With a few emulators and an accessory such as a Bluetooth gamepad, your old smartphone can turn into a great handheld console capable of running Nintendinho, Master System, Game Boy, Game Gear, Mega Drive, SNES, Neo * Geo games. , Arcade and more.
And I don't need a lot of processing power to do that: I can emulate Mega Drive at full speed on a Motorola RAZR MAXX, a 2012 smartphone with a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core processor. If the old smartphone is a more powerful model, you can even be able to play more modern console games like the first PlayStation, PSP or Nintendo DS.
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Use your smartphone as a remote control
We all know that smartphones can be used as remote controls, but how many of us actually use the "main" phone for this? Very few, I would say. But if you have an old phone that doesn't have to carry with you everywhere, you can use it as a permanent remote control, either for your PC, Media Center or even your TV and other gadgets.
You can use it to control iTunes, your PC, or even your TV, as these devices feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in most cases. As Unified remote You will be able to use your smartphone to control presentations, restart your computer, control multimedia content, and even replace a full keyboard. The app is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux, and only requires that both PC and smartphone be connected on the same internet network or be paired via Bluetooth, a great option.
If you have a Media Center with Kodi (formerly XBMC), the Yatse An excellent remote control option. With it you have complete control over the navigation and configuration of your Media Center, and no longer need a keyboard or mouse plugged into it to navigate the interface. Those who upgrade ($ 5.99) can even stream video from Media Center to their smartphone.
Chromecast, the savior of smartphones
Chromecast was an unexpected success for Google: just plug in a little tail on your TV and install an app on your smartphone to put content on your TV from YouTube, Netflix, Spotify and many other apps that support streaming.
The trick is that Chromecast is "dumb", and needs to be controlled by a smartphone capable of displaying the content you want to watch on TV. So you can use your old smartphone at home to control it and access all your favorite services without having to spend on a "smart TV".
Old smartphone, new Google Home
Let's go to a more complex project. You can convert an old smartphone into a Google Home. But it needs to meet some requirements, so it may not be too old. The minimum requirement is that the device can understand the "Ok Google" commands, which do not work on all Android devices. Fortunately, most devices that have been shipped with Android 5.0 or higher are capable of this. But that's not all: you need a speaker to connect the device via cable or Bluetooth. And finally, your phone must have Google Assistant.
For the initial setup of Google on an old smartphone first check that Google detection is working. Take a look at Google Preferences: Settings> Google> Search, Assistant & Voice> Voice> Voice Match. Enable options Access with Voice Match and Unlock with Voice Match. If necessary, configure your voice by following the onscreen instructions.
Let's move on: the smartphone must be permanently connected to a charger (so that it recognizes "OK Google" even with the screen off) and a speaker, of course. Just connect the two cables and you are free to get started. Say "OK Google" and when the wizard comes up, ask a question. For example, say "weather forecast".
Some apps work well with this smart setting, but not all. You will need to open some applications manually and others will not support all features. You should go trying and see what works in your particular situation. But it's very useful for sending SMSs, viewing the weather, managing a shopping list, doing simple searches and much more.
Use your smartphone as an alarm clock
If your old smartphone doesn't have enough RAM even to handle some occasional games, you can still use it as a bedside clock. Get a good watch app, like the Timely, and spend a few dollars on a simple cell phone stand or use a speaker dock.
Be sure to turn on Daydream mode in screen settings, so you can also turn your phone into a digital picture frame or newscaster.
How about a PC gamepad?
Do not want to play on the PC using the keyboard, but also do not want to spend money on a Bluetooth gamepad? Or maybe you have friends at home and a control is missing for a multiplayer match. No matter, with an app like Mobile gamepad You turn any Android smartphone, even your old one, into a PC gamepad, connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
In addition to functioning as a generic control, the app also has specific profiles for various games, with specific button settings. Try it!
Turn your smartphone into a GPS
Your old smartphone can be a good GPS for your car. Thus, you avoid wasting the current handset's battery, or exposing it to sunlight and heat hanging from the panel. There are good options for navigation apps like Google Maps it's the HERE WeGo but one of the best for sure the Waze. This application is supplied in real time with information sent by other drivers, with data on traffic, accidents and works on the route.
If you are serious about taking this tip, choose buying a base to fit your device into the dashboard of your car as it is safer to avoid having to consult your device manually.
Many of the new uses mentioned here are not exclusive. Do you have any other suggestions on how to use your old smartphone? Let us know in the comments!
* Article made in partnership with Stella Dauer and Bruno Salutes, AndroidPIT Brazil editors and Kris Carlon, AndroidPIT editor.
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