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Geeky Jumps: Things you didn't knew your android could do.

January 28, 2014

Things you didn't knew your android could do.

Smartphones are AWESOME, period, they are basically a computer in your pocket. A pocket packed full of features to make your life comfortable. But some of those features are less obvious than others.

So, for some newbies out there, here are some stuffs you never knew your android could do. 



You can personalize the launcher on your Android


Almost every Smartphone maker has an Android OS as its interface because its extensive compatibility and simplicity, after some extent it gets a bit boring watching that whole look again and again..Thankfully,here's a solution : Launcher or Interface which allows you to change and personalize the way your android looks. Look for android launchers in Google Play and it'll return numerous results. Some are better than others. Nova Launcher is one of the best. It looks similar to the stock Android, but gives you a number of awesome tools to further customize it.

The app is free, but you have to buy the 'Prime' version if you want to add more features, such as customizable gesture controls.

Control other devices through your infrared equipped phone


If your phone has infrared functionality, it can control anything that responds to infrared signals. You'll likely find that there are apps like 'WatchON', which can be programmed to control your TV or set top box. Cool, Isn't it?

But still, if your phone doesn't have a built in infrared control,don't bother ro get that had it included, you'll definitely find that Google Play has a few downloads available.

Your phone can identify songs


Oldschool apps like Shazam has already been there for long which means that this function is not that exclusive, but still pretty cool. You could get Shazam or SoundHound for your Android either of which can be used to identify a song as it's playing.

Both Google and Microsoft are coming up with apps, Google's solution is called 'Sound Search' and For Windows Phone users,  simply tap the search button while a song is playing, then tap the music icon and VOILA!

You can turn your Android into a game console

Now, this one's amazing. There are some powerful Android phones around, and on the race of getting everything in your pocket developers have come up with technology through which you can turn your Smartphone into a console controller.

MHL (aka Mobile High-Definition Link) is a way to connect phones to HD televisions and monitors. By using an MHL cable connected to the micro USB port on your phone at one end and your screen's HDMI port at the other, you can play console games easily. Not all phones support this, but some do, in particular Samsung and Sony support MHL on a number of their handsets.And Yeah, It might lag at times.

Use your Android to check temperature and humidity


The Samsung Galaxy S4 is packed full of useful and not so useful features, one of them is its temperature and humidity sensors. It's an odd use for an unusual feature, but still something you might not know, so I'm just putting it out here.

You can send and receive visual voicemail to your phone


App, such as 'HulloMail', displays your voicemail as a menu, allowing you to tap a message to play it rather than having to listen to every message in order. It even allows to view voicemails as text, though that function isn't free. Of course, they won't give away everything for free.

Use the volume buttons to skip music


On Android it can be achieved with the help of app such as 'Pocket Skip Track', that allows you to change track by double tapping the volume buttons. For blackberry, go to the 'System Volume' in settings and in is, it's not possible without jailbreak. And Windows phone falls far behind, as usual.

Block numbers


Apps like 'Truecaller' and 'Mr. Number', apart from notifying the person who's calling, it can natively block a number too.
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