News Analysis: As an increasing number of people join the Android OS ranks, those folks should learn a few things about their chosen mobile operating system.
With the Motorola
Droid X continuing to enjoy success in the mobile market
, and alternatives
like the Droid 2 and the HTC Droid
Incredible also enjoying strong sales, there is a huge influx of new Android
owners entering the market. In fact, Google said recently that 200,000 Android
devices are being activated each day.
With such an influx of new customers comes a learning curve
for those people. Since the majority of them haven't used Android-based devices
before, they will need to learn the nuances of the operating system, and find
out both what makes it appealing and what could make it a problem to work with.
Read on to find out what every Android owner should know about the mobile OS.
1. Android 2.2 is a major step up
Depending on the device consumers buy, they're either running
Android 2.1 or Android 2.2. Currently, Nexus One and Droid 2 owners have
Android 2.2 running on their smartphone. Droid X owners will have the new
software in September. Realizing that, current Droid X owners will soon find
out what Droid 2 owners already know-Android
2.2 is a major step up over the previous version of the software
. Not only
does it add several more features, but it delivers improved usability. When
Android 2.2 is made available on all smartphones, every consumer should
2. The Android Market is growing
Due to the success of Android OS, new owners will be happy to
hear that the Android Market is growing rapidly. In fact, the store currently
has more than 100,000 available applications, with many more being added each
day. Although the store got off to a slow start, strong Android sales have
pushed many more developers looking to turn a profit to embrace the platform. Expect
many more useful apps to come to the Android Market in short order.
3. It's backed by Google
As Android owners already know, the software is backed by
Google. But what they might not know is that it could be both good and bad. The
good thing about Google backing Android OS is that the company has the vision
and the cash to invest fully in the software, making it all the more useful.
The bad aspect of it is that some are concerned that Google isn't living up to
its motto of "Don't Be Evil" as much as they would like the public to
think. What's more, its desire for mobile advertising revenue could drastically
alter the way it makes Android-related decisions. Simply put, just as with
Apple's iOS, there are some pros and cons to owning a device running Google
4. More customers means better improvements
The best thing about being a part of the Android craze is that
it gives Google and its partners the impetus they need to keep improving the
platform. If Android couldn't compete with Apple's iPhone in sales, there would
be little reason to continue to improve the software. But with Android starting
to gain some traction the market, Google will be more likely to pull out all
the stops to maintain its lead. Look for several incremental improvements to
Android OS as Google's market share continues to grow.