How is Android different from iPhone, Symbian, or Blackberry?


In two words: flexibility & diversity! Android is a more open system than most other phone systems, which means you can tweak and customize to your heart’s content. Apple’s iPhone is a closed system, in which Apple develops and sells both the software (iOS) and the hardware (iPhones and iPads). Apple has to approve each and every app that is published for their system. The Android software is developed by Google, which then releases the open-source to device manufacturers (e.g. Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, LG, Huawei, ZTE etc) who develop the phones and tablets and tailor the basic Android software from Google to their devices. That means there is much more device diversity. You can find Android phones and tablets with many different screen sizes, with or without keyboard, budget-friendly and super phones.

That power and flexibility also means it’s a bit more complex. Like iOS, Android is centered around applications, most often called apps. So Android phones feature app icons prominently. The home screen is simple, all the app icons can be moved or deleted, except for three unmovable icons: the Dialer, the Application Tray (a “drawer” that show all the apps installed) and the Web app (an earth icon). The drawer looks quite similar to the home screen of an iPhone.

As shipped by Google, Android includes five built-in home-screens, including the main home screen. Some other versions have up to 7 screens. You can move among them by either sliding your finger to the left or right, or by touching a dot at the bottom of the screen that represents one of the screens. Each of these screens can be customized by adding widgets, shortcuts and files. So, for example, you can devote one screen to social networking apps and communications, another to news and feeds, another to entertainment and so on.

Navigation Buttons

 There are four buttons across the bottom of most Android devices for navigation.

Your phone may have slightly different symbols, even the order of the buttons may vary from one phone to the other. Some older Android phones have more buttons, some new ones fewer.

 If you have a phone or tablet with Android 4 or later, then there are 3 buttons on the screen itself, so if you rotate the phone the buttons will move too. Thus, with Android you have more power at your fingertips to navigate and performs tasks.

Notification Bar

Android has a very useful Notification system, It’s the top line of your screen for phones and at the bottom right for tablets. it will normally be visible all the time. It may look something like this:

Here you can see the time, battery state, and network state icons. Android will also show icons in this bar when there is an update that may need your attention, for example a new text message, or email. Android will not give you any nasty pop-up messages in the middle of the screen. You will see a notification on top, then whenever you’re ready you just swipe your finger down and the notification bar will roll down like a curtain and cover your screen. Any messages will be displayed there and you can click on them one by one or dismiss all. You can learn more in the Notification Bar chapter.

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Here’s How to Quit the iPhone and Switch to an Android

Last week, news broke that a former iPhone owner is suing Apple. She alleges that when she changed to a non-Apple device, she stopped getting text messages.

In fact, an Apple employee admitted that if you switch from iPhone to Android, iMessages won’t deliver texts from iPhone users to your new Android device.

But that shouldn’t stop you from switching to a new device that might be bigger and possibly better than what the iPhone offers.

First, ensure you get those texts after you switch to Android.

Here's How to Quit the iPhone and Switch to an Android

We wrote a handy guide to help you make sure you get those texts, even after you quit the iPhone.

After you follow the steps in the guide, including turning off iMessages and calling Apple to disassociate your phone number from iCloud, it’s basically just a waiting game. We hear that the problem fixes itself after 45 days.

Now that that’s taken care of, you’ll have to pick your phone …

Here's How to Quit the iPhone and Switch to an Android

The HTC One (M8) is the best Android phone on the market. The new HTC One has some incremental improvements over last year’s version, like a bigger screen, improved camera, and a tweaked design. You can buy the HTC One now for about $199 with a two-year contract through most carriers. It costs $649 without a contract.

The Galaxy S5 is a close second. It’s an updated version of the S4, with better battery life, sharper screen, and longer battery life. It’s not as beautiful as the HTC One, but it’s more user friendly. You can get it for around $200 with a two-year contract, depending on the carrier.

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How to fix disappearing iMessages after switching from iPhone to Android

iphone messages

As mentioned in this morning’s news roundup, a number of iPhone users who have since switched to Android are finding that they are unable to receive messages sent from iPhone users. The problem lies in the fact that some folks have phone numbers tied to iMessage even after leaving the iOS ecosystem.

