5 Cool Things to Try on Your Android Phone
Android phones are powerful devices
, which most of us today use to perform tasks like browsing the internet, chatting and accessing social media. Users may do something as basic as making calls or more complicated tasks like navigating their way through a dense jungle. As the system is far more adaptable and capable than iOS, Android phones provide a host of opportunities.
Here are 5 lesser known things that you can do with your Android device:
Voice search with the screen off
Almost every user knows that you can perform a voice search by opening the Google Now app and saying ‘Ok Google’. However, few know that you can even do the same function by saying the keywords no matter where you are on your phone’s OS. Additionally, (and this is the cherry on the cake) you can even say ‘Ok Google’ and perform a voice search when your phone is off! Unfortunately, this is only available on certain devices like the Moto X, Samsung GalaxyS7, Nexus and a few others. This feature can be easily activated from your phone by:
Go to Google under Settings, under the Search and Now tab find the Ok Google Detection option and set it to ‘Always On’.
Compass and barometer
The majority of latest smartphones available today have numerous sensors like a proximity sensor, barometer, magnetometer, accelerometer and even a compass! These features are built in to complement a variety of applications on your device, however if you wish to use them you can do so by downloading an application like the Smart Compass.
Scan barcodes, images and documents
The humble (maybe not so much on high-end phone) smartphone camera is useful for more than just taking selfies or Instagram-ing food photos. One of its many uses is to scan barcodes, documents and even digitalize your old photos.
Remote lock or wipe your lost phone
If you are one of those people who somehow happens to repeatedly misplace or lose their phones, this is one feature that you will really appreciate. One of Google’s most helpful features is the Android Device Manager, which allows a user to find their phone whenever they misplace it and even choose to remotely reset or wipe its memory. To enable this feature, simple go to the Android Device Manager under Settings. Here you will see a tab called Security which offers an option for Device Administrators. In case you lose your phone, visit this page on your computer to make sure no one can access your data.
Access your Chrome tabs from other devices
While most Apple users constantly harp on about the cross device syncing of their data, this feature is available on Android devices as well. Log into your Google account from Chrome and here you can find all of your previously viewed tabs, bookmarks and detailed history. However be sure that you do not leave your account signed into a shared device or else anyone will be able to access it. One of the great aspects of this feature is that Chrome can even be viewed across other platforms.
So go ahead and explore your Android phone! Who knows you might just discover something new!
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by techtalks @TechTalks November 30, 2016 12:08 PM UTC