There’s More To Your Phone Than You Know
Despite our advancement in tech, here’s a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about phones. Number six is just crazy!
Published: Sunday, November 6th 2016
Smartphones are incredible devices. They do everything from keeping us entertained to keeping us connected to our loved ones. Smartphones give us the tools to express ourselves in increasingly creative ways.
10 Things You May Not Have Known About Your Phone
Despite how much time we spend with our phones, there are still things about them that we don't know. Here is what you may not have known as well as a few unusual tips about what your phone can do:
- The first mobile phone call was made in 1973 on a Motorola phone. This was back when cordless phones didn't even exist, so a mobile phone was way ahead of its time. It weighed 1.08kg and had a battery life of approximately 20 minutes.
- Your phone has more computing power than NASA did in 1969.
- In 2015, it was reported that there were 8.2 billion mobile devices on the planet. That's more than the number of people there are.
- In 2014, London cab drivers reported that at least eight smartphones are left in each of their cabs every year.
- Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are responsible for a combined total of 60 billion messages a day!
- Did you know that, on average, people check their phones 150 times a day?
- Your phone can control other devices.
- Many Android phones have what is called an IR (infrared red) blaster located either at the top or bottom of the handset. This can be used as a TV remote controller for that moment when you can't remember (yet again) where you left the remote.
- You can use your smartphone as a level.
- Most phones have an accelerometer (usually used to identify your phone's orientation. For example, whether it's upright or laying flat. This feature can also be used to turn your phone into a level. Android phones might require you downloading an app. But, if you have an iPhone, you can use the Compass app. Open the app and swipe from right to left to find the level feature. We tried this on an iPhone 7.
- Smartphones can identify images.
- Google Goggles needs to be downloaded in order for this to work. But, once it has been downloaded, you'll be able to use it to identify something in front of you (whether it be a picture or a barcode), and then find out more information about it.
- You can use your phone to control your lights.
- If you have smart lights, like the Philips Hue light, you can use your smartphone to control the lighting in your home.