It's not easy to keep up with the latest and greatest when a new smartphone model seems to be released every month. Your phone might even start looking a little ancient in comparison. Fortunately, with the right apps you can update your current Android phone to be more similar to say, the new Samsung Galaxy S5, which features a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and high-quality camera. You'll be amazed at how easily you can recreate these features with apps.
One of the most hyped about features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is its ability to unlock your phone and authenticate PayPal payments through fingerprint recognition. Although there isn't an actual fingerprint scanner on the market there are apps that allow you to unlock your screen through touch. The Lock Screen app, for example, lets you unlock your phone with a single touch and lock it by shaking it. Although a touch screen might not look as futuristic as a fingerprint scanner, not having to type a pass-code every time you want to use your phone is a total win.
The "download booster" functionality that comes with the Galaxy S5 makes it easier for users to download content on-the-go. By combining LTE and Wi-Fi, network speeds dramatically improve. It's understandable why many major wireless providers aren't keen on the idea as they'd rather consumers rely more on their home Wi-Fi and less on the LTE network. Not all providers are against the idea, however. Consumerist confirmed that T-Mobile is including the "download booster" feature on its Galaxy S5. As for those that won't be upgrading phones yet, an app like Network Signal Speed Booster can give you a better signal and a faster connection. The app does this by connecting to the fastest cell phone tower available in your area.
Heart Rate Monitor
Samsung isn't exactly new to personal health technology. According to CNET, Samsung has created the S Health app, released various fitness bands and even integrated a heart monitor into the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit band. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is no exception and can detect a person's heartbeat when a finger is placed directly onto a sensor in the back. Seem impossible to recreate this on older phones? Well, as you might have guessed, there's absolutely an app for that. The Runtastic Heart Rate app can measure your heartbeat using your smartphone's camera sensor. This app will even create a graph with your HRM results to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Samsung boasts that the Galaxy S5 has "incredible detail and vibrant color" and a Selective Focus feature that allows the photographer to select what should be focused on and what should be blurred out. While this might be true of its 5.1-inch, full 1080p Super AMOLED HD display, that doesn't mean that your smartphone can't take beautiful images too. There are many apps on the market that can create flawless photographs. Cymera, a camera and photo editor app, allows you to choose between different camera lens types (out of focus, self-portrait, timer, etc.) and has face detection technology that lets you easily focus on a person's face. Plus, it's beautifying features can help you create gorgeous portraits.
Power Saving Mode
Few things are worse than your smartphone running out of battery when you need it the most. The Galaxy S5 comes with the Ultra Power Saving Mode feature that turns the phone's screen to black and white and shuts off nonessential apps to achieve maximum battery life, says Geek.com. Do the same with your smartphone by downloading Battery Doctor, which keeps power-hungry apps from draining your battery. You'll also be able to accurately estimate your phone's battery life, manage data usage and turn on power-saving settings.