Android Tricks from version to version develops more dynamically. This is especially evident from the release of KitKat, whose successor Lollipop and the latest Marshmallow have brought Google software to the next level – boldly raced on many iOS issues from Apple. That is why our previous list of the most interesting features of Android is already outdated in many respects and therefore we are refreshing it. Let’s get started!
A shortcut to settings on the desktop and the taskbar
Practically from the very beginning of Android (since 1.0 release), we have the ability to pin to a 4 × 1 widget screen with quick settings. Unfortunately, but over time, useful features on phones and tablets have come up so much that all are not able to reach the classic black panel settings right from our desktop, so Google has had to find a way to get the fastest and most convenient access to the most common. used settings on the desktop.
The first step in this direction was the new space in the notification bar, where you will find the most useful system settings. However, when this is not enough, we can always take a step forward and pin the most commonly used settings to our desktop. We’ll naturally find them in the Add Widgets menu to the screen as a “Shortcut” setting.
Responding to notifications straight from their cards
One of the most convenient features introduced with the Android update to version 6.0 is the interactive tab. In these – if allowed by the programmer, we can respond to messages or in a defined way respond to interactions, eg in social networks.
Cards appear immediately after receiving a notification. In the settings of the application that support this form of interaction with the user, it is worth checking to see if we have the option of extending the capabilities of our favorite program. The most common options for integrating with the notification center will be found in popular alternative services such as Twitter.
Voice search icon in the lock screen
Voice Search is a very convenient way to search the net and content of your device when using tablets where typing is not as comfortable as typing on a smartphone.
With the last software update, the voice search activation icon moved to the lower left corner of the lock screen, replacing the phone here. Voice search with its combination of features with Google Now is so convenient that many Android users are not comfortable with their main mobile device being deprived of Google system today.
Greater control over permissions
Do you care about the security of your data? If so, you know that before the official release of Marshall, only Android was displaying information about what permissions are used by us to install games and applications without allowing users to integrate.
In the newest system we can easily determine which of the functions the system can use and which programs do not. This can be helpful when sharing your smartphone or tablet to your children. Restricting network access to your favorite games with the ability to create a guest user account saves you from having to pay your bill for free to play games or add-ons.
The great absentee system of Google was the backup of the real event. Having previously saved photos, messages, and contacts to the cloud was a great convenience, but application data was the biggest problem with changing devices – in many cases, the game’s status or the personalization of the program was irretrievably lost.
To activate more advanced data storage in the cloud, just go to settings and then backup settings to choose what you do not want to lose when you lose, damage or resell your hardware.
Supports multiple accounts on the system
The biggest difference between the tablet PC and the mobile system was the user account. For a long time we have been able to create a personal account and a guest that we will run when we decide to share the equipment with friends or with our own children.
On Android, users have had to wait for this feature for several years, but in my opinion, this has been done to compensate for the wait time. To add or change a user, just slide down the notification bar and touch your avatar where you will be given the option to create a new account or log into a pre-prepared account.
New user does not have access to device owner data – each application writes data in a separate location so that they can only be read from the account on which they were saved. With the right specifics of what applications are available on the device and which system functions to have access to, we can calmly let our children play with the device … unless it destroys it physically – then an active backup is needed.
Turns off the screen lock within trusted devices
Your phone and tablet will contain a lot of valuable information about your user, which in many cases should never be made public. For this reason, it is recommended to lock the device with a PIN code or pattern, but as we all know, when we have to use the device quickly, it is more defective than helpful.
So the function of a trusted device comes with help, which can be inter alia. a whole range of Android Wear devices and a number of active bands – such as Xiaomi MiBand. How it’s working? When a trusted device comes within range of your phone or tablet, our hardware automatically skips the password lock screen or pattern. However, when it can not connect to it, the additional form of protection comes back into place – simple and useful.
How many times have your new SMS message from the other half or e-mail from your boss vanished in the avalanche of social networks and applications installed on your device at the least expected moment? Google has resolved to address this issue by prioritizing information from selected applications in a “do not disturb” mode, so that users can focus on doing their job.
To set it up, just go to the notification and sound settings, where you will find the “do not disturb” position. When you launch it, you will be able to determine which notifications will be displayed as a priority. What does it mean? Cards associated with the apps we choose will always be displayed at the very top of the interaction panel – even if the rest of the programs can not be displayed.
Streaming content for SmartTV, Miracast, Chromecast, and similar devices
An inexpensive feature of recent Android releases is to send an image from your smartphone or tablet to SmartTV, which is especially useful for mobile gaming or watching your favorite movies purchased in the Play Store.
Of course, we can not forget here the possibility of streaming content to newer televisions with a USB input, but not a SmartTV. Then it’s Miracast and Chromecast, which in a very practical way combine the television and multimedia capabilities of our smartphones and tablets. This will allow you to view photos, videos and games on a larger screen.
Identification number (ID CALL)
An interesting feature of Android on smartphones and tablets with the ability to make calls is to identify unlisted numbers in Google’s address book, such as maps, for easier contact with your business. So if we were to call a strange number when we first ordered pizza, the phone being connected to the network would indicate that they were calling us from the pizzeria we had contacted before. To activate or deactivate this feature, we will need to access the dialer, where we will show the connection card to an unknown number.
Then we click on the message that the Call ID is on or off and go to the function settings, where we start the slider, or deactivate the identification of unknown numbers. This is especially useful when your number is public and we want to know what institutions and companies are dialing this number.