The following post was inspired by a friend who said that she just got her 1st droid and wanted to know “what do I do now”. Since she was coming from a non-smart phone, as so many people it seems like these days (Android saw an 888% increase in users based on a recent reports http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10839034 (http://www NULL.bbc NULL.co NULL.uk/news/technology-10839034) ).
With all these new users, I figured an Android “How to” would be in order. A couple of things to keep in mind with Android is that most apps you will want will come from a “Marketplace” and for Android there is more than 1 marketplace to choose from (Like going to Safeway vs. Acme vs. Vons…..etc.). All the Marketplaces offer a lot of the same products (like the supermarket) but they each have their own twists. Do you need to pick just one of the markets to use, no not at all, in addition to the market(s) many sites will also have apps you can directly download for Android
How to Install Applications
To install applications using Android Market perform the following steps:
- Open the Android Market application in the Applications menu.
- You can select any option – Applications, Games, Search or My Downloads based on what you want to do. You will then get a list of applications or games to choose from. You can also search for any particular application using the magnifying glass (on the top right) . You will then get a list of apps with their description and rating.
- Click on the application you want and you will get more details of that application – the number of downloads and user comments.
- To install it, just click on the Install button on the bottom of the screen.
- Prior to the install starting, you will see a final screen letting you know what the program you are installing will have access to. If you have privacy concerns, this is the screen you want to pay attention to, so that you can know what information about you the program your installing is collecting. Just click on OK to finish installing the application.
- Once installed just look in your program list and the app will be ready to use.
Marketplaces for the Android
As mentioned earlier Android has more than one Marketplace. The most common marketplaces in addition to the one that comes with your Android the Marketplace created by your cell service provider
- Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, etc.
As well as the following sites (There are additional sites but these are two of the Major Ones)
- APP Brain App Marketplace (LINK) http://www.appbrain.com/ (http://www NULL.appbrain NULL.com/)
For App Brain you can do a search from the Main Android Marketplace and you will find a download for your phone that will allow you to search directly from your phone (exactly) the same way you do with the Android Marketplace.
- Android Lib (LINK) http://www.androlib.com/ (http://www NULL.androlib NULL.com/)
For Android Lib they do not have an app for your phone, however, when searching their site, you will find a QR code next to each app. The QR code can be used to make installing on your Android phone extremely simple (QR Code directions below)
Using QR Codes with your Android phone
One of the features that makes accessing links on your phone extremely simple involves using QR Codes. The QR Code below is the code for the TechGeekandMore.com Mobile site.
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A QR code, derived from “Quick Response”, is a two dimensional matrix bar code created by a Japanese corporation back in 1994 to allow its contents to be decoded at very high speed. Here is how to scan QR bar codes in order to get apps.
From either the Android Marketplace or the APP Brain Marketplace, do a search for “Barcode Scanner”. You will see many scanners for download (as of this post there were 88 choices). I recommend that you install the app called “Barcode Scanner” developed by ZXing Team for Android phones. It is a free application and should be one of the 1st ones on the list. This barcode scanner is what you will use to then be able to access the QR code barcodes.
- Once installed, launch Barcode Scanner
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- Scan QR codes – To scan a QR code, move your phone towards the code and allowing enough distance from your Android phones camera in order to focus on the QR codes. You can scan almost any QR codes directly from your computer screen, as well as, magazines, or newspaper. (http://i NULL.ehow NULL.com/images/a05/nh/1u/scan-barcodes-apps-motorola-droid-1 NULL.3-800X800 NULL.jpg)
- When the QR code is successfully read, you will be notified that a URL is found. Simply click “Open Browser” button and you will see that the app is found quickly.
- At which point when you click open browser, you will get the prompt to install the program.
That’s all there is to it, to install apps on Android……