Google pushing new Android feature that locks your device when it's not on you

Google pushing new Android feature that locks your device when it's not on you
Google is wheeling out a new feature to Android devices, and by the looks of it, it's going to solve a particular security problem. If users leave their smartphone or tablet unmonitored and forget to lock them with a pass, pattern, pincode, or other security precaution, one could easily gain access to the devices in their absence. The solution is very simple - Google employs the accelerometer in a new feature named On-body detection to check whether users are holding their devices in their hands or pockets. Once they leave the device somewhere, it automatically locks itself.

Unfortunately, the simple method isn't able to recognize that it's you of all people holding your smartphone or tab in this very moment. It can only detect movement and understand whether the device is held, pocketed, or laying still.

Currently, the feature seems to be slowly rolling out on Android devices running Android 5.0 and later. It appears to be a part of the most recent Google Play Services version (7.0.97) and it's showing up on Nexus and non-Nexus devices alike, although the rollout is limited. Feel free to boast in the comments section if it lands on your device.

source: Android Police



1. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

wow! great feature, but can somebody use the phone while the owner sleeping?

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, same with Smart Places or Smart Devices But you could just turn your phone off before we go to sleep The first unlock is PIN/pattern

3. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

or you could wear like a bracelet or a smart watch

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I pass, this will probably eat up more of my battery

5. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

*I'll I have no idea why comments made on the mobile version are considered separate from the desktop version. Is it a bug?

6. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

google is my pee

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

what's the use of this thing if anyone can pick up the phone and got it unlocked just by, well, picking it up? i mean if nobody's going to touch the phone then why feel the need to lock it? can someone explain this thing to me please because i dont think google is that stupid?

8. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

laying still it means that the user is there is a need to lock it

10. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

so that means everytime the phone's laid on a surface it will lock itself and stay locked until someone (the owner) who knows the passcode pick it up and unlock it? ok now it makes sense to me

9. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This will make people even less careful with their devices because they will get used to this "solution"... I don't think I will use this, I never leave it unlock anyway

11. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I have the latest google play services but I didn't get this feature and neither do trusted face. My device is Galaxy S5(G900F) running lollipop. I understand that Samsung removed this features so that we will use the fingerprint scanner but the swipe fingerprint scanner is awful so I hate Samsung even more now !

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It works well for me, you must have rubbish fingers.

13. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

It works well too for me on both my S5 and Alpha, just register index fingers (or others) but no thumbs because you have to swipe vertically and straight.

15. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Yes. This way works fine but I need to register thumbs too because I have to unlock without using two hands(one to hold the phone and one to swipe the finger) and unlocking with thumbs doesn't work good and drives me crazy.

16. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Nice. Bring it on.

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