News

Smart Lock for Android just got smarter with new motion detection feature

Android Lollipop brings a new feature that keeps your phone unlocked while it's in your hand.

Android, phone, smartphone, unlocked, on-body, Lollipop, detection

When you are trying to find your way around an unfamiliar area or are in the middle of a run it can be quite frustrating to have to repeatedly unlock your phone if you’ve only neglected it for a minute.

However, a new update on Android Lollipop should help you with that as you can now activate the on-body unlock feature, which keeps your phone unlocked as long as you’re holding it.

The feature uses the gyroscope inside the smartphone to recognise when you are holding it, rather than when it is in your pocket, and as long as you have the feature activated it won’t lock so you can flick it back on in a flash without having to type in your PIN or lock pattern.

You can activate this mode by heading into your security settings and setting a screen lock, like a password, pattern or PIN. After confirming this, head into Smart Lock settings, which should give you the option of activating on-body detection.

Do you think this is a good idea, or will it just make things easier for thieves or mischievous friends? Let us know in the comments.

To find out more about the newest and most exciting phone on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S6, check out Android magazine issue 49 available now in all good retailers and online.

×