Now that you have braved the holiday crowds and the stress of the holiday season, it’s time to sit down and unwrap your freshly purchased smartphone. Maybe you purchased it from your local store or online and now it’s time to power it on for the first time. Once you get past the initial setup steps, you will arrive at your home screen and notice there are preinstalled apps by your wireless carrier. Most of these apps have free trial periods and will not be used by many people and can either be deleted or shutoff off. Others apps are required by your wireless carrier to remain on the phone. Immediately locate the Goggle Play Store or Apple App on your corresponding Apple iPhone or Android Smartphone to familiarize yourself with the ultimate potential just waiting to be unlock in your smartphone.
The Google Play Store is the Android Smartphone’s equivalent to the Apple’s App store. These app stores primarily focus on apps and games for your phone. Now each smartphone’s app store is now a complete media environment for your on the go lifestyle. Along with Android apps you can download and access all the latest music, movies, books, TV shows, and magazines. It’s all accessible from anywhere, anytime from your smartphone or tablet device. You can also bank on the go, pay bills, conduct business and exchange documents and many other tasks to improve your daily life. There is one concern to consider with the Google Play Store over the Apple Store.
The Android App market is a completely open source, meaning that anyone in the world who is a developer or can make an app can post anything for download to the Android Market. It’s like not having a filter on your water bottle. Therefore, you are putting your identity and phone at possible risk for theft or virus infection by downloading anything that is a non market app. On your phone, there is an option under settings and security to protect yourself from downloading apps from outside the official market called, Unknown Sources, but you are still at risk since every app is not screened, scrutinized, or officially passed by The Google Play Store app team. Take caution when downloading an app from outside the market on the Google Play store and always have antivirus and malware protection installed. Apple’s iPhone app store is completely opposite of the Android market. You can view the Google Play store at: http://play.google.com.
Apple’s iPhone App store is completely exclusive to all iOS users of all Apple devices. Their app store offers the same type of complete media home for all of your music, movies, books, and TV shows in a central location that can be quickly accessed and played without any wait time. Apple’s App store goes even one step further with the integration with all of your devices.
From the Apple app store, you can download any app you need for your smartphone device, iPad or MacBook Pro. If you need to download Final Cut Pro, Pages, Safari, etc it can all be downloaded and installed instantly. Also, you can store all your apps in Apple’s iCloud to free up space and keep your devices running fast. The Cloud is simply a secure server for your files, documents, and videos that are stored for quick and easy access at any time. The Google Play store has a free Cloud service for your entire music collection to be stored in the Android Cloud up to 20,000 songs and they recently added basic matching so your songs can be correctly matched and categorized. Apple gets extra points for seamless integration across their whole device platform and if you are browsing the internet on Safari and have specific pages open you can link your devices directly to show you exactly what your browsing no matter what device your using. Apple also has a Cloud Music service with exclusive matching but it costs to use once a year. Apple’s App store offers a more a secure option over the the Google Play Store Android Market.
Apple’s App store is not open source and closed off to any average developer or app maker to post anything they want to the App store. Apple’s App store team heavily reviews and approves the app after passing a strict set of rules and safety measures to protect its users from identity theft and viruses. All apps do not pass Apple’s standards many apply but most get rejected. This offers you better peace of mind and safety to all iOS smartphone device users when browsing and downloading from the Apple App store. Keep in mind that both App stores from Android and Apple gives you the complete all in one media solution and can integrate across your devices.
You can access the Apple App store directly from your desktop dashboard by clicking the App Store icon or on your iOS device. Also, you can download free and safe antivirus protection on the Google Play store by searching for Norton Antivirus. Now get out there and explore your exciting new options!