What is An Android Phone? - Definition Characteristics and Features Revealed!

Everybody asks what is an android phone? If you look and search online, a wikipedia definition says that Android, being a Linux-based operating system put into action and integrated into a mobile phone would make it capable of so many unimaginable things.

Some yet to be discovered while some are already there and being enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

Visiting the official Android website, the definition reads it that - it is the world's most popular mobile platform (operating system) enjoyed and used by more than 190 countries all over the world today. Next to it are iOS of Apple, Windows, Blackberry, Nokia, Sailfish, Bada of Samsung, Firefox OS, Windows Mobile, Symbian and more.

All these platforms have their own characteristics which make them unique over the other but since Google bought the right to publish and use Android and have it integrated in their system, it grew significantly toppling other existing operating systems for the mobile industry. The Google Phone was the first ones I can remember back a couple of years ago to use the Android platform.

Android is an open source which means that it is "FREE". It is maybe one of the reasons why it has been embraced today by many brands, making their mobile gadgets integrate and use the platform. Freeware is where everybody takes advantage. It is where developers have found a loophole with which to develop android apps and make it available for public consumption for free.

When lucky enough to become very popular and promising, some have opted in to become paid subscriptions before people can use the application. Businesses, schools, chefs, weather stations, news broadcasts. Name it and Android has it on its feet using their platform because of endless useful applications developed each and everyday for freeware use.

More than the platform that it is now, Android has become the largest marketplace for applications developers all over the world. It has become a center for making available all sorts of interesting apps and games for the new generation.

Just imagine each month according to Android reports, people from all over the world go to Google Play to download more than 1.5 billion apps and games. What humongous figures they are if you'll just imagine it. Linux has definitely excelled on this one and nailed it.

What Makes Up an Android Phone?

2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and all other upcoming versions using Android platform, they all have the same characteristics when we talk about the OS. It has been developed years ago and since then, very little changes have been up for development. This deed has been given emphasis in development of capabilities to entertain more applications instead.

But what makes it special with the mobile gadgets that it powers up is that applications or apps get to be developed at a very alarming and increasing rate of significant figures - DAILY. Many cell phone brands have integrated the open source and is riding with the popularity in use and download of the platform.

Because of its ever increasing popularity, android phones today have the power on its system making available millions and probably billions of digital content including apps and games available to play around at the Google Play website.

Today, many touchscreen mobile devices (not just cell phones) including smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, camera and other popular mobile gadgets of today. It has revolutionized that availability of mobile files and content and enabled devices to have it easily shared online and made available on the internet for people to share and feast on.

An Android phone had the capability nobody can imagine would be possible today. It is where you can find almost anything of use in the form of applications and more to enjoy in the form of latest online and offline flash and java games which people from all walks of life enjoy playing today.

Get to know the versions that an Android phone has here. Take note of the different slashes that they have from Jellybean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Gingerbread. You can also compare it with the latest iOS versions of Apple's own operating system in their iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTouch and other devices they manufacture today by watching video reviews over in YouTube.Com this year, 2014.

  • Linux
  • Memory Management
  • Piracy Issues
  • Reception
  • Licensing
  • Interface
  • Applications
  • Updates
  • Security and Privacy
  • Other Gadgets

While Android phone interface basically tackles issues of navigation and direction of the user (touch input functionality), applications are definitely the main reason why it has become the most popular platform in digital device use today. Here and there, different apps review websites have also been put up to cope with the very fast increase in its use worldwide.

Memory management wise, we all know and have experienced that all android phone users have commented on the fast consumption of battery power, the developers have done something with regards to memory management to ease out this problem a bit and help prolong the use of any android-powered device.  That is to manage RAM so as to keep power consumption at a minimum.

With respect to application piracy issues, well, this is really a dilemma that apps developers and cellphone providers have to remedy themselves due to the OS and marketplace being an open source. This makes all (no exceptions) apps prone to piracy. Developers have to definitely keep up to this issue and make their own strong preventive measures to protect their investments. Keeping application up to date with the development of newer versions is must in this case to avoid any mischief.

Security issues are a major concern but with Android on a sandbox, the issue has been left for the users to grant access to all or any of their precious priced possessions online and preserve their integrity and privacy at a manageable rate only. Consult with a professional on this regard.


With licensing, since Android is an open-source free software, the source code is made available for all to use.

Devices, Manufacturers and Carriers that Use Android Phone

If you think that only mobile phones are entitled to use the power of Android, you are wrong. As i've mentioned above, most digital trend mobile gadgets already have Android platform in them. But for the curious you, there is a big list of cell phones that use the Android capability operating system and you can find them all listed here - http://www.android.com/devices/.

  • Sony
  • Asus
  • Sharp
  • HTC
  • Toshiba
  • Kyocera
  • T Mobile
  • Dell
  • Alcatel
  • Sky
  • Sanyo
  • LG
  • Huawei
  • ZTE
  • Motorolla
  • Acer
  • Fujitsu
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Pantech
  • Nexus
  • NEC
  • ... and more

Some of the latest updated popular devices and their respective versions and models that use (free) open source Android mobile platform (operating system) developed and introduced to the world by Google.

  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7
  • Nexus 10 Tablet
  • HTC One
  • Galaxy S4
  • Nexus 9 Tablet
  • Nexus 6 Android Phone

There's so many android phone powered devices and the list above from cheap priced to exclusively expensive and cozy one. This list confirms how many brands cater to customers by selling the device with installed OS - Android.

Latest Android Phone Versions

  • 4.4 KitKat
  • 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5.0 Lollipop

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