Android Hacks

This year we saw some of the most innovative technology since the smartphone became a part of our everyday lives. Between the Apple and Android, it’s tough to say who came out with the biggest updates. Today we are going to focus on one of the most popular new Androids, the Samsung Galaxy S6. When it was released earlier this year, we fell in love with some of its cool upgrades and features. Below we have compiled a few cool hacks, apps and shortcuts to give you the ultimate Android experience.

First we will start off with some apps that will make your everyday life a breeze. It’s getting close to New Years, and if getting your life together is your resolution, pick up an app called “Evernote” in the Google Play store and get your life organized. This app will sync up with all your calendars in your phone, so that everything runs together flawlessly between your smartphone and your desktop. This app allows you to come up with a meeting idea, set a time and then invite people. You can also track your projects from start to finish, and keep track of your goals as you meet them. Evernote is a free app, and has paid options if you want to expand out what you would like to do. This is a great app for work, but you can use it for your everyday life too.

One of our new favorite Android features is the screenshot. Back in the day, this was the Android user’s biggest complaint: the inability to screenshot pictures and text conversations. This is one area that the iPhone dominated; iPhone users have had this ability for years. Now it’s just as easy for Android users, just press the power and volume button down at the same time, and voila: you have a screenshot. You can also download a screenshot app like “Shootme” which takes a screenshot with a just a few shakes of your phone. Easy as pie.

If you are tired of carrying around a garage door opener, there’s an app for that. Snap up the “Garageio” app in the Google Play store, and pretty soon you can open and close your garage door from just about anywhere. This app is great if you are the forgetful type that leaves the house and then spends the rest of the day wondering if you left the garage open. Now you can just check your Garageio app, and it will let you know if the door is open or closed, no matter where you are.

Although the Samsung Galaxy S6 already comes with a sweet 16-megapixel camera, there are some apps that you can download to make your pictures even better. Our favorite is “Camera 360 Ultimate,” which is available in the Google Play store. This app features over 200 filters and tools that allow you to fix your picture flaws and imperfections.

If you are over having to download apps from the Play Store, or sick of having the same apps as everyone else, you always have the option of hacking your own phone.
In the iPhone world this is referred to as “jail-breaking,” and in the Android world this is referred to as “rooting.” Once you have rooted your Android device you will have what is referred to as “superuser” permissions that will allow you complete control over the access to your phone and the applications that you want to use. When you root your phone, you can install some root-only apps that aren’t available in any app store. One reason that Apple is so against jailbreaking is that would mean that you have access to other types of apps that aren’t available for purchase on their app store; therefore they are not receiving the app royalties. Android is an open-source platform, and Google is much more liberal when it comes to their consumers hacking their own phones. Some problems with rooting your phone include not only voiding your warranty but also running into a shady root program that has backdoor loopholes, which allow other hackers into your phone. So you have to be careful which root apps you can trust. On the upside, if you choose to root your phone, you can choose to break free of your phone’s operating system altogether.

While some users were turned off by the Galaxy S6’s similarity to the iPhone6. It didn’t help that they also released the Galaxy S6 Edge, very similar to the iPhone6s and iPhone6s Plus. The physical appearances are not where the similarities end however. Samsung was quick on the heels of Apple’s mobile payment system when they came out with Samsung Pay earlier this year. This means that Samsung users now also have the option of paying quickly at the register by swiping your phone instead of your card. This is not an option that has caught on quite yet, despite how convenient it may be. Do yourself a favor and try it out at one of the thousands of retailers that are participating with Samsung pay. It’s quick to download, and will end up saving you time and hassle. If this catches on, you may not need to carry your credit cards on you anymore.

We are keeping our ear to the ground, as it is anticipated that Samsung will release the Galaxy S7 this January, which is a few months before their typical March release date.

Fresh New Phone Hacks

If you are the type of techie that loves the latest and greatest, chances are that you have either an iPhone6s or a Samsung Galaxy S6 in your pocket. It’s been a big year for smartphones, and there is a lot to catch up on. We took some time to compile some of the biggest hacks for both, if you are an iPhone lover check out our list below. We will post our list for Android aficionados next week!

iPhone 6s

The “live” photo is one of iPhone6s’s most talked about features. The live photo feature captures a few seconds before and after a picture, so your pictures will literally be brought to life with movement. A cool hack for this feature is that live photos can also be used for your home screen, so your wallpaper can be interactive. Just select a live photo for your background and watch as it comes to life.

If you are fan of FaceTime, the iPhone6s just upped their game in a big way. The new 5-megapixel FaceTime HD Camera makes for perfectly clear FaceTime calls. If you are one of those people who are a fan of taking pictures of yourself, otherwise known as a “selfie” – the 5-megapixels will work great for that too, and the retina flash that is included in the self-facing camera will light the area around your face. There is even a built-in photo album devoted for these “selfie” photos. If you really want to up your selfie game, make sure your surrounding lighting is good as well, this way the flash will naturally erase your flaws.

The iPhone’s regular camera is pleasantly clear too, with 12 megapixels this camera takes razor sharp pictures that are easily uploadable. You don’t even have to have Instagram or Facebook open, just simply press on the picture and upload right away from the options below. Quick and easy.

If videos are more your thing, the new iPhone will also let you shoot videos in 4K resolution, which is four times higher than regular HD, and allows you to upload that video to YouTube with a click of a button.

If you catch a bit of a song while you are out on the go, and you want to know who sings it, iPhone6s has you covered. There is no need to have the actual Shazam app open or downloaded, you can just ask Siri, as Shazam is built into the new iPhone6s. As long as there are a few seconds of the song available, just ask Siri “what song is this?” and she will use the app for you to get you song info.

In that same vein, if you are using Apple music, there are a few hacks for that as well. Ask Siri some off the cuff questions, like “play me the #1 song in 1994” and she will bring up a 1994’s chart toppers. Apple music comes with a free two month trial, so far it looks pretty similar to Spotify. If you are into a particular song that you are hearing on Apple music, you can tell Siri that you want to hear other songs like it, and it will pull up similar music a-la Pandora style.

This hack is a little older, but still not well known. If you need to get your phone charged up in a hurry, just simply put it on “Airplane Mode” and it will charge in a jiffy.

If you are in the middle of reading an article, but you don’t have time to finish it, just press firmly on the link and the iPhone will save your space for later by adding it to your reading list.

We will keep you updated with other new iPhone6s hacks as soon as they are discovered, stay tuned!