Make your smartphone smarter today!

Posted by Harigovind M

Want the features of a top-end smartphone in a budget handset? Then you don't necessarily have to spend a huge sum. Sometimes, it's possible — with the right app or accessory, you can add features to your device by spending as little as Rs 2,000.

So check out 5 apps and accessories under Rs 2,000 that will make your smartphone smarter.
Wireless charging

This is a convenient feature to have because you don't have to fumble around with plugging cables in.

There are a bunch of phones with this feature built in and thanks to the Qi standard gaining in popularity, you'll easily find wireless charging pucks and stands that'll work with any Qi compatible phone.

But what if your phone doesn't have Qi charging built in at all? On some models, you can add it — either by way of a wireless charging adapter (a slim strip that fits under the removable back cover) or a charging case itself.


Make more noise


Smartphone speakers are generally quite tiny -- you can't blame the makers because of the race to go smaller and lighter. If you're lucky, your phone may have stereo speakers, but they'll never be too loud.

Some manufacturers build in the ability to 'daisy-chain' their phones so that all of them can play the same music with one device as the music source.

Well now, you can do the same with a free Android & iOS app called Just put the app on all the devices you want to sync and the one with the music can be the host.


Remote viewfinder


Imagine using one smartphone as a viewfinder for your other smartphone.

This is especially helpful if you want to place your phone at odd angles from where you cannot see the display. Or if you want remote access to the controls to take an image (this can even work from room to room).

Some Samsung flagship phones (from Samsung Galaxy S4 onwards) have this feature built into their camera interface. Other smartphone users can add this feature using a few apps like Remote Shot, Camera Remote or Remotegram. iOS users can check out Remote Shutter or Wi-Fi Camera.

All these apps are similar in the sense that they allow you to use one phone as a remote over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Note that you may need to try a couple of them out -- not all apps work flawlessly with all smartphones.


Add-on flash


LED flash on a smartphone is good to have but it cannot match the performance of a Xenon flash. A xenon flash is not typically used in smartphones because it uses more power.

However, you can add a xenon flash using an accessory like the Asus Zenflash (Rs 1,599). The Zenflash works with Asus phones that support USB OTG. You connect the flash with the phone's microUSB port and stick it to the back of your device. It is currently compatible only with Zenfone 2 and Zenfone 2 Deluxe.

For selfies, Lenovo has the Vibe Xtension Selfie flash. It fits into your 3.5mm jack and works with many Android smartphones.

Gesture Control


With gestures, you don't need to touch the screen to perform certain actions.

Using information from the proximity sensor and front camera, some phones can flip through photos, let you switch between apps, silence a call and so on.

With a free (ad-supported) app called Wave Control, you can add similar features and more to almost any Android phone. Some of the gestures on offer include music/video playback and call control.

For the ability to launch apps with a gesture, you need get the pro (ad free) version for Rs 189.


Add to your phone's capabilities today.


Source: TOI

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