Setting up your new Android Phone Part 2: Getting to know the Android Market

Users of the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch are familiar with Apple’s online application market: the App Store. Android, being a competitor of Apple’s iOS platform on the mobile market, created a similar application to compete with Apple. The application is called the Android Market, and is included with all Android smartphones. This guide will show you what it is and how to work your way through.

Step 1: Link your phone to your Google account

The guide to doing this is available here.

Step 2: Acquire an internet connection

Use either Wi-Fi or 3G to connect to the internet—without a network connection, you will not be able to acquire access to the Android Market.

Step 3: Launch the Market app

Go to your phone’s application menu. You should be able to see an icon like this:

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Click on the icon; it should launch within a few seconds.

Step 4: What are applications?

An application can be a tool, a game, a widget—applications are all the executable programs on your Android phone. Applications include Angry Birds, Temple Run, and all downloadable content on the Android Market. Some are free and some require payment to download.

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Step 5: Looking for applications

If you have no specific applications you want and would like to simply browse through the popular ones, simply press “Games” on the Market start page. You should see something like this:

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From there, you can now search for all games on the Android Market, categorized by “Top paid”, “Top free”, and “Just in”. When you find a game you are interested it, simply click on it to view the description and ratings of the application you have chosen. The exact same can be done with the “Apps” tab at the home page.

Step 6: Searching

If you have a specific application that you are looking, the Android Market’s search function is always fast and helpful. Simply press on the magnifying glass on the top right corner of any page on the Android Market. A bar should come up for you to enter text. Enter the name/publisher of the application, and press enter. The results should pop right up:

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As you can see, the Market’s search engine has utilized the text input to search for games with similar titles in the Android Market’s online application database.

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