by Nancy Griffin, a tech writer who occasionally works with Xicom Technologies
In my opinion, Android is probably the best mobile OS available on the market. Many GoMo News readers already own at least one Android device. The trouble is that being busy with the regular features (such as voice calling and texting), we can easily forget about the not-so-common features. Well, my article is for those guys & gals who want to know how to take full advantage of their Android device. So, here is my list of 8 things you didn’t know an Android phone can do (and were afraid to admit so)!
1. Call favourite contacts with a simple tap
On the Home screen, simple press and hold on a contact’s picture. From the pop menu, select ‘Shortcuts – Contact’. Select your favourite contact and call them with just a tap.
2. To easily to take a screenshot
- Galaxy Nexus: Press the ‘Power’ button plus ‘Volume Down’ button at the same time
- HTC One: Press ‘Power’ button + ‘Home’ button at the same time
- Motorola Droid Razr MAXX: Press ‘Power’ button + ‘Volume Down’ key
- Galaxy S III: Press ‘Home’ + ‘Power’ button simultaneously
3. Picture it while video recording
This is a pretty nice feature. You can take pictures and record video simultaneously on your Android phone. All you have to do is just tap on your phone while recording video.
4. Stop apps from automatically appearing on your home screen
Sometimes you don’t want new apps to appear on your home screen instantly.
You can easily stop them from automatically showing up on your home screen. To do so, simply go to Google Play store -> Settings -> Uncheck ‘Auto-Add-Widgets’.
5. Check notification from the lock screen
You can easily check notifications on your phone without unlocking it. Simply slide from the top to bottom on the screen and the item opens up right away.
6. Let your voice do the typing type
Simple dictate your message and let the Android smartphone type it for you. How smart is that?
7. Monitor your phone’s data usage
It’s easy to know how much of data plan your favorite applications are using. To check , Go to Settings -> Data Usage.
8. Connect a mouse to your Android phone
Using a USB OTB cable, your Android phone can easily interface with an external mouse. Your Android phone already has enough power to connect a typical 2.4 GHz mouse.
Nancy Griffin is a technical content writer and a gizmo geek. She loves to write about latest technology and gadgets. Presently she is working with Xicom Technologies, a leading company offering Android Development. If you’re looking to hire Android developers feel free to contact them.