Sometimes confused with Droid, Android is a mobile device operating system that was introduced in October 2003 and later acquired by Google. All Droid devices run on the Android operating system, but not all Android devices are Droids. The latest Android iteration is Android KitKat, released in September 2013. Previous versions include Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb.
There are numerous Android smartphones (such as the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S® 5) and Android tablets (including the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4), as well as a few Android wearable devices. Android works well with Google-owned properties and apps, creating a seamless experience for you.
The Android operating system powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices in more than 190 countries. Android smartphones allow for several customization and personalization options that other smartphones do not.
To make the most out of Android smartphones, it’s a good idea to download some paid and free apps for Android. You can download apps for Android smartphones from Google Play™.
Popular apps include social media apps, such as Facebook®, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat, as well as productivity tools like Evernote®, Dropbox™ and Microsoft® Office.
There are many fitness apps available for Android as well, and these often integrate with wearable fitness devices. Some of the top free apps for Android related to fitness include MyFitnessPal, Endomondo and MapMyRide.
Gamers can enjoy many options as well. Some fun gaming apps for Android include Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga and Cut the Rope.
New apps are released to Google Play every day. To find out about the latest and greatest apps for Android phones, see what’s trending at the store and experiment to see which apps are your favorites.
It’s hard to say which are the best Android phones, as everyone has different needs. There are many Android smartphones available at Verizon Wireless, each with its own personality and features. In addition to the Droid Maxx by Motorola and Droid Mini by Motorola, Motorola also makes the Moto X™. If you’re looking for customization, the Moto X – Designed by You is available in more than 2,000 color combinations.
If you’re looking for a large screen, check out the 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED® screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note® 3. Or, you might check out the 5.5 inches of Quad HD beauty on the LG G3.
Other great Android smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy S® 5 with its built-in heart rate sensor. The all new HTC One® (M8) has a dual-lens camera, and the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini is the perfect size to slip into your pocket.