Android is rightly the most wide-spread operating system in the world. It is powering more than two-thirds of the smartphone operating systems around the globe. With each passing year the Android OS is getting smarter and better with a whole host of features and tools added to an already overwhelming repertoire at your disposal.
But there are some Android features that are not readily known to most people. The reason might be they are not mentioned in the user manual or anywhere else. But that does not make them any less important. So here are some of the lesser-known, nonetheless highly useful, Android features for your information.
Since Android is an open source operating system it is being used by smartphone makers from some of the biggest ones to really small local brands with commensurate ease. So it is possible that each phone maker will provide its own set of tools and features. But the purport of this blog is not to delve into those features. The aim here is to unravel those features that are provided by Android universally available to all phone makers.
Google bought the Android OS long time back and ever since the search engine giant has been aligning the OS to suit its needs best. That’s the reason why we see so many of the standard Google tools and features like search, Gmail and so on as part of the standard offerings. So what’s the hidden feature here that we are talking about? Well, if you press and hold the Menu key for a few moments then the Google Search will automatically be launched on your smartphone. This saves you precious time taken to go through the bundle of apps and selecting the right icon to launch the universal search engine’s home page.
By now everybody has experienced the Android phone suddenly freezing and not taking any haptic input whatsoever much to the chagrin of the user. Well, there’s a lesser-known Android solution at hand that works perfectly to resolve such a situation. All you have to do is press the Power key, the Home key and the Volume up key all at the same time in order to restart your smartphone. Immediately the phone will go in a reboot mode and everything works fine once it restarts.
Every once in a while there might be a need for you to take a screenshot of your document or to record an ongoing activity on your smartphone screen. This is possible too. You have to press the Home button and the Power button simultaneously to record whatever’s on your screen and save it as an image file which can then be sent via email, Bluetooth or any other mode of transfer. In some phones there might be a slight variation like you would have to press the Volume button and the Power button simultaneously.
It is also possible to reboot your smartphone to enter a safe mode. For that all you need to do is hold the Power button to turn off the phone like you do normally. Once it is turned off you have to tap the Power button and hold it down for some more moments and you will get an option to enter the safe mode. The safe mode is usually used to troubleshoot some issues. This way you can know whether it originated from some app or the Android itself since safe mode by definition means all the apps have been deactivated or are inaccessible.
So next time these tips are sure to come in handy so that you can get the best from your Android smartphone at all times.