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Five super cool things you can do with your Android

Smartphones assume more and more functions that practically decree the death of other gadgets: digital camera, MP3 player, GPS navigator, flashlight, etc. If we think of third-party apps from the Play Store, their possibilities multiply.

You probably know most of these uses – checking social networks, sending emails, even making calls and sending SMS – but you may not know all the uses you can give your Android. Here are five really cool functions that few people know about.

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Google has integrated many cool functions with Android. Just discover them / ANDROIDPIT

1. Voice search with screen off

Not all Android smartphones have this function, but you can own one and not know that it exists. In fact, some devices allow you to search with the OK Google hotword even with the screen off. This requires the device to have a dedicated listening core that can operate the search even when the screen is not active.

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Turning on the search with the screen off / ANDROIDPIT

To find out if your smartphone can search with the screen off, go to Config. Google> Search & Now> Voice> Ok Detect Google> Always on and select the option. Remember that you will need to train Google to recognize your voice (the options are on the same screen). If your device doesn't have the function, only From Google app and From any screen will appear.

2. Access Chrome Tabs from Other Devices

If you are using Chrome as your default browser (ie most of us), did you know that you can access Chrome tabs from other devices?

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Accessing Chrome Tabs from Another Device / ANDROIDPIT

Just sign in to Chrome, and when you open a new tab you will see the Recent tabs option in the bottom right corner. Click on it to see the open urls on your other logged in devices, so you can access any of them.

3. Owner data on lock screen

This is an ideal tip if you often forget your smartphone at the bar tables of life. If you have lost your device, you can place a message on the lock screen informing the person who thought how they could contact you.

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Entering owner data in lock screen / ANDROIDPIT
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4. Enable Wi-Fi hotspot

Android Lollipop or Marshmallow makes it simple to turn your device into a Wi-Fi hotspot. With tethering, you can connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network that other devices can access.

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Using smartphone as router / ANDROIDPIT
<p>To do this, go to Settings> More> Wi-Fi Router, enable the feature, and click Configure Wi-Fi Router. You can enter a password for other devices to access your network. But beware: Don't forget your data plan, or you might end up with a very high account at the end of the month.</p>
<h2>5. Monitor your exercises</h2>
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Google Fit in ao / Google

The Google Fit app is the basic recommendation, but several other exercise tracking apps can work with both smartphones and wearable devices. And if you need extra data, apps like Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor can measure your heart rate through the camera sensor on Android.

Google Fit Fitness Tracking
Install on Google Play

Runtastic Heart Rate: Heart Monitor
Install on Google Play

Know other interesting features little used on Android smartphones? Tell us in the comments!

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