As smartphones have become more powerful, they’ve taken on more and more roles.
Add a third-party app store such as the Google Play Store to the mix and the number of ways you can use your phone grows even further.
Here are 10 superpowers your phone has that you can take advantage of.
Voice search with the screen off
Some Android smartphones let you voice search with the “OK Google” hotword even when the screen is off.
Many phones have the ability to search from any screen when the screen is on, but only a few phones with a dedicated listening core can search even when the display is inactive.
- To find if your phone can do this, go to Google settings > Search and Now > Voice > OK Google Detection > Always on and flip the switch.
Remember you’ll need to train Google to recognize your voice first (the options are on the same screen).
*Unsupported phones will say ‘From any screen’ rather than ‘Always on’