The new Smart Lock Android feature

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Summary: What is Smart Lock? One of the new additions to the latest Android OS version, Lollipop, is Smart Lock, which is an intelligent protection system where the user has the ability to unlock the phone without inserting the security pattern or completing any sort of common screen-lock action. Until now we had three options: Trusted Devices to pair with our Android Wear or NFC tag, Trusted Places for automatic release at home and Face Recognition. Now we can add a fourth option for Lollipop's Smart

What is Smart Lock?

One of the new additions to the latest Android OS version, Lollipop, is Smart Lock, which is an intelligent protection system where the user has the ability to unlock the phone without inserting the security pattern or completing any sort of common screen-lock action. Until now we had three options: Trusted Devices to pair with our Android Wear or NFC tag, Trusted Places for automatic release at home and Face Recognition.

Now we can add a fourth option for Lollipop's Smart Lock and is possibly the best and simplest of all, which is "Detection of use by owner".

The new property is distributed gradually for all Nexus Lollipop devices, so it was not easy at first to check the availability of the feature on other Android devices, but by the information displayed on several Android software websites, the feature will appear to be gradually available for users with Lollipop 5.0 or higher, and that also have the latest version of Play Services.

The new Smart Lock Android feature

How does it work?

Enabling the new Smart Lock feature is a very easy task that anyone can do. Users must go to Settings > Security > Smart Lock > Detection of use by the owner.

Once this new option is activated, a new screen will appear before the user and the operation will be explained with enough detail. It will keep your device unlocked whenever you pick it, and either if you have it on hand or if you keep it in your pocket. Once you leave it still on a table or on a similar surface, the screen will proceed to lock itself and ask for the registered security pattern.

If we touch the lock icon, it will force the phone to lock again. Hands-on tests have taken place and the feature works very well, although it may take about 20 seconds to detect that the phone is now idle on a surface. But this tends to be a short interval of time, enough for unauthorized people to not have time to take the device while it is unlocked.

Smart Lock also lets you add Trusted Devices (Bluetooth watch, Bluetooth car system and NFC sticker), a Trusted Face and thanks to Google Play Services 6.5, it also allows us to add Trusted Places. Trusted Places on your Android device's Smart Lock lets the phone not ask for the password when the user is at home, at work or anywhere that's registered as a Trusted Site. We can easily add any trusted site by dragging a bookmark or by typing the address. The device will not ask for a password when the user is at a radius of 100 meters of the chosen location.

This new safety feature will surely be welcomed by those lucky enough to already have Android 5.0 on their devices, as everyone complained about Smart Lock not letting the user add Trusted WiFi networks, which is instead replaced by Trusted Places. Smart Lock has been one of Android's most simple yet complementing features, and every new addition to its functions will surely be welcomed by its users.

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john57  2 comments

How's this work I'm not to sure ?


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