Sometimes things are popular because they are good at what they do. The Apple iPhone changed mobile phones and made them good, and the Android came along and it was a good operating system alternative. Between Apple and Android they have kicked the OS ass of Windows mobile, Blackberry and Nokia. The Android has a healthy number of features that are put to varying degrees of use depending upon which mobile device you choose. Here are a few of the best Android features to look out for.
Widgets are on the Android
There are some people who do not like them because they take up too much of the screen, and that is a point, but you can change your widgets to be a little less intrusive on the page. You may also turn many of your widgets off too. There is a sense of satisfaction that comes with being able to glance at your tablet and know the time or weather without having to look at an app. The same is true if you have email or you have made money via Google Adsense on your blog.
SwiftKey Text Prediction
The SwiftKey program means that predictive text is now even better and you can use Swype to increase your choices when it comes to gestures and ThickButtons mods which allow you to use bigger buttons as you type. The Swype gesture based typing has been used to break the Guinness World Record on the world’s fastest text message.
Control your phone from your computer
There are apps that will allow you to do this, and the Android system has settings that allow you to control your Android from your PC which is both handy and fun if you decide to give it a go through a secure service.
Your Android operating system is open source and it means you may customize your Android in order to get a better user experience from the whole thing. You can legally make system level tweaks to your Android if you wish.
Automation is good on the Android
There is an application called Tasker which allows you to turn your tablet into nothing short of a super tablet (not really) where you can turn on certain settings and certain applications for certain areas. The most notable is how where your tablet will not update any of its systems or apps until you are in proximity to WI-Fi so that it saves you money on mobile Internet.
You can even automate it to turn things on or off depending on the time of day or the location you are in. This means you can set your tablet to be on silent during work or lectures or when you are in the location of work. There is also a battery-saving app called JuiceDefender which also turns systems and apps on and off in order to save life on the battery.
Removable storage and a removable battery
Most Android tablets will allow you to remove your battery and many allow for removable storage. This means that you can save files locally and move them around with your SD card instead of having to do it via the cloud. Maxing out the storage on your Android tablet is not usually the end of the world because you have more options with regards to your tablet than you do with other devices.
Customized Home Launchers
If you crack or jailbreak your tablet then you may have access to deeper customization based on your own programming skill or the darker apps that only install on cracked tablets. However, there are home launchers with the Android that allow you to do most of the customization you may ever want.
There is no need to risk the health and security of your tablet if you can do your customization via a Home Launcher. It allows you to set up different gestures compared to the ones that come pre-set with the device, and you can set up different shortcuts and you may even set up your tablet so that it runs faster. There are apps called LauncherPro and ADWLauncher, both of which are third party home launchers and both of which offer a great amount of customization.
You get an alternate keyboard
This is around the idea that with most Androids you get a choice of keyboards. There are also things such as Swiftkey and Swype and 8pen. The Android gives you choices and there are even apps that can improve your options even more so.