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When you turn on (or unlock) your Android device you will be presented with a screen similar to below, this is the home screen (or launcher), what you would think of as a desktop if you are a Windows user


This can be fully customized by changing the background image, adding/removing icons etc


Please bear in mind that a lot of devices running Android are heavily customized by the manufacturer so this home screen may look different depending on your device







Notifications are shown when the system or an app needs to notify you that something needs your attention, such an email message, text message, Facebook alert or update information


Swiping down from the top of the screen will then show you more details on any current notifications, as well as provide access to the Quick Settings panel


Status Bar

This area shows important information about your device such as time, wireless signal strength, battery level etc



This works in the same way as the back button in your web browser and takes you back to the previous page you were working on



The home button returns you back to the home screen as shown above


Recent Apps

Clicking this shows you any recent apps you have used to allow you to quickly switch back to them or to close them completely



This opens up a screen showing you all applications installed on your device


Open Apps

Icons are shown here for any apps you currently have open, clicking the icon takes you to that app



This area which is sometimes referred to as a favorites tray allows you to "pin" your most used apps so you can access them quickly, icons can also be dragged on top of each other to create groups or folders of apps



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