Android’s Smart On-Body Unlock Function Could Eliminate A Longtime Headache


nexus2cee_screenshot_2015-03-20-14-50-031Android users are beginning to see an option for on-body detection in version 5.0 and up, which lets you unlock your device once, and then have that unlock grant you continued access without having to re-enter your pin, so long as the smartphone or tablet never leaves your person.

It’s just a convenience feature, and one that can be optionally enabled to let you more easily access your device, but it adds another option to Android’s growing stable of ways to make device use more painless.

Like Trusted Places, Trusted Devices and Trusted Face, the feature is designed to give Android devices yet another signal that they can remain unsecured. For Apple, a key convenience addition came to the iPhone (and iPad, later) thanks to Touch ID, which allows unlock via a simple long touch with the thumb on the home button. This greatly enhanced device security overall largely…

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