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There are many people around the world, who are immune to Apple iPhone fever and are quite happy with their Android phones. With time, more and more developers are coming up with interesting applications for Google's Android operating system. If you too are an Android fan and are looking to spice up your device with some of the best Android games, then you are on the right page. We shall see some of the top Android games that a gamer should install on his/her Android phone.
Android has a very different philosophy when compared to Apple and its iPhone. Anyone can use Android OS in their smartphones for free, anyone can modify Android, and anyone can develop applications for it without requesting permission to place their apps in the Android Market. Furthermore, Google also seeded the Android app market by holding developer contests with cash prizes, so by the time the first Android smartphone arrived in stores, there was already a selection of many applications available for download. Mobile phones used to be devices that simply made calls. Nowadays, they are small computers able to send and receive e-mail, browsing the Internet, and running software. And unlike the desktop computer market, Windows doesn't have the dominant market share in the mobile smartphone market. Worldwide, Nokia dominates this market with the now open source Symbian platform. However, in the U.S., Symbian hasn't really caught on with mainstream consumers. HTC manufactures a great variety of Android smartphones. It also manufactures the Google Nexus One. Some smartphones use a mixed Android installation, and others include HTC's enhancement, Sense. Sense is a user interface system based around widgets. Widgets are small, always on apps that run on your smartphone screen for specific tasks, such as posting Twitter updates or showing weather information. This is somewhat similar to Windows Gadgets on desktop computers. The screens use scenes centered around common activities, such as work and social media, and HTC created several custom widgets to make using smartphone activities easier. Sense also puts some information together, like combining Facebook with phone contact information. Sense smartphones come with a PDF reader, which is very useful for reading attachments. It's also much easier to use Sense smartphones for web browsing, because Sense allows for typical 2-finger gestures. Motorola may be more responsible for Android's popularity than any other smartphone manufacturer. The Motorola DROID smartphone was heavily advertised as a competitor to the iPhone 4, and it became the first truly Android smartphone to hit the US market. Motorola's user interface enhancement is Blur, which is meant primarily as a social networking feature that combines feeds from email messages and sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, and places such messages directly on the Home screen of your smartphone without the need to log into separate applications. In January 2010, Google introduced its own Android smartphone and made the option to compete against other phone manufacturers in the Android OS phone market they've themselves created. Nexus One is the first official Google smartphone, and although it's made by HTC, it was sold by Google. Anyway, there are plenty of other Android offerings worth serious consideration. Keyboard vs. Touchscreen One way you can narrow down your choices for selecting your appropriate smartphone is by deciding if you're a keyboard or a touchscreen user. If you feel uncomfortable with virtual keyboards, such as those offered on the iPhone, you'd go with a keyboard smartphone. Keyboards can slide out, such as those on the T-Mobile G1 and the Verizon DROID, or they can flip out like the one on the Motorola FlipSide or Motorola FlipOut (both Android smartphones) A keyboard adds bulk to your smartphone, but they're nice to have around when you'll need them. No Keyboard will keep your smartphone slimmer and often means you'll get a much better quality screen. The Google Nexus One, and HTC EVO all skip the slide-out keyboard. The HTC EVO Android smartphone will even allow you to do part of your text entry with your voice. Do you have to take on-site pictures or video as part of your day-to-day duties? If that's so, you'll need to select a smartphone with a good camera. The HTC EVO Android and DROID Incredible currently take the largest photos. You'll use the network every time you use your Android smartphone for anything other than talking. So, you should go for unlimited access if you can. Some companies charge more for smartphone data plans than they do for data access on regular phones, so be sure to check the small print before you commit yourself with a specific data plan. If you plan on using your smartphone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, you may also need to purchase a plan that specifically includes it. Android smartphones generally have 2 prices: one is the actual cost of the smartphone, and the other is the price when purchased with a yearly contract. The reason smartphones are much cheaper with a contract is because the phone carrier charges you more every month to make up for the much lower price of the smartphone. Often you end up paying much less overall when you buy a smartphone with contract, but it does mean you're locked into that contract and can't switch services, upgrade smartphones, or cut back on minutes without facing some sort of penalty (these restrictions are normally for the first 6 months of your contract). Generally, the price of Android smartphones without subsidy is around $300 to $600. The price with a contract starts with $0.01. Check here SmartPhones123.com selection of best Android smartphones with a contract, for huge savings.
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