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7 things Android owners can do that Apple iPhone users only dream of |

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1 – Get More Choice In Their Device
To begin with, Android has long been viewed as the more open and inclusive
system.
Apple is the only company currently making devices that run iOS – and that
leaves customers with less choice.
In contrast, Google’s open-source operating system is open to everyone, with
manufacturers building everything from cheap phones to high-end flagship
devices.
Far from being stuck in a one or two-year product cycle, Android users have
a huge amount of devices to choose from to enjoy their software – and,
processing
power apart, many will in fact inter-relate and work well together, with
setting up and getting running a quick and simple process.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – In Pictures
2 – Personalise Their Device
Another well-publicised selling point for Android devices is the sheer
amount of customisation available.
And it’s not just the wider array of hardware styles and sizes. From a
software perspective, Android devices again offer much more.
Almost all leading Android manufacturers allow for the creation of
customised backgrounds, lock screen images, colour schemes, even the
service you use to
type.
Whether it’s a picture of your pet, loved one or even just a snappy picture,
the ability to set your phone to your liking is a major selling point for
Android
owners.
Many leading devices also allow users to mould and personalise how the
software looks.
HTC recently added the ability to use custom stickers to represent apps –
letting users transform their grid of apps into a cartoonish work of art,
with each
character representing a favourite Android app.
Regardless of the quality of the end result, it’s undoubtedly more personal
than Apple’s clinical grid of app icons.
Without needing to fire-up an app, users can check the weather, launch a
Google searchGOOGLE
Without needing to fire-up an app, users can check the weather, launch a
Google search
3 – Widgets
Another key part of the customisation is Android’s use of widgets.
Going one-step beyond apps by acting as a constant presence on your home
screen (or any other screen, if you’d prefer), widgets make getting the
information
you need, when you need it, quick and simple.
Without needing to fire-up an app, users can check the weather, monitor
calendar appointments for the day, or track your footsteps or other fitness
information – all speedily at your fingertips.
Android devices will come with a wide number of widget options
pre-installed, or offer up a number of new alternatives via the Google Play
app store –
meaning you need never miss out on key information.
Apple did introduce its own version of widgets last year, but these are much
more limited than their Android counterparts, and are imprisoned within the
notification area.
Almost all leading Android manufacturers allow for the creation of
customised backgroundsGETTY
Almost all leading Android manufacturers allow for the creation of
customised backgrounds
4 – Add Extra And More Flexible Storage
Lots of us today use our phones for much more than just calls, as many
Android devices now carry a camera powerful enough to take extremely
detailed shots.
But what if you want to quickly move and upload these pictures on to your
home PC or laptop?
For iOS users, this often requires the fiddly installation of extra
programs, and going through several steps to ensure that the files you want
are going to the
right place.
However Android users are able to just plug and play their devices, thanks
to the ubiquity of USB and USB-C chargers that power the majority of
devices on the
market today.
All that’s needed is a quick swipe down to tell the device that you want it
to act as an extra drive, and you’re all set to use it as you would a
regular USB stick,
able to drag, copy and shift around all those precious files.
Adding extra storage space to Android devices is also far easier than Apple
phones, as the former often come with support for microSD cards, which let
you
hold on to more of your treasured content without having to make tough
decisions about what to keep or delete.
Android Nougat brings multi-window multi-tasking to every size deviceGOOGLE
Android Nougat brings multi-window multi-tasking to every size device
5 – Multi-Tasking Via Multi-Window
With all these apps and widgets on your phone, sometimes things can get a
little cluttered – especially if you don’t have a particularly big screen.
Phone manufacturers have in the last few months finally woken up to the idea
that multi-tasking can be done on smartphones, and for now at least,
Android is
leading the way.
Many of the top devices, including Samsung’s flagships, offer multi-screen
views when using your device, similar to the split or quad screen
experience you
can have on a Windows PC, meaning you can have multiple apps in operation
at the same time.
This is often hugely useful for those of us who like to work or check
various news feeds on the go – but for iOS users, the function is limited
to tablet devices
such as the iPad, whereas smartphones are left behind.
A wide array of manufacturers make Android Wear smartwatches, compatible
with a huge number of phonesGETTY
A wide array of manufacturers make Android Wear smartwatches, compatible
with a huge number of phone
6 – Smoother Notifications
Notifications are a key part of staying on top of both your important
communications and various social media feeds, so its often vital that they
stick around
where you can see them.
However for iOS users this can often be tricky, as unlocking and relocking
their device will cause lockscreen notifications to disappear – meaning you
could
miss something crucial.
Android devices however, will keep both their icons and notification
presence until dismissed or accessed, meaning there’s no danger of missing
out.
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7 – Free Up Space Quickly
Some of the apps you use will often download photos, videos and other data
onto your phone whilst you use them.
This is particularly true for apps that use photos and videos such as Vine,
Twitter and Instagram, which often use a lot of storage space to keep
information related to these
downloads.
If you have an iPhone, you can usually only get this space back by deleting
and re-installing the app (unless – like Google Maps – the developer has
included the option within the
app itself) which can be extremely restrictive, particularly if you have a
smaller capacity device.
However for Android users, these apps often include an option to simply
clear the cache, quickly freeing up space that iOS versions cannot – and
even if not, you can also clear the
cache of an app in the Android software.

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