Android Tricks: Features You May Not Know – The Financial Express | Hot Mobile Press

By Shubhangi Shah

The smartphone space without Android is unthinkable. Currently, over 2.5 billion mobile users use this operating system (OS), making it the most widely used mobile operating system, followed by Apple’s iOS by a wide margin. Although it feels like Android has always been here, the first smartphone, HTC Dream, didn’t hit store shelves until 2008, about three years after search engine giant Google bought it. Since then it has outperformed several operating systems such as Windows, BlackBerry, Symbian and Palm OS, with Apple’s iOS remaining the only challenger. Lower costs, more applications, greater flexibility and adaptability could explain the comparatively high popularity (at least in Asia). Yes, this operating system has tons of features. However, if you think you’ve exhausted them all, you may be in for a pleasant surprise.

Find your phone

We all know how common it is to misplace a phone. Worse when it’s in silent mode, as tracking becomes an almost insurmountable task. Or is it? When you buy an Android phone and add your Google account, a feature called Find My Device is automatically turned on. Next you don’t have to do anything. Just go to http://www.google.com/android/find and voila! You will get the current location of your lost phone. In addition, you can remotely lock the phone, sign out of your Google account and erase all content. If you’re nearby, you can easily find it using the “Play Sound” option, which will make your phone ring for five minutes even if it’s on silent mode.

Retrieve wiped notifications

When you’re inundated with notifications, it’s not uncommon to delete them all en masse. However, there may be times when you delete some important ones. One option may be to open individual apps to access the necessary notifications. But won’t that be a big hassle? Luckily, Android gives you the ability to retrieve notifications that you’ve thoughtlessly swiped away. To do this, long press on the home screen and the Widgets tab will appear. Press on it and scroll down to find the Settings widget. Long press to place it on the home screen. Next, tap on the “Notification Log” to create a shortcut. Tap on it and access all your deleted notifications.

Limit notifications

Sometimes nothing can be more annoying than those constant notifications. Only if there was a way to limit which apps can and can’t send your notifications. Or is there? If you are an Android user, the operating system gives you the opportunity to do so. Just go to “Settings” and then to “Notifications”. A list of apps will appear. Just toggle the toggle switch for each app on or off to allow who can send you notifications.

Desktop on the smartphone

Although almost all websites now come with a mobile view option, some of them can be difficult to use. In such a case, there is an option to view them as they appear on the desktop. To do this, open the website in Google Chrome. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. Scroll to “Desktop Site”, click on it and access it in desktop view.

Check heart rate

Did you know that you can only monitor your heart rate with your Android smartphone? Well, that and the ‘Instant Heart Rate App’. To use this feature, simply launch the app and place the tip of your index finger on your phone’s camera lens. Just wait a few seconds and your heart rate will appear on the screen.

rotate the screen

Let’s agree that using the phone while it’s plugged in to charge can be a hassle. Also, some smartphones are equipped with headphone jacks installed on the bottom, which can spoil the user experience. A simple trick is to turn the screen upside down, which makes the whole experience much smoother. Although every phone comes with the Rotate On/Off option, if your phone doesn’t come with the Rotate On/Off option, use the “Adaptive Rotation Lock App” and you won’t even realize you’re using your phone upside down. Since its inception, Google has updated its operating system multiple times. Earlier this month, the tech giant announced the Android 13 beta program in the form of a developer preview for Google and non-Google phones. It comes with a host of new features like an overhauled Google Wallet and RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging. The earthquake early warning feature will be rolled out in several countries beyond the 25 that currently use it. Better graphics performance in games is another option we expect. Although Google is rolling out several new Android features, it’s safe to say that some remain unexplored by many.

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