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Things You Didn’t Know About Your Smartphone

  1. sayeedmahmud
    Gingerbread Sep 11, 2014

    sayeedmahmud , Sep 11, 2014 :
    1.Type by swiping

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    Gesture typing allows you to compose messages by dragging your finger from letter to letter, which is super convenient if you’ve only got one hand to spare. It’s available through Google keyboard (which you can download for free in Google Play), though the default Samsung keyboard offers the gliding function as well, albeit without the floating previews.

    2. Share apps, contacts, photos, and music just by tapping phones




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    Super easy! Just hold down home, power, and volume up buttons at the same time (or, for OPO, just home and power).

    3. Facial recognition lock.

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    To set it up, go to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and choose Face Unlock (for Galaxy devices: Settings > Lock Screen > Screen Lock > Face Unlock), and then snap a photo and you’re good to go. You can also set a backup PIN or take multiple shots for improving facial recognition, and if you’re worried that some mastermind might unlock your phone using just a picture of you, you can set a “Presence Check,” which requires you to blink.

    4. Take a screenshot.

    Super easy! Just hold down home, power, and volume up buttons at the same time.

    5. Silence your phone or take a screenshot with just your palm.

    Phones running Android 4.3 and up have the ability to automatically create short films by editing together videos and photos you have stored on your device. The process is a bit more convoluted than the other tips, but the outcome is so much fun that it’s worth exploring. First, go into the Google+ app and turn on Auto Backup from settings, so that every photo you take with your phone will be automatically saved in a private folder on Google+. Then, along the top of the “Photos” section, click on the little video camera icon. From there you can choose whichever photos or videos you’d like to turn into a movie, alter the theme, style, and background music, and Google+ does the rest.

    6. Turn your photos and recordings into a movie.

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    Phones running Android 4.3 and up have the ability to automatically create short films by editing together videos and photos you have stored on your device. The process is a bit more convoluted than the other tips, but the outcome is so much fun that it’s worth exploring. First, go into the Google+ app and turn on Auto Backup from settings, so that every photo you take with your phone will be automatically saved in a private folder on Google+. Then, along the top of the “Photos” section, click on the little video camera icon. From there you can choose whichever photos or videos you’d like to turn into a movie, alter the theme, style, and background music, and Google+ does the rest.

    7. Invert colors.

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    Your Android wants to help you out; it’s just waiting on the word. Click on the microphone icon in Google search (or say “OK Google”) and send an email or text (just say, “Text Brendan, I’ll be there in five,” or “Email Caitlin, movie at your place?” and hit send), email yourself a reminder (“Note to self, call Jackie”), find out about the weather or traffic (“Do I need an umbrella today?”), track your flights or packages (if you’ve gotten confirmation emails), or simply ask any research question you’d otherwise type into the search bar.

    8. Discover the inner workings of your battery.

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    Your Android wants to help you out; it’s just waiting on the word. Click on the microphone icon in Google search (or say “OK Google”) and send an email or text (just say, “Text Brendan, I’ll be there in five,” or “Email Caitlin, movie at your place?” and hit send), email yourself a reminder (“Note to self, call Jackie”), find out about the weather or traffic (“Do I need an umbrella today?”), track your flights or packages (if you’ve gotten confirmation emails), or simply ask any research question you’d otherwise type into the search bar.

    9. Voice search.

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    Your Android wants to help you out; it’s just waiting on the word. Click on the microphone icon in Google search (or say “OK Google”) and send an email or text (just say, “Text Brendan, I’ll be there in five,” or “Email Caitlin, movie at your place?” and hit send), email yourself a reminder (“Note to self, call Jackie”), find out about the weather or traffic (“Do I need an umbrella today?”), track your flights or packages (if you’ve gotten confirmation emails), or simply ask any research question you’d otherwise type into the search bar.

    10. Access tabs that are open on your other devices.

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    Chrome to Mobile extension, you can send an offline version of a specific web page from your computer to your Android for reading on the subway or in the air or whatever other type of horrifying internet-less you’ll be.

