Google wants your Android mobile to hang when not glued to your body

It is a concern of many companies that their devices do not end up in the wrong hands, and that is why, for many years we have seen how have introduced tools that allow us to locate where is the device and even offer us the option to block it permanently so that it is not possible to use it. As well, in Google they want to go one step further and do not leave your mobile phone can use it anyone without permission or, worse still, that stolen us with impunity.


Lock and unlock auto

So the key words that have conjugate of Mountain View are two: Smart Lock. I.e. that the mobile will be able to know if we are grasping to keep unlocked and even if we have been in the pocket of the pants, or we are using it from a ‘secure location’ or some trusted device (a smartwatch, Bluetooth car, a sticker NFC) remains bound to it by preventing activate one of these preventive blocks.

As you can see on the screens that you have below, the system is worth accelerometers and sensors of proximity to know if we are grasping or we have left it on a table, or is our face which have registered in an application to make us recognize in addition to verify that it is in a secure location which could well be our House.


It is important to emphasize that the mobile can unlock it for use at any time but it will be when we lose contact with it when it stops. Obviously, this ‘app’ alone will not be able to avoid the device robbing it us, by that one thing can do (unfortunately) is to know if it changed hands while it was unlocked, since this ‘body detection’ is unable to know what body is that of its owner and what someone else’s who is next to him. So you have to walk carefully.

It is now available

This new tool from Google is already present in the Nexus range which has been upgraded to 5.0 Android Lollipop (or higher) and you can find it in the settings menu > security, within the Smart Lock option. Is there where you are going to be able to configure everything by adding those options I had before except that, unfortunately, the manufacturer of your device (if not Google) not have kept it in your custom installation.

If you have it available, do tests and see how it works. We have done and is especially useful when you’re at home and you don’t want to go getting the PIN or the pattern whenever you use it, now that unlock what it does is to replace the security measure that you have configured.

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