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Android P has a new feature to keep the screen awake

Google should have come up with this features a long time ago.

  • Published: May 24, 2018 9:35 AM IST
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If you love reading on your smartphone, like us, then you’d have been through that one annoying moment when the display dims and switches off. Just when you were at an interesting point in your story or article online. The blame lies with the timer We have up until now, tapped the screen to keep it live and in the process accidentally opened another link or even closed the very thing we were reading.

But now, Android P’s new feature is going to prevent that. In order to keep the screen awake, all you now need to do is touch the fingerprint scanner. You no longer have to touch, tap or move your finger on the screen and lose focus on the exact lines you were reading. A small tap on the fingerprint scanner ought to be enough to keep the screen lit.

Android Police tested the new feature on Android Oreo 8.1 on a Pixel 2 XL and Nokia 7+ also a Pixel with Android P Developer Preview 1 and found that it didn’t work on those devices. But the feature worked just fine on a Google Pixel 2 with Android P Developer Preview 2. Hence, Android Police concludes that this feature will probably work in devices with Developers Preview 2 and not just on a Google Pixel.

Android P was launched on May 9 at Google’s annual developer conference named Google I/O and is still in Beta. It is available on multiple brand phones this time besides being available on Google’s own phones.

  • Published Date: May 24, 2018 9:35 AM IST