    11. Stay awake and bright for as long as you’re looking at it

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    MightyText is a popular choice), but it’s a game changer, especially on those days that you’ve left your phone at home. You’ll be able to send and receive text and media messages, linked to your phone number, from your web browser or tablet.
    Double as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
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    If you’re in a Wi-Fi jam, you can turn your Android into a portable hotspot. Just go into Settings > Wireless and networks > Tethering and portable hotspot and set up Mobile Hotspot (for Samsung: Settings > More networks > Tethering and portable hotspot). Be aware, though, that whether you’re using your device or a laptop tethered to it, it’s all coming from your data plan.

    13. Display your contact info on the lock screen.

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    Couldn’t hurt, right? Set it up through Settings > Security > Show owner info on lock screen (for Samsung: Settings > Lock Screen > Lock screen widgets > Owner information), then type out whatever information you’d like available to anyone who might find your misplaced phone.
    14. Control exactly how much data you use

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    No guesswork here. Your Android lets you set warning levels or limits to ensure you’ll never go above your data allowance, and offers charts that show total data usage on each network (mobile or Wi-Fi) as well as the amount of data used by each app. Just go to Settings > Data Usage to set mobile data limits and to see how much you use per cycle.

    15. Sync up to a computer or tablet to text without your phone

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    MightyText is a popular choice), but it’s a game changer, especially on those days that you’ve left your phone at home. You’ll be able to send and receive text and media messages, linked to your phone number, from your web browser or tablet.

    16. Unlock a hidden animation

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    Just go to Settings > About Device, tap on “Android version” until an image shows up (a “K” in Android 4.4. KitKat), and then hold down on that image until the animation begins. In KitKat, you can press down on the red Kit Kat-style Android logo for an even more fun tiled animation (collected)
     

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  2. iTrollz
    KitKat Sep 11, 2014

    Last edited: Jul 21, 2016

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  3. Astireloth
    Donut Sep 11, 2014


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  4. Aaroneloy21
    Jelly Bean Sep 11, 2014


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  5. advocateishantchopra
    Lollipop Sep 11, 2014


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  6. hazzavg
    KitKat Sep 11, 2014

    hazzavg , Sep 11, 2014 :
    To be honest
    Most people on this forum will know about all of them
    So I'd say quite a misleading title
     

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  7. milkdude
    KitKat Sep 11, 2014

    milkdude , Sep 11, 2014 :
    Most will work on a OPO
     

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  8. TwiZZd
    Gingerbread Sep 11, 2014

    TwiZZd , Sep 11, 2014 :
    Nice, can't wait to try them out....as soon as my phone arrives >_<
     

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  9. w3r3w0lfbs
    Gingerbread Sep 11, 2014

    w3r3w0lfbs , Sep 11, 2014 :
    Cool tricks, some I knew others didn't. Thanks for sharing!
     

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  10. Bonerp
    Froyo Sep 11, 2014

    Bonerp , Sep 11, 2014 :
    smart stay is samsung. Guess this has been copied from another OP as this isnt OPO specific
     

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  11. Goran+
    Ice Cream Sandwich Sep 11, 2014


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  12. chongswee
    Jelly Bean Sep 11, 2014


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  13. ninfrank
    Gingerbread Sep 11, 2014


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  14. Saiful Islam
    Eclair Sep 11, 2014

    Saiful Islam , Sep 11, 2014 :
    Thank you for sharing
     

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  15. Tarannum Taznin
    Eclair Sep 11, 2014

    Tarannum Taznin , Sep 11, 2014 :
    Cool feature, thanks for sharing
     

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  16. mrmithu83
    Donut Sep 11, 2014

    mrmithu83 , Sep 11, 2014 :
    I will try after buying OPO
     

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  17. Silverchaoz
    Lollipop Sep 11, 2014


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  18. Jeremy9093
    Ice Cream Sandwich Sep 11, 2014


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  19. abhilife2001
    Gingerbread Sep 11, 2014


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  20. faridul islam
    Froyo Sep 11, 2014

    faridul islam , Sep 11, 2014 :
    This is awesome feature
     

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