Android Based Smartphones – Driving Prices Down


Smartphone technology is advancing rapidly, and as a result there are many more types of cell phones and smartphones available today. Practically every month more features are being added and released by the major phone manufacturers  Activities such as social networking and browsing the web are common now, and soon  the ability to use your phone to pay for purchases and to watch streaming video will be common as well. These features can be found on normal cell phones to some extent, but the new smartphones have additional computing capability and larger screen sizes that makes them more user friendly.

In looking for the right touch screen phone or smartphone, you pretty much have your choice of brand names. BlackBerry and Apple have been in the market a while, while the Google Android based smartphone are gaining market share rapidly. Due to Google’s release of the Android system as “open source” to any manufacturer that wants to use it, it’s sweeping its competition away in sales volume.

When shopping for a smartphone, take some time to familiarize yourself with all of the features as well as upcoming models for each of the brands, so that you know you won’t be outdated in a matter of months, while waiting out a two year contract. Fees can be high too for heavy data users on smartphones, so compare plan charges.

Currently, the Android based smartphones are real giant killers. Android is popping up everywhere, on all carriers, and in all price ranges. Some cheap smartphones can start at $.01 for the phone! You can get them with or without WiFi access, and some phones can also act as WiFi hotspots, so all your WiFi electronics can run off the signal. You can find Android 4G smartphones on all networks now, along with the WiFi capabilities that are now becoming standard. Android phones have touch screens and also thousands of apps, similar to Apple, including games, social networking, financial apps, and utilities for your phone, along with many more.

One of the biggest smartphone sellers is the iPhone by Apple. With a large touch screen and over 100,000 apps available through Apple’s iTunes App store, they were first phone manufacturer to take full advantage of new mobile technology. They started it all, but given that Apple controls both the hardware and software, Apple users are left with whatever features Apple decides to include, as opposed to the marketplace driving innovation.

There are other smartphone technologies out there, including BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows phones. BlackBerry has gained inroads with business users, but they are also at risk of falling behind the innovations being made with Google’s Android OS. If you need something that will work with your office email servers, for example, then BlackBerry is the likely choice.

Over the next year or so, we’ll see the release of Apples iPhone 5 and a new update to Google’s Android operating system. Exciting times ahead for the mobile user.

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