Thursday, 13 December 2012

New (and Old) Android Phones have New Tricks

Android phones have a new set of hidden shortcuts to make using your phone even easier. And even if you have an older model, you will get the same functionality as in a brand-new device.

Voice Control

 Once you get the camera fired up, many newer Androids also offer voice control. Set your camera on a tripod or Gorillapod and say "Shoot." After a one-second delay, the camera will snap the shot. This is great for self-portraits and group shots. If you have an older Android phone, Camera ZOOM FX gives you the same voice control, plus some awesome additional powers — stabilizer, time lapse, and Burst Mode, which lets you take up to 10 shots in a second.

Screen Capture

If you want to do a screen grab of a web page — or you  want to save text forever. Depending on the model and flavor of Android you have, some key combos will do the trick. On some versions, press the Home key and Power buttons at the same time; on others, it's Volume Down and Power. On older phones, you can get an app like Screenshot, which enables you to capture what's on your phone's screen.

Camera Tricks

Now a days you have a reasonably high quality camera in modern phones with you at all times. But it can be incredibly frustrating, how long it takes for the camera to launch. How many times has this happened to you: By the time you've woken up the phone, unlocked your screen, and opened the camera app, you have missed the moment.

Launching of camera in just one move

 On most phones running the latest Android OS, you can customize your lock screen for fast access. On the Samsung S3, you can simply press and hold the center of the lock screen, rotate the phone 90 degrees while still holding the center of the screen — and boom; the camera launches. To enable this feature, go to Settings, Security, Lock Screen Options, and then turn on CAMERA QUICK ACCESS. On older android phones you can use an app like WidgetLocker to get the camera icon onto your lock screen. With WidgetLocker, you can also customize your lock screen with whatever functions you like to access quickly.

Battery Life & Speed

The best way to improve your phone's battery life and speed is to keep the number of open apps to a minimum. The Task Manager lists the programs that are currently operating in the background, draining your battery. But instead of scrolling through menus to find the Task Manager, you can launch it immediately by holding down the Home key. You should now be able to see a list of all apps that are currently running. From the same screen, you can also close anything.

Type of Android in use

All these shortcuts may or may not work depending on what version of Android you're running or which brand of phone you have. 

Reboot Speed

Powering down your phone normally takes two moves, and restarting takes a third. But if you hold down the power button for 10 seconds, it'll reboot with just one move. This should work on most Android phones.

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