Smartphones are taking over the world. Ever since the very first iPhone was released (or even with Blackberries before that), the technology crammed into phones has gotten more and more advanced. At this point, many people would claim they can’t live without their phone. After all, the phone contains everything from their daily itinerary to driving directions to important medical data.
Modern smartphones already have a ton of incredible features, but software developers and hardware designers continue to find new ways to tuck nifty little additions into their operating systems and devices. True tech nerds may already know about these features, and some are only available on either iPhone or Android (but not both), but here are a bunch of not-so-popular features that your current smartphone might actually be capable of.
10. Control Infrared Devices
Unfortunately all you iPhone fans will have to sit this one out, but many Samsung and Sony phones include IR hardware that is basically exactly the same as what’s in your standard television remote control. That means with the right universal remote app (sometimes included on your phone right out of the box), you can change the channel on your TV using your phone. Or the TV in your lunch room. Or the TV at Best Buy. Other infrared devices like DVD players or cable/satellite boxes are also supported.