Published on February 22nd, 2014 | by John I.0
Cool things you never knew your mobile could do
Most of us use our mobiles for more than just calling and texting nowadays. With mass adoption of the smartphone, an increasing number of us are carrying the internet in our pockets. As a result we have access to a whole host of services wherever we are, waiting for us at the touch of a button.
The truth is that mobile phones today are incredibly powerful machines – advanced handsets behold a power far beyond the impression given by their slight size and weight. Here, we take a look at a few things you can do with your smartphone which might not yet have crossed your mind.
Find a song name
We’ve all been in the situation where we’re out with friends and a great song comes on but nobody can remember its name, or who it’s by. Rather than struggling to run a search for the lyrics, or even calling your mates to hum the melody down the phone in hope of a virtuoso’s ear, you can now ‘Shazam’ the song and find the answer in seconds.
More often than not, you’ll even be offered a link to buy the album or read more about the artist. It’s things like these that have contributed to the mobile revolution, which has hit both our business and personal lives.
As a recent infographic points out, almost half of mums use their phone to take pictures of their kids. No matter how many features your phone’s camera boasts, sometimes a great photo opportunity doesn’t always turn out quite right.
The good news is that phones can be used to edit photos before you save them on your computer or send them on to an expectant family member. There are even whole social networks surrounding photo editing and sharing. Instagram allows you do add filters to your photos giving them a professional, moody look.
Remotely control devices
Universal remotes have for a long time been a fantasy. While several companies have put out remote controls that are designed to work with a whole host of devices, they’ve just never really worked. The advent of the smartphone, however, is changing this fact.
An increasing number of smartphone manufacturers are incorporating infra-red technology into their handsets. This means that you can use your phone to control a wide range of devices around your home, most notably televisions.
If you’re particularly tech-savvy and have a Raspberry Pi in your home, you might be interested to know that smartphones can make a great remote for an XMBC media hub. This will allow you ultimate control of a huge range of movies and music files from the comfort of your sofa.
Save you money
Usually when we start to think outside the box about uses for our phones, it’s entertainment which comes to mind. In fact, phones can be used for a whole range of genuinely helpful things like saving you money. Simply picking up a cheap phone from supermarket providers can put you in a position to start saving. Sainsbury’s, for example, are providing a deal to its mobile customers which sees them receive double nectar points on all purchases at Sainsbury’s when they top up £10 credit.
There are also a huge number of apps designed to streamline your finances. From the apps like Meter Readings which can help you monitor the way you use fuel in your home, to those which actually handle your finances like basic accountancy software, there’s no end to the financial advantages which can come with a smartphone if you are willing to invest a little time in it.