15 Tips And Tricks For Your New Android Phone You Need To Know About

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Part of the beauty of smartphones running Google’s Android operating system is that they allow a deeper level of customisation. That can be pretty confusing for some people.

If you got a new Android phone for the holidays, here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Note: All Android phones are different. Each manufacturer alters the software a bit, so the screenshots here may look a little different than the phone you have. Just keep in mind that the basics are essentially the same on most devices. We used HTC’s One X+ for this demonstration.

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