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Six Awesome Things You Can Do With Your Android Phone

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Android is an extremely powerful operating system that can be used for much more than just your regular social media use, WhatsApp and calling. Unlike iOS, Android is infinitely customizable and is a very capable and powerful OS that can be used for so much more. Here are awesome things you can do with your Android Phone that you may or may not be aware of:

Compass and barometer

Your Android smartphone is packed to the gills with various sensors like an accelerometer, a compass, a proximity light sensor and even a barometer! They work seamlessly across various functions of your smartphone but you can also access them independently by downloading applications such as Smart Compass.

Voice search with the screen off

Most Android smartphones let you voice search by saying “Ok Google” from anywhere on the operating system. Some phones like the Moto X also have a dedicated listening core that allows you to use the “Ok Google” command even when the screen is off! Apple implemented the same recently with “hey Siri”, but that only works while the Phone is charging. How to turn on “Ok Google” always detection-Google settings > Search and Now > Voice > OK Google Detection > Always on and flip the switch

Remote lock or wipe your lost phone

In case you keep on losing your smartphones, Android has you covered. Google has a great feature called Android Device Manager that allows you to track your phone and wipe/reset it if you lose it. Just enable Android Device Manager in Settings > Security > Device Administrators and access the site on your computer if you ever lose your phone.

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Scan barcodes/ Documents

Your Android smartphone has a camera at the back which you use to take photos of your food to post online. It can be used for much loftier and productive purposes as well. You can use the rear camera as a barcode scanner and document scanner easily by using apps such as ‘Barcode scanner’ for the former and ‘CamScanner’ for the latter’ Apart from these, there are a plethora of apps on the Google Play store which can be used for the same.

Access Chrome tabs from other devices

So you’re jealous of your Apple friend who brags how all of Apple’s products work seamlessly with each other. How all of his internet tabs sync across his iPad, Mac and iPhone. Well, Android allows you to do exactly the same with Chrome. Just log into Chrome with your Gmail ID across all your devices and your tabs, history, bookmarks will sync across all of them. The icing on the cake is the fact that while your Apple friend is limited to his Apple devices, Chrome is available across multiple platforms. Whenever you open a new tab in Chrome, you will see the Recent tabs option at the bottom right, where you will be able to see the tabs open across all your devices.

Fitness tracker

Do not own a fitness tracker but still want to flaunt all those steps you took today? Don’t fret, do you own an Android smartphone? It can very well do the same thing! Your Android device is chock full of sensors such as an accelerometer, a compass, a gyroscope and even a barometer (in some)! This means you can track your daily activities such as walking, running and even sleeping through special apps.

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