Android is cool OS.Seven Cool Features of android, you can do with an android phone that iOS and Windows Phone users can only dream about. With a little imagination the possibilities are nearly infinite. Since there are so many different things you can do with an Android phone it’s inevitable to be unaware of some basic tricks. There’s a list of seven cool tricks that every Android user should know.
1. Do a Google search from anywhere
One of the best things about having an Android device have built in integration of Google services. In the new versions of the Google Search app for Android have just enabled users to do search from anywhere. All you have to do is turn on your phone and say “Ok, Google.” It’s fast and super handy when you want to quickly find something. Here’s how to do it.
Open the Google Search app
Go to Settings > Voice
Go to “Ok Google Detection”
Enable “From any screen”
Train the app to recognize your voice
2. Make your phone snappy with faster animations
One of the most common complaints about Android is “lagginess.” For whatever reason Google has never been able to get Android on the same buttery smooth level as iOS or even Windows Phone. In the lastest few versions they have made some serious improvements to give ultimate experience, but if you still feel like your phone is a working so slow then there is a trick for speeding things up. Google has hidden some secret developer options inside the Settings. Inside the secret developer options is settings for animation and transition speed. Here’s how to speed things up.
Open Settings > About phone
Scroll down and tap on “Build number” 7 times
Now go back to Settings and you should see new “Developer options”
Adjust the window and transition animation scales to .5x or turn them off completely
3. Locate and wipe your lost phone
Losing your phone is one of the worst things that can happen. These devices contain sensitive information and private data. If your phone gets into the wrong hands it could put you in a big trouble. There are many apps you can download to help in the event of a lost phone, but to make it work you need to have them installed before something bad happens. Luckily there is a built-in way to find your lost phone and even wipe all of your personal data.
Double-check to make sure Android Device Manager is installed
Go to google.com/android/devicemanager
Select your phone from the menu
Now you can see the location, ring it, lock it, or erase it
4. Control Music on Locked Screen
When you’re playing music on your phone the lockscreen gets taken over with beautiful album art and media controls. These controls allow you to go back, play/pause, or skip to the next song without having to fully unlock the device. However, that’s not all you can do with those buttons. A little known feature is the ability to scrub through a song from the lockscreen. It’s stupidly easy to do, but not an obvious feature.
With music playing, long-press on the media control buttons
Scrub through the song with the newly present bar
5. Widgets on the lockscreen
Widgets have long been a major selling point of Android, and remain to be a unique feature of the OS. Most people love to deck out their homescreen with widgets, but you don’t have to stop there. Ever since Android latest versions lockscreen can also be a place for widgets. This gives users quick access to pertinent information without even unlocking the device. Lockscreen widgets are not turned on by default. Here’s how to put widgets on lockscreen.
Go to Settings > Security
Tap “Enable widgets”
Go to the lockscreen and swipe to the left screen
Tap the [+] button and choose a widget
6. Optimize battery in the GPS settings
If you don’t rely on location data a lot you could be saving some precious battery life. Android has a built-in setting that allows you to determine how you want your phone to find your location. There are three different modes: high accuracy, battery saving, and device only. This trick isn’t for everyone, but if you don’t care about location it’s a nice way to save some juice.
Go to Settings > Location
Tap on “Mode”
Select your desired location mode
7. Change which app launches with the home button shortcut
On devices with software buttons you can launch any app with the home button. As in default it’s set to Google Search by swiping up on the home button. Some devices with hardware buttons allow you to do this with a long-press on the home button. An app called Home Button Launcher allows you to use this gesture to launch any app you would like. This gives you quick access to your favorite apps from anywhere on the phone. Here’s how to do it.
Download Home Button Launcher from Google Play
Swipe up or long press the home button
Tap Home Button Launcher and make it default
Tap the menu icon and select “Add”
Choose all the app you wish to appear in the shortcut