Hacking a phone not only makes us feel powerful and important, but it lets us benefit due to added features and a performance boost. There is a big difference between owning a phone which lets you make calls and download apps to being fully in control and having the ability to make your own rules. Think Matrixversus I, Robot.
Hacking into your phone is not new; iPhones started to get hacked soon after they were released by a process called jail breaking.’ Androids go through a similar process often referred to as rooting’. This process may sound dangerous and not worth the risk but if done successfully you can install new features which were customised by the hacker crowd, improve your phone’s speed and feel like you belong to your very own tight knit community.
So without further ado, here are 5 android phone hacks that you could perform:
1. Change the Desktop Interface
Give your phone a makeover. Android has long been considered the most adaptable phone on the market, and its versatility is mainly due to the vast number of customisations you can implement. If you want to customise your desktop and change how your phone looks and feels, there are plenty of applications out there that can help you. Apps such as Home ++, LauncherPro and GDE are some of the most popular and with these you can install wallpaper, personalised icons and even widgets. As always you can find these apps on Android Market.
The actual how to video can be found here
2. Install Performance Enhancing Features
Not many people know that un-hacked phones are only performing at a limited capability. You can rev your engine and improve your phone’s performance by installing a ROM named CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod is a free, community built collection of phone model-dependant ROMs that greatly improves the capabilities of your Android.
Once CyanogenMod is installed on your device, it boosts performance and speed, among other things. Here is a video tutorial explaining how to root your android with CyanogenMod
3. Run Android on your iPhone
Yes, you did read that correctly, this can be done. Some people are even coining it iphodroid’ which sounds remarkably similar how the Hollywood press refer to celebrity couples.
If you have ever wanted the features of an Android but prefer the design of an iPhone, now you can combine the best of both worlds. Although there are some disadvantages, once the hack has been done you need to implement power-management functions as otherwise a fully charged iPhone will last only around 60 minutes before the battery is drained.
Read this article for the full guide
4. Fully Controllable Media Centre
You will no longer have the frustration of wanting to listen to a song on the move but realising you haven’t uploaded it to your phone yet. By installing an app named G Mote you can turn your Android phone into a media remote for your computer.
As long as you have Wi-Fi streaming the application will allow you to access your entire media collection. So what does this mean? It means you will have a portable and fully functional media system which supports music files and films.
5. Save Battery without Turning your Phone Off
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could have the option of saving your battery in times of need? Turning your phone off and on is a thing of the past. One clever hacker has created a hack that does just that. The hacking community are calling this a night visionhack as they discovered that by restricting the phone to use only red pixels can help reduce the battery power by 35%. To go into night vision, you need to separate the colour channel pixel elements, the hacker, Jeff Sharkey, found using red works best. It will take your eyes a little while to get used to it but in times of an emergency it is a great hack to have handy.
See his video to gain a better insight into how it works
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