In the years 2007 and 2008, when Google and Andy Rubin with their team of researchers and engineers were busy breathing life into an idea in the form of an Android phone, little did man know what a digital revolution it would bring forth. ‘Sooner’ was the first vision of what an Android phone would be like and was built in conjunction with HTC in 2006 and in the year 2007 T-Mobile collaborated with them as a testing partner.
It’s little more than a decade now and man is juggling with multiple Android phones at a time and experiencing is benefits. Android phones have influenced the way people behave and think. What can be more overpowering?
As we all know, there is a flip side to everything. Android phones too are not bereft of it. Let us see what are the common problems faced by Android phone users and how they can be resolved.
Low battery is always an annoying problem with Android smartphones. Charging it several times a day isn’t fair on the part of an avid phone user as it takes a lot of time to be recharged to 100 percent. To elongate the battery life of your phone, clear all the apps running in the background, turn off the cellular data or Wi-Fi when not in use, lower the brightness to a level of your comfort and turn on the battery saving mode. These little hacks can save you much battery for emergencies and otherwise.
It is an undeniable fact that the users are at fault here. The phone running slow is a reflection of our smartphone habits. Reasons for this are, too many apps for too less internal storage, too many photos and videos, existence of app cache and app data and applications that run continuously in the background. Just like a person can walk or run faster with a less stuffed stomach than with a filled one, a smartphone too will work faster when its free of heavy files, apps and junk. Delete unused apps or try using their lighter versions. App cache is a major reason which slows down your phone considerably. Go to settings>Apps>clear cache. Know more about how to clear app cache and clear app data on Android for a faster working phone.
Losing Wi-Fi Connectivity
The Android Wi-Fi sleep policy turns the Wi-Fi connectivity off while the phone reaches the idle or sleep mode. This is not too bad a problem as it saves your battery and data consumption but for people who need timely updates and notifications can fix the problem easily. Go to advanced Wi-Fi settings, and select ‘Never’ for ‘Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep.
Less Internal Storage
The contents of our phone’s gallery exceed the limitation of the internal memory quite soon. You don’t have to feel sad about deleting the old media contents from your phone. Just save them on cloud servers like Drop-box, Google Photos and Google Drive before you wipe out everything. This will help you empty space for new files and also in the secure storage of the old ones.
Some of your apps might stop working suddenly. This is due to an overload of corrupt cache or app data. Delete the cache in the method discussed above to have smooth operating apps. If deleting the app cache is not solving the problem, then take a back up of the app related contents and then delete the app data and reboot your phone. Download and install the app again from Google Play.
Some Android phones get heated up due to manufacturing or other defects or maybe for the presence of heavy apps like game apps and Facebook. Try not using your phone while its on charge and avoid heavy apps or use their lighter versions. Give it a break when it warms up too much.
Intervening the Auto Correct Feature
Does your Android interfere with auto correct word suggestions while you type a message? If you find it irritating, turn it off by going to Settings>Language & input>Android Keyboard>Auto correction and tap on ‘Off.’
These common Android issues can intervene in the way of seamless mobile regime. Resolve them by following the above steps and you will be a happy Android user.
Recently Google scored one over Apple when the exclusion of Google map from the latest iPhone made Apple loyalists really unhappy. They are quite justified too. This new Apple map has proven to be less efficient than Google Maps on various counts. To add salt to the wound, Mr Eric Schmidt, who was in Japan to introduce the Google Nexus tablet, showed off a new exciting feature of Google map where by moving the tablet you can move to other parts of the map, just like turning your head in real life. He also pointed out that with 500 million users, Android is far more popular than Apple and Google will not request Apple to reconsider their decision.
To deepen the creases on the forehead of the Apple bosses, there is a new survey saying, Android users are happier than Apple users with the default browser. Only 9% android users try any other browser than the default one, compared to 15% Apple users who are dissatisfied with Safari.
This data surfaced after famous online advertising network Chitika compared traffic from Android and iPhone users of the USA and Canada. Google Chrome came up as the leading choice of both Android and iPhone users as 2.34% and 3.07% users downloaded and installed this browser on the said two platforms respectively. Surprisingly, it can be seen that 11 out of every 100 Apple users are using lesser-known browsers like Mercury instead of the Apple created Safari.
