12 Surprising Things Your Android Phone Can Do

When Benjamin Franklin wrote that “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” he was clearly referring to smartphone operating systems. While Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone prevent developers and users from having too much access to core functions in the name of security, Android gives you the freedom to perform just about any task you can imagine.

Most Android aficionados already know that you can “root” (aka gain administrative access to) your device, change the look and feel of your phone with a custom launcher and sideload apps from anywhere you want. However, even if you’re an early adopter, you might not know about these 12 surprising things your Android phone can do.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. simon Says:

    You didn’t mention. On some devices like samsung note2 or s3.
    You can also attach a usb sound card. And play music in high quality. Or even record audio. From a mic or external music device.

    You can also attach hdmi adaptors to play video on a large screen.

  2. Ali Shaikh Says:

    I am really impressed with the article. I have searched so many blogs and sites but your’s was leagues apart.

  3. Graham Says:

    “Your article is leagues apart?” I don’t see anything useful other then a file transfer and setting up the web server (That’s the one worth noting) theres gotta be lots more you can do :) Do they have a pen test mobile o/s?

  4. J Lowe Says:

    Where are the 12 Surprising Things Your Android Phone Can Do? I do not see the 12 things that you are speaking of.

  5. Ferne Lau Says:

    tick the yellow forward arrow for the next surprise!!! Hehe…

  6. Oscar Osjo Says:

    so cooooooooooooooooooooooool

  7. Jon Says:

    Best opening sentence in the history of tech journalism…

  8. joe Says:

    won’t read an article with click throughs.

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