Android Operating system

Android is a mobile operating system based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open source software, designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets


An Android phone is a powerful, high-tech smartphone that runs on the Android operating system (OS) developed by Google and is used by a variety of mobile phone manufacturers.

What Are Differences Between Smartphone, Android Phone

New Delhi: People often get confused between Smartphone and Android phone. They often puzzle whether certain applications will support their Smartphone or not. We will clear all your doubts on Smartphones or Android phoned.

To begin with, all android phones are Smartphones but all Smartphones are not android based. Android is an Operating System (OS) that is used in Smartphone.

There are several operating systems for Smartphones- Android OS (Google Inc.), Bada (Samsung Electronics), BlackBerry OS (Research In Motion), iPhone OS / iOS (Apple), MeeGo OS (Nokia and Intel), Palm OS (Garnet OS), Symbian OS (Nokia) and webOS (Palm/HP). So, android is an Operating System (OS) like others.

Smartphone is basically a core device which is more like a computer and OS is installed in them. Different brands prefer different OSs for giving different and better user-experience to their consumers. An operating system is the main software which enables the phone’s feature to function, like Windows 7 OS for a computer or a laptop.

Nowadays, android and iOS are the most popular operating systems for Smartphones. Companies like Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, and others use Android in their Smartphones, while iPhone uses iOS. Blackberry uses Blackberry OS. Nokia had Lumia phones which uses Windows phone.

Therefore, Android is used for advanced computational enabler by the phone makers like-Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, and others.  Hence, android phones are just a subcategory of Smartphones.

Is an Android phone the same as an iPhone?

The short answer is no, the iPhone is not an Android phone (or vice versa). While they are both smartphones — that is, phones that can run apps and connect to the Internet, as well as make calls — iPhone and Android are distinct things and they are not compatible with each other.

How do I know if I have an Android phone?

The easiest way to check your phone’s model name and number is to use the phone itself. Go to the Settings or Options menu, scroll to the bottom of the list, and check ‘About phone‘, ‘About device‘ or similar. The device name and model number should be listed.

How to monitor and limit your data usage on an Android phone

Although many data plans these days are advertised as ‘unlimited” most actually have a cut-off point when your data stream is going to slow radically. If you don’t want to pay the premium prices that “unlimited” plans demand, then it’s even more important that you avoid going beyond your maximum data allowance, or there will be high penalties to pay. Either way, it’s smart to monitor your data flow — not only to make sure you don’t pass your limits, but also to find out if you need to rethink your current data plan.

It’s not hard to do this using tools baked into current versions of Android or a third-party app. Here are a few strategies that you can try. (Note: these directions are for a Pixel XL running Android 9. The interface of your phone many vary somewhat, depending on the manufacturer, model, and OS version.)


You can have your phone issue a warning if you’re nearing your data limit before the end of your monthly billing cycle. You can even set a limit beyond which your phone won’t use any data.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to “Network & internet” > “Data usage” > “Data warning & limit”
  • Tap on “App data usage cycle.” This will let you set the day that your account starts its monthly cycle.
  • Back up and toggle “Set data warning” on. You can then enter the data limit — say, 4GB — that you want for your phone.


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On the same page, you can toggle “Set data limit” on. This will turn off your mobile data completely when it hits whatever limit you set.


If you have Android 8.0 or later, your phone should come equipped with Data Saver mode, which kicks in when you’re not on Wi-Fi and ensures that apps and services that are not being actively used won’t be able to stream data in the background.

It’s very easy to turn Data Saver mode on and off.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to “Network & internet” > “Data usage”
  • Select “Data Saver.” Toggle “Use Data Saver” on.

There may be specific apps that you want to allow to use background data, even when Data Saver mode is on. For example, you may want to get Twitter notifications no matter where you are.

  • Go to the “Data Saver” page (see above)
  • Tap on “Unrestricted data”
  • Scroll down to any apps that you want to enable for background data use even when Data Saver mode is on. Toggle them on.


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While Data Saver can help you manage which apps are allowed to work in the background, you may want more detailed control of your data. In that case, an app such as Google’s DatallyMy Data Manager, or one of several available data management apps can help.

Datally, for example, will not only automatically prevent apps from working in the background, but it will also allow you to set a daily data limit and a bedtime mode, create an emergency bank of data (in case you run low toward the end of the month), and monitor hot spot usage (which, as I know to my regret, can destroy a month’s data allowance in short order).

My Data Manager

Another popular app, My Data Manager, tracks data usage across single and multiple devices, arranges for alerts, checks data usage across a family plan (so that you’ll know who used 75 percent of that month’s data allowance), and tracks consumption so you can figure out whether you should switch to a different plan.

The advantage of all these apps is that you can treat them as set-and-forget tools, allowing them to do their thing in the background, or you can continually tweak them to fit your needs as you go. Either way, you — and your data plan — are the winners.

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