The Android Market

Google's online store makes it easy to find and buy the appsyou need espite its excellent operating WM system, your Android phone is ultimately only as useful as the apps installed on it. Whether you're looking to play games, manage media or find new ways to organise your life, apps are the tools that can make it happen. Android's official app store is the Android Market. While the open nature of Google's platform allows you to download apps from anywhere (several other app download sites...

Pintail

Pintail helps you to locate your phone. Or you can use It to share your location with selected friends and family. And It's very simple to use. Pintail is an app for finding lost Android phones. When you send an SMS message to yourself, with your chosen personal identification number, from another phone, Pintail texts you back the location of your own device. It's that simple. Setup is easy type a four-digit PIN into Pintail, close the app and you're done. You can now text 'Locate ' to your...

Info

Introducing Why an Android-based smartphone or tablet is a smart - and very popular - choice Getting to know Take a tour around the operating system and learn its handy built-in features Music, video and Use Android's capabilities and add-ons to make the most of your media anywhere Beyond the Secure your device, consider root access, and use apps to make free phone calls Android Read our reviews and take your pick from an ever-growing number of programs Android We test a broad selection of the...

Step by step file management

1 Install a file manager Android doesn't come with the type of file manager you're accustomed to on your PC, so you'll miss the ability to browse through documents, move around or delete media stored on your memory card and organise your email attachments. Fortunately, there are plenty of third-party file manager applications you can add. We like Ol File Manager, a free download from the Android Market. 2 Browse your memory Once installed and launched, the application can browse the contents of...

Utilities

The screen backlight on most Android phones uses an awful lot of battery-power. Though you can globally tweak the timeout that turns off the backlight, in some circumstances you just don't want it to go out. Maybe you're using an app while driving, or you might have an app that loses data or switches off altogether if the phone happens to lock up its screen while the app is running. For those times, there's KeepScreen. The KeepScreen app lists all of the installed apps on your phone then, with...

Managing files and documents

Android doesn't come with a file browser or editor but help is at hand 11 play and no work makes your smartphone an expensive toy. But with the help of a wide selection of professional-grade mobile apps from the Android Market, your Android device can get down to business. Here's an overview of some of the best apps for viewing, creating and editing business documents on the go. You have several ways to move files onto, off and around your Android phone. The easiest method is to connect your...