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9 Cool Things Every Android Owner Should Try

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Your Android device can do so many cool things you might not have come across. Ranging from costume ROMs to killer launchers, LED notifications, apps, gesture control, tweaks, icon packs, there are so many to keep you happy when operating your device. Listed below are ten things awesome things every android owner should try out.

1. Use Google Now, enable always listening

Google now feature acts as a virtual assistance, you can use this feature to retrieve information quickly from your device. But its function is much more than that and quite amazing. Google now have the ability to interact with your apps set reminders, take note along with other clever tricks.

A constant use of Google now will show what an excellent service it is. A simple example of Google Now command. Let’s say you want to take an afternoon nap and already feeling sleepy and you have the thought of waking up to your alarm in the next three hours, you don’t have to reach for your phone at that  moment. Just saying “Google, wake me up in three hours” solves your current problem.

androidpit google now always listening screenshot

You can setup Google now to work on any screen by going to Google settings>search and now>voice>OK Google detection>and select always on.

2.   Supercharge your Wi-Fi

Having problems with battery longevity while browsing? Do you know chrome can help save battery and data while browsing? , my data usage have been cut down by 30 percent using chrome by using this settings. Go to chrome>settings>data saver and switch it on.

 

androidpit chrome data savings screenshot
Before browsing, tell chrome to compress web pages /exprestech
Also, do you know you can keep Wi-Fi on during sleep?. Go to settings>Wi-Fi>Advanced>keep Wi-Fi during sleep then select always.
With this you can not only download when your display is off but it will help save your battery life that is because your device won’t have to reconnect to Wi-Fi when woke up.
androidpit wi fi advance settings
When you talk about a place on your device top save data and battery, the advance Wi-Fi settings is a place to go.

3.   Enable Google Now on tap

Introduced with the latest android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Google now on tap provides contextual information on whatever is displayed on your screen allowing the ability to get information without searching for it manually. This feature will need at least an android 6.0 marshmallow operating system to run.
To enable the Google now on tap in your android device, go-to settings>google>search & now>voice then turn it on or off. When on, you can be able to enjoy fast and contextual information only on tap. To disable the Google now on tap, hold on home button a menu automatically appears, tap on the three dotted icon followed by settings, you can be able to disable it.

androidpit enable disable google now on tap

 

4. The battery optimizations

Android developers made possible the ability to optimize battery performance no matter the type of android you are using. To improve battery performance, firstly, turn off Ambient or adaptive display. This settings regulates the device brightness display based on light conditions but its performance is not perfect.
Its sensor is not as accurate as the human eyes, hence you can set a suitable display depending on the light condition. It’s important to note that display is a key area where battery is lost therefore, it’s advised to set it to the lowest possible level.

androidpit battery optimizations

Furthermore, all the major android device come with a form of battery saving mode, though the strength might vary, they are worth trying out to see how you can apply them for your need.
Take for example Sony’s stamina mode, it alters very little with respect to performance and you might probably want to enable it at all time.
Also, the stocked battery saving option of android device affects app functionality and performance heavily therefore, you might consider using this only when essential.
Another less ridged power saver is the HTC Power Saver due to the option to disable some functions within it
Investigate the battery functions of your device by going to settings and searching for power, battery or something of that nature..

androidit power saving htc sonyHTC’s Power saver (left) and Sony Stamina mode. / © EXPRESTECH

5. Set up Android Device Manager

I would have advised developers to pre-enable this feature on any android device because this feature is a very important tool for android users. The android device manager lets you track a stolen or lost phone, lock it remotely, ring it or even delete its content. This might not be the most coolest thing you do with your android device but should be the first thing you do.

androidpit security features screenshotGive Android Device Manager the ability to lock or erase data in case of loss or theft @espresstech

Permissions for the android device manager can be found in Google settings app  under security. Just as earlier stated, the android device manager can remotely locate your device and erase content but to do so you need to activate the feature as a device administrator by going to settings>security>device administrators then check the box shown.

androidpit device administratorsEnsure android device manager is set as an administrator.  / © techrector

6. Grant app permissions individually

Is your device operating on the Android Marshmallow? Then this is a cool feature you should try out. The granular app permission gives you the option of giving apps permission to access data or hardware on the device when needed. When there is need for an app to use a microphone, it asks for permission to do so when lunched.
For other android versions before Marshmallow, those permissions are granted on download of the app from Play store. We might assume that denying those permissions would break them. But now you can individually manage those permissions. 

AndroidPIT Android M preview AnTuTu permissions
7. Pushbullet                                                      
Currently, there are not many apps I would suggest for everyone because of difference in taste, habits and needs. But pushbullet is quite different. Everyone should be using this app.

Pushbullet connects your devices for sharing calls, links, files and even sms.
You can be able to push links from your pc to your phone or from phone to other devices using pushbullet, this app always notifies you on calls or sms on your pc and also makes transfer of files between devices easy too.

androidpit pushbullet screenshotWith Pushbullet you can connect your pc, phone, tablets, chrome browser, etc.  Install on Google Play

8. Save time with NFC

So many haven’t realize the uniqueness of NFC in terms of connection. With NFC just a single tap , you can pair your Bluetooth headset to your device, transfer contacts from your old device to a new one even send default message to a contact as you walk through the door.

 

Someone went as far as implanting an NFC chip in his hand so as not to unlock his phone again. You don’t necessarily have to go that far. Just an equip of NFC on your device will save you tons of time.

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9. Setup lock screen security

If your nature stops you from an implant of NFC chip in your hand, the best thing you can do on you device is the set-up a lockscreen security. It’s surprising that most people don’t have a lockscreen set-up on their device. Try it out, I bet you will love it.

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On an account you lose your phone or it was stolen, the thief won’t be able to access all corners of your device on account of a lock screen set-up on your device. Go to settings >security>screen lock that’s on some devices. On other devices, go to settings>lock screen to have a lockscreen security set-up on your device.
  What other smart function do you think we are missing with our smartphones? Share your ideas and tips in the comment section.

David Precious

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