Lets turn our attention to an app that is the Play Store from developer AndroidHD. By combining some of the hardware features, in this case your sensors on the front of your device, and some clever coding, we now have Smart Screen ON. In a nutshell he makes it possible to turn your devices screen on and off simply by waiving your hand across the front of your device. Lets see see the Galaxy S III do that. Yes, I know, with this app it can do it too. Still, it is not a function or feature that is build in by default.
Some of you are thinking that is cool, but what purpose does it serve. Besides the cool factor of waving your hand or finger over the sensor, it can also help save your power button. All to often we wear out the power button on our devices from constantly pressing it to turn the screen on and off. That has long term issues later where it might not work anymore, or your button gets so old and weak that it falls out. Hey, it has happened before.
The app features much more than a convenient and cool way to turn your screen on and off though. You can change the settings for tap and swipe mode too, start at boot, disable in landscape mode and many more nifty little tweaks.
We think is a pretty great idea and will eventually find its way into either the main Android OS or some OEM created build. The only downside that seems to be reported is that the app has to constantly run to actually work. Seems like that would be normal operations for it to function properly. If you are on a lower end device, or already struggle with power management, this app might not be for you. We will give it a test and see if it has any negative effects on our battery during the week.
To give this puppy a try, simply click or scan our usual handy little QR code below. Please refrain from being negative if your are installing this on anything other than a Samsung Galaxy Nexus since the app was constructed specifically for that device. If it works well for you and you like it, be sure to support the developer and snag the PRO version, it is only $1.28.
Application: Smart Screen ON LITE