In this context, it must be noted that ICS will not be the default browser anymore for Android and will be replaced by Chrome, as per the latest update from Google. In that case, a total of (91+2.34) 93.5% users will be happily using the default browser for Android, increasing the gap between them and Apple. It’s only the other day when Mr. Schimdt picked the open source architecture of Android as the reason of success behind the extremely popular mobile platform. Apple always fortified its hardware and software under heavy barricades, lessening public involvement, showing the reason of quality and safety.
Google has no reason to be complacent, however. Mozilla, the Firefox maker, is developing its own mobile OS, Boot 2 Gecko, which is in beta stage, till I last heard. As Mozilla is a big name and has years of experience behind it and invites even bigger public contribution during the development can be a threat and competitor of Google in the near future.
A Smart Android TV box is kind of like a smart phone, where it is possible to install and uninstall software, programs, games and a lot more. Such boxes can be considered as an improvised version of the already existing set top boxes. Such a box provides customers with a varied range of smart TV solutions which involves surfing the internet, watch online videos, watch online TV programs, play android games, play video, music, photos and access social media like Facebook, Twitter, mails. So, unlike traditional TV you get more educational and entertaining factors with a smart device like this. It is as simple as connecting to a power outlet, choose your way to connect to the TV and find Wi-Fi. All that is required is an HDMI compatible TV, internet connectivity and the customer have the entire world wide web at his disposal from the comfort of his couch at home.
A box of this kind, can change your TV and LCD monitor into a multimedia center. It can merge the internet with the regular TV to build a whole new experience into the entertainment world. This box can be placed on any part of the TV body, The built-in camera can be rotated at any angle to enable the customer to film anything. The 8GB internal memory has the option of expanding to more, like 32 GB. These devices are called Smart Android TV box as it generally runs on Android. Another unique feature that it provides is that the customers can move Pictures, movies and videos easily, from a PC to the device via Bluetooth or USB.
This kind of Smart Android TV box makes the cable network connection unnecessary. With this box, there are almost no subscription charges, so that, what the customer wants to watch online, can be free most of the time or with very nominal charges. Everything from browsing through the web, checking email and playing games, all can be done on the television. A PC or a regular touch screen is smaller, with the help of this box, one can enjoy 1080p videos of their own choice on the much larger television screen.
Because of the simple fact that this box runs on the Android OS, which is largely free of third party developers, there is no limit to what it can deliver in terms of education and entertainment. So this is a cost effective way to enjoy a vast world of limitless entertainment and information as developers hardly need to pay for use of the Android operating system. In the fast growing internet dominated world, Televisions, instead of getting obsolete, are going to the new face of infotainment, because the Smart Android TV box empowers the customers to use the television the way they would use their PCs, tablets, or smart phones.
Android is a Linux based mobile device operating system developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google. Android is mainly used in Smartphone and tablet computers. Android is open source i.e. its features can be extended to incorporate new technologies as they emerge.
Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sear and Chris White in Palo Alto, California. On August 17, 2005 Google acquired Android Inc. making it a subsidiary of Google Inc.
On November 5, 2007, the Open Handset Alliance publicly announced their first product, Android, a mobile device platform built on Linux kernel version 2.6.
Android provides a broad spectrum of applications and services to its user. Users can fully customize their mobile phones to their interests. The first Mobile phone that has used Android was the HTC Dream, release on 22 October 2008.
Here are some features of Android Operating System.
Layout: The layout is mainly based on VGA, 2D graphics library and 3D graphics library based on OpenGL ES 2.0.
Multi Lingual Support: It supports multiple languages.
Messaging: Android supports SMS and MMS including threaded text messaging and Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM).
Java Support: Most of the applications are written in Java but they run on Dalvik, a specialized virtual machine designed specifically for Android.
Media Support: Android supports WebM, H.263, H.264, MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AMR-WB, AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP and WebP media formats.
Hardware Support: It can support wide variety of hardwares including video/still cameras, touchscreens, GPS, accelerometers, gyroscopes, barometers, magnetometers, dedicated gaming controls, proximity and pressure sensors, thermometers, accelerated 2D bit blits and accelerated 3D graphics.
Multitasking: Android supports multitasking.
Multi-touch: It supports multi touch natively, but previously it was disabled at the kernel level. An update was released by Google which enables multi-touch natively.
External Support: Now the majority of Android devices support microSD slot and can read microSD card formatted with FAT32, Ext3fs or Ext4fs file system.
There are millions of applications available for Android which can be downloaded from Google Play, formerly Android Market. The latest version that is available to phones is Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.