Google is rolling out a new automatic “smart lock” function that uses your mobile device’s accelerometer to determine when you set the gadget down, to possibly protect your data better if your device is stolen.
According to a report on Android Police, the new mode is called on-body detection. It keeps your device unlocked while it’s on you, such as if you’re holding it in your hand or carrying it in your pocket. Whenever you set your device down, it locks. The feature means data won’t be as readily accessible to thieves who target a device that’s been left behind, dropped or set aside temporarily.
Google has added smart-locking features to its Android mobile operating system before. With Android version 5.0 Lollipop, mobile gadgets could detect when a trusted Bluetooth device or a near-field-communication tag was in range and disable the security lock for you.
Google have yet to confirm the feature.