Android Interest Group




When and where do we meet?

The Android Interest Group holds a ZOOM meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10am - 11am.

An email with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent the day before to our members who have told us they have an Android device. If you want to participate you should contact Peter on (027) 457 4572 prior to the meeting.

Who can come?

All SeniorNet members are welcome.

NOTE: This is not a group for beginners.  Please check out our Android Learning Sessions and arrange to do one of them if you are not an experienced user.  However, you don't need to be an expert, if you are just an ordinary every day user you will fit in fine.

It is helpful to have your charged-up Android Tablet or phone at the ZOOM meeting.

What do we do?

We share our knowledge of our Android devices and enjoy learning more and helping others. 

Ideally there will be a topic to discuss which will be arranged in advance by the group convenor.  Members also bring along their discussion topics.

What is Android?

(from an article in the SeniorNet Nelson Newsletter 80, May 2015 by Carl Horn)
Android is often mentioned - as is Samsung - at SeniorNet, and in the media, and often refers to the same thing. Android is the system that runs many tablets, mostly made by Samsung, but also by many other brands. The same system is in more than half of the mobile phones being sold worldwide, and by now more than half of the tablets, surpassing iPads in sales. It is reported to have over 80% of the market. You are in good company if you have one.

Technically speaking, many programs (software) can be run simultaneously on modern computers, each performing a specific function. A program which controls all the internal functions of a computer, such as its keyboard for input, its touch screen for input and output, its connection with the Internet for both input and output, and its connection with the mobile phone system, is called an operating system.

There are many different brands of operating system. The Android operating system was developed by Google. If your phone or tablet was manufactured by Samsung, it is using a version of the Android operating system. If your device is an i-phone or an i-pad, then it was manufactured by Apple and its operating system was developed by Apple. I-phones and i-pads do not use the Android operating system.

Even though a manufacturer may use a basic version of the Android operating system as their base program to control their device, they frequently program the next layer of the operating system themselves. The result is that the appearance of the home screens and the location of icons on them will probably look different, not only from the Android devices of other manufacturers but also different from other models of the same manufacturer.