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What’s all the hype about android? Android is the new open source, fully customizable, operating system produced by Google.   Many cell phone makers i.e. Google, Motorola, HTC & T-mobile have already released new phones that run the droid operating system.

Already have a droid phone or interested in purchasing one? Here are some features, helpful tips and tricks that will maximize the efficiency of your phone

1). Optimize your home screen, by creating folders and shortcuts. All you do is long-press on a blank space on your screen and select Folders, shortcuts or widgets to create a new one. You can then drag and drop frequently used contacts, apps, or other shortcuts into it to cut down on clutter. To rename a folder, press and hold the folder’s title bar while it’s open.

2). Sync your Outlook calendar with your phone without the hassle. Install Google Calendar Sync and let it do the work for you. You can find this application in the market.

3). You can load files onto your Android phone, plug the handset into your PC via the USB and pull down the notification panel. Tap the USB connected box, and then tapMount when the confirmation dialog box appears. Then simply drag and drop files as you wish.

4). Add Essential Apps. If you handle a lot of Office files, the Documents To Goapplication gives you the ability to view Word and Excel files. The full paid version adds editing capabilities, along with PDF and PowerPoint viewing options. For on-the-go photo editing, Adobe’s Photoshop.com Mobile app works great and it’s free.

5). Prefer seeing Web pages in landscape mode? You can tell Android to always display sites that way. Select the Landscape-only display checkbox in the browser’sSettings menu.

6).  Download Mobile Defense. The app allows you to use a PC to track your phone via GPS, remotely lock it, and then back up and wipe all of your data

7). If you purchase an Android app and decide that you don’t like it, return it. The Market will give you a full refund for up to 24 hours after any purchase, if you haven’t tried to return the same app before.

Need more help with an Android phone? Contact MTI today!