Google introduces intelligent, personal screen unlocking for Android

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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21. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

That looks very cool, unless that someone steal both, the phone AND the watch... that way all your information is gone and unprotected

20. kabilan.ravi

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Only for Fandroids... I hope google will quickly adapt other features from iOS 8. Then fandroids will hail Google. Great copying strategy...

19. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This has been around for some time already. The original Galaxy Gear and phone it pairs up with have this feature already.

17. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

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.

10. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Go Google. .

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Cool feature, but who's to say that someone else doesn't get a hold of the smartwatch or bluetooth or whatever else device there is and uses it to unlock the device?

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Nice feature but I still don't want smart watch.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well I'm confused what Google is trying to do... Arent they supposed to first announce android L and then reveal features?!

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yup. They're just releasing a developer preview today, an official release won't come until later this year. They're just talking about major changes today, not really new features.

4. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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!

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm sitting here and wanting a smart watch now because of it :D

12. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I know it, makes buying the LG watch very temping.

13. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And when the thief rob you, just tell them to take the phone or the watch but not BOTH!

15. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Nah, I'll tell them "here take my wallet", then pull out my Glock instead of my wallet and pistol-whip them. Then use my watch to voice dial the cops...

18. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol... ok I wish I live in a country with such dumb robbers... Here the cops are the ones who probably end up stealing your phone


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Android L is a thousand times more satisfying than iOS 8.

2. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012


1. drazwy

Posts: 380; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

LOVE this. Can't wait to use it.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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.

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