Facebook decided to subject to a test the new Android feature for lock screen notifications. At first the test was a success but another upgrade managed somehow to disable this new, amazing characteristic. Many observed that the Android notification look quite similar to the Google lock screen notifications that were put on a show at the I/O earlier this year. The giant social network company admitted for TechCrunch that the upgrade was sent to a bunch of beta testers.
The new upgrade does not need for the Android L to be running but the new characteristic was discovered by users having an HTC One the M8 version functioning on Android, version 4.4.2. The Setting expander offers the users certain viewing options. If the user taps on his/her notifications, he/she will be taken directly to the Facebook application, as soon as the gadget is unlocked. The swiping process will just dismiss the received notification and the gadget will be kept in locked position. If the user has several notifications coming from more senders, all notifications will somehow stack one over the other, but in a very visible manner.
Certain users were capable of seeing only the written notifications but this was due to their activity on their Facebook wall while the test was being performed. However, other activities specific for Facebook were tested as well. Facebook has the habit of testing the new upgrades of Android but they do not always make it public. Once the Android L is turned into a production programming, all this trouble will no longer be necessary. However, Facebook might still want to catch their users’ eye with the help of the lock screen type notifications.
There might be some good news for the iPhone 6 users, tired of having to enter the passwords, not to mention the passcode whenever they want to unlock their Phone. Thus, it is possible that the new iPhone 6 might come with a brand new feature: the automatic locker.
Apple has managed to obtain a new patent from the Patent and Trademark Office of the US, giving us a hint that bot password and passcode are items that belong to the past. What can we deduce form this? Well, yes! The automatic locker is on its way.
Let’s not exaggerate, though. This patent will definitely help any iPhone to determine if it is functioning on a known or on the contrary unknown type of network. The iPhone will be able to use the security barriers only in the case of networks that are unknown to it.
Thus, if an iPhone possessor uses the network he/she has got at home or at his/her working place and has already set the network into the phone, then the respective person will not need to go through the process of entering a password, followed by a passcode in order to gain access to his/her device repeatedly.
This very simple and easy task will be performed by a new feature, called “Locations Sensitive Security Levels” and “Setting Profiles Based on Detected Location”. It is worth pointing out that the world famous Google has managed to create an unlock characteristic for Google I/O the 2014 version, which has many similarities with the new patent obtained by the rival Apple.
The giant electronic company is going to make use of the GPS technology as well as of Wi-Fi in order to identify the new location of a certain person, for places in which the information about the network was not set in the mobile phone. It will also put high emphasis on the security aspect when browsing the web. The Apple patent claims that if the available items manage to match the context of the location than various settings of the device can be subjected to modifications.