Unlocking your Android smartphone is about to get a whole lot easier. Google is rolling out a new smart lock mode called “On-Body Detection” that automatically keeps your phone unlocked as long as it’s with you.
According to the screenshots shared by users who have already gotten the update, all you need to do is unlock your device once and it’ll stay unlocked as long as you’re holding it on your hands or even carrying it in your pocket or bag. The moment you put the device down, it’ll be locked again. This means that you’ll no longer to keep unlocking your smartphone just because you left it idle for more than a minute.
The new feature relies on the device’s accelerometer to detect motion. If the phone sits still, the device will assume that it’s no longer being held and will automatically lock itself. Of course, this isn’t the safest method for locking a smartphone. The new smart lock mode also notifies users that if you unlock your device and hand it to someone else, it will stay unlocked as long as the other person continues to hold or carry it.
This feature is rolling out at the moment to selected devices. Android Police reports that it’s found on a Nexus 4 running on Android 5.0.1, so if your Android device is already running on Android Lollipop, check out your security settings to see if you have it yet.
Would you use this new on-body detecting lock mode?