All these new smart devices in the world and it just seems like smartphones, or the gadgets we’re probably used to seeing and using the most, keep getting more and more—let’s lay off the ‘s‘ word and go with—clever. GPS, fingerprint scanners, Siri, how do I tie my shoelaces blindfolded, Cortana, how do I cook a goose—it’s all real and here. Well, while we’re at it, why don’t we take a look at the three of the most awesome slash useful smartphone features in Android you can use right here, right now?
Charging Done Super Quickly
Charging can be a pain in the—in certain places. Why? Because it doesn’t always go as planned. Something misbehaves—a socket, a cable, an adapter—and we’re left with less power than we’d want to. And there’s the question of being in a hurry and having to go out (catch a bus? catch a movie? catch your neighbour’s kid as he dashes off with your garden decorations?) and the charger just won’t cooperate with you. Can you be any slower? Yes, it can. And sometimes it is. But some of the latest lucky models, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Huawei P8 and Nexus 6, have been supporting fast charging which can actually charge up your battery about 50 percent in around half an hour! Such an option is truly revolutionary, though for the time being you’d need a separate charger in order to perform this particular magic trick. We can only hope this option will be upgraded and more manufacturers will soon follow the example of Samsung and the others.
Protecting Your Phone with a Full-On Kill Switch
The option to remotely lock and track your device has been around for a while, but a full-fledged kill switch is still a fairly new feature in Android phones, introduced with the Lollipop 5.1 update. Basically, what you do is enable Device Protection and in case your precious device gets stolen, the blasted thief won’t be able to access it unless they know your Google account details. Also, even if they wipe your phone clean through a factory reset, they still won’t be able to get in without the detes. Pretty handy, right?
What’s a Smart Device Without a Smart Lock?
Locking your phone is recommended, but a tiny bit redundant when you’re spending an entire lazy Sunday in the comfort of your home, sprawled on your couch in nothing but last night’s PJ’s with a huge spoon of chocolate chip ice cream sloppily hanging from your mouth. That’s where the Android 5.0 Lollipop Smart Lock option storms in. Through this feature you can set up certain places where you can use your phone freely without having to type in your top-secret code every time you wish to check your Facebook. This can be done by accessing Settings, then Security and opening Smart Lock to adjust your options. And thus your life starts being that much easier!
So, these are our top picks—how about you? Are there any other cool Android features you would’ve chosen instead? Let us know.