Android is now the largest mobile OS in the world, with over 1.5 billion users. That means that there are a lot of Android devices out there, but what you may not realize is just how different these devices can be from each other. While the big players like Samsung, LG or HTC have some of the most popular devices, not all devices are created equal. Taking a look at the Galaxy line, for example, you’ll see a huge difference between devices like the US Galaxy S7 and the international version. This can get confusing real quick, especially if you’re trying to compare or find the specs for your device, which is why today we’ll show you a neat little app that will give you all the information you’d ever need to know about your device!
As we mentioned, today’s app is going to allow you to see in-depth information about your device, not only specs and features, but also things like sensor data and system-level apps. The app is simply called “My Device”, and it can be downloaded for free by using this Play Store link. Once you finish installing, you should be greeted by the following screen:
This screen gives you some basic info – things like the device OEM, model, and display resolution. However, this app is able to show you much more. Simply swipe from the left or press the menu button to show the rest of the categories:
As you can see, there’s a lot – but don’t be overwhelmed, as the app keeps things fairly simple. For example, head onto the OS category and you’ll see some relevant information about your version of Android – particularly useful if your device comes with an OEM skin like TouchWiz:
The rest of the categories are pretty self-explanatory and include the usual suspects – you have a bevvy of specs that you can inspect, including your CPU, RAM, and storage information:
However, one of the coolest features of the app is that you can simply tap over any element of the description to get some information about what it actually does or means:
This can be extremely useful to decipher the technical jargon that is so commonplace these days, and it can help you compare your device to others more easily, since a bigger number doesn’t always mean a better device:
The sensor category is an interesting one, as it not only lists the sensors in your device, but also allows you to see the actual data that they are sensing:
This is great for making sure they are working accurately, and it’s also an interesting way to measure how sensitive they are:
My Device also includes a handy Features category that enumerates the capabilities of the device in a simple and easy to understand way which should give you all of the information that you need in order to find out if your device supports a specific functionality. You can tap any of these elements to get a short description as well:
Lastly, we have the System Apps category. System apps are the apps that come with your device by default. While often times they provide important functionality and features, they also sometimes represent what some people would characterize as “bloat”. This category lists them individually, and allows you to launch them by using the icon on the right, so you can see what they do:
That’s about it for today’s lesson! Hopefully, using this simple tool, you’ll easily be able to gather the information for your device and get a better outlook about the capabilities and specifications of the phone or tablet that you bought, and even if you don’t see a use for it right away, it’s still a handy tool to keep around just in case you ever need it. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!