Lifehacker EIC Adam Pash recently experienced this problem and detailed it in a post aptly titled “iMessage purgatory.”

I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I’d receive nothing, and they’d get a “Delivered” receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as expected.

While disassociating one’s number from its associated Apple ID seems to fix the problem for some, Pash, and others, are still finding that texts sent from iPhone users aren’t coming through.

This isn’t an entirely new problem as there are a number of support threads on the topic on Apple’s website.

Fix 1:

The official response from Apple, naturally, is for users to deactivate iMessage.

To deregister your phone number, tap Settings > Messages and turn iMessage off.

Funny enough, Eric Schmidt’s guide on converting to Android from iPhone even mentions this.

An in-depth guide for deactivating iMessage can be found here on OS X Daily.

Fix 2:

Another recommendation via Apple’s support forums reads:

  • Go to:
  • Log in if not already logged in.
  • Click on “edit products”
  • Click on the “x” to the right of the product.
  • Click “unregister”

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How to Sync iTunes Music With Your Android Phone

Import iTunes

Most of us use our phones to listen to our library of music on the go. With the iPhone, your music library is synced to your iTunes account. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to sync your iTunes account to your Android phone directly unless you want to move individual files and folders onto your new device. Google’s Music service lets you upload your library to the cloud so you can rock out on your new phone without taking up precious internal storage. This guide will show you how.

1. Plug your iPhone into your computer. To begin, you’ll need to sync your phone with your computer. Make sure you import all music that isn’t already in your iTunes library.

2. Navigate to on your computer. Make sure you’re using the same computer your music is stored on, as you’ll be uploading this music to the Google Play Music Service.

Google Play Music

3. Click “Upload Music.” This button will appear in the top right hand side of the screen.

Google Play Music

4. Click “Download Music Manager.” This will download the Music Manager app to your computer so you can upload your music to Google’s cloud.

Download Music Manager

5. Install Music Manager from your Downloads folder.

Install Music Manager

6. Launch the Music Manager appand sign in with your Google account.

Launch Music Manager and Sign In

7. Click “Upload Songs to Google Play,” then click Continue. You’ll next be asked where your music library is stored on your computer. Music Manager will upload this folder to the cloud.


Upload to Google Play

8. Select the location of your Music Library, then click continue.

Select music collection

9. Select “Upload all songs and playlists.” Music Manager will scan your folder, and ask if you’re sure you want to upload the selected files. Here, you can tell music manager to upload all your music, or select individual songs and/or playlists from your music folder to upload only those files.

Choose what songs to upload


10. Click “Yes” when asked if you want to automatically upload all future iTunes purchases to Music Manager. This will let you continue to use iTunes to buy new music, and automatically have that music available on your Android phone.

Upload songs automatically

11. Sign in to Google Play Music on your Android phone. Your music library will be waiting for you.

By Anthony Domanico
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Adobe Photoshop Touch Now Available on iPhone and Android


At long last, Adobe has launched Photoshop Touch for the iPhone and Android phones in a bid to make its flagship photo-editing software available across the most popular smart devices in the world. Photoshop Touch costs $5 on both iPhone and Android.

AdoHere’s a full list of features from the iOS app (the list is almost the same on Android):

  • Use popular Photoshop features, such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters.
  • Improve your photos using classic Photoshop features to bring out the best in your photography. Apply precise tone   and color adjustments to your entire composition, a particular layer, or a select area.
  • Create something other-worldly using painting effects, filter brushes, and more.
  • Make your images pop with graphical text. Apply strokes, add drop shadows and fades, and more.
  • Take advantage of your device’s camera to fill an area on a layer with the Camera Fill feature.
  • Quickly combine images together. Select part of an image to extract just by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With the Refine Edge feature, use your fingertip to easily capture hard-to-select image elements, like hair.
  • Start a project on your iPhone or iPod Touch and finish it on your iPad or back in Photoshop at your desk using a free membership to Adobe Creative Cloud. Your projects are automatically synced between your devices.
  • Free membership to Creative Cloud provides 2GB of cloud storage.
  • Work on high-resolution images while maintaining the highest image quality. Images up to 12 megapixels are supported.


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