Google introduces intelligent, personal screen unlocking for Android
posted by Nick T. / Jun 25, 2014, 11:51 AM
Changes are coming to Android. Changes that are going to make the system easier, more fun to use. Many of these upcoming improvements are currently being previewed at Google's I/O conference, and among them is a new solution called personal unlocking.
Personal unlocking is an intelligent concept that can take into account the Bluetooth devices that the a phone or tablet is connected to, the user's current location, even their unique voice print. We were given a demo on video where a pattern lock screen was bypassed when an Android smartphone was near a smartwatch. The two were paired, we suppose, so the phone was well aware that the smartwatch, hence the user, was near. Moving the smartwatch away caused the pattern to appear. In other words, the system detected when the user wasn't near and asked for a pattern to prevent unauthorized access.
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LOVE this. Can't wait to use it.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 11:52 AM 10
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This is building off of moto skip technology. So if your phone is near a certain bluetooth device, then it will bypass logging into the device. I think this is in Android wear as well. Maybe they are going a bit farther, by checking to see if the user is actually wearing the watch. In other words checking for a pulse since Android wear devices like the moto 360, LG, and Samsungs have some kind of pulse monitors built into them.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 3:43 PM 0
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I don't use pin or lock patterns currently as I find it annoying to have to enter even time I go to us my phone. This will probably change with this intelligent lock screen if I can add my home and work as safe zones. Also more reason to purchse a smart watch!
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 12:02 PM 7
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I'm sitting here and wanting a smart watch now because of it :D
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 12:09 PM 2
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And when the thief rob you, just tell them to take the phone or the watch but not BOTH!
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 1:05 PM 1
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Well I'm confused what Google is trying to do... Arent they supposed to first announce android L and then reveal features?!
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 12:13 PM 2
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The only drawback I see is that if someone else gets the device that unlocks it via bluetooth then that going to be a good bit of problems. That means it going to be issues unless they can have that it matches another way for the user and the device while it is using a bluetooth device.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 4:18 PM 0
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