Google to add ‘on-body detction’, ‘smart lock’ features for handsets running on Android Lollipop
This is another great news from search giant Google. The company is all set to come out with two new features in its Android operating system. It is needless to say that these two features have put the tech world on fire.
Not just the news is going viral, everyone seems to be talking about how the new features are going to make the handsets more secure.
The two new features include ‘on-body detection’ and ‘smart lock’. Goolgle has made it clear that the two features will actually be using the accelerometer on the smart phone and judges whether the phone is in use or rested on a surface.
Search giant and one of the biggest tech companies in the world, Google has announced plans to add two new features, ‘on-body detection’ and ‘smart lock’ which essentially uses the accelerometer on the smart phone and judges whether the phone is in use or rested on a surface.
A latest report in a leading tech blog gizmodo.com says that if the phone is unlocked and in your hand or in your pocket, the device will keep itself unlocked. But if you rest it on the table or on any other flat surface, the phone will automatically lock itself. The device cannot judge who is using the phone, so even if we hand over the phone to a friend nearby, it will follow the same protocol. This can be a security concern, especially if the device is stolen.
Company has made it very clear that it’s just a convenience feature, and one that can be optionally enabled to let you more easily access your device, but it adds another option to Android’s growing stable of ways to make more convenient for the customers. The feature was reportedly seen on a Nexus 4 running Android 5.0.1 and Nexus 6 running Android 5.1. But it’s unclear at this point if this feature is limited to Android 5.0+ devices. When made available, this can be accessed from Settings – Security – Smart Lock. Google may gradually roll out this feature to all Lollipop devices, but it’s still limited to a handful of Nexus smart phones.
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