10 cool Android features you should know about

10 cool Android features you should know about

Android is currently the most popular mobile operating system on the market. Google has been working on improving its own mobile OS for years in an attempt to compete with Apple iOS. With a modern version of Android, Google introduces a lot of new features and changes, but not all of them are obvious.

With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the best Android features you might know about. Before we proceed, make sure you now have Android 7.0 Nougat or newer installed on your device. If not, update your device before moving ahead.

  1. Activate split screen with one button

Split screen has been an essential part of Samsung-branded phones for years. However, starting with Android 7.0 Nougat, Google finally added this feature to its OS, allowing users to interact with two apps at the same time.

In a modern version of Android, you can quickly trigger split screen with one button. All you need to do is to long-press the Recent Apps button. Once you do that, your screen will be divided into two screens and you can select a secondary app from the list. This means that you can watch YouTube videos while editing your notes. This approach is pretty useful as it eliminates the need to go into the Settings app and turn on the switch.

  1. Quickly switch to previous app

Tapping the Square button quickly activates the multitasking mode in Android. However, there is still an exciting thing you can do with the Recent Apps button. Double-tapping this button will quickly switch to the previous app you were using.

If you double tap the button, but you see nothing, then you are now running an older version of Android. According to Google, this feature is only available in Android 7.0 Nougat or higher. Therefore, make sure you update your device before proceeding.

  1. Check Time/Date faster and quick settings

Android 7.0 or later is making what you do most even faster and better. The Clock app receives a slight improvement. If you update your device to Android 7.0 or later, then the Clock app icon will display the current time. The Calendar app also shows the current day. In Android 7.0 Nougat, a swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers will reveal the full Settings menu with extra toggles and options.

  1. Edit mode in Quick Settings

With a new version of Android, Google adds an edit mode to the Quick Settings menu, allowing you to rearrange toggles and add new options for quick access. To access Quick Settings menu, simply swipe down from the top of the screen and then hit the Edit button (it looks like a pencil icon). Once you are done, you now can change the order of the toggles, add new ones or remove the existing ones.

  1. Open full menu with a long press

In Android 7.0. Nougat, Google poured a lot of love into its Quick Settings menu. You now can quickly access the full menu of any Quick Settings tiles. To do this, you simply need to long press a quick setting tile from the Quick Settings menu. This will open the full settings menu of your desired tile.

  1. Disable emergency alerts

Emergency broadcasts feature is one of the biggest additions to Android. As the name implies, the feature automatically notifies you when a potential threat is nearby. While this comes in handy for some users, many users may find it annoying. If you happen to sit in the latter group, then you can turn it off.

To turn off emergency alerts in Android 7.0 or newer, open the Settings menu on your phone, then select the More option and select Emergency Broadcasts at the bottom of the screen. After that, turn off the option labeled “Turn on notifications”.

  1. Open tab switcher in Google

Google Chrome now works perfectly with Android 7.0 or higher, offering more options to browse webs. Chrome includes a little handy trick that helps you access the tab switcher interface. All you need to do is to swipe down from the address bar at the top. Once you do that, you should enter the tab switcher interface.

  1. Zoom in YouTube

YouTube is one of the most used apps in Android. Google keeps improving YouTube app in attempt to offer a better user experience. YouTube app now supports flagship phones with taller aspect ratios like 18:9. All you need to do is to pinch with two fingers to enter full screen mode.

  1. Type to Google Assistant

The Assistant marks Google’s first steps into the virtual helper market where Apple and Microsoft now dominate. Google Assistant now includes a lot of exciting features that set it apart from other rivals out there. One such feature lies in the ability to type to Google Assistant. In other words, you can type your command to Assistant, instead of using your voice. This comes in handy for those who don’t want to talk to their virtual helper in crowded places.

  1. Add icons to home screen

In a modern version of Android, you can get more app options when you long press an app icon. All are made possible by a feature called App Shortcuts. The coolest part is that you now can get icons out of app shortcuts and add them to your home screen. To do this, long-press an app icon, then long-press a shortcut and simply drag it to the home screen.

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