Android is an open platform, and that means that if you don't like a feature set in Android or feel that it needs something else, all you really have to do is wait. Indeed, Android keeps getting better and better, which is probably why it's becoming one of the hottest selling smartphone lines around. Every carrier has a version of Android to share with its consumers, and that means that variety just isn't a problem on Android.

However, just because Android is open doesn't mean that it doesn't have to evolve and get new features every once in a while. If you've been following the tech news, then you already know that Android 2.2 is out. This means that carriers and manufacturers will start pushing out the updates to the various Android handsets on the market. Even though Android 2.2 "Froyo" has been out for a while now, not everyone has been enjoying the new Android 2.2 just yet.

There's a reason for that. Those in charge of upgrading each handset line don't always rush out to push out an update. There may be last minute bugs and problems that have to be worked out. This means that instead of getting the most cutting edge Android once it's released, you may be waiting weeks or even months to catch up. Some phones, like the Motorola i1 on Boost Mobile, are still way back on Android 1.6 -- they clearly have a lot more upgrading to do than other phones.

So, what can you expect in Android 2.2? Well, the focus in "Froyo" has been on tightening up the user interface, which means adding more customization options while still giving users the quick navigation that they've been looking forward to. There are new shortcuts on the Home screen that make it easier to get to frequently used programs.

Support for Exchange has also been increased in this update, which is something the business community has been hoping for. Business use on Android is something that's growing as well, which cuts into Research in Motion's market dramatically. After all, the Blackberry has long been the phone of choice for people in the corporate world, but that could change as Android get more and more powerful as well as secure.

Android 2.2 also turns the heat up on the portability -- turning your phone into a giant hotspot could well be a reality, as long as it's running Android 2.2. Right now, you can share your 3G connection with a laptop by connecting the two with a USB cable -- naturally, the cable doesn't always come with the phone.

Overall, there's a lot of functionality on the way for consumers that pick up Android 2.2, but they'll have to wait for that update.

The Android has become one of the most sought after consumer products since the iPhone. Aside from being a smart phone, it also exists as an extremely useful mobile tool if you make the most out of the application options. As an example, let’s examine five different apps to break you in a little.

Twidroid

For the Twitter-heads Android offers Twidroid which is a mobile application to the social networking giant Twitter (obviously). Even though it currently lacks the support for multi-accounts, it still allows you to navigate around the site as if you were sitting at your laptop or desk top. Any Twitter user will instantly fall in love with the ability to stay connected while on the move.

WordPress for Android

As blogging gets bigger and bigger with the correlation to Internet marketing and everyday information in general, we have WordPress for Android. With a very simple navigation system, WordPress allows you to publish new posts, approve comments, edit pages etc. Being a blogger will only get easier with this application and keep your interests mobile.

Google Shopper

Price comparing is made easy with Google Shopper. It truly is something out of a Star Trek movie.  Even though simple in design and idea it supports the ability to scan barcodes and automatically search for information regarding the product – prices, reviews, ratings, and other related products. Makes wondering if you’re paying too much a thing of the past.

Translate

Translate is a mobile version of the Google program Google Translator. Perfect for any traveler or person interested in, or in need of, communicating with people who have language barriers. It offers 150 language pairs and translates into English or your native language – pretty neat, to say the least.

Notepad Apps

Notepad apps can be invaluable, however, due to their dull tone and basic design, we rarely use them. Google takes this a step farther and uses AK Notepad which spices up the interface and makes it a more fun/friendly app to use as opposed to the traditional notepad.

The Google apps will do nothing but evolve over the next several years and if you are currently seeking an Android, or interested in learning more about applications and the functions they offer, the Internet is the best place to start. You can learn everything there is to know about the creation, development, and purpose of any Android app.

O2 is one of the most successful brands in the history of branding. In fact since 2006 it belongs to Telefónica Europe plc though originally it  was formed from BT Wireless and Genie Internet both of which were spin-offs of British Telecommunications, of BT.

BT Wireless was in fact a conglomeration of telecoms companies from all over the world. These included amongst others BT Cellnet, Digifone of Ireland, Viag Interkom pf Germany, Telfort of the Netherlands, and ?eský Telecom of the Czech Republic.

To state that Telefonica is a large organisation would be an understatement. The company employs 250,000 professionals, operates in twenty five countries, has revenues of nearly €57 billion. As well as the O2 and Telefonica brands it also has Movistar and Terra as separate brand identities.

The O2 brand was conceived as O2 being the chemical symbol for oxygen, and indication that it was something that was fundamentally essential for life. The braqnd was perceived to offer promise, prized values and inspiration. ...continue reading O2 – The History of the Brand

Those of us who love surfing the internet and using other data hungry applications on our phones will be getting very impatient about the launch of the 4G networks. With 4G we will be able to obtain broadband internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps, which is almost certainly better than we can achieve through our home broadband internet provider.

This means that there will be large numbers of people upgrading their phones as soon as their contracts permit them to do so, or if they can afford to do so, then sooner. ...continue reading Getting a new phone? Take care with your old SIM Card

The comparison between Google’s Android and the Apple iPhone has been taking place since the Android launched in 2009 and will continue as long as these two set standards and expectations for one another. The discussion that most people are having is deciphering the differences in operating systems, hardware, and usability. The consumer market rarely debates the difference that exists between the Apple AppStore and the Android Market.  This will soon change as mobile applications evolve into every cell phone that exists in people’s pockets and purses.

The major difference on the surface is that when looking at both from afar you will see Apple using a closed method of app sharing while Android uses an open method keeping the distribution completely in the hands of the users. In a closed system, Apple takes applications from developers and filters them through the Apple development team before they are released or shared. This is good because it keeps malicious and pointless apps to a minimum. However, they have total control over everything and have the power to dictate premiums and altercations to any app submitted.  On the flipside to this, Android Market is allowing apps to be developed and distributed without the filtering process that takes place in a closed system. Android Market uses a comment and community rating system that allows people to look at the history of a said app and take the appropriate actions based on the experience of others. ...continue reading Fierce Competition in the Mobile Application World – Android vs Apple