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5 newer Android features you can get on your old Android phone (Latest version)

System updates is not a given for all phones in the Android space because of the sheer number of devices and / or manufacturers who refuse to print them. Thanks to the versatility of Android, everything is not lost if you own an older device.

Technically skilled types have the option flash a new ROM to bring the latest and greatest features to their phones. If the idea of ​​installing a personal operating system over your head, try these apps and solutions to get new Android features on your old smartphone.


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Prayer navigation has taken over the smartphone space, as Android Pie and now Android Q both offer native birth controls. Some OEMs even offer various gesture options on their new and slightly older products.

You don't need one of the latest Android versions to get prayer navigation on your old Android phone, as there are some third-party apps that offer similar features. One of the most popular picks in this regard is Navigation Gestures.

Read: Android 9 Pie Update Tracker – When Will Your Phone Get It?

The program, designed for Android Lollipop and above, offers swipe gestures to go home, back, enter the center menu and more. The premium version even offers gestures to save music tracks, take snapshots and open the power menu. Some reviews indicate that functionality may be hit or miss (this is somewhat buggy of our testing), but you can always investigate it yourself.

Another solution is Liquid Navigation Gestures and, like the previous app, it requires users to & # 39; ADB command to disable the phone's traditional navigation bar. Yet it is good to know that there are options available.

Digital Wellness

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Android Pie has it Digital Wellness suite of features on smartphones, so you can use tables on your smartphone in a variety of ways. Android Q added to this suite at her Focus off feature so you can close distracting programs. But what if your old Android phone is on Android Oreo or sooner?

The next best option can be Stay focused program, so users can block specific programs that they find distracting. Stay focused also allows you to block programs on specific days if you have to focus on your studies / work during the week. Also, the program promises to give you a breakdown of your application usage history so you can see how much time you spend on Instagram.

Smart Answers

Google Smart Answer in Android Q.

One of the better Android Q features is Slim Answer functionality, come to all messaging programs soon. This includes the containers WhatsApp, signal, and Facebook Messenger. You can still get Smart Reply feature on your old Android phone via the Gmail and Android messaging apps, but there are also the dedicated Answer App from Google.

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The experimental program has since been closed by the company, but it is currently available for cargo on repositories such as APKMirror. At the time of its formwork, Google said the app will continue to work for several months, but users will not see improvements.

However, we tried out the app while writing this guide (more than six months after Google closed it), and it still works well enough. Heck, the app even gives you the opportunity to activate automatic message responses while driving.

Answer is currently limited to Slack, Android messages and WhatsApp. Don't expect this list to grow, since Answer's shutter status is.

Password AutoFill

Android Oreo and Pie significantly improve the password outofill support on the platform. These Android updates have been able to fill in subscription credentials in applications and web browsers. Have an older Android phone with nougat or lower? This is where password managers enter, so you can get similar features.

One of the most popular solutions is LastPass, which allows you to save all of your subscription credentials behind a master username and password. The app requires Android Lollipop or better, so chances are good that your device meets this requirement.

It's not as seamless as having native support in apps and preferred browsers, but you can still copy / paste your LastPass program credentials. It is also noteworthy that LastPass has its own browser, so you have a more convenient way to access your favorite sites.

Easy Wi-Fi section

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Seamless Wi-Fi sections are probably one of the most underrated and overdue Android Q features that lets you share credentials via a QR code, Bluetooth and NFC. Google was not the first for the post with this feature like Huawei, Xiaomi, and Windows Phone Devices have the QR code option for a few years. But what if your phone doesn't receive the upgrade to Android Q?

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There are several apps on the Play Store that offer a similar solution, with InstaWiFi is probably one of the oldest offers. All you have to do is enter your notifications into the program and then it will bring out a QR code for the guests.

The app works well enough in our experience as guests only scan and access the code. The developer claims that you need a specific QR scanner program to scan these codes, and probably enough Bixby Vision does not work correctly. But we tried it Xiaomi and Meizu devices (both support QR codes for Wi-Fi sharing), and they worked well.

Perhaps the only other major drawback is that the app doesn't appear to store your generated QR codes.

Are there any other Android Pie and Android Q features that you would like to see on your old Android phone? Let us know in the comments!