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Google adds trusted places unlock to Android 5.0

Google has added the ability to keep your Android phone unlocked in specially designated trusted places.

It’s a new feature of the Smart Lock function in Android 5.0, and it lets you designate “trusted places” in which you don’t require the same smartphone lock as you would when out and about.

For example, set your home as a trusted place, and whenever you’re there you’ll be able to get direct access to your phone’s touchscreen without needing to navigate the unlock procedure for the hundredth time.

Trusted places joins the existing trusted devices in Smart Lock. Trusted devices lets you apply a similar lock exception to Bluetooth devices, essentially treating your Bluetooth headset or Android Wear smartwatch as the key to your phone.

All in all, Smart Lock is designed to minimise the number of times you need to negotiate the lock screen which, when you stack them up, is a ridiculous number of times each day.

This new trusted places ability comes via an update to Google Play Services forĀ  devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop. That limits the number of devices that can make full use of the feature right now, but at least it’ll be there waiting for you when your phone finally gets the latest Android version.

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Via: Android Police