Search engine giant Google Inc. is rolling out a new feature, initially for some Android users, which will allow locking of phones when not in use by its owner.
“If your device detects that it’s no longer being held, your device won’t stay unlocked,” according to a Google note.
As per the screenshots, the locking feature is known as “the new on-body detection mode”.
The screenshot further reads the mode “uses your device’s accelerometer to detect whether your device is still being carried on the body.”
The one thing that may confuse technocrats is exactly who gets to play with the new settings by Google. Currently, the company is rolling out the new locking feature slowly for its various Android users, but there’s still no official word from the company as to just what actually is needed for accessing this new feature: Android version, any certain smartphone, Google Play Services version.
The new feature is going to help almost every Android user as everybody wants to make their phone inaccessible for the third party when they are busy in other stuffs and not using their phones.
The automatic “smart lock” feature will use the accelerometer of the mobile device for determining when the user set the gadget down and is not in use. This will offer protection to the users’ data if the device is stolen.
The smart lock keeps the phone device unlocked while it’s with the user, such as if the user is holding the device in his/her hand or carrying it in the pocket. But as soon as the user set the device down, it will get automatically locked.
The feature intends to secure the data by making it inaccessible to thieves targeting a lost, or temporarily set aside or dropped device.