5 Things You Could Never Have Done With an Android Smartphone

Initially, the term smartphone was created to designate a phone incorporating handheld functions. Then we added multimedia features, a capacitive touchscreen, the ability to install applications and more. Today, what we can do with a smartphone is limited only by our imagination.

Using hardware and sensors in an unusual way

Despite its size, we find in an Android smartphone a vast number of sensors that allow you to perform various functions: from the camera to the accelerometer, through the gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, brightness, thermometer, hygrometer, pedometer, heart rate measurement, a fingerprint scanner.

These sensors are integrated into navigation or health applications like the S-Health app, but they can also be used individually for essential purposes. Thus, using the magnetometer, you can turn your mobile phone into a metal detector if you want to play treasure hunting for example.

Let’s go to the other well-known sensors that are for example the thermometer to focus on the camera: even if it is a standard component of the “normal” phones, it can take an unexpected turn, thanks to its excellent computing capacity and because it can combine with other sensors.

Thus, among the most surprising features, your camera can tell you if your remote is still working or if it is empty. Just point the camera at it and press a button: if it is a charge, you will see on the screen infrared light, invisible to the naked eye.

To fulfill an even more technical mission, download the application Rangefinder: Smart Measure, which turns your smartphone into an actual rangefinder: by combining camera and gyroscope, it becomes possible to determine the altitude and distance of an object. Just, again, just frame it.

Of course, you can also use your camera for more practical results. We can cite for example Vivino which allows you to obtain information on wine by pointing the camera on the label, or applications dedicated to solving equations such as Photo math. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, it is even possible to use it to do translations.

Participate in the fight against cancer while sleeping

Thanks to a simple application, we can actively contribute to scientific research against certain diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. An app takes advantage of the fact that your smartphone is not used (for example during your sleep) to download a small data packet (less than 1 MB), do its calculations and send them back.

This process, which fully respects our privacy, brings our smartphones into a global network of more than 30,000 PCs that is a real supercomputer used for computer research. This BOINC application from the University of Berkeley exists in PC and mobile version. BOINC allows you to choose the project you want to contribute to, from medicine to physics to meteorology or cosmic study.

Read 1250 words in a minute

You read correctly! With your Android device, you can read a 1000-page novel in just 10 hours. On average, the average reading pace is about 220 words per minute, but thanks to Quick Play, you can quickly (in a few minutes or at most a few short hours of training) develop a fantastic reading speed.

Whether you’re late on a play sheet to render, a folder to loop or that you have little time to read the information, it does not matter: using an application that works with Quick Play, it will no longer be a problem. Note that it will take a little bit of practice to get to read at maximum speed.

Enjoy optimal WiFi anywhere in your home

Almost everyone has Wi-Fi at home, but it is not always so good everywhere. The only place where the signal is at its maximum is where the router is plugged in: if you move away from it, the message becomes weaker and weaker, and this can prevent you from having a good connection, especially if you are separated of the router by several walls.

With Android, you will be able to improve your connection by calculating the optimal location of the router to allow all rooms to enjoy Wi-Fi. By using root permissions, you can even turn your device into a Wi-Fi repeater. Amplify the signal (different from the tethering function).

Automate all aspects of your life

If I had to summarize the magnificence of Android in one application, I would probably say Tasker! Tasker is an application with which you can automate all the features of your device (and anything that can connect to it) in a particular context. The app is based on the principle of “if it’s possible without me, I can do it for you” and apply it on all situations from simple to more complicated.

To give you a more concrete example, with Tasker you can turn off mobile data as soon as you’re at home, read messages that come in and go directly to “Voice Dictation” mode to respond, take a picture after three unlocking tests of your phone, etc. etc.

Since home automation is no longer a subject of science fiction and it begins to enter our homes with appliances that are controlled by a smartphone, we will be able to use Tasker and its plugins to activate the voice n ‘ any action (shut the shutters and vacuum, House!).

Written by Arnaud Gilbert
Arnaud Gilbert is a technical writer and spent most of his time researching and writing about technical stuff. Its a hobby for Arnaud to write about the technological arena. He starts from basic and ends up giving you full knowledge about what he is writing. He writes well and his writings are also full of information and can clear the concept of any reader.