem, letting you synch your files and programmes across multiple Microsoft devices, all running Live Tiles on Windows 10. The Lumia 950 showcases the best of the brand, with a full HD display, hexa-core processor, and jaw-dropping 20MP camera.

Why buy Android?

Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system as it covers such a large spectrum of choice, with manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG BlackBerry, and Alcatel all offering devices to suit a range of budgets.

Whether you’re looking for cheap Android phones or fancy flagship devices, they all come packed with smart features, an intuitive interface, and heaps of top entertainment.