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Google Devises On-Body Detection Feature for Added Security to Smartphones

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Published on : Mar 23, 2015

Google is soon going to introduce new feature “on-body detection”. This motion-sensitive feature will keep your Android phone unlocked till the time it is in your hand or in your pocket. With the accelerometer the device will be able to detect the location of the phone, such in the hand or in the pocket and then lock it accordingly. The principle idea behind this feature is that the phone will be automatically locked once it is away from you, thus preventing the chances of data falling into wrong hands. 

The Android Police stated when the user unlocks the phone, it will stay so till the phone is held in the hand or kept in the pocket. When the user puts away the phone, it will get locked and will only open to the set password.  The report further added that the only drawback is that once the user hands over the unlocked phone to someone else, it will not lock again. So far, the feature has only been designed to understand the owner’s hands or the owner’s pocket.

This security feature was first seen in Nexus 4 which runs on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. In the future the feature will work on all the gadgets that are above Android 5.0. User can switch to the on-body detection feature from smart lock section in the security settings. The catch is that the user needs to get this feature from Google Play Services version 7.0.97.

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