5 Coolest Android Features All Users Must Know
If you are one of those who take smartphones and the things they can do for granted, then it is time you reconsidered your stand about smartphones – especially Android smartphones.
The very first word on the phone – smart – tells you that this phone is not the ordinary phone you are used to. It gives you endless capabilities in a small package that can also be carried in your pocket. With ‘Smart’ you’ll get voice controls, GPS, life management, web browsing, gaming and many other things. This device’s capabilities do not just end there; you can also use an Android smartphone to measure your heartbeat, as a TV remote or even as to control gestures.
So, what are some of the best and coolest features that you can find on an Android smartphone?
Quick charge is one of the best smartphone innovations today that helps with fast charging of your Android smartphone. In most cases, this feature enables Android phones to charge up to 50% of the battery in just a matter of 30 minutes or less. If you are in a frantic situation, this is the feature that you need to have on your phone. However, you will still need a separate charger to help with this quick charge. Unfortunately though, the technology is only available on a few select devices such as Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Nexus 6 and Huawei Ascend P8, among others.
The Heart-rate monitor is still a very confusing feature with most Android users still not aware of what to do with it. However, there is continued adoption of phones as trackers of health and fitness progress, you will find this feature very useful. Samsung is a leader in this technology and it can be found on its latest flagship, the Galaxy S6 as well as the Note 4.
Using the S Health app, you can get details of your heart rate before and after exercises, and in this way, you can be sure of the direction your fitness efforts are headed.
Remote controls and IR blasters
You can enjoy an all-in-one remote control using some of the latest flagships from Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony. Even though infrared has been overtaken by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when it comes to data transfer, IR still remains to be a top option when it comes to connecting remote controls in the house, be it to TVs, sound systems or even set top boxes. You can connect your Android smartphone to any number of devices you wish and use it to control them from one location – your Android smartphone.
Device protection (Kill switch)
Google is a very radical company and in the recent past, it has been taking major leaps when it comes to updating the Android OS as far as security is concerned. Many people tend to lose their devices and in the process face the risk of someone else accessing their data. Using the Android Manager, you can remotely lock, ring back or even track a stolen Android smartphone. However, this has been improved in the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update and you can now enjoy a full kill switch feature for top security. To get the feature up and running, you must first of all enable Device Protection and in this way, you will be sure of a protected device. This is so because before one is able to use the stolen phone, he/she must have your Google account details.
Fast booting of camera
The latest Android flagships offer users with some of the best cameras ever. The Galaxy S6 is the least of all with its 16MP snapper, while others like HTC One M9 are in the regions of 20MP. These are amazing snappers that can give you some of the best shots ever.
To fast start the camera on your HTC One M9, you only need to press the volume down button when the phone is in landscape mode. For the Huawei Ascend P8, you only need to double-press the volume down button and the camera will be ready to use. There is also a similar quick camera access feature on the Moto X where you only need an ingenious twist of your wrist and the camera will be up and running.