Anyone who has a smartphone will probably say that could not live without it. The fact that you can use your smartphone to do pretty much anything, makes them an item that many of us can no longer live without.
You might think that you know everything about your smartphone and what it can do, but that’s probably not the case. Smartphones are so versatile and have so many different uses, that there are always new things to learn about them.
To help you get the most out of your smartphone, here’s our guide to five ingenious things you probably didn’t know your smartphone could do:
1. Control other devices
Most new cell phones are now being released with infrared blasters on them. This means that they can be used to control other household appliances. Pretty cool, right?
If your smartphone has an infrared blaster built in, then, in theory, you can use it to control other devices. If you download the right apps, you can use your phone to control your television and docking station remotely. Lost the television controller? No problem, you can use your smartphone instead.
2. Identify music
You might have heard of apps like Shazam and SoundHound, but did you know that your phone doesn’t need them to identify songs? Google and Microsoft have now brought out their own versions of these apps, which are built into many new phones.
For example, the Windows 8 Phone has Microsoft’s version of this app pre-loaded onto it. So wherever users of the phone go, they can identify the music they hear..
3. Become a games console
Did you know that you can transform your smartphone into a games console? Yes, that’s right, you can play the newest PS4 games on your phone.
If you are lucky enough to have an Android phone, you can easily turn it into a games console. You can then connect it to your television and use your phone as a mobile controller. How amazing is that?
4. Check in for a flight
If you are a keen traveller, then you will be pleased to know that you can now use your smartphone to check in for a flight.
Due to the recent paperless boarding option that has been introduced, you can now use your phone to check in at airports. No more waiting in long queues or panicking that you are going to miss your flight and all thanks to your smartphone.
5. Watch live television
Okay, so you probably know that you can watch movies and catch up television on your phone. But did you know that you can also use your smartphone to stream live TV?
To be able to enjoy your favourite programs live, all you need to do is download the streaming app or purchase a Belkin Dyle for your phone. This is a small attachment that connects to your cell, allowing you to stream live television.
Smartphones are amazing, there are so many incredible things they can do.