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3 super cool things you can do with Android

Anthony Muzonzini
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Android is an open source operating system that allows for a lot more flexibility and customization than its competitors in iOS and Windows. In this article we look at some of the cool things that you can do on the Android operating system.

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Program An Android App on Your Phone

If you want to write an app for iOS you will have to do the coding on a Mac. If you want to write something for Windows Phone or Blackberry, you will also have to do the coding on your desktop or laptop. On Android however, you can actually do all the coding on your phone should you prefer to do so.

Most people may feel more comfortable doing the job on a PC but if you want to tap away you can simply download an app called AIDE. This app is a complete end-to-end solution with which to code on the move. It allows you to write in PHP, Javascript, and HTML. You can also test your app on your phone too!

Your Phone Can Serve As A Pedometer

Earlier this year the Samsung Galaxy S4 came out with an app that can actually measure how many steps you have taken during the day. Apparently there isn’t any special hardware inside the actual GS4 that allows for the phone to measure how many steps you have taken.

Any Android phone that has an accelerometer can actually be used with pedometer apps like Accupedo to determine when you have taken a step and then record and store the data. As a result, you can actually track how many calories you’ve burned in a day. The new Nexus 5 actually has new built-in sensors especially for this purpose.

Your Phone Can Serve As A Security Camera

If you have a spare Android phone just lying around, you could actually use that phone as a security camera to keep an eye on what’s happening around the house. You can do this by downloading the AtHome Video Streamer from Google Play and you will be able to access the camera feed from your phone over the internet.

What do you think of these things that you can do with an Android phone? Please leave us your comments below and we will get back to you.

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  • Virgil Bates Jr 9 months ago Link

    The camera is something I would love to look into, but I'll have to wait for another ph, something I have been thinking about, does the extra ph have to be running or activated ? I hope not, my bill is already up there

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  • Азу Кипоси 9 months ago Link

    Oh, that's cool, but I would prefer something cooler, something iOS users already have - the ability to track changes in documents opened in Quickoffice...

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  • Anthony Muzonzini 9 months ago Link

    it probably just has to be able to access the internet. you would probably do well to just hook it up to the wifi in your house

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  • Mustafa 9 months ago Link

    thats really great and android is happening

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  • Tobias Manthey 9 months ago Link

    You want to do development on a phone? Imo that is the far opposite end of cool. That is pure pain!
    I think one of the coolest things you can do with an Android is to use it as a visual driving assistance system.
    aCoDriver 3
    * detects and monitors speed limits based on the built-in camera and known locations
    * observes the distance to the traffic in front (distance control)
    * warns you if the car tends to cross a closed lane road mark (lane assistant).

    This app might save lives!

    Available for free from Google Play here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evotegra.aCoDriver or check out some videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/acodriver

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  • Michael Mossman 9 months ago Link

    Attn: Virgil Bates Jr ... what about wifi?

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