Android™ – what and why?

Your Xperia smartphone from Sony runs on the Android platform. Android phones can perform many of the same functions as a computer and you can customise them to your own needs. For example, you can add and delete applications, or enhance existing applications to improve functionality. At Android Market™ you can download a range of applications and games from a constantly growing collection. You can also integrate applications on your Android™ phone with other applications and with online services that you use. For example, you can back up your phone contacts, access your different email accounts and calendars from one place, keep track of your appointments, and engage in social networking.

Android™ phones are constantly evolving. When a new software version is available and your phone supports this new software, you can update your phone to get new features and the latest improvements.

Your Android™ phone is pre-loaded with Google™ services. To get the most out of the provided Google™ services, you should have a Google™ account and sign in to it when you first start your phone. You also need to have Internet access to use many of the features in Android™.

New software releases may not be compatible with all phones.


An application is a phone program that helps you perform a task. For example, there are applications to make calls, take photos and download more applications.


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